Turkey’s longest hiking route “Lycian Way” – Likya Yolu in Turkish – a 540-kilometer and 29-day way-marked footpath extending along the southern coast between the resort town of Fethiye and the province of Antalya is reopening for tourists after being closed for few month due to COVID-19 pandemic.
As the country’s first way-marked trail, the Lycian Way is packed with Roman roads, mule trails and old paths that are not suitable for biking. This mountainous route boasts spectacular coastal views, archaeological treasures dating back to as far as the 8th century B.C. and villages with distinct Lycian flavor. Trekkers will discover well-preserved Greek and Roman cities and a Lycian necropolis covered by vegetation. They will also explore the stunning cliffs and coves of Cape Gelidonya and get familiar with quiet beaches and remote bays.
During the series days of walking, walkers embrace themselves with nature and history just like when they visit the ruins of Olympos, once one of the most important cities in the Lycian Union. Asia Minor boasts a wealth of flora and fauna, and Lycia accounts for much of this flora but much of the indigenous fauna has disappeared. Especially interesting are the bulbs, the Mediterranean maquis and the extensive pine forests. The descent from Faralya to Butterfly Valley is one of the most exciting parts of the hike as well.