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. Trails in Turkey are still in their infancy: the unregulated creation of crazy enthusiasts, they…

Patara – Kas Lycian Way Walking along the Lycia way – part of it – was a sort of last minute decision. We had thought about it when planning our Turkey trip but dismissed it as it would have involved lot of domestic travel and would take days away from other things. But true to…

Useful source of info on boots for all occasions, plus other camping and trekking gear. You could read before you buy and pick up some useful tips. Boots have changed so much over the years – I used to wear really heavy boots like these here, but as my feet toughened up I switched to…

Members of the Culture Routes Society will soon start work in Van and Bitlis on a new project – an Urartu Cultural Route which will encircle Lake Van. The team will have a first meeting there next week with the mayors and officials of the area. During this part of the project, in summer 2017,…

This is Yann Rochard’s story of his walk of the whole of the Lycian Way in autumn 2015. It’s a 15-page detailed description with photos that you can download as a .pdf file and take with you to enjoy as you explore. You can also use it as a guide to the pensions he stayed in. Download…

  The photo above is of a group of Turkish trekkers from İzmir, who are planning to walk the whole route. Kate (turquoise t shirt) met them above Kabak Bay. On 17th April, the Antalya Conservation Commission called a meeting at which the route of the Lycian Way, its extension by the addition of several new routes and…

  This is the story of a group walk organised by Andrew of EWP, who led a group from Şahin Tepe, above Finike, north across Avlancıgeçiti and down a river valley to Alacadağ village. The intention is to make a link to Gökbük and from there to Arycanda. The group took a minibus from Kumluca to…

  Hü in Italy This blog is just an update on Hü’s visit to Italy as part of the joint European Union project with the EAVF. Hü is currently walking part of the Via Francigena, with the purpose of assessing the route, and learning about its management. Above is a collection of the signs on the…

The Turkish government, as part of its long-term tourism strategy, has proposed and is starting surveying work on, a new airport to serve Kaş and Demre. The other interpretation is that this was a pre-election bribe to the voters of the Demre area, where 5 new hotels are being built on unspoiled beachside (mainly forestry)…

Once upon a time, a great Turkish clan moved out of Central Asia towards the Middle East. In 1072, about 300,000 members of this clan, their allied tribes and supporters, were the first Turks to enter the landmass of Asia Minor. The remainder continued on a long migration towards Iran and Egypt. Facing Byzantine armies…