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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Rate 7.0 | 3 votes | No 8. in Europe
  • Miguel September 2014
  • Rate 8
  • Positive The remarkable Cappadocia region is well worth a visit; coastline with great views and Roman ruins to visit (e.g. from Ephes to Priene to Miletus to Didyma; if lucky you could have the last three locations virtually all for yourself, even in September.
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Trails

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Mountains

Books

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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Bastard of Istanbul
  • One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a woman walks into a doctor`s surgery. `I need to have an abortion`, she announces. She is nineteen years old and unmarried. What happens that afternoon will change her life.Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse, all the Kaznci men die in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • Turkish Coast – Kas to Dalyan
  • The Turkish Coast – Kas to Dalyan is part of a three-volume Sunflower Complete Guide series exploring the walking possibilities along the Turkish coastline. This volume covers a range of routes including walks in Kas, Kalkan, Patara, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Gocek and Dalyan. A double-sided, fold-out touring map at the back of the book shows the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Reisgids Trotter Turkije | Lannoo
  • - Praktische en overzichtelijke gids voor elke zelfstandige reiziger die weet wat hij wil - Met een ruim aanbod aan adresjes voor elk budget. Trotter mikt op alle reizigerscategorieën. Van jeugdherberg tot luxehotel en van snackbar tot haute cuisine. - Actuele informatie over een zeer brede waaier aan thema´s, met alle klassieke... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Turkey dr 13
  • #1 best-selling guide to Turkey* Lonely Planet Turkey is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ride a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia's honeycomb landscapes, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ephesus, or witness the whirling dervishes perform their mystical... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Turkey dr 13
  • #1 best-selling guide to Turkey* Lonely Planet Turkey is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ride a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia's honeycomb landscapes, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ephesus, or witness the whirling dervishes perform their mystical... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • Turkish Coast – Bodrum to Marmaris
  • The Turkish Coast – Bodrum to Marmaris is part of a three-volume Sunflower Complete Guide series exploring the walking possibilities along the Turkish coastline. This volume covers a range of routes including walks in Bodrum, the Bodrum Peninsula, the Gulf of Gokova, Marmaris, Around Marmaris and the Bozburun Peninsula and Datca and the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Turkish Coast: Bodrum to Marmaris | Sunflower books
  • 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
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World
  • What can the great crises of the past teach us about contemporary revolutions? Arguing from an exciting and original perspective, Goldstone suggests that great revolutions were the product of 'ecological crises' that occurred when inflexible political, economic, and social institutions were overwhelmed by the cumulative pressure of population... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World
  • What can the great crises of the past teach us about contemporary revolutions? Arguing from an exciting and original perspective, Goldstone suggests that great revolutions were the product of 'ecological crises' that occurred when inflexible political, economic, and social institutions were overwhelmed by the cumulative pressure of population... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • An Idiot's Guide to
  • This is the original book by John Lockard, which has been edited to bring it in line with modern standards to provide an enjoyable and engaging account as set out by John Lockard. Complete with illustrations to bring the ideas on the page to life in full colour. This book is intended for both the beginners and the seasoned pros, and for those... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • An Idiot's Guide to
  • This is the original book by John Lockard, which has been edited to bring it in line with modern standards to provide an enjoyable and engaging account as set out by John Lockard. Complete with illustrations to bring the ideas on the page to life in full colour. This book is intended for both the beginners and the seasoned pros, and for those... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Turkse Westkust | ANWB Media
  • ANWB EXTRA is de geheel nieuwe serie compacte reisgidsen van de ANWB. Met deze gids heeft u een handzame reisgezel, waarmee u zich snel thuis voelt op de plaats van bestemming. In iedere reisgids staat actuele informatie over bezienswaardigheden, cafés; hotels, de lokale keuken, winkelen en uitgaan. Bovendien biedt elke gids 5 originele routes,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Te gast in Turkije | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • Samengesteld door en voor reizigers: verhalen van mensen die er gewoond of gereisd hebben. Literatuurlijst, praktische tips, vooral veel achtergrond- en cultuur informatie. De vernieuwde TE GAST IN-pocket over Turkije bevat enkele opmerkelijke achtergrondverhalen en inspirerende reisreportages. De verhalen zijn geschreven door vijf vrouwelijke... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Turkije - Lykischer Weg - Lycian Way | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Het eerste lange afstandspad van Turkije Lycian Way / Lycische Weg (Likya Yolu) is nu ook in het Duits beschreven. Duitstalige wandelgids met uitgebreide route beschrijving en praktische informatie zoals overnachtingsadressen en eenvoudige overzichtskaarten van de route. Der Lykische Weg an der türkischen Mittelmeerküste lockt mit... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • Turkish Coast – Antalya to Demre
  • The Turkish Coast – Antalya to Demre is part of a three-volume Sunflower Complete Guide series exploring the walking possibilities along the Turkish coastline. This volume covers a range of routes including walks in Antalya and surrounds, Kemer, Olympos National Park, Finike and Demre. A double-sided, fold-out touring map at the back of the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Turkish Coast: Antalya to Demre | Sunflower books
  • 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
