On the Lycian Way, where the green and blue meet with breathtaking beauty, the road becomes time and all the hustle and bustle of time give way to peace and tranquillity. Experience your own story on the thousands of years old Lycian Way and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. All you need is a rucksack!
Turkey’s Lycian Way is one of the world’s most famous hiking trails. Located at a crossroads where history, nature and sea meet in harmony; the Lycian Way, with its stunning landscape, offers a thrilling experience. It welcomes approximately 40 thousand nature-lovers from all around the world every year. Those who have completed this fairy-tale journey return to their home countries as tired warriors.
Selected as one of the world’s top 10 hiking routes and listed among the top 50 most scenic walking routes, the Lycian Way walk can usually be completed in 40-45 days. However, depending on your health and condition, hiking all the way in just 20-25 days is not a dream. Those who cannot see the finish line in one long walk can complete the Lycian Way in bits in a few years.
Wondering what makes this way so special? The endless blue of the Mediterranean, the summit of the Tahtalı Mountain and its unique landscape, the fascinating and relaxing green of its nature, the Turkish thyme harvester nomads living on the mountains, the traces of thousands of years of history, delicacies that you will never forget, just to name but a few! The route leads you through both tops of the mountains where you can enjoy unique sceneries and beaches where you can swim and relax.
A route dating from thousands of years ago!
The history of Lycia, which means the ‘Land of Light’, dates back to the 13th century BC. The oldest known history of the Lycian Way begins with the Lycian Confederation.
The Lycians who resided in 77 different ancient cities on the Teke Peninsula to the west of Antalya, including Olympos, Xantos, Patara, Antiphellos, Phaselis, Aperlae, Andriake, Myra and Apollonia, are known as a people who are extremely fond of their freedom and independence in history.
Today, the walking route known as the Lycian Way starts from Hisarönü (Ovacık) area of Fethiye district; and the 555-kilometre long route ends in Geyikbayırı Village of Antalya. You can follow the route the other way around as well.
In fact, the track which had consisted of separate disconnected roads was connected for the first time in the Roman Empire period and turned into a long wide road network. Since then, people have been walking on this route.
Enjoy the nature and the Mediterranean Sea accompanied by a rich history!
Named after Lycians, this historic route extends along the coastline of Mediterranean and passes through more than 20 ancient cities as well as Turkey’s most preferred holiday destinations including; Fethiye, Ölüdeniz, Butterfly Valley, Kabak, Yediburunlar, 18-kilometre long Patara Beach – one of the world’s longest natural beach – , Kalkan, Kaş, Kekova, Demre, Phenicia, Pirate Cove, Gelidonia (Taşlık Burnu, selected Turkey’s most beautiful lighthouse), Adrasan Bay, Tahtalı Mountain (known as Lycian Olympus), Çıralı Beach, Tekirova, Kesme Boğaz and Göynük Canyon. The route also offers its visitors the opportunity to see numerous seaside villages where you can make use of hostels, restaurants and beach facilities.
The Lycian Way also passes through the ancient cities of Kalabantia to, Sidyma, Pydnai, Letoon, Xanthos, Patara, Phellos, Sebada, Apllania, Aperlai, Teimussa, Simena, Sura, Andriake, Myra, Belos, Gagai Melanippe, Olympos, Chimera (Yanartaş), Phaselis as well as the St Nicholas (Santa Claus) Church, Alakilise, Gedelme Castle, Delikkemer and historical attractions such as the aqueducts carrying water to Xanthos. The Xanthos and Letoon archaeological sites are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
Don’t miss the signs!
There are guiding signs for the hikers on the route. Anyone who loves nature and walking can easily walk on the Lycian Way marked by the French Grande Randonnée (GR) system with yellow signposts at each intersection.
Best time to visit: Spring
The Lycian Way is located in an area dominated by the Mediterranean climate, meaning even the winter months are quite mild. Therefore, almost 11 months of the year have suitable conditions for hiking and the walking season is spread throughout the year. Depending on the hikers’ tastes and choices, the most appropriate and recommended season to walk on the route is spring, when you can see the snow covered hills and the flowers that cover the face of the soil. October-November period is another option as the high temperature and humidity levels gradually decrease.
Prepare a rucksack suitable for four seasons!
When going for a hike on the Lycian Way, it is essential to get ready for the weather conditions of four seasons. Your backpack, as your best mate during the whole journey, should be suitable for four seasons but at the same time, as light as possible.
Comfortable clothing and camping equipment tops the list. Hiking boots, flask, whistle – in case you fall back of the group or get lost -, pocket knife, hat, windbreaker and raincoat, lip moisturiser, sunscreen, torch and headlamp, sleeping bag, mat, first aid kit, durable pants and shorts, match and of course a map!