One of the World's Top Ten Long-Distance Trails: The Lycian Way
With 77.8% of the province covered by mountainous terrain, the region is highly suited to mountaineering and trekking activities. Every weekend, thousands of nature lovers from Antalya trek the never-ending mountain roads.
There are a large number of amateur climbers in the region which is extremely convenient for mountaineering. Every Sunday mountaineering clubs organise walks to explore different areas of natural beauty. Many mountaineers from all over Turkey come to Antalya for weekend trips. After spending a pleasant Friday evening in the historic Kaleiçi district, they embark on a set route with their friends from Antalya on Saturday morning. There is no doubt that the subject of their conversation during the Saturday night spent at the summit proceeds from the friendly chats begun in Kaleiçi the day before.
The Lycian Way, recognised as one of the world’s top ten long-distance footpaths, connects the cities of Lycia on the Teke Peninsula all the way from Fethiye to Antalya. The whole trail has been waymarked by volunteer mountaineers from Antalya. The Lycian Way stretches to the west of Antalya, encompassing ancient cities, coasts and mountains, and is considered as one of the great walks of the world. The first section of the Lycian Way begins in Fethiye and places such as Faralya (Uzunyurt) Village, Dodurga Village, Sidyma, Pınara, Letoon, Xanthos and Patara, the ancient capital of Lycia renowned for its maginficant beaches, lie on its path. The second part of the trail consists of Antiphellos, Apollonia, Simena, Myra, Limyra, Olympos and Phaselis.