Some of the Lycian Way without camping
For me, the Lycian ruins are the main attraction of the region, but certainly the sea and mountains are very beautiful. So I will suggest that you spend your time amongst the ruins! The mountains though are difficult, but not impossible, to do without camping.
Please note that there is more accommodation available along the Lycian Way now. Please check first.
We averaged 20 kilometers per day, which is considered "fast". I think that translates as the terrain is fairly difficult. The kilometers don't mean much anyway. We normally walked 10 - 12 hours per day when camping, and aimed to get into the towns by midday.
If you are very fit and travel lightly, you could cut about 25-30% off these times, but that doesn’t allow for much smelling of the flowers.
“villages” are not always occupied.
are abandoned because there is no longer water; some are used only
the shepherds. The
follows the traditional migratory paths in places so you will walk
villages, but do not depend on obtaining food and accommodation there.
You will not find meat, cheese, bread, vegetables, milk,
honey etc in any
village store as the locals produce their own.
The Turks are incredibly friendly and generous though and
would not be turned away from a private house.
The opposite - if you accept every invitation you would
The main towns have all supplies. These are Fethiye, Xanthos, Patara (Gelemis), Kalkan, Kas, Ucagiz, Myra (Kale), Finike, Kumluca, Olympus, Goynuk, and Antalya. Some supplies are also available at Bogazici (very limited), Letoon, Bezirgan (very limited) Adrasan (also accommodation) and Beycik.
The main towns will have Guest Houses; some even have Hotels! If you want to stay anywhere except at the main towns, you should take a down sleeping bag (and maybe a ThermaRest). A sleeping bag will allow you much more flexibility along the Way, without the weight of a tent or cooking equipment. I recommend that you take one.
It can be cold at night, especially in the mountains, depending on the time of year. Bring warm clothes in you want to go into the mountains.
The Way is not all coastal. If you download the planning maps, you can get an idea of the approximate altitudes (show elevations in 250 meter intervals), and thus temperatures.
were some highlights (in order of the Way, not importance).
Personal favorites bolded.
Faralya (George House – tree house, traditional Turkish food)
Sidyma (Ruins, fair skinned people) - but not as good as other places for ruins
Pyndai (Sleeping on the beach – cold beer from a stall!)
Letoon (Ruins – excellent! Being restored by French architects)
Xanthos (Ruins – some unique)
Inpinar Spring (Great overnight spot under pine trees uphill from the springs)
Xanthos Aqueduct (parts still in use – very impressive)
Kalkan (Pretty coastal village – touristy)
Delikkemer (Roman symphonic system – GREAT – don't miss it!)
Patara (Ruins, nice coastal village. Good food) (Note from Patara you can take a bus back to Kalkan – the Way is not that exciting)
Bezirgan (Pretty mountain village. It would be possible to stay in a house here.)
Phellos (Ruins. We very much liked this, although others were disappointed.
Kas (Nice coastal town – all facilities)
Liman Agazi (by boat from Kas – lovely boat ride, but the next section of the Way is difficult)
Inlet opposite Aperlae (Here is a restaurant - you can sleep on the roof, and enjoy traditional Turkish food. You can also be taken by boat to Ucagiz)
Ucagiz (Ruins Ruins! You can spend a couple of days here and take a boat tour to the sunken city [Kekova Island] and Simena – most impressive. Must see.
Sura (We slept in the ruins)
Myra (Famous ruins)
The next section is mountainous, demanding. It is the place (Yayla) of traditional summer migration of the goat herders with their animals.
Belos (Fantastic ruins! My favorite, but difficult to get to. If you want to miss the previous section, you could go by bus from Myra to Finike and walk back from there.)
Lighthouse (Great night camping beside the light house, French built about 1920) The next section to Adrasan is difficult.
Nice beach at Adrasan.
Olympos (Ruins – famous. These are different ruins [Roman]. Worth seeing. You can spend two nights here and go up to the flames at Chimaera; well worth it. If you don't go to the lighthouse, you can take a bus(s) from Finike to Olympos.)
From Olympos on there are no more ruins, except at Phaselis, but we did not go that way.
In the mountains, at Beycik and Gedeleme, there is fresh trout to be eaten.
