Evliya Çelebi Way Press Notices

The Evliya Çelebi Way on BBC Travel

Wherever we go along the Way, local people remember Candace Reardon, the talented artist and writer who walked it alone in 2013 and blogged as she went—see below, Gal walks the Way. Here is a piece she wrote for BBC Travel, which vividly and affectionately describes her encounters as she travelled, and the joy of hiking the trail.

Gal walks the Way!

The first person known to us to have walked the Way in total (minus the horses-only sections, of course) is Candace Rose Rardon. Candace describes herself on her website as a travel writer and sketch artist, and there are examples of both to be seen there, as well as her photos. Candace contacted us out of the blue following her epic hike, and we hoped to meet, but it was not to be. At least not yet. She went alone, and was hosted in Turkish homes on 13 of her 27 nights, stayed in hotels on 8 nights and local guestrooms on 2 nights, leaving only 4 nights camping. Damn the weight of that tent! She has posted extensively about her trip, offering practical tips as well—such as what to do when you lose the trail, and what to take in your backpack. She told me that her sketches broke a lot of ice and helped in conversation for a non-Turkish speaker, and they are truly gorgeous. You can also follow her day-by-day on her detailed blog—Days 1-4; Days 5-9Days 10-14; Days 21-22. Yes, Candace got mad sometimes with the lack of signposts and waymarks, but she made it and we try hard to engage the local authorities in supporting our efforts to provide these essential aids to carefree hiking. Candace did it and you can too, and her writings and sketches and photos are there to prove it. Thanks, Candace, for getting in touch to tell us about your adventures.

Turkish Newspaper Reports about the Official Opening of the Evliya Çelebi Way

These reports are evidence of continuing local interest in the route.  The first is from the Turkish English-language Daily News; the second is from a media roundup.

The Evliya Çelebi Way in Australia’s Hoofbeats Magazine

Three Australian friends who rode the Evliya Celebi Way in 2011 share their experiences (pp.22-24)

…though somehow there is confusion here between riding Evliya’s route and riding in Cappadocia!

The Evliya Çelebi Way in the Guardian Travel Section (23 March 2013)

Exploring Turkey by horse, train, cycle and sail boat 

From a riding trek along the Evliya Çelebi Way, to boarding the Dogu Express, to sailing the Ceramic Gulf, or cycling in Cappadocia, there is more than one way to explore Turkey
Harriet O’Brien highlights the Way

 A new review of The Evliya Celebi Way guidebook

The Evliya Çelebi Way – In the steps of the Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi, a UNESCO ‘Man of the Year’, 2011

Craig Encer reviews the guidebook to the ECW for the Anglo-Turkish Society bulletin

“Wandern auf dem Evliya Çelebi Weg; Zu Fuß oder zu Pferd durch Nordwestanatolien” online—’Wege und Ziele’ Zeitschrift des Vereins Netzwerk Weitwandern e.V. Ausgabe 37 – April 2012

Wandern auf dem Evliya Çelebi Weg; Zu Fuß oder zu Pferd durch Nordwestanatolien

Lutz Heidemann reviews the Evliya Celebi Way for German-readers

“Back in the Saddle: The Spirit of Turkey’s Greatest Adventurer Rides Again” in Time Magazine (23 January 2012)

Back in the Saddle

“Doing it the Evliya Çelebi Way” on the International Herald Tribune ‘Latitude’ blog (14 December 2011)

Doing it the Evliya Çelebi Way

Journalist and author Andrew Finkel offers his angle on the Way

“Evliya Çelebi: Traveller’s Tales” in History Today (November 2011)

Evliya Çelebi: Traveller’s Tales

Caroline Finkel writes about Evliya’s life and work in the British popular history magazine

“Pilgrim’s Progress: Turkey’s New Trekking Route” in the Guardian (10 April 2010)


Caroline Finkel on the horse-riding expedition that established the Evliya Çelebi Way

Some more media

Travelling the Evliya Çelebi Way: Equestrian and Pedestrian Adventures in Northwest Anatolia Podcast of lecture at the Royal Asiatic Society, London (6 Jan.2011); Caroline Finkel

These links are to press reports on the Evliya Çelebi Way in the English language press in Turkey:

These links are to press reports on the Evliya Çelebi Way in the Turkish language media: