Everyone should have a bucket list in life, how else are we supposed to motivate ourselves and live life to the Max? If you don’t already have one, make your to do list today and start enjoying life.
Among the many things people wish to do, about 20% put trekking the Lycian Way in Turkey on their bucket list and who can blame them? The Lycian way is an experience everyone must try at least once; it’s like climbing Mount Everest or diving with sharks.
Most people who go to Turkey would have heard of the Lycian Way, it is a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. Although the trail itself was opened 1999 it is made up of paths that are thousands of years old.
There’s an option to pick smaller sections to explore over a few days or to take a month and hike the whole trail to Antalya the way God and man intended. Graded medium to hard; the route is not a level walking; it has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea.
Trekkers can bring a tent or rent A fully equipped caravan or camper trailer, alternatively, there affordable hotels in nearby towns like Patara, Kalkan, Kas, Myra, Finike, Adrasan, Olympos, Cirali and Tekirova.
The Lycian Way has many beautiful sites, one of the many highlights is Butterfly Valley on the beach; start at Faralya and hike down the steep trail to reach Butterfly Valley on the coast. Vertical cliffs on both sides of the narrow beach define the valley. Kabak is the next town along the coast and boasts a secluded deep blue bay on the Mediterranean.
Along the trail are historic towns and ruins like Letoon and Xanthos. Xanthos is a mini version of Ephesus, with an amphitheater where gladiators fought in Roman times. See beautiful tile mosaics and Lycian tombs as well as the Chimaera or eternal flames of Mount Olympos which has tree houses overlooking the Mediterranean.
The most stunning part of the Lycian Way are not specific places or ruins but the experience, many begin to get used to life there. It isn't uncommon to spend a few hours with a stranger walking along the trail as they commute home on foot; the list of stunning views is endless but it's the smaller moments that you remember.
Trekking the Lycian Way trail is one of the few chances you will get to experience the Mediterranean the way people did in Ancient times. Trekking here is a fascinating experience no one should miss.