Once a thriving Greek village, Kayaköy had over one thousand houses, two churches, fourteen chapels, and two schools. The Complete Lycian Way is a demanding but rewarding three-week trek following the best sections of the Lycian Way East and West in Turkey. Location. That’s why this trail is so well marked and maintained! It was part of a system that supplied water from high up in the mountains to ancient Patara on the coast. It was about a 15-minute walk through town to get there (Çıralı is surprisingly long and windy with tons of pansiyons), and as we got close to the address we saw Sherry coming from the other direction. They must think if you walk that far to see Olympos you should get in free! In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. The Lycian Way is a marked long-distance trail in southwestern Turkey around part of the coast of ancient Lycia. Gorgeous, cool walk, fantastic view from the summit, friendly interactions with other walkers, the magnificent ruins of Olympos, a great beach, a serendipitous find for our accommodation, and a great meal cooked in an open flame by a chef with flair. Click here to view our Lycian Way map full screen. You may explore the ruins of this important coastal city, where you can admire a theatre, bath complexes, temples and other remains of this once leading city of the Lycian League or simply relax on the beach. Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. It is walking distance from the ancient ruins of Olympos and Chimaera permanent gas vents, located in the ancient Lycia region of Anatolia. To leave the ruins, we crossed the stream at the stones to the other side (there are several options to do this) and walked toward the beach and the ticket booth. Today’s route was estimated to be 8 hours, so we didn’t want to waste precious daylight hours. After that, the trail is very well marked to Çıralı (pronounced: Cheer-ah-lee). Transfer from Adrasan to Kapaklı (1hr 20mins) to start the walk via rocky pastures to ancient Istlada and onwards to a small inlet (suitable for a swimming break), before crossing open fields towards Simena. The dolmus down the hill costs more than the bus from Kaş (25TL v 15TL). The optional ascent of Mount Olympos is over scree and involves some light scrambling. Overview. for independent people with luggage transport local accommodation local food 900m). Wild-camping at every opportunity, they experienced Turkish hospitality and delicious local cuisine in the occasional pension. The Complete Lycian Way is a demanding but rewarding three-week trek following the best sections of the Lycian Way East and West in Turkey. Picnic and dinner not included. Lunches will be picnics. Here is the info regarding the walks in and around Cirali along the Lycian way..as you can see there is so many and much to do that actually one night in Cirali does not gicve you any time to attempt many of these walks..many walkers that spend at least a week or longer and the best walking time is March / April - end of May..and then mid Sept - Novemeber. At the next pansiyon we’ll remember to close the bathroom window! The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey and listed as one of the “World's Greatest Walks”. Dinner and overnight in the same pension in Simena. We strongly recommend taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. *Hotels are subject to availability. The route continues on the ancient road which ascends to the east from the opposite of the strait side of the lagoon where the lagoon meets the sea and climbs up the Bonda Hill where many archaeological settlements exist. We asked about the pansiyon and he told us there was some kind of dispute with the government over land ownership and that’s why it was demolished. Bringing good hiking shoes and a waterproof jacket is essential. If you wanted to camp, this would be a terrific location, and we could see evidence of previous campfires and sites there. On request, we can provide a private guide. Warren and Sherry both got up to put on bug spray in the middle of the night. The walk takes you right through the ruined Greek village of Kayaköy. On the way down toward Çıralı we met a Welsh couple who were fact-checking the day hike directions and time estimates for a tour company. We took the one that looked more like a hotel driveway than a road (the one not advertised for walkers), and soon found a mark. After passing the villages of Kozağaç and Kirme on a stretch of road, you descend an ancient path to the small village of Faralya on the green slopes above the Butterfly Valley. Note: Day 4 can be changed to include an optional ascent of Mount Olympos (2365m). You will climb up a beautiful old mule trail to Alınca, with impressive views over Yedi Burun (Seven Capes). Komoot user ToughGirl recorded a hike: Lycian Way - Day 18 - Adrasan to wild camped 