Best Lycian Way hike from Kas
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 2:14 PM Last Post By: kieronclark
Jan 21, 2012 8:09 AM
Best Lycian Way hike from KasHi there,
I'll be staying in Kas for 3 nights at the end of May/early June with 5 other adults, all in relatively good shape. Any recommendations for a 2-3hr hike from Kas? The priority would be excellent views....I know this is an incredibly cheesy thing to post but I'm going to do it anyways- is this image from anywhere near Kas?
Jan 21, 2012 8:38 AM
2Yep, it's Oludeniz. It's just east of the "Vantage Point" which is about 2kms from the start of the Lycian Way at Hisaronu / Oludeniz. It's one of the best places to get a great view of the lagoon without getting airborne.
Jan 21, 2012 10:28 AM
May/June is not too hot so you should be able to enjoy your walking.
If you are staying in Kas you could test yourselves with a shorter walk
by taking a boat across to Limanagiz and walking back - pretty good
views but if you continue onwards the views are less interesting, in my opinion.
Waling time about 2 hours.
Another great walk would be to get a dolmus up to the village above Kas
Cukurbag and the Pellos ruinsand follow the Lycian Way marked path back down.
Walking time 3 and a half hours.
A third walk would be up from Kalkan to the high village Bezirgan and do a similar
walk off the high pastures back down to Kalkan. You would obviously need to get
a dolmus to Kalkan /Bezirgan and then back again but amazing views.
Walking time about 3 hours.
A final suggestion is to go to the village above Kalkan, Akbel to ther ruins of
Patara. This is also a super and easy walk - about 5 hours. You can extend it
a bit and have a swim in the sea at one of the best beaches on the Turkish coast.
To save on time and because you are a decent sized group, you might like to arrange
a private transfer for yourselves. You could speak to you hotel or try one of the operators
like Bouganville Tourism or Dragman to arrange it for you.
Jan 24, 2012 4:16 AM
4We Hobbits live in Çukurbağ Village near Kaş. If you come to Kaş and want to walk to Phellos, let us know and we will meet you for a walk around Phellos.
In the vicinity of Kaş (ie 1.5 hour drive max) you have the following choices of ancient sites all of which are being excavated:
Xanthos (Unesco World Heritage , ancient capital of Lycia;
Letoon , a federal sanctuary;
Arykanda , a charming mountain site with excellent trout nearby; and
Patara (Roman provincial capital with beach)
Also see this site about Patara.
Phellos: was the main city in the region around 2500 years ago but Antiphellos (Kaş), a seaport, later became the wealthier of the two and Phellos went into decline. The 360 views from the hilltop location of Phellos are spectacular.
The dolmuş (local bus) does go into Çukurbağ (Chew-kur-bah) village but they will not drop you off near the walk up the trail. I recommend instead that you take a dolmuş from Kaş to Kale(Kekova) and ask to get off at Ağullu (Ah-uww-lu). Then walk the road toward Çukurbağ, following this Çukurbağ/Phellos map until you get to the white çeşme (fountain) in this photo . This complete Picasa Web Album has a variety of photos from Çukurbağ and Phellos .
Who knows what sort of village characters or creatures you may encounter on the high road above Çukurbağ Village on the way to the çeşme below Phellos?
You can stop at Cafe Dede either before you walk up or after you come back down. Cafe Dede is in the direction of the Antiphellos sign (the Cafe Dede pointer is just below the Lycian Way sign ).
Once you arrive at the top, you will see another Lycian Way sign pointing to Hacioğlan . Look for the trail that turns immediately left under the "official" sign. Unless it has been taken down, someone carved a small "unofficial" sign pointing to the bulk of the ancient ruins. Continue on for several hundred meters. You will think you have seen it all
Here you can view a variety of Facebook Photos of Çukurbağ and Phellos .
Upon your return to the çeşme, follow the Antiphellos sign and walk the road down the hill till it comes to a "T."
Do NOT follow the Lycian Way signs unless you want a long 10 km walk back to Kaş. Instead, turn left and follow the road up through Çukurbağ village and back to Ağullu and catch a bus back to Kaş.
The entire trip and walk should not take more than 4 - 5 hours:
Bus to Ağullu: 10 minutes
Walk to çeşme: 45 minutes
Walk to Phellos: 45+ minutes
Time at Phellos. 1+ hour (eat a packed lunch there)
Walk down to çeşme: 30+ minutes
Walk from Dede to Ağullu: 45+ minutes
Bus to Kaş: 10 minutes
Another excellent walk and ancient site is Cyaneae (Kyaneai) . Kyaneai is easy to find on Google maps. If you zoom in close enough you can see the antique theatre .
The site, as these photos may show you , will take you between 2 and 3 hours to explore depending upon your curiosity and stamina.
Again take the dolmuş from Kaş to Kale(Kekova) and tell the driver where you are going. However, keep a sharp eye out for the Kyanaei sign , if you miss the first sign, do not worry, the village of Yavu will be about 4 km farther and you will see another Kyanaei sign there. Either way there is a road/trail all the way to the site. If you return down to Yavu, there is a nice little restaurant called Çeşme Lokantası about 2 km farther down the road away from Kaş. Have a mid day snack there, a salad or whatever they have in their kitchen, ask to see. You can then wait across the road for the dolmuş back to Kaş.
Jan 24, 2012 5:07 AM
Oct 16, 2012 2:14 PM
6Just a warning: if you are going to walk the Lycian way from Phellos (near Çukurbağ) to Kaş, as suggested above, please read this first.
My wife and I did the walk a few days ago, and it is a very nice walk indeed, with some great views and an opportunity to see a little bit of the less-touristy side of the area.
In most places, the way-markers (a white and a red stripe painted on a stone or telegraph pole) are relatively easy to find (although you sometimes need to keep your eyes peeled) but you do need to be careful towards the end of the walk after you've crossed a flat, dusty valley populated mostly by goats. At the end of the valley is the point where a path takes you up through some trees, then down a mountain path towards Kaş. Unfortunately, there are a few other paths/tracks starting at the end of the valley. One of them is marked with the same red and white stripes as the path to Kaş but actually takes you away from Kaş, as we found to our cost after an hour of fruitless trekking.
The path that you shouldn't take is towards the right side of the valley, as it meets the trees.
The path to Kaş is towards the left side of the end of the valley as it meets the trees. After 100 metres or so of climbing, you'll come to a water tank with a nice view over Kaş ahead and the path down continuing to the left of the tank.
Both of these paths are marked with the red-and-white logo seen elsewhere on the Lycian way, so make sure that you take the right one!
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