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 9. 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
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
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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool Istanbul | Unieboek
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Capitool Reisgids De reisgids Istanbul is ideaal in gebruik vóór; tijdens en na de reis. Inmiddels is Capitool, met meer dan 100 titels, al jaren... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Travelling Rough on the Hippie Trail
  • In 1967 Asta lives in Sydney's Kings Cross, famous for strip clubs, gambling dens, artists and beatniks. After a failed relationship she drops out of her office job, joins a band led by an Aborigine blues singer and is introduced to LSD by a mysterious older man at a teenage party.When she meets her new partner they decide toseek ‘spiritual... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Travelling Rough on the Hippie Trail
  • In 1967 Asta lives in Sydney's Kings Cross, famous for strip clubs, gambling dens, artists and beatniks. After a failed relationship she drops out of her office job, joins a band led by an Aborigine blues singer and is introduced to LSD by a mysterious older man at a teenage party.When she meets her new partner they decide toseek ‘spiritual... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Lycian Shore
  • 'There are not so many places left where magic reigns without interruption and of all those I know, the coast of Lycia was the most magical.' Lycia, on the southwestern coast of Turkey, is an ancient land steeped in mystery, myth and legend. Home to the fiery chimera and to the great heroes Sarpedon and Penderus; heartland of worship for the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Lycian Shore
  • 'There are not so many places left where magic reigns without interruption and of all those I know, the coast of Lycia was the most magical.' Lycia, on the southwestern coast of Turkey, is an ancient land steeped in mystery, myth and legend. Home to the fiery chimera and to the great heroes Sarpedon and Penderus; heartland of worship for the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids 1234 Istanbul
  • Istanbul, de enige stad ter wereld die op twee continenten ligt, waar oost en west elkaar ontmoeten. Een stad om te beleven en te ontdekken. Als je Istanbul ècht wil leren kennen, loop je de zijstraatjes in, kijk je om je heen en proef je zo de stad in al haar facetten. Van een propvolle winkelstraat met bruidsjurken of keukengerei in alle... Read more
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Reisgids Merian live Turkije Zuidkust | Deltas
  • Een paradijs voor zonaanbidders, zeilers, duikers, bergbeklimmers en amateurarcheologen is deze kust, waar ook Cleopatra heeft gezwommen. 'Op een bark met een gouden achtersteven, waarvan de purperen zeilen in de wind opbolden, voer zij over de rivier de Kydnos, terwijl haar roeiers het water streelden met zilveren roeispanen, die op de maat... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Turkse Zuidkust | ANWB Media
  • Dé compacte reisgids Turkse zuidkust. Met handige uitneembare kaart Met de ANWB Extra reisgids van de Turkse zuidkust hebt u een handzame reisgezel. "Ontdek de ongerepte natuur, wandel langs de vloedlijn naar een prachtig theater of zoek een museum op." In de gids staat actuele informatie over bezienswaardigheden, café's; hotels, de lokale... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey is the most comprehensive travel guide to this unique country straddling both Europe and Asia — and bordering countries as diverse as Greece in the west and Iran in the east.Alongside an array of stunning images, you'll find insightful coverage of everything this country offers: from the Mediterranean beaches that play... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey is the most comprehensive travel guide to this unique country straddling both Europe and Asia — and bordering countries as diverse as Greece in the west and Iran in the east.Alongside an array of stunning images, you'll find insightful coverage of everything this country offers: from the Mediterranean beaches that play... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Turkey - Turkije | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Uitputtende bron van informatie, veelal nog completer dan de Lonely Planet. Inleidende informatie over land en cultuur is zeer goed. Rough Guide: The Rough Guide to Turkey is your... Read more
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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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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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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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Maps

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
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
2012
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Netherlands
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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
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Walking holidays

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
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
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
  • 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 - 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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