It's official. Jeju Olle's 11th section in South Korea is now twinned with the Lycian Way's 17th section as part of the International Friendship Trail Program! This video celebrates the highlights of our respective trails.

New Friendship Trail

A Short Walk on a Long Trail
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Road to Konya-my Piligrimage
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Who are we?

Who are we?

ornament1We are a small Turkish not-for-profit society. Our members make and maintain long distance walking, biking and horse-riding routes. The society protects old roads, markets Turkish culture routes and helps villagers along the routes benefit from them.

Committee and Members

ornament1Our committee includes the creators of the finest walking routes in Turkey. Our members include trekking guides, travel agencies, accommodation providers, archaeologists, historians, nature-lovers and people interested in Turkish village culture.

Products and Services

ornament1To help you use our routes, we produce and sell guide-books, maps and iphone apps. We also list all our member agencies tours on the site (see tours) and will advise you about your adventure by mail, by phone or at our drop-in centre in Antalya .

Practical Ways to Help

ornament1The society relies on help from enthusiastic volunteers either with individual projects or in our office. Read more about our how you can help. If you like our work and want to contribute, you can become a member or make a donation.

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This Story is by a fellow hiker, Ronald who trekked the Lycian way in September 2017 It was early September in Antalya when I shook the bell on the gate to the courtyard of the Culture Routes Society. Kate poked her head out, and I said I was passing through to hike the Lycian Way…

A few weeks ago an interesting email reached the CRS from Finnish theatre group, Ruska Ensemble. Inspired by the writings of Rumi, a famous actor, Jari Virman (https://www.facebook.com/ruskaensemble/), proposed to make a personal pilgrimage from Istanbul to Konya, following the Evliya Çelebi Way, then turning east to the city of Mevlana.   Jari began his…

Bush Whacking on the Carian Trail By Jennifer Baljko Sweat drips into my eyes. I lay the loppers (my large borrowed pruning scissors) on a rock, and take off my smelly gardening gloves. I twist the bandana off my neck and wipe my dirty brow. I might as well have some water, too, I tell…

  As I huffed and puffed up and up and up during the initial hours of the hike and then crushed my knees under the weight of my ridiculous 22-kilogram backpack on the first big downhill, I realized that my idea was too lofty.   I arrogantly thought I was ready for the Likya Yolu…

This is a unique work camp for nature-lovers and back-packers. The Carian Trail is Turkey’s longest footpath passing through villages, beaches, ruins and rugged coastline around the southwest corner of Turkey. This spring, a group of international volunteers will be cleaning parts of the walking route in Bozburun and Datça Peninsulas and other areas mainly…

TRAVEL DIARY BY BÜLENT DOĞRUYOL: DAY 1: After a quiet night’s sleep followed by a wholesome Turkish breakfast we hopped on the Dolmus and told the driver to drop us off at the start of the Lycian trail. It was early in the morning. Since the skies were overcast (a rarity in late August Fethiye,…

A Lycian Way Weekend Travel Blog: Phaselis – Olympos With the weather forecast looking reasonably good for a weekend in January, I set off from Antalya for a Lycian Way weekend. I chose to hike from Phaselis to Olympos because the public transport would be relatively quick and painless. It’s a stretch of the Lycian…

The popularity of the Lycian Way, which was launched 11 years ago and runs along the Tekke peninsula into the Mediterranean on Turkey’s south coast, has inspired other Turkish and international trail-builders to set up long-distance routes across the country. Trekking trails in Turkey are still in their infancy: the unregulated creation of crazy enthusiasts….