Alternate Path
Faralya – Kabak Beach
(via Uzunyurt)
ID: 
13

Follows an attractive coastal path between Faralya and Kabak Beach. Not officially part of the Lycian Way but an increasingly popular option nevertheless.

Approaching Kabak Beach from Uzunyurt.
Image credit:  
Stu Hackett
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Essentials

Faralya (village)
Kabak Beach (beneath Kabak)
The start and finish points of this section are N–S of each other. However the path follows a wide loop to the W hugging the coastline the entire way. Passes through the hamlet of Uzunyurt at roughly the midpoint.
Hilly section with the N end along Butterfly Valley having a steep slope (~15%), descending from Faralya towards the W, the middle portion being rolling hills, and the S end having a small-ish but steep hill (~19% hill on both sides).
Much of it is along a rugged but decent path as well as some road walking in places. There are some moderately steep portions including a stretch up a steep incline with a rope available for assistance.
The waymarkings are mostly fairly good. As this isn’t an official Lycian Way path, look for red-orange blazes rather than the usual red-white.

Metrics

Select the tab below corresponding to the direction you plan to walk.
Towards Kabak Beach:
Towards Faralya:
9.8 km / 6.1 mi
Distance
560 m / 1,837 ft
Ascent
880 m / 2,887 ft
Descent
~5.0 hrs
Duration
Elevation chart.
9.8 km / 6.1 mi
Distance
880 m / 2,887 ft
Ascent
560 m / 1,837 ft
Descent
~5.0 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

  • There are several water sources along the way, though you should not rely upon them – carry sufficient water to meet your needs all the way.

Highlights

  • There are outstanding views throughout this section (especially of Butterfly Valley, since this trail follows the upper edge of the south side of the valley).
  • Several beaches are accessible.

Tips

  • We’ve had reports that the trail markings are poor / confusing at the moment around Aktaş Beach (mainly due to local construction in the area). Our understanding is that you’ll find your way easily enough but that you’ll probably have a few moments of head-scratching first. Keep an eye out for cairns erected by other hikers.

Route Planning

  • This is an unofficial alternative section. The main Lycian Way route follows a more direct inland path. We quite enjoyed this section – worth considering.
  • This option is almost twice as long as the main route and involves much more ascending and descending. It is also more rugged though not overly difficult.

Accommodations

  • Lots of accommodation options available at both endpoints.
  • Several guesthouses are available on or near the trail, mainly in and around Uzunyurt.

Camping

  • We haven’t done any wild camping along this stretch but there seemed to be plenty of potential spots. If you have recommendations on any specific locations, please send them along to us.
  • There’s a commercial campsite by Aktaş Beach which also has a restaurant.

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 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 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 Faralya Botanica in Uzunyurt
    Guesthouse
    Faralya Botanica
    In Uzunyurt
  • 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
  • Annotated map of Kabak Valley Kamp in Kabak
    Commercial Campground
    Kabak Valley Kamp
    In Kabak
  • Annotated map of Turan Hill Lounge in Kabak
    Bungalows
    Turan Hill Lounge
    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 Beach on Coastal Variant
    Wild Campsite
    Campsite
    Between Faralya and Kabak Beach on the Coastal Variant

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
  • Fountain with concrete basin between Faralya and Kabak Beach
    Water Source
    Fountain with Concrete Basin
    Between Faralya and Kabak Beach
  • Tap in a concrete basin in Uzunyurt
    Water Source
    Fountain
    In Uzunyurt
  • 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
  • Fountain in Kabak
    Water Source
    Fountain
    In Kabak

Where to Next?

From Kabak Beach:

  • 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 Beach and Alınca.
    Main Path
    Kabak Beach – Alınca
    Distance
    6.0 km / 3.7 mi
    Ascent
    925 m / 3,035 ft
    Descent
    200 m / 656 ft
    Est. Duration
    3.6
    Challenging, beautiful section between Kabak Beach and the village of Alınca that will give your legs and lungs a good workout. There is nothing technically difficult about this section – it is just non-stop climbing or descending.

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 Lycian Way between Faralya and Kabak.
    Main Path
    Faralya – Kabak
    Distance
    4.8 km / 3.0 mi
    Ascent
    280 m / 919 ft
    Descent
    355 m / 1,165 ft
    Est. Duration
    2.3
    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.

Pretty Pictures

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  • Approaching Kabak Beach from Uzunyurt.
    Approaching Kabak Beach from Uzunyurt
    Photo by 
    Stu Hackett
     – 
    Spring 2016

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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