Mountains to the sea

Are you looking for a challenging hike? How about a walk through the ruins of history? Or possibly a few day trips of walking while enjoying a nice sunny vacation?

The Lycian Way in Turkey is the perfect answer for all three types of getaways.The Lycian Way (or "Likya Yolu" in Turkish), is a 509-km/300-mile walk along the coast of Turkey from Fethiye to Antalya. It is a combination of several ancient routes of the Lycian people and is marked by a red and white striped logo.

You'll go through rocky coastline, deserted beaches, pine forests, mountain peaks, and ancient ruins. Along the way you'll encounter the charming and generous Turkish people, eat delicious food, and float in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

We took this challenging and beautiful walk and it was one of the highlights of our world travels, not to mention a muscle and relationship builder as we spent weeks exploring the rocky coastline and piney forests of Turkey together.

Keep reading to find out:

Starting the Lycian Way

Whether you go for the entire hike or just a day or two, you'll quickly fall in love with this area of the world and your ability to walk right through history.

Day-by-Day Insights from the Trail

Day 1: Bus from Antalya to Fethiye (Ölüdeniz)

After spending a few days in Istanbul and Antalya enjoying the food and sights of Turkey, we took a dolmuş (pronounced: dole-mush) minibus from Antalya to Fethiye, the start of our hike. We laughed … [...]

Day 2: Ölüdeniz to Faralya

As we walked up the hill to the start of the trail, we stopped to take a picture of the beautiful lagoon below. Just as we were putting the camera back in the pack, the call to prayer from the mosque … [...]

Day 3: Faralya to Alinca (including Kabak Beach)

What was I saying yesterday about not being sore? Today we woke up with sore backs and legs. But after a few minutes of moving around, we were ready to go again. It does take some adjustment to sleep … [...]