6k past Çıralı. From Alınca village, you walk along a spectacular coastline towards a pasture with an old Ottoman cistern. July and August are too hot for making this trip. We’ve added an extra layer to the map with POI and ancient sites on the Lycian Way. Luggage transfer on walking days is included where needed as per itinerary, and we will arrange it from your current hotel to your next hotel. Complimentary transfer to Antalya Airport or extra night Antalya. Where the river and ruins meet the sea, the Lycian Way continues across a pebble beach to reach the village of Çıralı. The Complete Lycian Way is a demanding but rewarding three-week trek following the best sections of the Lycian Way East and West in Turkey. After having a picnic lunch near an old hut, you descend through a forest, past deserted farmhouses before you reach sea level and your accommodation in the beautiful bay of Adrasan. We decided to stay a couple of days so we could do laundry and explore the ruins and the eternal flames of the Chimaera nearby, and we got an excellent deal with room + breakfast and dinner and all the oranges and persimmons we could eat from the trees in the yard. You enjoy a short cruise over the Sunken City, with supper on board, before returning to your pension in Simena. The Complete Lycian Way is a demanding but rewarding three-week trek following the best sections of the Lycian Way East and West in Turkey. The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey and listed as one of the “World's Greatest Walks”. how many people, preferred type of room (double bed or twin beds), specific requirements etc. For your daily essentials, you should bring comfortable rucksack. If you want more time elsewhere, you can drop the Fethiye – Ovacık stretch and add a day somewhere else, either on the Lycian Way trail or perhaps an excursion to Saklikent Gorge, a boat tour from Fethiye / Kaş, or even a long bus trip to Çıralı so that you can climb up to the burning flames at Chimaera (Olympos Burning Rocks) and explore the Olympos ruins. 850m) from where you transfer to your hotel in Ovacık. Your destination is the mountain village of Ovacık, where you will have dinner and enjoy a magnificent view of the sea and the high mountains of Taurus from your hotel. We will include more detailed info in your holiday information pack. The route starts at the hamlet… Optional ascent of Mount Olympos. Arrive at Antalya Airport and enjoy our complimentary transfer (45 minutes) to your hotel in Kaleiçi, the historical centre of Antalya. Our initial pansiyon choice in Çıralı fell through, but it barely took 60 seconds to find our next option. We can organise this walking tour between April and early June and September till the end of October. Your hike will take you to high-alpine paths that offer fantastic views of the coast and the peaks of the Taurus Mountains, up to 3,000 m high. In that case, you don’t descend to Beycik but climb from Yayla Kuzdere to the saddle and from there to the top. You will walk through the Hisarcandır traverse with beautiful forests of pine and cedar and several viewpoints towards Antalya. Banks and ATMs are not available outside of cities. Your pension is situated right on the shore with lovely views across Kekova lagoon, also known as the Sunken City. Dinner and overnight at Emin Pension or Kiyı Pension in Çıralı. The route is graded medium to hard, it is not level walking but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea. But when I reached the post, my heart sank. You follow a path parallel to the coast at a high altitude along cliffs and green slopes, overlooking the sea and enjoying magnificent views towards some little islands. If you prefer, you can be transferred in the morning and you can do the optional Kayaköy-Ölüdeniz walk. The trail offers many of the traditional draws such as mountain views, pine forests, rivers, and beaches along the Mediterranean coast of South-Western Turkey. It takes its name from the … The birds were singing, and it was one of our most enjoyable days of walking. Soft pine needs on the ground to cushion our steps and plenty of nature to observe as the birds serenaded us to our destination. Book with Confidence | 5% Off All 2021 Trips | COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Live Map, Activity type All activitiesWalking & TrekkingCycling & BikingDiscovery & CultureMixed Activity. After arriving at the lighthouse at the tip of Cape Gelidonia (alt. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking. Lycian Way From ANTALYA – 8 Day The Lycian way is a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia, from Antalya to Fethiye. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack. During the tour, you will enjoy natural, regional and rich Turkish food. Dinner and overnight in Sevim’s village house in Yayla Kuzdere. We both agreed it made the climb up well worth it! Emin Pansiyon, just across from the beach, 6:15 (not including time spent exploring the ruins of Olympos). Dinner not included. 