Lycian Coastal Walk
Oludeniz offers great walking for all seasons. Winter walking is particularly popular due to the high percentage of magnificently clear, sunny days and the lack of package holiday makers. Deserted tracks and bays await you, even visits to popular summertime sites will find you undisturbed. Natural beauty is dotted with historical sites of man-made magnificence affording many great photo opportunities. Our hotel has a gym, ideal for limbering up for the next walk.
We show you the best of the area but expect you to be back wanting the rest!
DAY 1 Arrive Dalaman Airport and 1 hr transfer to accommodation – Sea Breeze Hotel in Ovacık. A pre-dinner welcome drink at the hotel’s restaurant is the ideal time for introductions and information about the days to follow.
DAY 2 After breakfast we set off on a short drive to neighbouring Kaya Village, once a bustling Greek Orthodox town called Karmylassos. Here we walk through the deserted cobbled streets of the old settlement of over 3000 dwellings. Refreshments are served here before we embark on a beautiful warm-up walk over the hills to Oludeniz’s famed ‘Blue Lagoon’. The track winds above strikingly clear bays and through lush forest before opening out to a breathtaking view over the lagoon. After the descent to the lagoon’s shores there’s time for a swim for those keen. Our transport meets us for the short journey back to Sea Breeze.
Approx. 3 hrs walking, uneven track with a steep 20 – 30 min ascent to begin and the final descent into Oludeniz can be loose under foot.
DAY 3 Today we return to Kaya Village but are dropped off on the opposite side of the valley for a steep ascent before dropping down into the bay of Turunc. Views out over the 12 Islands within the gulf of Fethiye and the scent of fresh thyme and sage leave no doubt that you are on the Mediterranean coast. A boat awaits us at the beach and after any swimming that may be sought, we cruise towards Fethiye marina while being served refreshments. We anchor at Sovalye Island, the sole populated island of the 12 Islands. Time for some exploring before disembarking in Fethiye where our transport will meet us. Dinner at Sea Breeze.
Approx. 3 ½ hrs walking, track uneven with a 30 min ascent to begin.
DAY 4 An earlier start gets us on to the beginning of the Lycian Way, Turkey’s first long distance walk route. The track follows the ancient thoroughfare of the Lycians, its entirety runs from Fethiye to just short of Antalya. Today we do just the first segment which takes us to the picturesque coastal village of Faralya. The track ascends the coastal skirt of Baba mountain affording fantastic views as far as Rhodes on a clear day.
The track levels out and passes goat enclosures as we approach the village of Kozagac perched above a valley. The Mediterranean flora will be pointed out by our guide enroute. Look out for birds of prey overhead and the occassional wandering flock. Lunch is served by hospitable villagers who take great pride in their guests. We complete the walk by passing through Kirme, an ancient site of which little remains, before arriving in the village of Faralya. This villages enjoys uninterrupted views out over Butterfly Valley and across the Mediterranean. Our transport awaits us for the return drive along a road cut into the coastal cliffs, the views are endless! Possibly our most strenuous day but well worth it.
Approx. 5hrs walking, track uneven with some obstacles. 2 hrs of medium grade ascent to Kozağaç village.
Medium to Difficult
DAY 5 To break the week, today we board our bus and drive east along the coast to the once small fishing village of Kalkan. Enroute we visit the ancient Lycian site of Xanthos with its many fine sarcophage examples and ampitheatre. Learn about this city’s gruesome history and see the Lycian inscriptions instrumental in the deciphering of their language. For a further stretching of the legs we call into the long, sandy beach of Patara. Another ancient site reportedly larger than Ephesus but buried under tonnes of sand.
Time for some beachcombing before lunching at a local restaurant. A short drive into Kalkan affords stunning views out over the Mediterranean before dropping down into the village. Many Ottoman style buildings remain by the harbour and a stroll through the narrow cobbled streets takes one back in time. Enjoy a tea break in these most pleasant surrounds. Our return is in time for dinner at Sea Breeze and perhaps some dancing after a relaxing day.
DAY 6 This morning we set out to visit the ruins of Afkule, a Byzantine monastry carved into the cliffs overlooking the sea. Little is known about this site other than a few local tales but the setting says it all. After plenty of exploring we set off for a mainly gently descending walk through forest overlooking bays. This brings us to Darbogaz bay where we are met by a boat with the BBQ lit! A sumptuous lunch onboard before cruising over to St Nicholas Island where we are able to disembark and explore some more. Ruins of a Christian community to be found both on the island and under the water. The boat drops us at Gemiler beach late afternoon where we are met by our transport and returned to the hotel for dinner.
Approx. 3 hrs walking, track uneven and descent (& return ascent) to Afkule loose under foot.
DAY 7 Today we visit ancient Telmessos – or modern day Fethiye. The market town is dotted with hints of its history dating back to BC Lycian times. We walk up the numerous steps to the Amyntas rock tombs, carved out of the rock face to entomb Lycian kings. Great views over Fethiye and the 12 Islands. From here we visit the nearby ruins of the Rhodes Knights Fort that dominates over the town centre .
There is some time for shopping after lunch and Fethiye has plenty to offer. An early return to our hotel gives us the option of a treat to end the week in style – a Turkish Bath in Sea Breeze’s beautiful hamam. A sauna and jacuzzi is also available for your use and an oil massage post bath is highly recommended. You’ll be squeaky clean for your return home. (oil massage at additional cost.)
5 min climb to tombs is via steep steps.
DAY 8 After a final breakfast together, the return transfer to Dalaman airport for homebound flights.
WALKING & SIGHTSEEING
- All activities ‘Medium to Difficult’ degree of difficulty.
- Good walking boots essential.
- Small backpack to carry water bottle, snack, lunch, camera, sunblock, light waterproof jacket, etc.
- All walks and excursions accompanied by Ezmen’s expert tour guide.
- All entry fees included.
- On-tour catering includes Turkish breakfast, lunch (some days packed lunch, others in restaurant) and dinner (3 courses), drinks extra.
- Accommodation at 4 star standard Sea Breeze apartments.
- Free use of sauna, jacuzzi and gym at accommodation.
EXTRAS (PAY LOCALLY)
- Oil massage (£10).
- All drinks (except welcome drink).
- Safety box (£10 / week).