As I mentioned above, the Lycian Way stretches between Fethiye and Antalya on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The route map with the most significant points can be viewed below. The path is marked so getting lost will be complicated. To feel more secure, you can download the Maps.me app on your phone and refer to it. It is very convenient and works without an internet connection. Here is more
information about the navigation on the Lycian Way.
It takes about a month to complete the entire Lycian Way, depending on your pace. But it is not necessary to cover the whole trail at one time. Instead, you can choose the sections you like the most and go through them selectively.The Lycian Way is divided into three parts: western, central, and eastern.The western part
starts in the village of Oludeniz and concludes in the city of Kas. The most popular continuous section of the west part is from Oludeniz to Patara Beach. The trail runs along the sea but at a significant distance, so swimming in the sea while hiking is rarely possible. Also,
there are many villages in this section, so you can go trekking backpack-free, staying overnight in hotels or guesthouses. On this part of the Lycian Way, you can see many natural attractions, such as Mount Babadag, Butterfly Valley, and a beach in Kabak with turquoise water. It is also full of the Lycian civilization monuments: wealthy Romans' tombs in Fethiye, which the Lycians made. These tombs are rock-cut in the form of entire temples! Other valuable historic places on the way are Kayakoy, Sidima, Patara, and Xanth.The central part
of the route starts at Kas and ends at Finike. It runs from Kas to Demre as close as possible to the sea, and only from Demre to Finike it goes up into the mountains. In this section, you can visit the sunken island of Kekova, which was submerged by an earthquake in the second century BC. In the city of Demre, there is an open-air museum with rock-cut tombs. Sarcophagi can be found right along the footpath; for this, you do not even need to go to museums. The Lycian Way between Kas and Demre is suitable for people of any physical fitness level since the altitude gains are insignificant.The eastern Lycian Way
lies in a mountainous area. If you decide to hike this part, you might consider starting from the Goynuk Canyon and completing at the famous Chimera fires. The journey would look like you are going through the mountains to the sea. We hiked this part of the trail, starting a little before Genynuk, in the village of Khirchisandir. The eastern part of the trail is undoubtedly beautiful, but there will be no tombs right on the route. This section of the Lycian Way is more challenging than the central and western parts, as there are fewer villages along the way (you will need more food to carry with you), and the altitude gain is higher. There is also Mount Tahtali which you can hike backpack-free, leaving your backpack at the bottom before ascending, or skip it and go further along the route. Near Tahtali, the trail passes at an altitude of about 800 meters, so you need a warmer sleeping bag. After the lights of the Chimera, you can continue the route and go to Adrasan and then to Gelidoniya Lighthouse.