Tahtali Dagi is a fairly easy climb, but remote and cold. The weather can be bad too.
(Non-walking sections bolded)
is possible to get from Fethyie to Kalkan without camping with some
days. Follow the
Way as we did except:
at Fethiye (all facilities). Avoid
the famous Olu Deniz – hopelessly touristed!
Stay at Faralya (George House – tree house, traditional Turkish food. Ask for a take away lunch for the next day.) You might be able to get a boat from Fethyie and climb up the Butterfly Valley, which would be great. You will need a sleeping bag, I think. But maybe they have blankets – you can check with them (also re boat from Fethiye):
around in Bogazici to stay in a private house (might need a sleeping
of camping on the Pydnai beach, you could stay at a place just past
before Pydnai. (Looks
like a hotel
- advertises beer and hot water! It's
in Kate's updates). There
nothing much in Gauvuragili itself, but you might
be able to put up in a
house there. Also
the water is hard
to find – ask around if there is anyone there.
(Otherwise hitch to Xanthos).
is a small, scruffy town, but there is accommodation.
Imagine walking along a Roman aqueduct that is still in
It is just past Xanthos.
Kalkan in a long day - 21 klms. Bus
from Akbel down to Kalkan (nothing worth seeing).
take a bus back to Kalkan (you might have to change
This is not a very interesting walk.
Kalkan take a bus to Kas (or 3 days walk). It would not be possible
to do this section without camping.
is another pretty tourist coastal village.
From Kas you could walk backwards the Way to Phellos (We
very much liked
this, although others were disappointed).
would be a full day walk return.
Kas, take a small boat over to Liman Agazi for a nice change (or you
too). Then walk to Ucagiz. To
this without camping is a long day.
You would have to forego the boat ride so you can leave
After you pass the ruins at Aperlae you will come to a
restaurant on the opposite end of the peninsula.
You can get the owner to run you over to Ucagiz in his
Might as well as the walk isn't that exciting.
Alternatively sleep on the roof of the restaurant (again
& Thermarest needed). Don’t
worry, you won’t miss the restaurant – there are signs everywhere!
TAKE PLENTY OF WATER ON THIS SECTION - AT LEAST 4 LITERS
It is very exposed initially, but very nice walking in the
You can spend a couple of days at Ucagiz and take a boat tour to the sunken city (Kekova Island) and Simena – most impressive. Must see. Ucagiz itself isn't much. We have kayaked this region previously.
Ucagiz, take a bus to Myra (Kale).
are famous ruins.
the bus to Finike.
do this in one day from Ucagiz, whilst still seeing the Myra ruins.
really liked the Belos ruins (camped there).
So if you want you can walk back from Finike. Finike is nothing much,
but you can feed and drink well.
next section from Finike to Adrasan via the Lighthouse is definitely
with a camp at the Lighthouse. It
would be possible to walk it in a long day, preferably with an
for an early start from Karaoz, where you should find accommodation and
a small store. Take
a bus from
Finike to Mavikent. This
just a 30 kilometer stretch of 4-lane highway – nothing.
Don’t even think about walking it!
The Lighthouse to Adrasan section is difficult.
You will need plenty of water.
may not be any at the Lighthouse.
has accommodations, small stores, restaurants and refreshing swimming.
take a bus from Finike to Olympos.
are excellent ruins. Great
swimming. Stay in a
house" but hideously commercialized.
when we were there in October (again requires sleeping bag).
You can go up to the Chimera (eternal flame) – best done
Olympos, take the bus to Antalya.
is a nice old city, but a bit daunting after the isolation of the Way.
There is an excellent Museum there too.
Istanbul to Fethyie there are (only) overnight buses.
About 13 hours, clean, cheap and pretty comfortable.
Otherwise fly to Dalaman.
Antalya to Istanbul.
are plentiful and cheap all over Turkey.
are reasonable options too.
don’t walk! So they
will stop and
offer you a lift especially off the beaten track.
Hitching is OK.
WAY BACK TO ISTANBUL:
you have time, a stopover at Ephesus on the way back to Istanbul is
Hordes of tourists, but you can see why.
Stay at Selcuk nearby for an early start.
This is a very famous ancient city where parts of the