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Lycian Way

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The route that leads straight to Ovacık: beginning entry, showing length of trail and beginning point
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'''Lycian Way''' (Turkish: ''Likya Yolu'', [http://www.lycianway.com/]) is a 509-km, waymarked hiking trail in [[Mediterranean Turkey|southwestern Turkey]], connecting [[Fethiye]] in the west with southwest of [[Antalya]] (the village of Hisarönü Hisarçandır up on the mountains, to be more precisely) in the east along the [[Lycia|Lycian coast]].
Lycian Way is great, if sometimes a bit tiresome, to get a sense of true [[Mediterranean Turkey]], away from crowded beaches, fancy resorts, and posh palm trees.
[[Image:Fethiye Amyntas.jpg|thumb|250px|Some of the Lycian rock tombs you'll see on your left while you are at your first kilometre out of Fethiye]]
From downtown Fethiye, start by following brown "Kayaköy" (sometimes "Kaya" or "Karmylassos") road signs. From the corner of the mosque, turn right (towards the hills/rock tombs), pass by the minibus stop (with minibuses heading for Kayaköy). Then you will come to a T-intersection, turn left and then about a couple of hundred metres later, right (look for the street sign saying "Kaya"). This will take you to the tarmac road out of Fethiye, heading for Kayaköy, after passing by a Lycian sacrophagus sarcophagus right ''in'' the middle of the road before you left built-up area. First the road follows the bottom of a valley, with rock tombs small and big carved on both sides. After having a bird's eye view of Fethiye to the right, the road will swing left, still ascentingascending. After passing by a few cottages to on the left, you will see the first sign of the trail with the arrow pointing to leftthat reads "Kaya (Levissi) - 9 km". The path entering Follow the sign and cross into the forest after passing a beside the small stone bridge over a dry creekbed. If you miss this entry point, not waymarked and not clearly visible, is actually a shortcut and rejoins continue on the main tarmac road after a couple of hundred metres away. After a short walk on the side of the road to Kaya winding to left, the actual trail begins next until you come to a fountain with cold water on your right. This is another entry point to the trail (the sign will also show you the way): Refill your bottles here because this is the last fountain until Keçiler, about 6 km away. The path will start as a dirt road with loose pebbles scattered about. After a short ascent, and before the trail swings toward right, there is a beautiful view of the Gulf of Fethiye towards the left. You can rest here if you are tired already. A After a hundred metres awaymeters, the very-well designed dirt rocky trail transitions to a cobbled path begins and that gently ascents ascends towards the hilltop. After the 6 km mark, where you will once more join the trail comes to a T with the tarmac road. At this point the tarmac roadsplits into two, continue to the right. There is a small cemetery at this intersection that is not well marked, but can still be of interest. After keeping on the side of the road for about 1 km, and having the first distant view of the ghost town inbetween between the trees, there is another sign saying a "Kaya (Levissi) - 5 km, pointing left which the road swings. " It may look like it's showing the tarmac road, but it's '''not'''NOT and is easy to miss! It's actually showing the (re)start of the good ol' cobbled path, not clearly visible at this point, but lying just next to the road, albeit somewhat lower because of the elevation difference. The 'cobbled' trail at this point is and not nearly as wide, or even, or as much defined of a defined trail, as the cobbled trail one you were walking on earlier. Follow the rocky path that leads down to the right, and is easy to missaway from the tarmac road. The cobbled trail quickly soon turns right into the forest afterwards, while the road keeps lying straight. After a gentle descend in into the forest, the path is once more intersected by the road. This time, there is no sign or nearby marks to show the way. From where you exited the forest, you'll need to go to the right a few years meters and you will quickly see a rocky path, soon turning into a wide cobbled path, leading down to the right and down from the tarmac road. The trail will keep descending, and will cross the tarmac road again, at which found you need to walk a short ways to the right on the tarmac road and you will again see the wide cobbled path. Soon the The forest will disappear is then replaced with the first buildings houses you see since the exit of leaving Fethiye. This is the village of '''Keçiler''', nowadays a neighbourhood of Kayaköy and is 2 km away from Kayaköy. A coffehouse coffeehouse will welcome you into the village, take the path to left at the crossroad in front of it. From this point on, you will walk on a flat dirt village roads with no descends or ascentsroad. After walking a whileShortly, the road will wind winds right and will pass passes by a two Lycian sacrophagus sarcophagi on the left and carved tombs behind them in the hillside as well as another sarcophagus on the side right of the hill to leftroad. After the sacrophagusthis, you will, for the last time, join the tarmac road that descends from the hill to the left. This is the road that's following you since from Fethiye. After walking on the side of it a little bit, you'll come to the village square with a large fountain to on the left (very warm water!). You should take the straight road for Kayaköy, and a (fell as of July 2009) sign says the road to right leads to '''Afkule''' and '''Gemile''' (17 km, not accessible other than hiking). After a quick walk between some restaurants, you will arrive in the centre of Kayaköy (the . The ghost town part)should be seen seen along the hillside in front of you.
