Category Archives: Lycian Way

Solo adventure

Have you been planning your trip? Looking for the right backpack, comfy boots, nice accommodation, cheap tickets, perfect trail. And also looking for the perfect companion – the person you’ll be sharing the adventure with. And sometimes the person is only you. Just think about it – nobody to adjust to, to talk to, no complaints to listen to. Just pure alone time with your thoughts.

And now you may think it is scary. But I bet you’re brave enough. It is the perfect way to get to know yourself better.

Just check few videos of solo hikers for inspiration.

 

 

Stereotypical Turkey

Turkey has so many stereotypes about it. You might think it is only meant for going to an all inclusive resort as there are so many of those there. Or maybe you were thinking it is unsafe to go there because of the political and social unrest. I would not be surprised if you never even thought of going to the middle of Turkey to enjoy spectacular mountain views instead of warm and sunny beaches.

The truth is that even though some stereotypes about Turkey are there for a reason, the goal of your trip should be to enjoy all of them and visit places you never expected you would. Instead of booking a 5 star hotel, stay with locals in the middle of the country. Why not Cappadocia then? Unexpectedly old city built literally in the mountains. Also, rather than going on ordinary excursions you can arrange one yourself. Just pack a backpack and start hiking around as there are so many things to see and everything is perfectly convenient for the tourists. This is why Turkey actually is a tourist destination.

Try googling Cappadocia. Hot air balloons are one of the most popular things to do there. But is it a bad stereotype?

Try googling Cappadocia. Hot air balloons are one of the most popular things to do there. But is it a bad stereotype?

If you still want to have a vacay on the seashore, try the Lycian Way. Trail is located close to Antalya and Kemer, some of the most popular cities for tourism. Just walk along the perfectly designed trail and see all the best that Turkey has to offer, including the stereotypes about friendly and hospitable people, interesting old culture and other good.

You cannot have an opinion about the Turkish eyes without hearing their story from a local in Turkey itself.

You cannot have an opinion about the Turkish eyes without hearing their story from a local in Turkey itself.

Also, I hope you haven’t forgotten that we are always here to help. Just download TrailSmart to you phone or tablet and read all about the trail you want to take. The best feature about it is that you can modify it for your needs – skip a section, take an off-trail road, walk it beginning to end or the other way around. Oh, and it is FREE.

 

P.S. find these beautiful pics here:

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How to relax after relaxing?

You know you need to relax from your everyday routine once in a while. Go abroad, see new people, new places and just explore what other cultures have to offer.

Some people prefer to do that by laying on the beach, drinking mojitos, watching romantic sunsets and just chilling. Yet others need hard work to get tired, be it long long hikes, mountain climbing or cycling to recharge mentally.

If you need to tick both of these boxes to be fully relaxed, you have to choose your vacation destination wisely. After an adventurous hike between gorgeous mountains you will enjoy wavy salty sea way more than going straight there. And it works the other way around as well – a long walk will make you way happier after laying on the beach for a day or two.

I challenge you to take less than 10 pictures while you're on the Babadağ mountain.

I challenge you to take less than 10 pictures while you’re on the Babadağ mountain.

If you’re short on options where to go to have all of it in one place, I highly recommend you the Lycian Way in Turkey. Hills, castles, amphitheaters, woods, ghost towns, ruins, beaches… Name anything else and you’ll probably find it on this amazing trail.

P.S. Download TrailSmart app before you start planning. I’m pretty sure you’ll find everything you need (or more) there.

Patara Beach on the Lycian Way is the place to relax.

Patara Beach on the Lycian Way is the place to relax.

P.P.S. Thanks for the beatiful pictures, William and Luck. You can find them here:

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Packing the backpack: to camel or not to camel?

One of the main struggles before any hike is how to properly pack all the things you might need. Sleeping bag, socks, sweatshirt, sneakers, cosmetics, etc. The list goes on and on. But where to stop? Are you ready to become a camel for the next weeks and have everything you might need? Or would you rather pack lightly and not worry too much about the stuff you did not take?

Are you ready to carry as much stuff as this camel in Cappadocia?

Are you ready to carry as much stuff as this Turkish camel is going to?

You never know the right answer until you go on the trail and see what did you forget or what was absolutely irrelevant. But one thing you can do here is to learn from other’s mistakes and lessons.

Here are some tutorials from people that have already taken the popular trails. You shouldn’t strictly follow their rules, but they might give you some smart insights.

Now go, watch and pack!

 

P.S. camel rests here: http://bit.ly/2rVhkcn

Best place to stay

Everyone has different requirements for the housing while travelling. People look for queen size beds, fancy restaurants, picturesque settings, hostel vibes and many other things. Let’s not forget the group that only needs the lowest possible price (and that is completely normal!).

However, on some trails you can’t choose. There will be times when a tent, hostel (or albergue) or the closest B&B is going to be your only option. But it surely does not mean you’re not going to enjoy it.

