Trek the Best of the Lycian Way on Turkey's Mediterranean Coast

Trek the best sections of Turkey's Lycian Way, a 310-mile network of ancient paths, mule and caravan trails and backcountry roads on the country's south Mediterranean coast, traversing peaks and seacoast, staying in villages and supported camps, and passing ancient Lycian and Roman tombs and ruins along the way.

The Anatolian peninsula, now Turkey, has been a crossroads of civilization for centuries, and Lycia, along the country’s Mediterranean coast, is one of the most ancient.  Here mountains rise steeply from a rocky coast, with beautiful views out over the turquoise sea.    The Lycians who occupied this coast from the Bronze age (1300BC) through the rise of the Byzantine empire, were a prosperous, democratic, independent people, sea traders, with well-developed art traditions shaped by Persian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine rule.  Lycia crumbled with the Roman empire, and now graves and ruins abound, with extensive ruins and isolated tombs scattered among the rocks, hills and forest, many still undocumented. 

Experience this amazing convergence of natural splendor, physical challenge, history/archaeology and warm, friendly village life on a trek of the Lycian Way, a 310 mile footpath along this fascinating coast from Oludeniz in the west to Antalya in the east.  Walk between villages, mountain hamlets, Lycian and Roman sites on your way, climbing rugged bluffs and descending to the seacoast as you go along.  Stay in villages and supported camps, enjoying the warm hospitality and amazing food of rural Turkey, and carrying only a daypack.  On rest days along the way, kayak or relax along the Turquoise Coast.

The Lycian Way trek can be easily linked with a tour of the magnificent historical and cultural sights of Istanbul and the Aegean, and with exploration of the rock-cut churches, underground civilization and fairy chimneys on a Trek-Tour of Cappadocia!

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 115.0 mi
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 15
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 15
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