Welcome to the Carian Trail
Where the Med and the Aegean meet
The Carian Trail is an 800 km long distance walking path exploring Southwest Turkey through the modern provinces of Muğla and Aydın. The trail is named after the Carian civilization discovering a region rich in ancient ruins and history, stone paved caravan roads and mule path connecting villages from the coast to a mountaineous hinterland. Pine forest cloak mountain slopes whilst olive terraces and almond grove are an important part of the regions economy.
The trail accesses a lesser known and unspoiled region full of colour and tradition for all to enjoy.The trail is signed and waymarked according to international standards allowing both independent and group travellers to hike and enjoy the scenic beauty and cultural treasures of Caria. A guidebook and a map is available giving the best detailed information about the route and region.
Swim in turquoise waters from deserted beaches, climb through pine scented forests to discover ancient ruins, looking out over a dramatic coastline across to the Greek islands of the South Aegean. Rare mountain goats can still be seen roaming the remote forests of the Datca peninsula, boat building in Bozburun, Neolithic cave paintings of the Bafa region, traditional village carpets woven by village girls; all this and more awaits the hiker in search of new adventure…