How about a brief history tour?
People of Luvi, whom are a mix of Indian and European races, first moved to central Anatolia and thereafter to their future homeland in south west part of Turkey between Fethiye and Antalya.
Many of the small states which settled in this area formed a federation and this is called Lycian Federation, the country of the Sun. After this, Lycia turned into a state of the Roman Empire and left by its people after earthquakes, riots, pirates and attacks of Arabs, Persians and Greeks.
After Lycia Empire`s collapse, Turkish settlers of Ottoman Empire started to take over their location. Lycian Federation was formed of 23 major cities. The most important ones are Xanthos, Patara, Pinara, Tlos, Myra and Olympos. Lycian`s were the best allies of Hittites and formed after their collapse. Lycian Federation had come together by 45 small states and these were connected each other with a complex trail path. This path was used for trade and goods transportation between these states and built around BC 168.
In 1996, a private bank opened a contest for its 50th year anniversary. The winner of this contest was Kate Clow whom has lived many years in Turkey researching this path and got her Turkish name and citizenship under the name, Kardelen. Within the help of this sponsorship marking the Ancient Lycian Way from Fethiye to Antalya was a huge success and launched around 1999. Special marks, signs, paints were placed to mark the whole 510km way for tourists and hikers.
Lycian Way stands as the 4th longest walking path in Europe and in top ten world-wide. You will see many plants, flowers, small caves, coves, tombs and historical buildings during your hike. Don’t forget your camera…
Some of the ancient cities and historical sites are; Sdyma, Letoon, Xanthos, Patara, Antiphellos, Apollonia, Simena, Myra, Limyra, Olympos, Chimera and Phaselis.
Lycian Road and the part surround Fethiye
Village of Hisarönü is the start point of Lycian Road from Fethiye to Antalya. The 13km long trail between Faralya and Hisarönü is officially the first part of Lycian Road and covers the section of Valley of Butterflies. It is a great course, especially to see Ölüdeniz from that height. This section also covers the part of Babadağ, which is 2.000m high and the jump station of Para gliders.
You can see the tiger butterflies that are part of the nature of this region. Lycian road is marked with signs approximately in every 50 meters. However, it is extremely suggested to take necessary amount of water, food, a cell phone and a map. Kozağaç and Kirme are small villages on this trail and the last one is Faralya.
You will be seeing old fountains, bridges, wind mills, water ways along your hike as well as goats, turtles, beautiful smell of thyme and flowers. The path is 509 kilometres long and you would be finishing it in approximately in 18 days.
Some shorter examples of Lycian walk near Fethiye.
- The walk from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz takes around three hours. You can rest after this hike by swimming near Ölüdeniz.
- Ovacık to Faralya hike takes five hours and you can rest above the Valley of Butterflies, take some pictures and swim near Belcekız beach.
- The six hour route passes Faralya, Kabak and Alınca areas. Don’t forget to swim near Kabak cove. Alınca village is up high in the mountains and has beautiful scenery. You can visit Tlos and St. Gorge ancient sites after your hike.