Have you ever stayed in a hostel inside a huge church? This surely does not sound bad, does it?

If you ever decide to stop in Roncesvalles (on Camino de Santiago), this albergue is THE place to stay.

If you ever decide to stop in Roncesvalles (on Camino de Santiago), this albergue is THE place to stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about a tent in the middle of the beach in Turkey with the most amazing sky you have ever seen?

Turkish night sky full of stars. Probably the best roof one could have over his head.

Turkish night sky full of stars. Probably the best roof one could have over his head.

 

 

 

 

 

Old authentic B&B with English breakfast is also going to make you wish you could stay longer.

You have stay in a British B&B at least once in your life. If you don't know why then you just MUST.

You have to stay in a British B&B at least once in your life. If you don’t know why then you just MUST.

So, whatever are your housing preferences, some of them will have to go. But is the housing really the most important part of the hike? As long as you have the roof over your head, you will be just fine!

P.S. If you need help with housing, download our TrailSmart app. We have plenty of housing options listed for every trail.

P.P.S Check out those beautiful pictures here:

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How to remember the adventures?

You know those people, who go somewhere and always walk with their cameras hanging on their necks. It usually has to be semi-professional camera, but can be set on auto regime. It just has to look professional. Everybody knows those people.

Some of them just enjoy taking few pictures of some breathtaking sceneries and objects. But there’s another type – photographer-tourists that take pictures of everything.

Imagine going to a restaurant and taking picture of your food before eating (oh, wait, half of the population now does that). Imagine going to a museum and taking picture of absolutely every piece there. Or going to the zoo and taking picture of every animal (even of the snake which you hate). In general – imagine seeing your trip only through the camera.

You come back home after an amazing trip, but have no idea if it really was amazing, you just have million pictures of stuff (yes, in million pictures those amazing objects just become “stuff”) that you saw there.

I once went to the most amazing adventure ever. Long story short – I was sitting on the boat with my friend, jaws open, holding my friend’s hand and being afraid to close my eyes, because I could miss something. In front of me there was one of those photographer-tourists sitting. I doubt if he saw anything with his own eyes since he’s never put down the camera. At the end one thing is clear – I don’t have any material for my Instagram to make my friends jealous (oh no!), but I have memories.

That guy, on the other hand, has million of same pictures to show to his friends (about this – next time), but I think he will only remember taking pictures of the whales, not actually seeing the whales. If that is enough for him – that’s great.

But if you go on a trip, enjoy it as much as you can while you are there. Because you will definitely remember the best moments. The best pictures on the other hand – you might forget.

P.S. Thank you, Ben, for this amazing picture of people taking pictures: http://bit.ly/2skULAS

Picture of people taking pictures. I will just leave it here.

Picture of people taking pictures. I will just leave it here.

 

P.P.S. If your pictures look like this amazing shot taken on Lycian Way – nevermind this blog post and take pictures. Actually, take more pictures, because this one is amazing. Great job, Joanne: http://bit.ly/2rXaSnq

Take more amazing pictures like this and less pictures you will not remember.

Take more amazing pictures like this and less pictures you will not remember.

Local cuisine

Everybody goes on an adventure for different reasons. If your Facebook bio says you’re a “foodie” you will probably go on a hike to explore what local markets, restaurants and canteens have to offer. And you will be 100% right to do that (except for using the word “foodie” anywhere in public).

Spanish sea food paella after a long day - can there be anything better?

Spanish sea food after a long day – can there be anything better?

Whichever trail you choose, you are going to meet more local people and find more unexplored restaurants than you’ve ever expected. And go ahead, try everything. Order full table of local soups, salads, desserts and anything else you want. Find your favorites, find the dish you will never ever try again.

Just remember that hiking is not only about the hike. It’s about feeling the local way of living as well.

Don't expect a cake for the dessert in Turkey.

Don’t expect a cake for the dessert in Turkey.

 

P.S. Thanks for the pictures, Or and Stijn:

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Great Lycian Way Video

Magnus Hedström wrote in to tell us about the video he’s just created of his 2015 Lycian Way walk. We took at look at it and it beautifully captures the essence of the Lycian Way. He’s posted it to YouTube.

He also told us: “Amazingly beautiful area, friendly people, good food and stunning weather.” We couldn’t agree more. He also noted, though, that the trail could be rough at times and he had trouble finding his way on occasion (a common complaint and the primary reason we created TrekRight).

Check it out — time well spent! 🙂

For more of Magnus’ adventures, take a look at his website:

http://www.magnushedstrom.com/

It’s in Swedish, but very readable with Google Translate. He’s been to some interesting places and he’s got some great photos on his site.

Hiking From Myra to Finike – Trail Feedback

We got some great feedback today from Lycian Way hiker Manoel Morgado who just finished the amazingly beautiful 3-day section from Myra to Finike. This 38.6 km portion of the Lycian Way involves climbing and descending more than 2,280m, some of it very steep and/or rugged. It’s an exhilarating portion of the trail. At this time of the year, it is particularly challenging as there can still be significant snow at the higher elevations.

