Main Path
Faralya – Kabak
ID: 
12

Enjoyable hilly, forested section with some nice views. There are lots of accommodation options at both ends of this section plus some camping spots along the way.

Nice view between Faralya and Kabak.
Image credit:  
Łukasz Ostojski
, All rights reserved

Essentials

Faralya (village)
Kabak (village)
Roughly N–S with Kabak to the S.
There’s a relatively small but steep hill a little to the N of the mid-point of this section (slope in excess of 20%) and a moderately steep slope (about 17.5%) to / from Kabak at the S end of the section. The rest is relatively flat.
Rocky, uneven path in many places though mostly it is good-quality. There’s some road-walking at both endpoints. Mostly passes through nice pine forest, with some olive groves toward the S end.
The path is generally self-evident though there are a few junctions to watch for (we’ve marked them in our Waypoints collection).

Metrics

Select the tab below corresponding to the direction you plan to walk.
Towards Kabak:
Towards Faralya:
4.8 km / 3.0 mi
Distance
280 m / 919 ft
Ascent
355 m / 1,165 ft
Descent
~2.3 hrs
Duration
Elevation chart.
4.8 km / 3.0 mi
Distance
355 m / 1,165 ft
Ascent
280 m / 919 ft
Descent
~2.3 hrs
Duration
Elevation chart.

Handy Things to Know

The following notes are gathered from our own experiences and from feedback sent to us by other hikers. Let us know how we can improve these notes – and thanks!

Water

  • Fill up on water before departing as there is no reliable water on this section other than in the endpoint communities.

Highlights

  • Some nice views.
  • At Faralya, Butterfly Valley offers some spectacular views (the village sits above the valley).
  • Kabak sits atop a very attractive bay. At the bottom of the hill, beneath the main part of the village itself, is a small but nice pebble-style beach.

Route Planning

  • If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, there is an alternate path between Faralya and Kabak Beach (not part of the official Lycian Way) that is becoming quite popular. It follows the coast and offers excellent views, with several good access points to the beach. We quite like it!

Accommodations

  • Lots of options at both endpoints.
  • At the Kabak end, accommodation is scattered all over the hillside between the main part of the village and the beach.

Camping

  • There are a few wild camping spots at / near the hilltop as well as along the plateau to its S.

Amenities

  • You’ll sometimes encounter impromptu fruit / tea stands that pop up occasionally.
  • Accommodations, cafés / restaurants, and mini-markets are available at both endpoints.

Transport

  • Dolmuş service available from both endpoints.

Attractions & Highlights

Notable highlights along the trail and at either endpoint include:
  • Butterfly Valley by Faralya
    Landscape
    Butterfly Valley
    By Faralya

Accommodations

Here’s what we’re currently tracking for this trail section:
  • Annotated map of Faralya Misafir Evi in Faralya
    Guesthouse
    Faralya Misafir Evi
    In Faralya
  • Annotated map of Keyif Motel in Faralya
    Hotel
    Keyif Motel
    In Faralya
  • Annotated map of Onur Motel in Faralya
    Hotel
    Onur Motel
    In Faralya
  • Annotated map of Melisa Pansiyon in Faralya
    Guesthouse
    Melisa Pansiyon
    In Faralya
  • Annotated map of Gül Pension in Faralya
    Guesthouse
    Gül Pension
    In Faralya
  • Annotated map of Montenegro Motel & Restaurant in Faralya
    Guesthouse
    Montenegro Motel & Restaurant
    In Faralya
  • Annotated map of Faralya Limon Hotel in Faralya
    Hotel
    Faralya Limon Hotel
    In Faralya
  • Annotated map of Sea Valley Bungalows in Kabak
    Bungalows
    Sea Valley Camping
    At Kabak Beach
  • Annotated map of Olive Garden Kabak in Kabak
    Hotel & Restaurant
    Olive Garden Kabak
    In Kabak
  • Annotated map of Pedro Mama's in Kabak
    Guesthouse
    Pedro Mama’s
    In Kabak
  • Annotated map of Bağ Camp West of Kabak Beach
    Commercial Campground
    Bağ Camp
    West of Kabak Beach
  • Annotated map of Sultan Camping in Kabak
    Bungalows
    Sultan Camping
    In Kabak

Wild Camping Locations

Here are the wild camping locations that we’re currently tracking along this trail section:
  • Campsite between Faralya and Kabak
    Wild Campsite
    campsite
    Between Faralya and Kabak
  • Campsite between Faralya and Kabak
    Wild Campsite
    Campsite
    Between Faralya and Kabak
  • Campsite between Faralya and Kabak
    Wild Campsite
    Campsite
    Between Faralya and Kabak

