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==Cities==
 
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*[[Beldibi]] — seaside resort town south of Antalya
 
* [[Dalaman]] — region's airport is located here, as well as an accidentally built train station
 
* [[Dalaman]] — region's airport is located here, as well as an accidentally built train station
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*[[Demre]] — Lycian town where St Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus, lived
 
* [[Fethiye]] — primary city of the region; surrounded by verdant mountains, Lycian ruins, and turqouise sea; gateway to Ölüdeniz–the Blue Lagoon
 
* [[Fethiye]] — primary city of the region; surrounded by verdant mountains, Lycian ruins, and turqouise sea; gateway to Ölüdeniz–the Blue Lagoon
 
* [[Göcek]] — yachter's mecca on the tip of a bay with lots of secluded coves and islands, all covered with pine forests
 
* [[Göcek]] — yachter's mecca on the tip of a bay with lots of secluded coves and islands, all covered with pine forests
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*[[Kalkan]] — coastal town with whitewashed Mediterranean architecture
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*[[Kaş]] — coastal town with some well-preserved traditional architecture
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*[[Kemer]] — a coastal resort city
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*[[Korkuteli]] — a town up on the Taurus Mountains
 
* [[Marmaris]] — another relatively big town; a little touristy, but nice resort serving as one of the gateways for "Blue Voyage"
 
* [[Marmaris]] — another relatively big town; a little touristy, but nice resort serving as one of the gateways for "Blue Voyage"
  
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* [[Kayaköy]] — an abandoned village with hundreds of partially ruined houses south of Fethiye
 
* [[Kayaköy]] — an abandoned village with hundreds of partially ruined houses south of Fethiye
 
* [[Marmaris#Nearby|Kızkumu]] — a sandbar lying just a few centimetres/inches underwater, enclosing a cove on the shore of Bozburun Peninsula just south of Marmaris
 
* [[Marmaris#Nearby|Kızkumu]] — a sandbar lying just a few centimetres/inches underwater, enclosing a cove on the shore of Bozburun Peninsula just south of Marmaris
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*The ancient Lycian town of '''Myra''', now [[Demre]]
 
* [[Ölüdeniz]] — the "Blue Lagoon"
 
* [[Ölüdeniz]] — the "Blue Lagoon"
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* [[Olympos_(Turkey)|Olympos]] — backpacker destination full of wooden tree-houses and rich nightlife
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* [[Kınık|Xanthos]] and [[Kınık|Letoon]] — [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage sites]] very close to each other, political and religious capitals of ancient Lycia respectively
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
Towns in the region are connected to each other with frequent '''minibus''' (''dolmuş'') services.
 
Towns in the region are connected to each other with frequent '''minibus''' (''dolmuş'') services.
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===By thumb===
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Hitching from around [[Olympos_(Turkey)|Olympos]] is definitely good.
  
 
===On foot===
 
===On foot===

Revision as of 17:32, 27 October 2010

Lycian rock tombs at Fethiye, typical of many you'll see around while in Western Lycia.

Western Lycia is the westernmost section of Mediterranean Turkey.

Contents

Regions

Cities

  • Beldibi — seaside resort town south of Antalya
  • Dalaman — region's airport is located here, as well as an accidentally built train station
  • Demre — Lycian town where St Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus, lived
  • Fethiye — primary city of the region; surrounded by verdant mountains, Lycian ruins, and turqouise sea; gateway to Ölüdeniz–the Blue Lagoon
  • Göcek — yachter's mecca on the tip of a bay with lots of secluded coves and islands, all covered with pine forests
  • Kalkan — coastal town with whitewashed Mediterranean architecture
  • Kaş — coastal town with some well-preserved traditional architecture
  • Kemer — a coastal resort city
  • Korkuteli — a town up on the Taurus Mountains
  • Marmaris — another relatively big town; a little touristy, but nice resort serving as one of the gateways for "Blue Voyage"

Other destinations

  • Butterfly Valley (Faralya) — a deep canyon with sea on one side and some rare butterflies with the only access from the sea or a hard climb down via a narrow path
  • Dalyan — miles of channels meandering around marshlands, beach where endangered caretta caretta turtles lay eggs, and nearby rock tombs engraved on hillsides
  • Kayaköy — an abandoned village with hundreds of partially ruined houses south of Fethiye
  • Kızkumu — a sandbar lying just a few centimetres/inches underwater, enclosing a cove on the shore of Bozburun Peninsula just south of Marmaris
  • The ancient Lycian town of Myra, now Demre
  • Ölüdeniz — the "Blue Lagoon"
  • Olympos — backpacker destination full of wooden tree-houses and rich nightlife
  • Xanthos and LetoonUNESCO World Heritage sites very close to each other, political and religious capitals of ancient Lycia respectively

Understand

Rugged and forested, pine-clad mountains in Western Lycia descent right to the coastline heavily indentated with gulfs and coves, making the region top yachting area in the country.

Most towns in the region have some remnants from the ancient Lycian civilization, whether they be sacrophagii, rock tombs, or city ruins.

Politically, Western Lycia forms the southern half of Muğla Province.

Talk

Local dialect of Turkish is highly different from the official standard (which is based on Istanbul dialect), and with much of its vocabulary being totally incomprehensible to even non-local Turks, it can even be objectively regarded as a language on its own (some half-jokingly prefer to call it Muğlaca, i.e. "Muğla language", instead of the usual term of Muğla şivesi, i.e. "Muğla dialect"). However, all people in the region, except perhaps older ones living in remote villages, can speak standard Turkish (albeit with a slight accent usually), and, thanks to heavy tourism in the region, if you don't intend to hike between mountain hamlets, English will likely be sufficient to communicate anyway.

Get in

By air

Dalaman Airport (IATA: DLM), with its international connections, is the sole airport of the region, conveniently located in the centre of the region

By bus

Most towns in the region have direct bus connections to the major cities of the country, such as Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara.

By car

Highway D400 connects the region with Antalya Province in the east along the Lycian coast, with a connection to D330 in Gökova towards north (Muğla, Kuşadası, Izmir).

By boat

There are ferries between some towns in Western Lycia and nearest Greek islands.

Get around

Towns in the region are connected to each other with frequent minibus (dolmuş) services.

By thumb

Hitching from around Olympos is definitely good.

On foot

Lycian Way (Turkish: Likya Yolu), a signed hiking route which is a collection of ancient paths and forest trails, starts from south of Fethiye and connects a number of villages in the region, as well as some other towns located east of the region (i.e. in Antalya Province).

See

Itineraries

Do

  • Hiking — Hiking is a great option to get more in touch with the history and nature of the area. There are lots of waymarked hiking trails (most of which does not exceed 10 km in length) with varying levels of hardness in the region, in addition to the grand Lycian Way. One place surrounded by a dense (relatively speaking) marked trail network is Kayaköy.
  • Cruising — Lycian coasts are some of the most popular sections along a Blue Cruise.

Eat

Drink

Free cold water dispensers, or sebils as they are locally known, are abundant in the region, more so than the rest of Mediterranean Turkey.

Stay safe

Get out

  • Antalya Province occupies eastern half of ancient land of Lycia and has a considerable number of Lycian ruins.




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