The Bozburun peninsula
Is named after this enchanting and quiet seaside town where any visitor likes to come back over and over. Bozburun means “bare point” , so as its name suggests, it is very poor in terms of greenery compared to the surrounding villages. But it is this “bareness” that gives the place its special aura. The Bozburun peninsula is situated in the south west corner of Turkey, its wild and rugged beauty are a refreshing alternative to mass tourism of Marmaris. This sparsely populated peninsula is home to less than twenty thousand inhabitants.The small town of Bozburun is the administrative centre of the region and is famous for traditional boat building. Bozburun is the place where big wooden pleasure boats called “gullets” are built.
The top half of peninsula is mountainous and forested with steep slopes rising from sheltered coastal inlets. Travelling south, the forest gives way to a stony landscape with hidden ruins scattered in the hollows. Hill top fortifications protect secret valleys, secluded coves and sheltered ports from their commanding lookouts. For the walker, the remoteness and lack of roads is perfect for exploration, the old trails and paths have been cleaned to access every viewpoint across the sea to the Greek islands of Symi and Rhodes. The trail offers a diversity of terrain with many changes of scenery and magical views round every corner.HIGHLIGHTSFantastic coastal views and ruins of AmosPretty village of Bayir and Byzantine churchRuins of Phoenix, views across to the Greek Island of SymiSpectacular views, opportunities for swimming over submerged ruins and boats of BozburunPeaceful fishing village of Selimiye, Ottoman period CastleŞelale waterfall, coastal village of Turgut, Orhaniye with its beautiful sea.
DAY 1. ARRIVE AT DALAMAN AIRPORT
The personnel of SMOOTH TREKKING Agency will transfer you to the Hotel.
DAY 2. ICMELER AMOS KUMLUBUK
Today will begin with transfer to Icmeler area (means Spa in Turkish) that has a natural spring water cascading off the surrounding steep forested mountains. This area is considered to be the starting point of the Carian Trail. Walking through the dense vegetation, passing some ascents and descents on the way will get the Turunc village. Passing through the Turunc Village, the route takes you to Amos ancient city and remains of ancient civilizations. After exploring the area will continue the path ahead of you leading to Kumlubuk bay. (Approx:5 1 2 Hrs.+ 918 m – 850 m)
DAY 3. KUMLUBUK – KAYALIOZU – BAYIR VILLAGE
Begin with short transfer to the srarting point. Walk the path with picturesqure views that leads to the Byzantine period church amidst the olive trees. After visiting the church will continue the way to mountain village of Bayir that was historically situated in the ancient city of Syrna. The pretty village of Bayir with its stunning views is famous for its local honey and is also home to 2000- year-old plane tree. (Approx:7 Hrs. +764m, - 600m)
DAY 4. BAHCELI – TASLICA - PHOINIX
A short transfer to the hamlet of Bahceli. The stoney path ascends towards the coast with fantastic views across to the island of Rhodes. The path continues above the dramatic coastline before heading inland to village of Taslica. Then route carries on to the ancient settlement of Phoinix and finishes by Asardibi. Transfer back to the Hotel. (Approx: 6 Hrs.,+1287m - 1065m )
DAY 5. TASLICA – CUMHURIYET – BOZBURUN
Short transfer to Taslica Village located at the end of Bozburun Peninsula with fantastic panoramic views of the Agean Sea that surrounds the village. Walk through the Cumhuriyet village and path passes by the small coves and villages before reaching the shipyard close to Bozburun. Bozburun is a world famous place for its traditional type of boat , called Gulet. The route takes on a path again with nice views of Bozburun and the little islets, and reaches the small coastal town of Bozburun. (Approx : 7 1;2 Hrs. +652m -865m )
DAY 6. BOZBURUN - SELIMIYE
Today we start directly from the pension heads to a small cove called Germe. The path goes through a small village and starts ascending to the saddle with picturesqure views of Bozburun and the mountains opening up. Getting the saddle the route carries on a dirt road and descends down to Selimiye peaceful fishing village that seems to flow along a stunning bay, just along the coast from Turgutkoy and Orhaniye. The beautiful region around Selimiye is also renowned for its rich harvest of almonds and fragrant herbs such as oregano and sage, as well as its famous, delicious pine honey. You may discover the old village jail that is now a ruin, built on a small island in the middle of the bay. Also may visit the Ottoman Period Castle of Selimiye. (Approx Hrs
DAY 7. BAYIR – SELALE – TURGUT - ORHANIYE
Start with 20 minutes transfer to Bayir, the villahe located centrally in a highland valley on the Bozburun Peninsula with many trails leading in all directions. From the valley the route heads upstream rising up a forested ravine before descending through lush vegetation and massive Cypress trees to the numerous pools and mini waterfalls of Selale. It falls from a height of just three or four metres, coming from a valley of thick vegetation where the water levels drop in summer. The hike first follows the forest road and then a minor asphalt road to the coastal village of Turgut. There are ancient remains in the cove of Turgut that attract one’s attention. Taking a path up the hill, the route ascends to Hydras settlement. The day finishes with walk back to Turgut . Transfer to Orhaniye, nice spot by a sandy beach. The sea of Orhaniye is always as flat as a sheet. The colour of the pine trees that surround the area are reflected on the sea , giving it a shade peculiar to this region.
DAY 8. TRANSFER TO THE AIRPOR
- 7 nights with breakfast (room with a shower, toilet)
- 7 dinners (on DAYS 1-7)
- 6 times lunch packages while walking
- Airport transfers
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Route notes
Available all year round
Per person in Dbl. room
Dbl. 465 EURO
Sgl. 565 EURO
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