The continuation of the Lycian path, its western part can be described as a seaside route. There are no high mountain areas, but there are a lot of coves, secluded beaches and wonderful sea landscapes. Elevation changes are small, the backpacks are quite light (we can buy all necessary food supplies in the villages). This route is ideal for hiking in the off-season (early spring and late autumn), when in the higher mountains it’s too cold, but on the seaside it’s comfortable, it’s 18 degrees (and the water is of the same temperature).
Meeting of the group in Fethiye, in a small hotel on the coast. The nearest airport is Dalaman (DLM). You can arrive at any time: in the morning, in the evening, at night. Late at night, when everyone arrives, we'll have a meeting. We’ll drink Turkish tea, discuss the route, distribute products and check the equipment.
We wake up, have breakfast, take a taxi or a minibus and go to the famous Lycian tombs carved in the rock high above the city. Then we move to the other side of the mountain, where there is a grand arch, indicating the beginning of the Lycian trail. There we put on our backpacks and start the trip!
The trail gradually gains height climbing the spurs of Baba Dag array (1989 m). But most of the time we look down, at the sea, not at the mountains. There you can see the lagoon of Oludeniz (bay with the water of fabulous color) and going far chain of islands. After the pass (720 m), we turn a bit to the north, coming closer to the stone "mirror" of Baba Dag mountain. By the way, above it paragliders often circle in thermals. We set up camp on a campsite next to the brook, near the village of Kirm.
Distance: 12km, climb: 600 m.
Today for the whole day we are traveling without our backpacks. We are visiting dead Greek city of Kayakoy. In the beginning of the century the city was deserted, as a result of the massacres between the Turks and the Greeks. If you want more information, you can ask your instructor. Or you can google it :)
Shortly after the start, we go to the village Faralya perched on the edge of the deep seaside gorge. At the bottom of the canyon there is the famous Valley of the Butterflies. But even with no butterflies, this canyon and the breathtaking trail to it are worth seeing.
We leave our backpacks in a small restaurant, and begin to extreme going down on steep rocky ledge. For safety, there are ropes all along the route. But if you are afraid of heights or do not want this adrenaline, you can wait for the group in the cafe. Reaching the bottom of the gorge, we first take a walk to the waterfall, and then relax on the beach.
We go back to our backpacks, have lunch, and continue to walk to the east. The trail with the small height differences leads us through blooming meadows and abandoned old orchards. On the right we can watch the sea up to horizon. We pass the village with the telling name, Kabak, and go in the picturesque valley, where we stop for the night at the observation platform with the wellspring of Kara-Kartak.
Distance: 17km, climb: 900 m.
From the night camp continue to traverse the canyon, which split the foot of Mount Kara-Dag. In a couple of hours we get to the village Alinka. It offers a good view of the coast from a different angle. We go on the asphalt in the direction of Bogazici village, where you can restock food a little. We rise slightly to the northern spur of Avlankara Tepe Mountain and set up the camp on the old terraces.
Distance: 12km, climb: 700 m.
Just above our camp there are the ruins of ancient settlements of Sidim. We watch the Lycian tombs, the towers and other ancient antiquities, and then we turn to the seaside. On a wide earth road we pass the village of Belle and start a long descending along the rocky slope. As a result, we reach the village Gavuragili, where we fix our tents next to a gorgeous gravel beach.
Distance: 15km, climb: 400 m.
We climb up a small top (271 m) which offers a great view of the many kilometers sandy beach Kara Dere - Patara. We descend to the sea watching the ancient fortress Pidnai on our way. We say goodbye to the sea for some time. And on foot (or by van) we move inland towards a great ancient site, the ruins of the Lycian city of Xanthos (amphitheater, mosaics, colonnade, etc.). Then we take a bus, which will take us to the resort town of Kash.
Kash is a relatively large town with good stores, so first we buy food. Then we dine on the promenade and then put on our backpacks again. The sea is again next to us: bays, islands, yachts, everything is there. We go along the coast to the Gulf of Liman Agzi. There we set up the camp.
Distance: 16km, climb: 400 m.
Local ordinary rocks, on the first sight, turn out to be the streams of hardened lava with shaped into the through "wormholes". In places where the lava broke off into the sea, bizarre formed volcanic beaches were formed, and we are going to walk through them. There are sections where the trail goes right on the bottom of the lava crack, then it descends up, next deepens into the jungle of creeping pine. In general, it’s a good amusement for those who loke labyrinths :)
So we pass 2 bays (Choban and Ufakdere) and set up the camp in the third one (Uzyum), the most exotic of all. You can watch the stone mess, and the wellspring of water and a lot of shade make our night there very comfortable.
Distance: 14km, climb: 300 m
On a hill decorated with the ruins of an ancient tower, we climb on the ancient trail refined by the Romans, and perhaps even earlier. Again we turn away from the sea to look at the ruins of the Lycian city of Apollonia, and then go down back to the sea, next to another ancient settlements Aperlae, on the base of the huge peninsula of Sychak. There is a wonderful boat house. If we get a good price, we’ll continue on a boat. Our goal is a cosy resort town Uchagiz. We set up the camp on its outskirts and go shopping :)
Distance: 9 km, climb 500 m, descent 1500 m.
Just opposite the place, where we spent the night, on the ledge of a high cape, under the protection of fortifications there is the village of Kale (from Türkish fortress). Once upon a time there was a coastal city of the ancient Lycians, Simena. But then the sea level changed, and Simena descended
under the surface of the water. Nowadays this the sunken city is the main landmark of this area. During high season a lot of boats with transparent bottom take tourists around the bay separating Simena and Kekova. If we want, we can also go on a boat ride.
We pack, go to Uchagiz to take a bus to Demre (30 minutes). There we go sightseeing for the ruins of Myra. They are notable for the huge ancient amphitheater and lots of bas-reliefs on the rock tombs. For those who've been in Myra, there is an alternative option which is to climb on a rock to the ruins of the fortress. And then we can have a look at the church, where long time ago St. Nicholas worked, the bishop who became the prototype of Santa Claus.
In Demre at the bus station we take a minibus. In 3 hours we are on the bus station of Antalya (AYT). We stay in a hotel in the historical area of Kaleici.
Today you can go home. The flight can be any time, in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening.