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,…

To keep the Lycian Way in line with the new book (published June 2014), over the last few months we have undertaken a huge waymarking effort on the route. It’s not perfect, but certainly much improved. >>SIGNPOSTS – FOR THE MOMENT, THE SIGNPOSTS DO NOT CORRESPOND WITH THE CHANGES IN THE ROUTE – IGNORE THEM!!!<< Here…

Sponsored by Kemer Belediyesi (Municipality) and the great idea of the Kemer Kaymakam (assistant governor), new day-walks are springing up in the Kemer area. Ömer Nizam, the energetic young pioneer of these walks has had assistance from Andrew and Fay Weilochowski and others at Beycik, plus local walking clubs. The routes are now marked in…

Congratulations to Sedat Çakır, who had the great idea of linking existing paths and finding new ones following the route of the Ottoman Sultans in their marches into Europe in the 16th and 17th C. The route connects Vienna to Istanbul in a winding route across the Balkans. Their routes are known from descriptions of…

If you find yourself in Eastern Turkey, a visit to Ani  is a must. It’s a natural focus for the Sarıkamiş routes and can be visited easily from Kars. In spring, the stone-walled fields in countryside around are covered with yellow purple and blue rectangles of wild flowers. The city was founded as the capital of the…

Biking in the Kaçkar was first developed by Egemen Çakır as part of the UNDP project to diversify tourism. They published a map of biking and walking routes in the Çoruh valley, which, in spite of the dam works, is still remarkably good. Jon Bawn has been developing bike routes in conjunction with Middle Earth…

On Saturday 28th June, a forest fire erupted near the south end of Adrasan Beach. Many tourists were evacuated from the area and four hotels have suffered fire damage. Two planes and two helicopters dumped water on the fire and a total of 250 firefighters worked to put it out. The winds were strong and…

This blog is to tell you about the extension of the Lycian Way 2 days to the north. The route now finishes at Geyikbayırı – Antalya’s famous climbing centre. Instead of taking a bus from Hisarçandır to Antalya, you can walk north for 2 days. Day 1 takes you across the Çandır river to the…