1950m) through a forest of pines and impressive cedar trees and descend via a winding path through the lovely forest to the village of Beycik (alt. The way they were broken off and scattered around looked otherworldly, and we had to dodge and climb these fallen giants in the path. Kat Davis (@FollowingTheArrows) and Sarah Williams (@ToughGirlChallenges) having never met, embarked on the challenging and rugged Lycian Way hike in southern Turkey over November/December 2019. After check out, you will leave baggage at the hotel reception, and you can start hiking. One of these paths runs from Çıralı to Tekirova (19 km) and another travels from Çıralı to Ulupınar and then back down to the flames of the Chimaera, which is around 12 km. Then you trek along high mountain paths and tracks to the village of Gedelme where you can explore a Roman castle. Language: Turkish. Lycian Way - what, where and how? She found the pansiyon and it was closed…actually, it was demolished. OVERVIEW. Places people like to go after Lycian Way. Check out the Lycian Way map below this post do see the details of the different legs. He then offered to have us stay in his pansiyon next door, and when we heard the name we quickly agreed. You start from Gey and walk to ancient Sidyma where you explore the ruins of this once colossal city scattered around an inland valley and two hills. Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked, 18 nights in 2 and 3-star quality hotels and guesthouses (private en-suite rooms), 1 night homestay (private rooms, shared facilities), Transfers to trailheads as detailed in the itinerary, Boat trip to the sunken city of Simena/Kekova, 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative, Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable. 200m), you walk down to a dirt road to meet your transfer vehicle for the transfer back to Adrasan. Here is the info regarding the walks in and around Cirali along the Lycian way..as you can see there is so many and much to do that actually one night in Cirali does not gicve you any time to attempt many of these walks..many walkers that spend at least a week or longer and the best walking time is March / April - end of May..and then mid Sept - Novemeber. We left the booth and turned right on the beach, walking just 15 minutes to reach Çıralı. Accommodation is in hand-picked and regularly monitored hotels and guesthouses offering various levels of comfort. Here is the info regarding the walks in and around Cirali along the Lycian way..as you can see there is so many and much to do that actually one night in Cirali does not gicve you any time to attempt many of these walks..many walkers that spend at least a week or longer and the best walking time is March / April - end of May..and then mid Sept - Novemeber. After exploring the ruins, you walk down to Boğaziçi village from where a transfer (30 mins) takes you back to the accommodation in Gey. Today you can make an optional exploration of the ruins of the ancient Olympos (total appr. We will give you the exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation. Tonight’s dinner courtesy of our chef Yilmaz was partially cooked over the open fireplace in the center of the dining room. We were surprised at how long the town is and how many pansiyons and restaurants (most closed for the season) were there. about Ribeira Sacra: The Gorges and Vineyards of Galicia, about Camino Frances Final Stage: Sarria to Santiago, about Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago, https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/turkeyvisit, Ribeira Sacra: The Gorges and Vineyards of Galicia, Camino Frances Final Stage: Sarria to Santiago, Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago, Walk the eastern and western sections of Turkey’s Lycian Way, Experience an authentic, less-travelled side of Turkey, Explore the ruins of Olympos, dating back to 300 BC, Fantastic views over turquoise seas from Cape Gelidonia’s lighthouse, Enjoy the wild beaches of Patara and the Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon, This region of Turkey is considered safe. Road signs/markers are normally in both Turkish and Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems. From there you walk up to the mountain village of Yayla Kuzdere (alt. Overview. