Lycian Way awaits adventurers

Tourism and Turkey are two words that go together so well. So when they are mentioned, one might think about the country's countless blue-flagged beaches and ancient sites,

Tourism and Turkey are two words that go together so well. So when they are mentioned, one might think about the country's countless blue-flagged beaches and ancient sites, but it is also home to one of the world's longest footpaths- the Lycian Way.

The Lycian Way was named after the ancient civilization of Lycia. It runs 540 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast from Muğla province to southern Antalya.

At first glance, one might feel a bit intimidate with its vast length, but trekkers have the option of starting off from different parts of the ancient pathway and enjoying shorter routes.    

For those who take on the challenge of completing the route, it is a long journey through rocky, mountainous terrain, abandoned beaches, dense forests, hill peaks and ancient ruins.      

In order to prevent adventurers from getting lost, rocks along the footpath are marked with red and white stripes.      

There is also water wells scattered along the path to help prevent travelers from becoming dehydrated.      

A tent, sleeping bag, trekking shoes, water flask, small kitchen set, towel, first aid kit, blanket and sunglasses; those are certain must-have items in a trekker's backpack make their journey easier and more enjoyable.

Ancient Lycia consisted of a federation of cities called the Lycian League – the first known democratic union in history. Its largest cities were Xanthos, Patara, Myra, Pinara, Tios and Olympos.         

Today, the Museum of Lycian Civilizations in the town of Demre in Antalya province also must be visited. For those who want more information about this ancient civilization can view the artifacts and historic sites there. 

Last Updated: 11.7.2019 10:54:10