Turkey

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Ararat - by John

This immense country owes its first two long distance hiking trails to Kate Clow and Terry Richardson: the Lycian Way and St. Paul's Trail. Both trails measure about 500km  and lead through the southwest corner of the country, which is well-known among tourists. There are guidebooks and the trails are marked. The Lycian Way even has signposts to show the way. Lodging can be found in the villages en route, but a tent can come in handy. Both trails can be pretty demanding, climbing and descending. Avoid the scorching summer season. Early spring or late autumn are the best.

In recent years more hiking trails are being developed in Turkey. They are waymarked in red and white, and some are only just in the process of being documented. Take the northeastern Kaçkar mountains, an alpine range with lots of lakes and peaks reaching up to almost 4000m. More networks of trails have been set out in the forests of Yenice, in the mountains near Eskipazar, and in the Küre mountains, all to the north of Ankara and in areas of great natural beauty. Other new trails have emerged emphasizing Turkish cultural history: the Independence Way, the Evliya Celebi Way, the Phrygian Way and the Hittite Trails. One of the latest additions is the Sultan's Trail, all the way from Vienna to Istanbul.

A few mountains in Turkey are reasonably opened up for hiking. For instance the legendary Mount Ararat (5165m), where some still believe the Arc of Noah can be found. Climbing the mountain, actually a volcano, requires a small expedition and some daredevil clambering.

Many tourists visit the bizarre Cappadocia mountains, volcanic in origin. Some hiking possibilities have sprung up here. Of course there is much more to see and hike in Turkey, but most of it requires an adventurous mind and willingness to find your own way.

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Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Turkije - Turkish Coast: Bodrum to Marmaris | Sunflower |
  • This series combines the best features of a Sunflower walking guide with all you would expect in a general guide: getting there/getting about; accommodation/restaurants (with prices); practicalities A-Z; history; 20+ main walks, each with large-scale topo maps; fold-out maps; town plans; site plans; ´feature´ panels. Combines the best... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Turkije - Turkish Coast: Antalya to Demre | Sunflower |
  • This new edition, like the other updated editions in this series combines the best features of ‘Landscapes‘ with all the detail you would expect in a hefty general guide, but they are all pocket size (the page size is just 15mm wider than ‘Landscapes‘ books) and in full colour. All the authors have been visiting Turkey for many years, writing... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Turkish Coast: Kas to Dalyan | Sunflower |
  • Combines the best features of a Sunflower walking guide with all the detail you would expect in a hefty general guide. The Lycian Peninsula takes in a very large area; this volume concentrates on the region between Kas (including Kekova to the east) and Lake Koycegiz. A key feature of the book is coverage of the Lycian Way as day walks, with... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
1993
  • The Ala Dag
  • Guide to walking, trekking and climbing in the Turkish mountains of the Ala Dag, which consist of five main valley systems, each narrow and steep sided with hanging valleys. Covers climbs, walks and treks in the Cimbar and Kayacik valleys; the Yedi Göl, the Emli and Siyirma valleys; and the Kokorot and Kara Göl valleys. Read more
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eBooks.de
Germany
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  • Buch.de, Germany
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Buch.de
Germany
  • Türkische Riviera
  • Viel Sonne und Strände ohne Ende sind nicht das Einzige, was die Türkische Riviera zu bieten hat. Das Hinterland der von Halbinseln, Kaps und den Ausläufern des Taurus geprägten buchtenreichen Küste darf ohne zu übertreiben eine der schönsten Wanderregionen am Mittelmeer genannt werden und hält Routen für alle Ansprüche bereit. Die Lykische... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
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Buch.de
Germany
  • Reise Know-How Wanderführer Türkei, Lykische Küste
  • Das alte Lykien an der Südküste der Türkei ist ein Wanderparadies. Oft nur einen Steinwurf von den Touristenzentren entfernt wartet die pure Idylle: grüne Pinienwälder und riesige Sandstrände, bis heute von Hotelbebauung verschont. Küstenpfade führen hoch über dem Meer zu verschwiegenen Felsbuchten. Im gebirgigen Hinterland finden sich... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids Turkei - Lykische Küste Turkije | Reise Know How |
  • Das alte Lykien an der Südküste der Türkei ist ein Wanderparadies. Oft nur einen Steinwurf von den Touristenzentren entfernt wartet die pure Idylle: grüne Pinienwälder und riesige Sandstrände, bis heute von Hotelbebauung verschont. Küstenpfade führen hoch über dem Meer zu verschwiegenen Felsbuchten. Im gebirgigen Hinterland finden sich... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walking and Birdwatching in South West Turkey
  • This authoritative guide addresses the need for a detailed book on birdwatching in SW Turkey while also incorporating interesting day walks in areas notable not only for birds but other natural and cultural aspects.The book begins with short chapters on preparations & practicalities for travellers, archaeology and an introduction to the... Read more
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Maps

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nisos Khios & the Coast of Turkey
  • Plans included: Approaches to Psara (Nisos Psara) (1:15,000) Approaches to Khios (Nisos Khios) (1:20,000) Ormos Mandraki (Nisos Oinoussa) (1:8,000) Cesme Korfezi (Turkey) (1:18,000) Foca Limani (Turkey) (1:20,000) Sigacik Limani (Turkey) (1:18,000) On this 2013 edition full details of the new TSS schemes are shown at Izmir Korfezi, Candarli... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Europe: Freytag & Berndt Road Atlas (700K) - A4, HARDBACK
  • Impressive, 652-page, Road Atlas of Europe from Freytag & Berndt, in an A4 hardback format, with an extensive index of localities, plus indexed street plans of over 60 town centres and enlargements at 1:100,000 showing road access to 20 cities.The main section of the atlas covers western and central Europe, including the whole of Scandinavia,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Izmir Main Roads Plan
  • Izmir Main Roads Plan at 1:40,000 from Mepmedya is an indexed, double-sided road map of the area surrounding the city. Shows main transport routes and many places of interest, and includes an enlarged inset of Izmir city centre. Map legend also in English. Major and secondary roads and main streets are named; and many more streets are shown but... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Turkey Road Atlas
  • Turkey Road Atlas at 1:400,000 from Mepmedya is an indexed road atlas and guide to the country, with a distance chart, approach maps for Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, and street plans for major cities. Legend in Turkish, English and German. Motorways, secondary roads and many minor roads are shown, as are railway lines and stations, airports,... Read more
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