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. Again you start directly out of your hotel, and the route leads south via Kızıl Sırt (alt. These emissions seem to change seasonally: vents and flames are more vigorous in winter months. Late afternoon transfer to Kayaköy (2 hrs) for your check-in at the accommodation. See this route and plan your own adventure with komoot! The tour ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, located near one of the finest and whitest beaches of Turkey. The Lycian Way East extended trek is a 14-day demanding but rewarding itinerary following the highest and most rugged sections of the Lycian Way, winding its way above the Mediterranean’s most dramatic coastline to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympos soaring high above the glittering sea. Opened in 2000 as the country’s first long-distance trail, it’s been ranked one … Walking with flowers on Lycian Way. A car transfer will bring you from Antalya to the beginning point of the walk (1hr 15mins). You start directly from Çıralı and walk through the ancient city of Olympos and up Musa Dağı (Moses Mountain, alt. Evening meals consist of a soup or salads, a main course and fruit or sweet for dessert. The trail is situated between fabulous mountain peaks and a rocky coastline. You walk uphill all day starting at the Göynük gorge entrance and going over switchback ridges beneath pine trees, with excellent views to pastures and orchards; it is possible to swim where the river forms a beautiful pool in the canyon. There are red arrows to accompany the Lycian Way marks; this is apparently a popular day hike and many tour companies send people this way (and we met several as we walked). You transfer to the village of Kılıçlı (10 mins) from where you climb to Apollonia to explore the ruins of yet another ancient Lycian city. 6km along the beach). Lycian Way - a jam-packed post explaining why + introducing my hiking buddy + arrival day Day 1 – Fethiye to Ovacık, 17.1km Day 2 – Ovacık to Kabak, 18.4km Day 3 – Kabak to a wildcamp half-way between Gey and Bel, 18.1km Day 4 – wildcamp between… Çıralı is an agricultural village in southwest Turkey, in the Kemer district of Antalya Province. A short but nice section of the Lycian Way takes you downhill from the lower slopes of Mount Tahtalı to the beach at Çıralı. Dinner and overnight in Alınca. After another 2,5 hrs of walking along the rocky coast, you reach the hamlet of Okçüoldüğü from where you have a transfer to Kaş (30 mins). If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us. All in all, a pretty terrific day. The Lycian Way has become established enough now that there are almost always accommodation regularly available throughout the trek (with the notable exception of the long multi-day stretch through the mountains between Myra and Finike, for which ‘wild’ camping is still the only option – though those sections can easily be skipped). From the beach, you can take the minibus back to the hotel (pay locally). Dinner and overnight in the same pension in Gey. 8 days tour with Başak Gardner & Kerem Karaerkek. When we found the Lycian Way sign, it pointed right in the middle of 2 roads. Dinner and overnight at the same pension in Çıralı. Any items not explicitly mentioned in the programme. The southern border of the region is its coast to the Mediterranean Sea, while its eastern, western and northern borders changed throughout the history. This holiday is suitable for walkers of very good fitness. You trek along a tiny goat path around a spectacular, secluded bay of Gemili to the village of Bel. A short car transfer to the beginning of the Lycian Way West where you start your hike with spectacular views of the sea and Ölüdeniz lagoon. You will walk 5-7 hours per day on average. Dinner and overnight at Emin Pension or Kiyı Pension in Çıralı. After a short transfer, you visit the remains of a Roman aqueduct spanning a ravine at Delikkemer. This is the full ‘official’ route starting in Ovacık and finishing in Hısarçandır (though actually it was announced in 2014 that the Lycian Way has been extended for an extra two days of walking – we’ll update this route once we have more details). Apparently Çıralı and Olympos are very popular weekend party places. It was a relaxing and fun night to eat good food, get to know our Turkish hosts, and plan the rest of our hike. Always on the lookout for camping spots, we realized we could also stay on the beach if we wanted. On walking days your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. The southern of the Lycian road which continues to go south (towards the sea) skirts around the lagoon by heading east after reaching the main road at the coast. The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey and listed as one of the “World's Greatest Walks”. You transfer back to Okçüoldüğü from where you enjoy a short walk on coastal paths with many opportunities for swimming breaks. Your transfer vehicle takes you to Çıralı (30 mins). Olympos and the surrounding hills with a perfect blue-sky backdrop. Winter temperatures are quite mild, with average highs around 15 °C (59 °F), while in summer the maximum temperatures are hot, ranging between 