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Primary Reader Old-Time Stories, Fairy Tales and Myths Retold by Children
  • THE UGLY DUCKLING.under broke does keep only turkey warm ugly waterA duck made her nest under some leaves.[Illustration: THE DUCK'S NEST.]She sat on the eggs to keep them warm.At last the eggs broke, one after the other. Little ducks came out.Only one egg was left. It was a very large one.At last it broke, and out came a big, ugly... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Primary Reader Old-Time Stories, Fairy Tales and Myths Retold by Children
  • THE UGLY DUCKLING.under broke does keep only turkey warm ugly waterA duck made her nest under some leaves.[Illustration: THE DUCK'S NEST.]She sat on the eggs to keep them warm.At last the eggs broke, one after the other. Little ducks came out.Only one egg was left. It was a very large one.At last it broke, and out came a big, ugly... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • G28 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
  • G27 Nisos Lesvos & the Coast of Turkey
  • Imray’s series of charts of Greece and Turkey are comprehensive and easy-to-use sailing charts published on rip-proof, waterproof paper- ideal for use on small tables or in cockpits. They show detailed coastline and depth information, and are constantly corrected to reflect latest information. Designed primarily for yachtsmen, they are... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Turkey Mepmedya 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Germany Marco Polo Road Atlas 2019/2020
  • Germany Road Atlas, 2017/2018 edition, at 1:300,000 from MairDumont in an A4 spiral-bound format, with 10 enlargements at 1:100,000 showing the Ruhr and other large urban conurbations in greater detail, street plans of 35 main cities, mapping of Europe for route planning, etc. A special feature of MairDumont’s range of “Marco Polo” maps and... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Aladaglar | MapSite Verlag
  • Goede gedetailleerde wandelkaart van dit specifieke gebied in centraal Turkije. Deze kaart is ook de gebruiken als klimkaart. Veel wandelpaden staan ingeteknd op deze kaart, al dan niet gemarkeerd. ook is de meerdaagse bergtocht TA1 ingetekend. Met hoogtelijnen, reliëfschaduwing; symbolen voor campings en onderdak, bevoorrading, openbaar... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Turkije / Türkei | ADAC
  • ADAC LänderKarte Türkei 1 : 800 000 ab 9.99 EURO Register: Legende, Citypläne, Ortsregister mit Postleitzahlen. Karte: Sehenswürdigkeiten, Natur- und Nationalparks, landschaftlich schöne Strecken LänderKarte ADAC Karte. 6. Auflage Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
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2012
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Netherlands
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Türkei 1:800 000
  • Für die große Fahrt und kleine Abstecher. Die MARCO POLO Länderkarten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der, im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Marco Polo Highlight-Sternen, sowie gelben oder... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lycian Way West
  • Self-guided walking holiday along the west section of the Lycian Way. Enjoy panoramic views across the turquoise coast, and discover ruins from Greek and Roman civilisations on this walk along the west section of the Lycian Way. This tour combines a variety of coastal walks with a couple of inland sections giving fantastic views of the Toros... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Turkey's Turquoise Coast
  • A self-guided walking tour in Turkey's southern coast. A relaxing tour in southern Turkey with walks through ancient ruins, along beaches and on the Lycian Way. Discover the photogenic lagoon of Olu Deniz, many ancient ruins, such as Xanthos and Phellos and countless views over the deep blue Mediterranean Sea and rugged mountains. With a... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lycian Way East Self Guided Walking Tour
  • A self-guided walking tour along the Lycian Way, Turkey's first long distance path. Explore Lycian ruins, rugged coastline and a more authentic side of Turkey on this walk along the eastern section of the Lycian Way. Walking along golden beaches, or on rugged cliff top paths overlooking the turquoise coast, you will discover ancient ruins,... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - West Lycian Way
  • Wandel- en genietvakantie langs het westelijke deel van de fameuze Lycian Way, het eerste gemarkeerde lange-afstand wandelpad van Turkije, met in het vroege voorjaar ongekende bloemenpracht. Van Fethiye langs de steile, grillige kust naar het eindeloze strand en de onder gestoven ruïnes van Patara. Ontdek het èchte Turkije voorbij de... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - West Lycian Way
  • Wandelvakantie in Lycië langs het westelijke deel van de fameuze Lycian Way, het eerste gemarkeerde lange-afstand wandelpad van Turkije. Wandelen van Fethiye langs de steile, grillige kust naar het eindeloze strand en de onder gestoven ruïnes van Patara. Ontdek het èchte Turkije en reis te voet door een van de laatste onaangetaste kustgebieden... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - Cappadocië
  • Voettocht door het betoverende tufsteenlandschap in het hart van Anatolië, het binnenland van Turkije. Je loopt over de flanken van de Hasan vulkaan en door de Ihlarakloof, waar in de wanden talloze grotkerkjes met bijzondere fresco´s verborgen liggen. Tegen het einde van de reis bereik je de mooiste en kleurrijkste door de natuur gevormde... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - East Lycian Way
  • Ten zuiden van Antalya volg je het lange afstands wandelpad Lycian Way, eerst door de bergen, daarna dichter bij zee. Met zijn kleurrijke flora, bijzondere Lycische cultuur, schaduwrijke bossen, kleine bergdorpjes en schitterende kust is het een heerlijk vakantiegebied. Je vindt gastvrij onthaal in prima hotelletjes, pensions en bij een... Read more
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  • Long distance hike in end of May/June?
  • Hi there,

    I am from the USA and am looking to do a long-distance hike in the end of May through early June, was thinking of doing about 21 days (give or take) and covering anywhere from 100-375km in that time (upper end would have to be an easier trail to cover the distance in my allotted time) and was initially looking into Europe (particularly Germany) but am really up to go anywhere in the world.

    What I want from it:
    - Stunning scenery - ideally GREEN landscape/rolling hills/mountains/forests to rivers to castles, etc etc.
    - Scattered small villages along the trail (they don't have to be every night but maybe every 3 nights at least?)
    - Not super overpopulated

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
    Emily
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