Day 3 - Tahtali from Beycik
Day 3 - Tahtali from Beycik 
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£745.00 (2017)
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6 nights
6 B&B, 5 evening meals, 4 picnics. Luggage transfers between hotels, airport transfers, and transfer from Melanippe Beach (just beyond lighthouse) back to Adrasan
Maximum party size 12 (or 4 rooms)
Medium - Hard
5 - 7 hours per day
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Lycia - Mountain and Sea (Turkey)
From the mountains to the lighthouse
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A self-guided hike on the Lycian Way. Walk from a mountain restaurant to the saddle of Mt. Olympos (Tahtali), then via the Chimaera to Cirali (the ruined city of Olympos) and Adrasan to the Gelidonya lighthouse.

 

Grade: Medium-hard

 

From the mountains to the lighthouse

This version of our popular Lycian Coast walk is for more seasoned walkers and takes more time in the mountains before arriving at the sea. The mountains in this area are pine-clad, so the walking is in dappled shade for much of the way, though with stupendous views around every corner. The start is at the Gul Mountain Restaurant, at 1200m, and the first day a gentle descent on paths and tracks to a very authentic local restaurant (for lunch?). In the afternoon, an easy climb to a remote mountain village, where you stay with Suleyman and his wife - practise your Turkish, as English is not spoken, and the food is home grown. The following morning, a majestic climb over the saddle below the highest mountain in the area (Tahtali) before your descent to the lively village of Beycik and, availability allowing, a night (or two?) at a boutique hotel complete with infinity pool and sun-blessed terrace. If you take an extra day here you can walk to to the ruins of Laodikeia, or take a taxi to explore magnificent Graeco-Roman Phaselis.

 

More? The next day takes you closer to the sea, views become more open and lunch can be taken at a fine trout restaurant; the afternoon will find you marvellling at the eternal flames of the Chimaera - issuing forth from the rocks - before the mile-long sandy beach at your next accommodation - Cirali. Spend an extra night here if you like, to relax and explore the ruined city of Olympos, or if you are energetic and restless continue on - those last two days are lonely and thrilling, the last along the wild and beautiful coast of the empty peninsula of Kilidonya to the lighthouse. Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary and Liz

 

Maximum party size without itinerary variation: 12 (four triple rooms in Yayla Kuzdere).

 

Flight times may dictate that you spend your last night in Antalya before an early flight the following day, and the old town is worth a visit. Also why not spend a few days in Istanbul either before or after your walk? We can help you plan your travel and accommodation.

 


Highlights
  • Everchanging scenery from mountain to sea
  • Turkish home cooking and trout
  • The major archaeological sites of Phaselis (extra night needed) and Olympos
  • Great beaches at Cirali and Adrasan
  • The flames of the Chimaera
  • The lighthouse at Gelidonya

WE RECOMMEND: Staying in Istanbul for a few nights at the beginning or end at one of our hand-picked (and inspected) hotels in Sultanahmet. Extra days, at Beycik to explore Phaselis (we can transfer you there and back) or walk to Laodikeia, to explore or just laze at Cirali or Adrasan, and/or to get lost in the old town in Antalya.

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Lycia - Mountain and Sea (Turkey) route map
Route designed by

Kate Clow

 

Kate Clow is the author of "The Lycian Way", the definitive guide to the long distance walk she created herself, with the help of the people of the region of Antalya, which she has made her home for more than 20 years. A keen botanist and student of the history of the Middle East.