The Lycian Way
The Lycian Way, which is 540 km long is considered as one of the world's top 10 long distance walking routes, offers its visitors an atmosphere full of nature and history, passing through numerous ancient cities as well as unique natural beauties.
The adventure starts with the view of Ölüdeniz. The surroundings make you feel that you are passing through a time tunnel between the wonders of nature. Travellers passing by stay in the Valley of Butterflies, then follow the Kabak, Cennet and Pirate bays, then they reach to the Letoon Ancient City, which is also known as the religious capital of the Lycian region, which is located on the borders of Seydikemer district.
About walking for 2 hours, you can see the ancient city of Kas. Xanthos is located on the borders of the town of Kas, due to the invasion and wars, the land had suffered severely throughout history. That is why it is known as "the city of pain". Therefore travellers have the opportunity to see both the pre-Christian and post-architectural works closely.
The Capital of Lycian, Patara
As they continue, travellers have the opportunity to see thousands of years old cities established in the region such as Sdyma, Pyndai, Phellos, Apelia, Theimussa, Idyros, Antiphellos, Apollonia, Simena reach Patara, the capital of the Lycian region, just after a 4-hour hike.
The city, which is the symbol of Lycian democracy and home to the Lycian Parliament Building built in the Hellenistic period, reflects the quality of theatre during the past. Visitors take a journey from Patara to Kaş, which was known as Habessos in the Lycian inscriptions and coins. Kaputaş, Apollonia, Aperlai and a part of Kekova, known as one of the most beautiful beaches, greats its guests to Antic City of Myra in Demre.
Located in the city, one of the important harbours of the period Andriake (Çayağzı) Harbor also had the opportunity to appreciate the views. The ancient city of Myra with a capacity of 11 thousand 500 people can see the unique rock tombs located near the theatre.
The church which was built in the Byzantine period in the name of the saint, Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) known for the help of the needy and especially the children, attracts many of the visitors' attention.
Travellers who set off from Myra arrive at Olympos have the opportunity to examine the ruins of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, a few kilometres southwest of Çakaltepe.
After Olympos, travellers reach Phaselis Antique City, which is known as the commercial port city in the ancient period, located on the eastern border of the Lycian region. The passengers' journey ends at the exit of Hisarçandır District-Antalya entrance.