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 10. 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
  • 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
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
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
2014
  • Reisgids Capitool compact Istanbul | Unieboek
  • Of u nu eersteklas reist of met een beperkt budget, Capitool Compact biedt u het beste van alles. Tientallen lijsten met hoogtepunten - de mooiste musea, de beste winkels en de gezelligste restaurants - verschaffen u alle kennis die u nodig hebt. De praktische informatie en bijzondere tips besparen u tijd en geld. Met behulp van de... 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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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
2012
  • Wandelgids Sultan's Trail - Wandelen in Europees Turkije | Sedat
  • Volg de voetsporen van de Sultan! De bekoring van het Turkse gedeelte van de Sultan’s Trail, een nieuw langeafstandswandelpad van Wenen naar Istanbul, is vooral gelegen in de landschappelijke variatie en de gastvrijheid van de Turkse bevolking. Onderweg ontdek je de verborgen schatten van de oude Thraciërs, Romeinen, Osmanen en het huidige... 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
2011
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Istanbul | Time Out
  • Uitstekende bekend staande reisgids over Berlijn en haar directe omgeving. Heel veel praktische informatie met veel details, illustraties en leuke tips voor uitgaan, eten en drinken en bijzondere winkels. Ook culturele aspecten komen goed aan bod! Visually stunning and spanning two continents, Istanbul lies on a cultural fault line. Evidence of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids City Guide Istanbul | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van de stad vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. This magical meeting place of East and West has more top-drawer attractions than it has... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
  • In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined... Read more
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Belgium
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
  • In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined... Read more
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Dominicus Georgië - Armenië | Gottmer
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
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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 2020/2021
  • 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
2012
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2012
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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
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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
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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - Istanbul
  • Turkije’s meest bruisende stad: ontmoetingsplek van Europa met Azië. Slenter door smalle straatjes langs monumentale moskeeën, houten huizen en kleurrijke bazaars en drink thee op een levendige terrasje. Ontdek met veerboten de mooiste plaatsjes en verruil dan de stad voor de groene Prinseneilanden. Overnacht tijdens deze stedentrip in goede,... 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
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