Over the winter Fethiye Times will be taking you on a series of walks in the area.

The cooler months are a great time of year for getting out your walking boots and exploring the local area on foot. There are many delightful walks in and around Fethiye that suit all levels of experience, from gentle strolls to major hikes.

On Sunday I was invited to walk with a group of friends. Our plan was to walk from Ovacık, along the first stretch of the Lycian Way, to Faralya. According to the Sunday Times the Lycian Way is one of the ten most beautiful long distance hikes of the world so it was an opportunity too good to miss.

The Lycian Way – Ovacık to Faralya

The Lycian Way is a 509 km way-marked coastal walk from Fethiye to Antalya. Mild temperatures mean it can be walked throughout the winter months. The best time to walk the Lycian Way is February-May or September-November.

The starting point near Ölüdeniz
The starting point near Ölüdeniz

The path

Starting at Ölüdeniz, the first stretch is relatively easy walking.

The first stretch is relatively easy walking.
The first stretch is relatively easy walking.

The path soon narrows and becomes steeper

The path soon narrows and becomes steeper
The path soon starts to narrow
The path gets steeper and narrower
The path gets steeper and narrower

The scenery

Though not short on arduous climbs, the effort is worth it to see the jaw-dropping, dramatic scenery.

The jaw-dropping, dramatic scenery
The jaw-dropping, dramatic scenery
The views are breathtaking
The views are breathtaking
Kayaköy nestling in the valley in the distance
Kayaköy nestling in the valley in the distance
As you near Faralya the landscape flattens out
As you near Faralya the landscape flattens out
The majestic Babadağ - photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu
The majestic Babadağ – photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu

Stopping for breaks

There are plenty of places to stop for regular breaks

There are plenty of places to stop for a break
There are plenty of places to stop for a break
A very welcome sign
A very welcome sign
Halil's cafe - high up the mountain where you help yourself and leave a donation
Halil’s cafe – high up the mountain where you help yourself and leave a donation

What else is there to see?

You will see much more than breathtaking scenery

Glimpses of paragliders as they take off from overhead

A glimpse of a paraglider through the trees
A glimpse of a paraglider through the trees

Fantastic trees that have stood their ground for many years

Photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu
Amazing trees – Photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu

Flora

Hardy plants - photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu
Hardy plants – photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu
Delicate flowers growing between the rocks
Delicate flowers growing between the rocks

Rock Faces

A face in the rock - photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu
A face in the rock – photograph by Hulya Yamanoğlu

Our ascent should have ended at Halil’s cafe, from where we had planned to go back the way we came. Being such a bunch of enthusiasts, we decided to go on and it was suggested that we should hike up to the take off point at 1300m and then hike back down the road.

After eight hours, 15km and 1300m, this was the sight that greeted us…worth every aching muscle. And we had transport waiting to take us back down the mountain!

Sunset from Babadağ - 1300m
Sunset from Babadağ – 1300m

We hope you enjoyed our first walk of the winter

The information provided in this article is for general information only. Please do not tackle this hike without the correct equipment and an experienced guide.

 

 

 

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