Water Sources

Here are the water sources that we’re currently tracking along this trail section or at either endpoint:
  • Fountain at Mosque in Faralya
    Water Source
    Fountain at Mosque
    In Faralya
  • Fountain by Bench in Faralya
    Water Source
    Fountain by Bench
    In Faralya
  • Spigot with concrete basin between Faralya and Kabak
    Water Source
    Spigot with concrete basin
    Between Faralya and Kabak
  • Fountain in Kabak
    Water Source
    Fountain
    In Kabak
  • Fountain in Kabak
    Water Source
    Fountain
    In Kabak
  • Fountain and toilets at mosque in Kabak
    Water Source
    Fountain and Toilets at Mosque
    In Kabak
  • Fountain by Lissiya Hotel in Kabak
    Water Source
    Fountain by Lissiya Hotel
    In Kabak

Where to Next?

From Kabak:

  • Map showing the Lycian Way between Kabak and Kabak Beach.
    Main Path
    Kabak – Kabak Beach
    Distance
    1.7 km / 1.1 mi
    Ascent
    30 m / 98 ft
    Descent
    260 m / 853 ft
    Est. Duration
    1.0
    Main path connecting the ‘upper’ village of Kabak, located partway up the hillside, with the popular beach area (which is where you’ll find most of the accommodation and F & B options, not surprisingly).
  • Map showing the Lycian Way between Kabak and Alınca following the ridge.
    Alternate Path
    Kabak – Alınca
    Distance
    6.4 km / 4.0 mi
    Ascent
    875 m / 2,871 ft
    Descent
    380 m / 1,247 ft
    Est. Duration
    4.0
    Alternative approach linking the ‘upper’ village of Kabak with the village of Alınca following a ridge (sometimes by steep edges).   Beautiful but challenging path with a lot of ascending and descending over rugged terrain. It is shorter and a bit easier than the main variant (which goes via Kabak Beach).

From Faralya:

  • Map showing the Lycian Way between Ovacık and Faralya.
    Main Path
    Ovacık – Faralya
    Distance
    12.8 km / 8.0 mi
    Ascent
    765 m / 2,510
    Descent
    735 m / 2,411 ft
    Est. Duration
    5.8
    Mountain section between the official Lycian Way start / finish point at the southern end of Ovacık and the village of Faralya on the opposite side of Babadağ (‘Father Mountain’).
  • Map showing the unofficial coast route between Faralya and Kabak Beach.
    Alternate Path
    Faralya – Kabak Beach
    Distance
    9.8 km / 6.1 mi
    Ascent
    560 m / 1,837 ft
    Descent
    880 m / 2,887 ft
    Est. Duration
    5.0
    Follows an attractive coastal path between Faralya and Kabak Beach. Not officially part of the Lycian Way but an increasingly popular option nevertheless.

Pretty Pictures

Sometimes nothing beats a good photo. Or even a bad photo! If you’d like to share some or all of your photo collection with the Trekopedia community, contact us at photos@trekopedia.com and we can arrange a transfer of them. And thanks!
All photos are copyright by their respective owners and are used with permission.
  • Roadside Fruit and vegetable stand between Faralya and Kabak
    Roadside fruit and vegetable stand between Faralya and Kabak
    Photo by 
    Darren Moens
     – 
    Fall 2022
  • Coastal view between Faralya and Kabak
    Coastal view between Faralya and Kabak
    Photo by 
    Darren Moens
     – 
    Fall 2022
  • Looking towards the mosque in Faralya.
    Looking towards the mosque in Faralya
    Photo by 
    T Roszkowski
  • Nice view between Faralya and Kabak.
    Nice view between Faralya and Kabak
    Photo by 
    Łukasz Ostojski
     – 
    Fall 2021
  • Rocky trail between Faralya and Kabak.
    Rocky trail between Faralya and Kabak
    Photo by 
    Łukasz Ostojski
     – 
    Fall 2021

How You Can Help

Trail research is never actually done. Here’s some of what we’re looking for:
✅   More photos! Ideally with geo-location information in the metadata. In addition to using some photos on Trekopedia, we add them to our internal reference database which significantly helps us with trail research. The more photos, the better! If you are willing to share your collection with us, we’d be incredibly grateful. Let us know and we’ll arrange a transfer.

✅   Points of interest. Help us identify (and geo-locate) accommodations, attractions, restaurants, markets, trail waypoints, confusing or problematic junctions, difficult or hazardous places, water sources, and so on. 

✅   Tips & recommendations. Share your thoughts with other hikers.
In addition to the above, please see this article for information on more general ways you can help. Thanks!
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