Hiking In Turkey
Hiking in Turkey
Hiking in Turkey really got going when Turkey’s first, long distance, waymarked route, The Lycian Way or ‘Lykia Yolu’ in Turkish, was opened in 1999. The Lycian Way route runs for 540 kms in Southern Turkey from Fethiye in the west to Geyikbayiri, close to the city of Antalya, in the east and is now widely recognised as one of the top ten walking routes in the world.
Today there are more hiking routes in Turkey, including ‘The St Paul Trail’ and ‘Carian Way’ as well as great hiking opportunities in The Kackar Mountains and Cappadocia in central Turkey.
Each route has many of its’ own features but Turkey as a hiking destination has so much to offer including a diverse history with many ancient cities more than 3000 years old, stunning scenery that includes majestic snow-capped mountains, inviting turquoise sea, golden sandy beaches, rich pine forests and mature olive groves.
Though a Lycian Way map and Carian Way map are available, the main Turkey trekking routes use a European marking system common throughout France, Spain and Portugal, known as ‘The Grande Randonnée’ in French. They are parallel red and white stripes usually painted on prominent stones and trees to mark the direction of the route and when trekking in Turkey you see them regularly.
Here are a few examples if you are new to the marking system:
Where there is more than one direction available and no clear direction sign then sometimes you will see a red cross painted onto a tree or stone this denotes that you are on the wrong path.
At main points of the walking route you will see ‘signposts’, here are a couple of examples taken from The Lycian Way ( Lykia Yolu ) and The Carian Way ( Karia Yolu ) trails
These are left by previous hikers to help with the direction on the route. For trekking in Turkey, rock Cairns are useful in that they should be easily seen from a distance and may have replaced marks that have disappeared or denote a part of the route which has been difficult to find. If you see a small rock cairn then add a stone on top for future hikers to see.
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