Bespoke Turkey organised a great sightseeing holiday for us. We loved Turkey and the hospitality shown when we visited Istanbul, Cappadocia and Pammukale.
Our most popular itinerary and a really fantastic hiking holiday. Hike on mountainsides overlooking turquoise seas. Through olive groves and pine forests. Past 3000-year-old ruins of ancient civilizations. Follow old shepherd paths to secluded beaches. Enjoy traditional Turkish hospitality and fresh organic food. The Lycian Way is a wonderful hiking holiday experience.
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Depending on arrival time, Explore the beach and lagoon at Oludeniz or the abandoned ex Greek “ghost city” at Kayakoy.
The Lycian Way route starts at Ovacik and rises on the Baba Dag mountain range, offering fantastic views of the picturesque lagoon and surrounding turquoise seas below. After the climb the route descends gently to the small village of Kirme then on to our destination, the very pretty unspoilt village of Faralya. Where a warm welcome and some traditional home cooking awaits you.
The route takes you via Kabak beach and the chance to take a dip in the inviting sea. From Kabak beach, it’s a steep climb up to the village of Alinca in the foothills, where you are rewarded with magnificent views.
The route ascends to Sidyma, an unspoilt historical site of Lycian tombs and Roman columns, where we organise lunch for you in shade of the olive trees. After lunch, we organise a short road transfer to Bel, where we follow a track that takes us through pine forests and finally descends in hairpins down to the small village of Gavuragili on the coast.
The chance to explore the ancient ruins at Patara, spend a day on the beautiful, white sand, beach or take an optional boat (gulet) trip to the sunken city, castle and islands at Kekova.
The route today follows 2000-year-old Roman aqueducts much of them still intact to the source of the stream in a very pretty valley. Fantastic views for the duration of the walk over the river estuary to the sea and onto our destination at Akbel.
Today is the easiest section of walking from Akbel, the route winds gently down to our destination at Patara, it enjoys beautiful sea views and you have the opportunity to see the ingenious Roman siphonic system created to transport water across a small valley. On reaching Patara you can explore the incredible ruins and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean if you have not done so already!