The Lycian Way

The Lycian Way

The Lycian Way – 6 reasons to hike on this great route

The Lycian Way is a 540 km hiking route in Southern Turkey. It is widely regarded as one of the best hiking routes in the world. Most people walk the route west to east. Starting from Fethiye or Ovacik and finishing near Antalya. The closest airports are Dalaman in the west and Antalya in the east. The walking is a moderate difficulty, there are many ascents and descents on the route.
Here are 6 great reasons to hike on The Lycian Way:

Lycian Way Location
1. The Hiking

Ancient paths and trade routes over hillsides and around mountains. choose a few days, a week, two weeks or do the whole route. Hike for a few hours a day or walk all day. It is a challenge for all abilities.

2. The Weather 

I suggest walking between the months of March and May and from September through to November. Summer months are too hot. Winter months can be very good but you may get a few days of continuous rain. During the hiking season the weather is invariably warm and dry. You can hike in shorts and t-shirts and swim in sea of you so wish.

3. The Scenery

Mountains that come down to the sea, secluded beaches and bays, olive groves and pine forests ancient settlements. Wildlife that in the sky includes, buzzards and eagles, owls and storks. On land, tortoises and porcupines, goats and sheep, red squirrels and small lizards.

Lycian Way South West Turkey

4. The History

The Lycian Way route is named after the Lycian people who ruled the region around 500 BC. There are many ancient sites on the Lycian Way route including Letoon, Xanthos, Patara, Olympus and Demre. Civilisations to have influenced the region include Lycians, Romans, Persians, Greeks and Ottomans.

5. The people

Turkish hospitality is famous and you will receive a warm welcome where ever you go. Turkish people are naturally inquisitive and don’t be surprised if you get welcomed into a village home with the offer of a glass of cay, (tea).

6. The food 

Expect to eat fresh, organic food. Plenty of vegetables and fruit. Typical breakfasts include eggs, cheese, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, local honey, jams and bread. Turkish cuisine is rightly ranked in the top 5 world cuisines by many food experts & critics.


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Package holidays on the route

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