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 12. 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

Regions

Mountains

Books

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
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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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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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
  • Railpass Railmap Europe
  • RailPass RailMap Europe 2015 Explore the whole European railway network with the full color icon illustrated Railway Atlas of Europe, Turkey and Morocco. Including: - Index with Country flag and RailMap pages - Detailed explanation of RailMap legend and what to look out for on RailMap. - Easily identified High speed routes - Main railway lines... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Railpass Railmap Europe
  • RailPass RailMap Europe 2015 Explore the whole European railway network with the full color icon illustrated Railway Atlas of Europe, Turkey and Morocco. Including: - Index with Country flag and RailMap pages - Detailed explanation of RailMap legend and what to look out for on RailMap. - Easily identified High speed routes - Main railway lines... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Magic Carpet Seduction
  • Close encounters with Carpet Casanovas in Turkey. A quest to meet a wizard-like hermit in the Lebanese mountains. Political intrigue in a Chinese classroom. A marriage proposal on a Nicaraguan chicken bus. Vicariously experience these and other adventures when you travel with the author, Lisa Egle, to China, Latin America, Turkey and the Middle... Read more
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Belgium
  • Magic Carpet Seduction
  • Close encounters with Carpet Casanovas in Turkey. A quest to meet a wizard-like hermit in the Lebanese mountains. Political intrigue in a Chinese classroom. A marriage proposal on a Nicaraguan chicken bus. Vicariously experience these and other adventures when you travel with the author, Lisa Egle, to China, Latin America, Turkey and the Middle... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Turkije - Turkse kust - Türkische Riviera | Rother Bergverlag
  • Duitstalige wandelgids met zeer goed beschreven wandelingen in de genoemde gebieden. Redelijk kaartmateriaal, vooral de beschrijving van de route en de praktische info die er bij hoort is meer dan goed. Viel Sonne und Strände ohne Ende sind nicht das Einzige, was die Türkische Riviera zu bieten hat. Das Hinterland der von Halbinseln, Kaps und... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Eastern Turkey
  • Turkey is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and yet the rugged plateaus stretching east from Istanbul are rarely explored. Unique in offering in-depth coverage of this region, east of Ankara, Bradt’s Eastern Turkey is the only guide to unlock the full mysteries of this little-known region including the hugely significant... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Eastern Turkey
  • Turkey is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and yet the rugged plateaus stretching east from Istanbul are rarely explored. Unique in offering in-depth coverage of this region, east of Ankara, Bradt’s Eastern Turkey is the only guide to unlock the full mysteries of this little-known region including the hugely significant... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Türkische Riviera - Kappadokien | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Een van de weinige gidsen die beduidend meer aandacht geeft aan Kappadocie. Veel informatie over cultuur en bevolking, daarnaast ook praktische info over slapen, eten en vervoer. Duitstalig. Kaum ein anderer Küstenabschnitt der Türkei wird von deutschen Urlaubern mehr geschätzt als der zwischen Antalya und Antakya: Die türkische Riviera lockt... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Dominicus landengids - Georgië en Armenië
  • In Armenië en Georgië vind je de hoogste bergtoppen van Europa, er wonen de meest gastvrije mensen van de wereld en bovendien bevinden zich daar de oudste bouwwerken uit de christelijke cultuur. Deze landen liggen onder de rook van Rusland en aan de rand van Turkije. Mede dankzij het heerlijke subtropische klimaat leven de Armeniër en de... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Dominicus landengids - Georgië en Armenië
  • In Armenië en Georgië vind je de hoogste bergtoppen van Europa, er wonen de meest gastvrije mensen van de wereld en bovendien bevinden zich daar de oudste bouwwerken uit de christelijke cultuur. Deze landen liggen onder de rook van Rusland en aan de rand van Turkije. Mede dankzij het heerlijke subtropische klimaat leven de Armeniër en de... 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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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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Discover Turkey dr 1
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Discover 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 whirling... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Discover Turkey dr 1
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Discover 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 whirling... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Türkei-Lykische Küste - Antalya bis Dalyan | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Uitstekende, diepgaande reisgids over alle eilanden. Met veel achtergrondinformatie en ook praktische zaken als overnachtingen en eet- en drinkgelegenheden. Thematische hoofdstukken over geschiedenis, geologie etc. Let op: Duits! Tief­blau oder tür­kis­grün schim­mert das Meer, duf­ten­de Pi­ni­en- und Kie­fern­wäl­der säu­men die Küste;... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Istanbul | ANWB Media
  • Met de ANWB Extra reisgids Istanbul heeft u een handzame reisgezel. ´´Maak een wandeling over de Grote Bazaar, bezoek de beroemde blauwe moskee of eet een hapje in een kebabzaak.´´ In de reisgids Istanbul staat actuele informatie over de bezienswaardigheden, café´s, hotels, de lokale keuken, winkelen en uitgaan. De ANWB redactie heeft in deze... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Germany Marco Polo Road Atlas 2020/2021
  • Germany Road Atlas 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 atlases is a set of... Read more
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
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lycia West Hiking 2-Map Set
  • A set of two hiking maps for the western part of Lycia inclunding the Lycian Way. A scale of 1:50.000, hillshading, contous with a equidistance of 25m and a UTM-Grid (for GPS-usage) etc. makes this maps to an ideal guide for visitors and those, who walk the Lycian Way. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lycia East Hiking 2-Map Set
  • A set of two hiking maps for the western part of Lycia inclunding the Lycian Way. A scale of 1:50.000, hillshading, contous with a equidistance of 25m and a UTM-Grid (for GPS-usage) etc. makes this maps to an ideal guide for visitors and those, who walk the Lycian Way. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
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2012
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Walking holidays

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
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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  • emputt 2016-02-16 01:35:57
  • 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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