Outstanding hiking & cycling routes from around the world
We have two in-depth treks ready for you so far: Turkey’s amazing Lycian Way and Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago. See below for a summary of each trek. More great treks, both our own personal favorites and those recommended by the community, are coming soon. Check back regularly!
The Lycian Way
|Characteristics:||Approx. 400 km. Rugged terrain. Moderate-quality waymarking. Steep ascents / descents. Ancient ruins. Can be done without camping (albeit skipping over some sections). Moderate experience suggested. Hiking only (though can be easily cycled using nearby rural roads for almost the entire way).|
|Description:||Located along Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise Coast, the 400 km-ish Lycian Way is still a relatively unknown trail despite it being heralded as one of the top 10 long distance trails in the world. The scenery is jaw-dropping. The people are incredibly friendly. You’ll find yourself awash in pure history virtually every step of the way (what other trail has you actually walking on an ancient Roman aqueduct for a significant stretch?). One day you are high up in the mountains and the next on one of the top beaches in the world, with the ruins of a magnificent ancient city as a backdrop. And most of the Lycian Way can be done without camping gear if you choose — and if you are camping, you’ll be pleased to discovery that you can camp just about anywhere! Highly recommended.|
|Content:||Trekopedia has over a thousand pages of content on the Lycian Way, including detailed descriptions of each route section, overviews of each community, listings for accommodation options / restaurants / attractions, and more, all being updated frequently. There are several hundred amazing photos, each with descriptions. Detailed GPS tracks are available (downloadable) for each section and there’s a growing collection of helpful articles.|
The Camino de Santiago
Here’s a taste of what you’ll see along the Camino de Santiago:
|Location:||Spain plus the French side of the Pyrenees.|
|Characteristics:||Approx. 800 km. Easy, well-worn trails. Excellent waymarkings. Some moderately steep ascents / descents. Historic churches / cathedrals. Ancient trail popular for general hikers and for those on a religious pilgrimage. No camping required (accommodation is normally in albergues, which are low-cost dorm-style hostels). Can often be crowded, though socializing is a highlight for many. No experience required (the distance itself is the only real challenge). Can be walked or bicycled (albeit with a few minor detours if bicycling).|
|Description:||The Camino de Santiago (specifically, the Camino Frances plus its extension to Fisterra), is an amazing 790 km walk from Saint Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees, over the mountains, and then across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela and optionally onwards to Fisterra. This ancient trail is a beautiful journey through regularly changing terrain, past communities steeped in history, and supported by an unparalleled infrastructure of hostels tailored to those on the trail. It seems to draw big-hearted, friendly ‘pilgrims’ from all over the word. Designated as a European Cultural Route in 1987, it originally was a spiritual hike that has become an incredibly popular hike for religious and non-religious people alike. Suitable for hikers and cyclists.|
|Content:||Trekopedia has over a fifteen hundred pages of content on the Lycian Way, including detailed descriptions of each route section, multiple route options, overviews of each community, listings for accommodation options / restaurants / attractions, and more, all being updated frequently. There are more than 2,000 amazing photos, each with descriptions. Detailed GPS tracks are available (downloadable) for each section.|
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