Watch: Exploring the Lycian Way in Turkey

Walking into Cirali | Lilly Donkers
Walking into Cirali | Lilly Donkers

Watch: Exploring the Lycian Way in Turkey

Get off the beaten track and explore Turkey's first long-distance walking trail: the Lycian Way. It has everything you'd want in a fantastic walking holiday: fascinating culture, delicious food, welcoming locals, and splendid views of mountains and beaches at every turn of the trail.
Discover more about the Lycian Way by watching a short film of some friends hiking the trail and learning about the different guided and self-guided hiking trips, and cycling holidays, on offer.
Coastal walk in the Cirali region of Turkey

About the Lycian Way

Between Fethiye and Antalya along Southern Turkey's Tekke Peninsula, or Lycia as it is historically known, is one of the country's first waymarked trails, the 509km Lycian Way. This mountainous route encompasses spectacular coastal views, archaeological treasures dating back to the 8th century BCE and interesting villages with their unique Lycian flavour. 
While walking the Lycian Way, you'll discover sections of the route with well-preserved Greek and Roman cities, a Lycian necropolis lost in vegetation and the remains of the immersed city of Kekova. You'll also traverse rugged mountain trails, meet the gracious local people, sample culinary specialties and swim in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Hiker enjoying the view of Cape Gelidonia lighthouse and the 'Five Islands' |  <i>Lilly Donkers</i>

Watch a hiking trip along the Lycian Way

In the below video you can watch Mustafa and some friends hike the Lycian Way.  They encounter amazing sea views and gorgeous pine-covered mountains, and have a wonderful time. Please note that they are walking the trail independently, so are carrying their packs and camping along the route, both of which do not happen on a UTracks trip.

How to explore the Lycian Way

There are three ways to walk the Lycian Way and two ways to cycle the Lycian Way with UTracks.

Lycian Way Walk with a Local Guide

"This was my first UTracks trip and I am 71 years old. Our guide, Tuna, was very good; he taught me how to trek and I did not fall again; Tuna is a trained, licensed, guide, knowledgeable re history, both ancient and modern, and geography. 
I enjoyed all the accommodations which were small and local, especially the pension in Adrasan near the Chimerae. Food was wonderful, all local, traditional and lots of it. Our fellow trekkers were very congenial. To sum up, I got to see Turkey, with local Turkish people, not tourists. And great value for my money. Thanks a lot."
Lycian Way Coastal Walk

Lycian Way Coastal Route Walk

Discover the beach trails of the Lycian Way on this sun-drenched path. This walk stretches between Yukari Beycik and Adrasan. The start/end point is the attractive city of Antalya with its shaded palm-lined boulevards and lively marina.
Walker makes her way between Tekirova and Cirali |  <i>Lilly Donkers</i>

Lycian Way West Walk

This route begins in Kayakoy and concludes in the village of Gelemis/Patara on the western side of the Tekke Peninsula.
Resting at ruins on the Lycian Way |  <i>Lilly Donkers</i>

Lycian Way Coastal Cycle: Fethiye to Adrasan

As you cycle, you can appreciate the legacies of the Lycians who 2000 years ago settled between Fethiye and Antalya. Time out in the coastal towns of Kas and Andrasan to relax at the beach and absorb this unique pocket of the coast ensures a perfect balance between activity, sightseeing and resting.
Cycling is an ideal way to explore the viewpoints and small coves along the Lycian Coast of Turkey

Rhodes & the Lycian Way Coastal Cycle

Extend your cycle in Turkey by adding the history and idyllic landscapes of the Greek Island of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese, where ancient ruins intermingle with atmospheric towns and the clear blue waters will entice you as you cycle the coastline. 
Pedalling along the empty stretches of Fethiye Beach in Turkey

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