South West Turkey is a walkers' paradise; the mountainous landscape and forested hillsides descend to the secluded coves of the 'Turquoise coast'. The ruins of ancient civilizations scatter the landscape while submerged ports can be seen in the shallows. Meadows of wild flowers front snow capped mountains in springtime while the warm autumnal waters of the Eastern Mediterranean refresh the hiker from a deserted beach....
There are three long distance walking paths that explore the region:
THE LYCIAN WAY is 500km long and routes round the Lycian Peninsula from Fethiye to Antalya. This is Turkey's first long distance footpath and passes through Kayaköy at the start of the hike.
THE CARIAN TRAIL is Turkey's longest walking path with over 800km of marked trail. The trail stretches round the Bozburun and Datça peninsulas, the Ceramic Gulf as far as Bodrum then north into the Carian hinterland. The trail visits the ancient cities of Mylasa, Labraunda and Heracleia passing through the Latmos mountains to finish at the site of Alinda(Karpuzlu).
ST. PAULS TRAIL starts near Antalya heading north into the Taurus Mountains and exploring the ancient region of Pisidea. The trail stretches the length of Lake Eğirdir Finishing at an ancient Antioch close to the traditional town of Yalvaç.