Lycia is the historical name of the Teke Peninsula, which juts into the Mediterranean on Turkey's southern coast. The mountains rise steeply from the rocky coast, giving beautiful views and varied walking. Forestry predominates: pines are mixed with strawberry trees and carob, and give way to juniper and cedar at higher levels. Along with coastal tourism, high-intensity agriculture is crowded onto the deltas. The Lycians were a democratic but independent, warlike people, with a developed art style and a high standard of living. Their strategic position gave them unique opportunities for sea-trade and (at times) for piracy. After Persian rule, the Lycians welcomed Alexander the Great and absorbed Greek culture. Later, the Roman Empire made Lycia a province; as the Empire gave way to Byzantium many monasteries were founded in the Lycian hills. Lycian graves and ruins abound on the peninsula and the Lycian Wav passes many remote historical sites.
The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey and listed as one of the “World's Greatest Walks”. 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 The Lycian Way with its beaches and coastlines, its mountains and history is a unique composition that is found nowhere else in the world. Endemic orchids Watching the sunrise over Sulu Ada (a tiny island) from the lighthouse at Cape Gelidonia (Taslık) The Genoese castle, yacht harbour and sunken Roman city at Üçagız
The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey that listed as one of the world's top ten walks. It is approximately 500 km long and locates on the southern coast of Turkey on the Teke Peninsula between Fethiye and Antalya. This trip snakes its way along the Mediterranean's most dramatic coastline to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympus, which soar high above the glittering turquoise sea. The passionate travelers has an opportunity to visit the most ancient cities of Lycian culture and also to see the most beautiful scenery in the world. Enjoy the day at the beach, the warm sun on your hat and after some days later you can climb to snow-capped mountain peaks and view the beautiful relics of ancient cities enchanting with Mediterranean landscapes and watch one of the most wonderful sunsets! Another special moment of this trip is millennial history. Today the entire landscape of Lycia is still dotted with their fascinating funerary monuments. Lycia is famous for the sheer number of tombs and their quality. Even if you have already seen many different routes in different places in the world, the Lycian Way with its beaches and coastlines, its mountains and history is a unique composition that is found nowhere else in the world. As this is a self-guided holiday you can of course dictate your own schedule. In general you’ll usually walk from your overnight accommodation (your main baggage will be transferred to your next accommodation) for 2-3 hours in the morning and stop for a picnic lunch en route. After lunch you will usually carry on walking for 3-4 hours enjoying the sights along the way to reach your next overnight halt. Maps (due to military restrictions) are rudimentary, however the Lycian Way is waymarked. The walking is quite straightforward with good conditions underfoot. The walking is moderate and primarily over undulating terrain, following dirt tracks, trails and backroads, the odd beach and even stream crossings. The daily distances are reasonably challenging and most days involve both ascent and descent, although these sections are rarely sustained and should present no difficulty to a regular, strong hillwalker with a good level of fitness. You will only have to carry your daypack during the walking day, as your main luggage will be transported by vehicle between accommodations on walking days. This means you only need to walk each day and carry your usual lightweight daypack. You should ensure you are comfortable walking at this level of grading and are physically prepared for the trip. As the name suggests, self-guided holidays are for those that prefer to be independent. Within reason you are able to dictate your own schedule, as well as walk at your own pace with the aid of route notes and maps. We regularly update our trip dossiers to take into account changes to trekking routes, accommodation, local transport etc. Such changes are a factor of this type of holiday and when made are out of necessity. Other factors such as adverse weather, unforeseen circumstances and other matters entirely out of our control etc can also lead to enforced changes during the course of the holiday. It is not possible to guarantee that any of our trips will operate exactly as per the anticipated itinerary.