Main Path
Üçağız – Kaleköy (Simena)
ID: 
39

Easy section, ascending and descending a small hill around the bay on a good quality trail, linking Üçağız with a junction a bit to the NE of Kaleköy (Simena).

View towards Simena castle from slightly N of Kaleköy junction
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Anonymous
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Essentials

Üçağız (village)
Junction near Kaleköy (village)
WNW–ESE section with Üçağız to the WNW.
Ascends and descends a small hill. Nothing particular steep, though the E slope of the hill is at about a 14% grade.
Good quality trail with nice views of the very attractive bay.
Way-finding is good.

Metrics

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Towards Kaleköy:
Towards Üçağız:
2.2 km / 1.4 mi
Distance
56 m / 184 ft
Ascent
57 m / 187 ft
Descent
~0.75 hrs
Duration
Elevation chart.
2.2 km / 1.4 mi
Distance
57 m / 187 ft
Ascent
56 m / 184 ft
Descent
~0.75 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 is a couple of water fountains along this section.

Highlights

  • The Talmussa Lycian ruins are on the hillside at the eastern edge of Üçağız. They tend to be overgrown and the paths through the tombs are rugged.

Tips

  • The Lycian Way doesn’t actually go into Kaleköy. Instead it passes a junction to the NE of the hamlet. There’s a footpath leading from the junction into the village via the castle ruins that overlook the community.
  • Kaleköy doesn’t have any roads going to it at all. Access is only by foot or boat!

Route Planning

  • If you want to bypass this section, it is possible to take a short but pretty boat ride between Üçağız and Kaleköy / Simena (typically with stops atop some of the sunken ruins offshore of Kaleköy).

Camping

  • There’s a few good spots for wild camping.

Attractions & Highlights

Notable highlights along the trail and at either endpoint include:
  • Talmussa Ruins by Üçağız
    Historical Site
    Talmussa Ruins
    By Üçağız
  • Simena Castle & Lycian Ruins in Kaleköy
    Historical Site
    Simena Castle
    In Kaleköy

Accommodations

Here’s what we’re currently tracking for this trail section:
  • Annotated map of Kekova Fish House Pension in Üçağız
    Guesthouse & Restaurant
    Kekova Fish House Pension
    In Üçağız
  • Map of Cennet Pansiyon in Üçağız
    Guesthouse
    Cennet Pansiyon
    In Üçağız
  • Ekin Pension in Üçağız
    Guesthouse
    Ekin Pension
    In Üçağız
  • Annotated map of Sahil Pansyon in Kaleköy
    Guesthouse
    Sahil Pansyon
    In Kaleköy
  • Annotated map of Kale Pansiyon in Kaleköy
    Guesthouse
    Kale Pansiyon
    In Kaleköy
  • Ankh Pansiyon in Kaleköy
    Guesthouse
    Ankh Pansiyon
    In Kaleköy
  • Simena Pansiyon in Kaleköy
    Guesthouse
    Simena Pansiyon
    In Kaleköy

Wild Camping Locations

Here are the wild camping locations that we’re currently tracking along this trail section:
  • Campsite between Üçağız & Kaleköy
    Wild Campsite
    Camping Spot
    Between Üçağız & Kaleköy

Water Sources

Here are the water sources that we’re currently tracking along this trail section or at either endpoint:
  • Fountain Between Üçağız & Kaleköy
    Water Source
    Fountain
    Between Üçağız & Kaleköy
  • Fountain Slightly N of the Kaleköy Junction
    Water Source
    Fountain
    Slightly N of the Kaleköy Junction
  • Fountain at the Kaleköy Junction
    Water Source
    Water Fountain
    At Kaleköy Junction

Where to Next?

From Kaleköy:

  • Map of the Lycian Way between Kaleköy and Kapaklı.
    Main Path
    Kaleköy (Simena) – Kapaklı
    Distance
    6.5 km / 4.0 mi
    Ascent
    195 m / 640 ft
    Descent
    87 m / 285 ft
    Est. Duration
    2.0
    Attractive, remote section linking Kaleköy with Kapaklı. This section consists of rolling hills, passing Smuggler’s Inn (a remote restaurant), and two different ruins of castles.

From Üçağız:

  • Map of the Lycian Way between Aperlai and Üçağız.
    Main Path
    Aperlai – Üçağız
    Distance
    7.7 km / 4.8 mi
    Ascent
    130 m / 427 ft
    Descent
    130 m / 427 ft
    Est. Duration
    2.25
    Rugged, rocky, beautiful section, mostly along or close to the shoreline, between Aperlai and Üçağız – a favourite for many people.

Pretty Pictures

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  • View towards Simena castle from slightly N of Kaleköy junction
    View towards Simena castle from slightly N of Kaleköy junction
    Photo by 
    Anonymous
     – 
    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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