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
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  • 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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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
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
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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Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Turkish Coast: Bodrum to Marmaris | Sunflower books
  • NB Per abuis is het verkeerde overzichtskaartje in deze gids opgenomen. U kunt de juiste kaart makkelijk downloaden via de volgende link: http://www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/turkey-bodrum-to-marmaris-with-walks/ This series combines the best features of a Sunflower walking guide with all you would expect in a general guide: getting... 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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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
  • Dog Bites with Steve Brooks
  • Perfect for Foodies & Dog Lovers Professional Dog Trainer, Steve Brooks (C.P.D.T. /K.A.) shares secrets to modifying canine behavior without the use of threats or force. Discover HOW to train your dog using gourmet, healthy dog bites (the good kind ) as rewards for good behavior Steve Brooks is a master at creative, positive, science-based... Read more
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Belgium
  • Dog Bites with Steve Brooks
  • Perfect for Foodies & Dog Lovers Professional Dog Trainer, Steve Brooks (C.P.D.T. /K.A.) shares secrets to modifying canine behavior without the use of threats or force. Discover HOW to train your dog using gourmet, healthy dog bites (the good kind ) as rewards for good behavior Steve Brooks is a master at creative, positive, science-based... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Türkei - Zentralanatolien | Dumont
  • Zeer diepgaande reisgids over de regio Centraal-Anatolië in Turkije op het gebied van kunst, cultuur en geschiedenis. Veel plattegronden van interessante bezienswaardigheden, beschrijvingen van achtergronden. Absoluut een aanrader voor de geïnteresseerde reiziger! Mit diesem reich illustrierten Standardwerk wird bereits Ihre Reiseplanung zu... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
2010
  • DuMont Kunst-Reiseführer Türkei, Zentralanatolien
  • Zentral- oder Inneranatolien ist das küstenferne Kerngebiet der Türkei, dessen landschaftliche Vielfalt viele überraschen wird. Statt den erwarteten steppenartigen Hochflächen findet der Reisende die waldreichen Gebirgslandschaften Bithyniens und des Ponthischen Gebirges. Das phrygische Hochland wartet mit Tafelbergen und interessanten... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Miss Passport City Guides Presents
  • Istanbul Turkey is an absolutely magnificent place to visit the city has a rich and unique cultural heritage, formally known as Constantinople, and once part of the great Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is somewhat off the beaten path for most tourists, which is why travelers in the know place it on their itineraries historically. Istanbul was visit... Read more
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Belgium
  • Miss Passport City Guides Presents
  • Istanbul Turkey is an absolutely magnificent place to visit the city has a rich and unique cultural heritage, formally known as Constantinople, and once part of the great Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is somewhat off the beaten path for most tourists, which is why travelers in the know place it on their itineraries historically. Istanbul was visit... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Oost Turkije - Osttürkei | Trescher Verlag
  • Goede Duitstalige reisgids over een nauwelijks bezocht oostelijk deel van Turkije. Veel beschrijvingen van cultuur, bevolking en bezienswaardigheden. Daarnaast ook praktische informatie. (Duitstalig) Der Osten ist der unbekanntere Teil der Türkei. Fernab üblicher Tourismuspfade gibt es hier eine faszinierende Welt zu entdecken: Die verblüffende... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Turkey South Coast Marco Polo Pocket Guide
  • Marco Polo Turkey - South Coast: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips Fully revised and updated for 2016. Now with new Discovery Tours chapter. Experience all the attractions of the Turkish Mediterranean Coast with this up-to date and authoritative guide, complete with Insider Tips. Most holiday makers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Turkey South Coast Marco Polo Pocket Guide
  • Marco Polo Turkey - South Coast: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips Fully revised and updated for 2016. Now with new Discovery Tours chapter. Experience all the attractions of the Turkish Mediterranean Coast with this up-to date and authoritative guide, complete with Insider Tips. Most holiday makers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Wandelen in Istanbul | Odyssee Reisgidsen
  • Iedere route staat op zichzelf. De wandelroutes overlappen elkaar niet, maar beginnen wel allemaal op hetzelfde punt, in de oude wijk Eminönü; aan de oever van de Gouden Hoorn. Wandelen langs een of meer van de routes in deze Odysseegids laat je kennismaken met het echte Istanbul. De stad zien met andere ogen dus, of Istanbul ‘like a local’. De... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Capitool Turkije | Unieboek
  • Transcontinentaal Turkije heeft een lange, rijke geschiedenis, oude paleizen en musea, indrukwekkende musea en opmerkelijke ruïnes: tien locaties staan op de Unesco Werelderfgoedlijst. In het binnenland liggen de unieke grotsteden en -kerken van Cappadocië. In het oosten vind je fraaie bezienswaardigheden als het Vanmeer, Armeense kerken en de... 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
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
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Maps

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 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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2012
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Germany Marco Polo Road Atlas 2018/2019
  • 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
  • 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
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseatlas Deutschland 2019/2020 1:300 000, Europa 1:4 500 000
  • Der MARCO POLO Reiseatlas bildet Deutschland im optimalen Maßstab 1:300 000 ab. Sehenswerte Highlights aus Kultur und Natur werden farblich hervorgehoben. Zusätzlich enthalten ist eine Planungskarte von Europa, die bis nach Moskau und der Türkei reicht.Ein MARCO POLO Reiseatlas ist der ideale Begleiter auf Ihren Fahrten, wo auch immer es mit... Read more
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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
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Walking holidays

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
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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - East Lycian Way
  • Ten zuiden van Antalya volgt u het lange afstands wandelpad Lycian Way, eerst door de bergen, daarna dichter bij zee. Met zijn kleurrijke flora, sporen van de bijzondere Lycische cultuur, schaduwrijke bossen, kleine bergdorpjes en schitterende kust, een heerlijk vakantiegebied. U 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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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - Rhodos & Turkse zuidkust
  • Het zonnige eiland Rhodos is Grieks, maar ligt vlakbij de Turkse kust. Deze afwisselende fietsvakantie laat je proeven van het beste van beide werelden. Start op Rhodos met de vlindervallei Petaloudes en zijn historische hoofdstad, Unesco-werelderfgoed. Steek per boot over naar het Turkse Marmaris. Je verblijft in Akyaka, een mooie badplaats... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - Cappadocië
  • Voettocht door het betoverende tufsteenlandschap in het hart van Anatolië. U loopt over de flanken van de Hasan vulkaan en door de Ihlarakloof, waar in de wanden talloze grotkerkjes met bijzondere fresco´s verborgen liggen. Aan het eind van de tocht bereikt u de mooiste en kleurrijkste door de natuur gevormde sculpturen. Geniet onderweg van het... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - Lycische kust
  • Tussen de Zuid-Turkse stadjes Kas en Dalyan ligt een van de laatste stukken onbedorven Mediterrane kust. Hier geen kolossale hotels, schreeuwerige discotheken of overvolle boulevards. Wel onbedorven strandjes, onbewoonde eilandjes, geitenpaden en nauwelijks bekende ruïnes die herinneren aan een rijk verleden. Met je eigen familie verken je een... Read more
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  • 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.

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    - 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!!
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