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LYCIA ROAD      


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It is the longest and first trekking route of Turkey between Fethiye and Antalya, which includes ruins of ancient Lycia city and which has a shoreline to the Mediterranean, and it was opened in 1999.

Spheres of Interest:
Photography, historical places, flowers (February – May), bird watching (especially in April – September and October), swimming (April – October), water skiing and diving.


Spheres of Interest


Photography, historical places, flowers (February – May), bird watching (especially in April – September and October), swimming (April – October), water skiing and diving.


Local people


People living at the region through the route are very hospitable and thoughtful. You may find the opportunity to take a break and drink a cup of tea, taste local foods and stay at traditional village houses. Since most of the local people cannot speak any foreign languages, it will be useful to improve sign language in order to express yourself. You may take a dictionary or practical knowledge book with you.

Distance is 590 kilometers. Altitude can be reach up to 1800 meters from sea level. In going up to Olympus option, altitude happens out to be 2388 meters. Walking difficulty begins from intermediate level; but it gets harder after Myra.


Access


Airport is located in Antalya. Access is quite easy thanks to buses that run every hour between Antalya and Fethiye. This route passes through so many attractive places with dominant colors of green and yellow at the shore.


Day trips


Holiday resorts on this route and that give chance for day trips are the following.

Oludeniz, Patara, Kalkan, Kas, Ucagiz, Adrasan, Olympus, Kemer, Goynuk.

You may find a taxi outside the route or return to your hotel by foot.


Guided Groups


Many Turkish and international companies provide guidance for the holiday on Lycia road. Turkish companies are listed on the back page. You may consult your travel agency or make a research on Internet for international agencies. Some companies may provide services for different routes depending on the rate of participants’ contributions.


Accommodation


Towns of Fethiye are; Oludeniz, Kalkan, Kas, Ucagiz, Myra, Finike, Cirali, Tekirova. Goynuk and Antalya have various accommodation opportunities for a large period of the year.

There are small pensions in smaller villages such as Faralya, Kabak, Kumluova, Patara, Karaoz, Adrasan and around Goynuk plateau; however it is useful to check whether they are open outside the season or not. There are village houses in Alinca, Tarlali, Gokceoren and Yukari Kuzderesi regions, where you can stay with families. There are lots of natural camping zones through the route.


Season


The season lasts for the whole year except for November and January, which are considered as rainy season. July and August can be too hot for Northern Europeans. There may be snow at altitudes over 1200 meters between January and April.


Equipment


It may vary in specific periods of the year; but walking boots, backpack, body bag, flask, hat and cream and swimsuits can be listed as the essential equipment.


Route


This route starts around Oludeniz holiday resort and goes ahead at Baba mountain level. Trip continues through a pack road consisting of valleys that look at small villages and sea for four days; great sunset views can be seen. After that, the road goes down sea level and a three day journey between Esencay deltas waits for you there. Roman ruins, Kumluova (Letoon), Santos and Patara can be seen here. When you start climbing again, the route is a narrow and long road with a cleft to Kas, at which you may see lots of farms. We recommend a small break at Kas, which is considered as the capital of adventure in Turkey. You may rest your feet by canoeing, diving and parachuting here. The route reaches to rock bound Ucagiz region, which has stone shore and old sand, after Kas. It is possible to see fishing boats on calm water of the region. The following two day journey takes you to Myra and St. Nicholas Church. After that, the old Ala Church is reached by following the old pilgrim route, this church is dedicated to the angel Gabriel. After a matchless walk between steep and heavily wooded slopes by sometimes seeing the shore, Finike port is reached, which is an old residential area.

After a two day walk, Gelidonia light house is reached, here is the most known sea route of the southern open sea. Adrasan and Olympus is reached by turning to north right there and walking through the rough road higher than the sea level. Old Olympus is known as the place, where Chimera hid the eternal fire. There are options for the last week journey. You may go to Beyzali, which is a historical place reaching out to the shore, if you want, or you may reach Olympus by passing among gigantic cedar trees on areas making zigzags. When you climb up to Olympus hill (2388 meters) you will come across a unique view formed by the shore and forests. Coming down routes from both areas comes together at Kemer. A journey including Kemer and Goynuk canyons among gorgeous pine, cedar and juniper trees waits for you for the next few days. There is a valley with steep slope in Goynuk, which can directly take you to the sea. After a last climbing passing through the natural life, Hisarcandir, which is one of the mountain villages of Antalya, is reached.