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Trekking the Breathtaking Lycian Way

The route runs from Fethiye to Antalia over undulating and rugged countryside.The trek is formally graded medium to onerous and it is suggested to stroll the path in spring or autumn because it will get highly regarded throughout the summer season months.

Personally I believe April – Could is the best possible time to hike in Turkey because the vistas are so inexperienced having been refreshed by the winters rainfall. Presently of 12 months there’s an abundance of untamed flowers, in reality Turkey has extra varieties of untamed flowers than the entire of Europe put collectively

Lycia comes from the traditional title for the Tekke Peninsula, which protrudes out into the attractive Mediterranean sea. The forested shoreline provides technique to steep mountains and the route winds out and in of the valleys and peaks leaving you with breathtaking views of bays and islands.

Most trekkers begin from Fethiye the place, as you stand up the hill in the direction of Kayakoy, you’re rewarded by beautiful views of the gulf of

Fethiye with its many islands, bays and the lengthy stretch of Calis seashore. The route continues previous Oludeniz, Butterfly Valley after which on in the direction of Patara, Kalkan, Kas and Finike. From right here on the Lycian Means heads in direction of Olympos and Cirali till lastly rising at Antalia.

It’s a lengthy path however there are frequent handy locations to camp in addition to pansions (mattress and breakfast) and a few lodges.

One of many excessive factors of the stroll is that it passes via so many vintage websites of villages and cities which date again hundreds of years. You will notice many tumble down stone homes with animal shelters made on the bottom flooring. Most of those are literally comparatively latest as they’re left over from Greek settlements that have been nonetheless flourishing up till 1923. It was then that the Turkish and Greek governments agreed on doing a inhabitants swap!

Right this moment, the panorama is dotted with many small remoted villages and single-dwelling farm who stay from the produce of the land. Previously, nonetheless, the shoreline was dominated by giant cities with harbors, bathhouses and even theaters. That is the land which Alexanda the Nice visited and left his mark.

Credit score for the opening of the Lycian Method goes to Kate Clow and Terry Richardson who designed and signposted the whole route. After transferring to Turkey in 1989, Kate Clow started exploring strolling routes in 1992. Later in 1997 she managed to win an award from Garanti financial institution enabling her to finance the opening up and marking of the entire route in 1999.

One of many unbelievable highlights of the route is the flames of Chimera. These repeatedly burning flames that are seen over the entire aspect of a mountain are the results of escaping pure gasoline that rises from the earth. It makes an awe inspiring sight at evening time.

The ancients believed that the flames had been attributable to a monstrous creature that lived contained in the mountain known as a Chimera. The mountain of Chimera could be very near the idyllic ruined metropolis of Olympos the place you’ll be able to spent an evening or two in tree homes which can be rented to again-backers. Throughout July and August 1000’s of child Hawksbill turtles break away from their sand buried eggs and rampage down in direction of the surf – an incredible sight if you’re round in these summer time months!