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LOCAL TREKKING ROTAS

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There are many marked paths in the hills of Caria(Bodrum area) and around  Oludeniz.      

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For an enjoyable walk it is best to avoid the hot summer months. By the end  of March the snow has cleared from the higher sections. Water from mountain springs is plentiful. Fritillaries, Cyclamen, Orchids, Tulips and Peonies appear.. By the beginning of June,  shepherds  move up to higher pastures (Yayla) with their flocks which on the way indulge in  the orchids you were hoping to find?

In autumn the seas are warm and the skies are clear, the heat of summer is over. It is the most peaceful time of year.

Few people  complete the trail in one holiday. Staying in the Oludeniz area one can  sample a couple of days following the markings or walk as far as Kekova (minimum 5 days required).Staying near Kekova one can complete a second leg as far as Adrasan. From Adrasan via Olympos one can complete the final leg.To take in  the many sites of natural  beauty and archaeological interest en route one  needs to spend double the amount of time. 

THE OLUDENIZ SECTION of the Way  as far as Kirme is an exciting mixture of mountainous tracks and meadow paths. The start-point is near the  Montana Pine Resort.  The lagoon at first glance resembles a glacial lake. Rounding a second headland one reaches the hamlet of Kozagac where there is  good drinking water. From here the trail drops down to Kirme  directly above Butterfly Valley The route does not provide much shade.

THE KABAK GORGE SECTION starts from the last district of the village of Faralya . The  Gorge is a fabulous crenelated canyon with  early Lycian tombs  and waterfalls where all examples of  East Mediterranean flora can be found within its walls. One should stick  to the marked trail all the way. Walking time approximately 3 hours.

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For those requiring flatter walking, part of  the coastal trail  runs from the Kemer aquaduct via Kalkan and Kas to Uluburun and Kekova. There are  public minibuses which cover much of the route.

Twenty years ago a  500 km trail which runs from the foothills of Fethiye in the west the plains of Antalya  in the east was marked, and became  known as ‘The Lycian Way’. The trail follows coastal tracks, ascending where the mountains meet the sea and descending to follow the sands of  alluvial  plains of the Western Taurus. Based on  thousand year old mule tracks the trail narrows  in places where the pace may slow, but all the better, as the scenery is awesome!

From Cragus in the west to Mount Olympos in the east the trail passes beneath the inner Akdag range whose  highest peak stands at 3024m……  The journey is a photographic feast of forest slopes and  samphire shores. A book ‘The Lycian Way’ written by Kate Clowe follows the trail with maps and walking instructions. The route markings  are adequate: online info and maps are readily available. There is plenty of accommodation in village houses on route.Free camping is not permitted due to danger from animals and fires.

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