===Kayaköy-[[Ölüdeniz|Ovacık]]===
In Kayaköy, there are a number of guesthouses, restaurants, a grocery store (cash only; on the left of the road turning right in front of the church, ask for ''market'', pronounced ''maar-cayt''), and an old fountain. The water from the fountain doesn't taste wonderful but is drinkable as many people, even non-locals, drink from it with seemingly no problems. There is also a simple map of the village made of an illustration on the side of the road between the fountain and the church. Note that it's posted '''reversed''': Anything that shows up on the right of the illustration is on the left of you and vice versa.
From Kayaköy, you have two different trails to choose from to get to the official trailhead of Lycian Way in Ovacık: either the one that gets first takes you to the beach next to the Blue Lagoon at [[Ölüdeniz]], or the one that second takes you right to Ovacık over the hills. If you choose to take the route via the beach, then you will have to walk on the side of the ascenting ascending road with somewhat heavy traffic (in high season) between Ölüdeniz and Ovacık for about 3 km. You have, however, the option of taking a minibus (''dolmuş'') to avoid that section anyway.
====The route via beach to [[Ölüdeniz]]====
Total distance around 4-5 : about 6 km
This route is reported to be one of the easiest hikes in the region (always descending, after the brief initial ascent that pass over the hill behind Kayaköy) and can comfortably be taken in 2 hours. The waymarks are trail is well marked with the usual red&white or red&yellow rectangles.
The route starts near the St Taksiarhis Church (Upper Church) in the centre of ghost town. The trail partially runs through pine forest and offers impressive views of the sea below and St Nicholas Island off shore. At one point the trail connects to the road next to the beach clubs and leads to Ölüdeniz.
====The route that leads straight to [[Ölüdeniz|Ovacık]]====
..Total distance: 7 km The route begins at the St Taksiarhis Church (Upper Church) in the centre of ghost town, which is also the start of the trail to Ölüdeniz.
===Ovacık-Kozağaç===
====Climbing down to Butterfly Valley====
The climb is comparatively steep and there are ropes to use in several parts. Nevertheless the well trained locals can do the climb up form the valley in 15-20 minutes. Not suggested to climb in rainy weather since the rocks become slippery. One can stay there in the bungalows or tents for rent (3540-40TL80TL), go to visit the natural park with the waterfall or take a ferry to Ölüdeniz.
For some more details and safety tips on climbing down to the Valley, see [[Faralya]] article.
Distance: 9 km
Alınca is an upper hill hamlet of just 13 households with no descend to a beach. There is no shop in the village. However, a villager, named Bayram, rents rooms for 30 50 TL a night. There is another recently opened guesthouse in the village, housed in a stone building named [Alamut ] (<sleep name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+90 252 679-10-69" phoneextra="cell phone: +90-537-852-86-46" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.alamutalinca.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>)
From Alınca, there are two ways — either the (non-waymarked) paved road used by vehicles or the actual Lycian Way route, which traverses a section which went through a landslide badly deformed the hillside, as well as some very narrow paths with deep cliffs just the length of a feet away from your steps — those afraid of heights will want to note that before heading out!
Distance: 6 km
The official name of Gey is '''Yediburunlar''' and it is comparatively bigger village compared to Alınca and has a mosque, a shop 2 shops (named Lycian market, cash only), WC and a water source brought there just few years ago. This is again upper village with no descend to a beach.
The village mayor (''muhtar'') Bayram (not to be confused with the other Bayram in Alınca) rents a room and open-air patio of his two-story wooden house to hikers for overnights stays. Bayram can also reportedly arrange transfer of your excess luggage to your final destination with his pickup.
There is also another, expensive beautifully located boutique-type guesthouse (Yediburunlar Lighthouse) just outside the village, run by a Turkish-South African couplethat has 1 small room they keep for walkers on the LW. (<sleep name="Yediburunlar Lighthouse" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="160lira for 2 persons, half board. tel +90 252 679-10-01" phoneextra="mobile: +90-536-523-58-81" email="- [email protected]" fax="" url="http://or www.walkyediburunlar.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="250-300 TL double/half-board Nov-Mar">With cliffCliff-top views. Open year-round.</sleep>)
There are 2 ways to continue to Bel — direct route that continues from Lycian market to the right or you may take the side trail through the ruins of '''Sidyma''' near the modern village of '''Dodurga''', which is a little longer.
Çukurbağ, like Bezirgan, is another large-ish uphill town, ''yayla''.
 
* <sleep name="Eco-Organic Farm/Guesthouse" alt="" address="Çukurbağ" directions="" phone="+90 242 839-54-29" phoneextra="mobile: +90-532-374-02-19" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€40 pp including breakfast; 20% discount for hikers">Run by an artist/yoga practitioner couple, this guesthouse has a sertificated organic garden, products of which are used in meals. Wine, beer, solar-heated hot water, and free wi-fi is available.</sleep>
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