Creating a Cultural Route between Europe and Turkey Turkey’s Culture Routes Society (CRS), an NGO that was founded at the request of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to develop, maintain and promote cultural routes in Turkey, is preparing to connect a great European walking network to Turkey! The Civil Society Dialogue program,…

Somebody who comes to a Turkish holiday resort does not have to stay there. Turn around and walk on Roman cobble stones to the mountains. Up there, village people will prepare your food from their own garden and you can sleep in a former school-room.

Turkey has been in the global news frequently recently…and not always in the most positive contexts. Those who pay attention to current events may feel hesitant to visit the country given what they hear, read and see on television, radio and the web.  Latent fears of danger will steer them towards ‘safer’ destinations instead. The…

Day trip to Perge – St. Paul Trail During the month of January, the weather can become very unstable around Antalya – long cold periods and a lot of rain are not rare and you might get only one or two good days in a week. Fortunately, this area has a lot of very interesting…

After a very rainy week, we set off on Saturday for a daytrip to Geyikbayiri and the ruins of Trebenna. Geyikbayiri is the first or last stage of the Lycian Way (depending on where you start) and a very famous climbing spot – but we’ll come back to it later. We set off early in…

One of the key challenges facing denizens on parts of the Lycian Coast was ensuring a consistent access to fresh water.  For those towns and villages not located near a fresh water source, human engineering was required to make sure that year-round survival was possible.  The Romans mastered the art of aqueduct building to such…

There are lots of marvellous sights on Turkey’s south coast, but the flames of Chimaera rank very close to the top of the highlights list. Referenced in the writings of Pliny, Strabo and Isidore of Seville, this hillside has been on fire for thousands of years.  Walking along the Lycian Way a few kilometers above…

Part of the fun of being part of Turkey’s trekking and route-making community is the chance to get out and explore new areas and design new trails for tourists and other trekkers to explore. On the 16-17 November, Culture Routes Society team members joined forces with the formidable Beycik duo, Andrew and Faye (and some…

  There’s something oddly comforting about seeing a waymark when out on a trail. It’s funny to think that a haphazardly piled cairn of stones (to which I’ll often add a pebble silently hoping that the whole thing doesn’t collapse), the ever-varied brushstrokes of painted markings or the directional arrows of a signpost can generate…

by Orjan Hansson – You will find accounts on the net by people walking St Paul Trail doing it the hard way: carrying a heavy pack, camping and cooking along the way. However, you can do it the easy way with just a daypack, staying in small pensions and in people’s homes. This account is…