Descending from Belören towards Demre

Descending from Belören towards Demre, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Manoel had some great comments about both the trail and our TrekRight app:

We are back from the 3 days in the mountains (Myra to Finike) and once more we have to thank you because if it was not for TrekRight we would still be there in the woods looking for the way. From above 1600 meters there was quite a lot of snow and it was almost impossible to find our way. Then we used the app’s directional compass telling us where to go and eventually we found, over and over, one of the marks. Camping at Alakilise was wonderful. It is not everyday that one camps at a 1700 year old Roman church… It took 5 hours from Myra to Alakilise, very hard 8 hours from there to Belos ruins and 3 from there to Finike.


I wouldn’t recommend anybody to do this 3 day trip without your app since there is still quite a lot of snow covering most of the marks. But even before that on the way up it is very easy to get lost and getting lost there can be quite dangerous… We put a few dozen cairns on the way but even then it is not easy.


The weirdest part until now happened on the descent from Belos. You are following the road down and in the app says that the road turns to the left and you should follow to the left. But we were coming on the road and saw signs very clear on the road in front. We went straight and there were more signs so we walked for around 400 meters until we found a house and no more signs. So I looked at the compass and it indicated that we had to go back to the intersection. We were confused since the marks were very clear and very frequent. So, we went back to the road, which was the correct way after all, and then the compass was happy…


Regarding the new ‘official’ section going into Finike: This way is not just very well marked (the best so far with new signs at each 3 meters or so) but very beautiful and different. For quite a while it follows a canyon on a dry river bed that is spectacular!

Manoel is a veteran trekker and mountain climber, leading tours and expeditions around the world. He’s been generously providing us with helpful feedback on his hike of the Lycian Way.

Note: there is nothing technically difficult about the Myra – Finike section other than a lot of ascending and descending. However, if you aren’t experienced with mountain hiking you should definitely wait until closer to summer when the snow has largely cleared before doing this portion of the Lycian Way. It is easy to bypass this portion and continue on from Finike (or from Myra if you are walking westbound).

Here are a few more photos taken in 2013 to give you a nice sense of the trail through the mountains:

Approaching Belören from Zeytin

Approaching Belören from Zeytin, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Great view between Alakilise and the highpoint on the Myra-Finike section

Great view between Alakilise and the highpoint on the Myra-Finike section, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Walking towards the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section, coming from the Belos ruins

Walking towards the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section, coming from the Belos ruins, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Walking on the forest trail between the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section and the Belos ruins

Walking on the forest trail between the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section and the Belos ruins, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

TrekRight v1.8 Submitted to App Store!

TrekRight version 1.8 has been finished for both the Camino de Santiago and the Lycian Way apps. New versions of both have been submitted to the App Store and are simply waiting on review / approval by Apple. It normally takes 5-7 days, so the apps should show up in the App Store sometime around this weekend assuming there are no issues.

This major release adds significant functionality to TrekRight, fixes a few bugs, and includes updates on much of the content.

We recommend everyone update to this new version.

Note: When you update TrekRight, all of the ‘reference’ information will be replaced with our updated content. However, your own data is not affected. Thus, any notes you’ve added or any routes you’ve defined or modified will still be there. The same applies to any ‘Ratings’, Flags, or other values that you can change (user information is stored separately and thus is not affected by updates to the app).

CHANGE LOG
IMPROVED: Routes Module

If you want to customize one of the pre-built routes (such as the popular Brierley or Eroski routes on the Camino), it is now much easier and more flexible. Choose where you want to start and finish and select which sections you want to use (not everyone wants to walk the same exact route). Easily adjust the stage breaks to suit your own speed and preferences. And more. [This is only ‘new’ in the Camino version; it was already in the most recent Lycian Way version]

ADDED: Santiago ‘City Walk’

For the Camino version, we’ve created an in-depth ‘city walk’ of Santiago de Compostela, including a route that appears on the Map, details about just about every notable attraction in the city, and so on. There’s also an ebook version of the guide available (free) here on the website. To do the ‘city walk’ within TrekRight, just select it in the Routes listing.

CONTENT: Lots of Updates

We are continuing to actively update the content of TrekRight, for both the Camino and Lycian Way. For this release, there are more updates to the Camino version (about 800!), though there are also about 200 updates to the Lycian Way version.

FIXED / OTHER: Minor Bugs / Tweaks

A handful of minor bugs have been fixed and there have been small tweaks throughout TrekRight.

Let us know if you encounter any problems or want to recommend new features. TrekRight is being actively worked on, so your feedback and ideas are always greatly appreciated.

Of course, all of our content remains available here, online. Contact us any time to suggest content changes, submit photos or other content of your own, or just to chat.

Thanks to everyone who sent us feedback and helped with testing for this latest version of TrekRight.