Unofficial Alternative
Ölüdeniz – Ovacık
Connector path via road
ID: 
9

Unappealing connector section between Ölüdeniz and the Lycian Way’s official start / finish point at the edge of Ovacık. Entirely alongside a busy, steep road. Many people just take a dolmuş.

Official western endpoint in Ovacık
Image credit:  
Łukasz Ostojski
, All rights reserved

Essentials

Ölüdeniz (resort town)
Ovacık (town)
SSW-NNE section with Ölüdeniz to the SSW.
Steady ascent towards the NNE, with a typical slope of about 12.5%.
Follows alongside a paved, moderately busy road the entire way.
Not waymarked but you can’t really get lost (it’s along a single road the whole way).

Metrics

Select the tab below corresponding to the direction you plan to walk.
Towards Ovacık:
Towards Ölüdeniz:
2.8 km / 1.7 mi
Distance
300 m / 984 ft
Ascent
8 m / 26 ft
Descent
~1.2 hrs
Duration
Elevation chart.
2.8 km / 1.7 mi
Distance
8 m / 26 ft
Ascent
300 m / 984 ft
Descent
~1.2 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!

Route Planning

  • If you don’t want to walk along the road that makes up this section, just catch a dolmuş.

Accommodations

  • Wide range of accommodations at both endpoints.

Amenities

  • Full range of amenities at both ends.

Transport

  • Dolmuş service is available at both endpoints. If you are heading to the start of the trail in Ovacık just tell the driver ‘Likya Yolu’ and he’ll drop you off at the appropriate junction.

Accommodations

Here’s what we’re currently tracking for this trail section:
  • Annotated map of Blue Star Hotel in Ölüdeniz
    Hotel
    Blue Star Hotel
    In Ölüdeniz
  • Annotated map of Lemon Tree Hotel in Ölüdeniz
    Hotel
    Lemon Tree Hotel
    In Ölüdeniz
  • Annotated map of Ölüdeniz Hostel & Suites in Ovacık
    Hostel
    Ölüdeniz Hostel & Suites
    In Ovacık
  • Annotated map of Everest Lodge in Ovacık
    Hotel
    Everest Lodge
    In Ovacık
  • Annotated map of Montana Pine Resort in Ovacik
    Hotel
    Montana Pine Resort
    In Ovacik

Where to Next?

From Ovacık:

  • Map showing Lycian Way between Kayaköy and Ovacık.
    Main Path (Extended Trail)
    Kayaköy – Ovacık
    Distance
    5.5 km / 3.4 mi
    Ascent
    360 m / 1,181 ft
    Descent
    220 m / 722 ft
    Est. Duration
    2.5
    This is the direct option between Kayaköy and the official Lycian Way start / finish point in Ovacık, typically part of a single stage between Fethiye and Ovacık.
  • 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’).

From Ölüdeniz:

  • Map showing Lycian Way between Kayaköy and Ölüdeniz.
    Optional Path
    Kayaköy – Ölüdeniz
    Distance
    5.1 km / 3.2 mi
    Ascent
    210 m / 689 ft
    Descent
    365 m / 1,198 ft
    Est. Duration
    2.25
    This off-route variant ascends and descends a modest-sized hill, with very nice views down on Ölüdeniz’s famous lagoon during the descent (for eastbound walkers). Passes through Kayaköy’s intriguing ‘ghost town’ ruins.

Pretty Pictures

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  • Official Lycian Way endpoint in Ovacık
    Official Lycian Way western endpoint
    Photo by 
    Darren Moens
     – 
    Fall 2022

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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