30 and 35 °C (86 and 95 °F). Lunch not included. Some locals point us in the direction of the open restaurant and we order lunch while trying to map out the next few days. Mount Chimaera was the name of this place in ancient Lycia, where methane and other gases emerge from the rock and burn constantly. The path is almost all shaded, at least it was walking in the morning. for independent people with luggage transport local accommodation local food And the good news is: it is waymarked and can be split up into 29 days of walking in nature and history. Breakfast are always included, as well as 16 picnic lunches and 16 dinners. To access the layer, click on ‘<– CLICK FOR LEGEND’, after that, check POI & ancient sites on the Lycian Way. I’m sure it’s bustling in summer but now the restaurants are all closed for the season, except one. After a short section of dirt road, you arrive at Belceğiz and start your descent along the last of the Seven Capes following a steep rocky Roman road down to Gavurağili. We arrived at the ruins of Olympos in just 6 hours…2:15 ahead of schedule! Lycian Way is a tourist route along the Mediterranean coast in Turkey, ... to a small village called Çıralı located in a cozy cove in the mountains, surrounded by orange and lemon orchards and pine trees. For up to date travel advice and country info, please check. Emin Pansiyon is where the Welsh couple on the trail told us they stayed. Discovering the real meaning of "Turkish Delight" and enjoy delightful walking along the Turquoise Coast Discovering 'lost' civilisations along the way, meeting the friendly Turkish locals. You enjoy a swimming break and a seaside walk to a beach called Üzüm Iskelesi. Your transfer vehicle takes you to Çıralı (30 mins). Book with Confidence | 5% Off All 2021 Trips | COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Live Map Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. After returning to the main trail, you continue to Gey village partly along a quiet tarmac road. If you really want to get a feel for southwestern Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, you have a great option: Hike the 300-mile Lycian Way, which stretches from Ölüdeniz to just shy of Antalya. The village houses are constructed using ancient building blocks; inscriptions, tombs and city walls are still visible. Not very helpful. The fires are grouped over an area of 5000 m 2 and are fueled by gas emissions which have been burning for at least 2500 years. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost. The terrain is varying from steep rocky footpaths to cobbled paths. You transfer back to where you left the walk the previous day. The houses are built between the ruins, and it can only be reached on foot or by boat, thus retaining a lot of its charms. Some ancient sources considered it to be the origin of the myth of the monster called the Chimera. Tired as my legs were, I nearly broke into a run when I spotted the yellow signpost in the distance, at the end of yet another field of rough red rocks. Patara is famous for its long beach where the giant sea turtles, caretta caretta, are known to come for laying eggs. After its exploration and a short coastal walk, you will be collected by boat. There you have the choice to descend along a cobbled stone trail to the secluded beach of Kalabantia, explore the ruins of the ancient harbour and swim in the crystal clear waters. Transfer to the village of Boğazcık (10 mins) from where you walk past Roman watchtowers to the beach. Discovering the real meaning of "Turkish Delight" and enjoy delightful walking along the Turquoise Coast Discovering 'lost' civilisations along the way, meeting the friendly Turkish locals. It is waymarked with red and white stripes of the Grande Randonnee convention. the lycian way Highlights of the Lycian Way with paths can also be found in Çıralı. It was conceived by Briton Kate Clow, who lives in Turkey. Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc. ... You start directly from Çıralı and walk through the ancient city of Olympos and up Musa Dağı (Moses Mountain, alt. Dinner and overnight in Gey. Nineteen of the overnights are in private en-suite rooms, and one is in a village house with shared facilities. This holiday is available for solo travellers. Recommended arrival and departure airport: Antalya. You have all private transfers to/from trailheads arranged for you according to the itinerary above, including complimentary transfers from/to Antalya Airport or city. The location is 80 km southwest of Antalya, near the town of Çıralı.The area is located on a track popular with hikers and trekkers on the Lycian Way.. The Complete Lycian Way is a demanding but rewarding three-week trek following the best sections of the Lycian Way East and West in Turkey. 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