Lycian Way; Faralya – Ovacık

Lycian Way

Ovacık is the last point of the Lycian Way, officially. Yet sure it can be the start depending on where you start.

For the last 2 days, I was just exploring the main path and the alternative paths to the villages and to the BEACHES! The main path is around the ridges of the hills next to the sea, yet there are the sub-paths that go down to the beaches on this part of the Lycian Way.

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Aşure Soup and Menemen for the Lunch at the village of Kirme

Anyway, today is the last day of 3 days of trekking to Ovacık.

Today I wake up at Faralya.

I just made a quick breakfast on the view of the Butterfly Valley then head to the path.

Today, I’m gonna climb 500 meters and reach the point farthest from the seaside. Then come down to the lowland of Ovacık, Fethiye and Ölüdeniz. A 15 kilometres walk in 6 hour, and the maximum elevation of 775 meters.

The walk is mostly in the red pine and larch forests.

In the end, here is Ölüdeniz. I would say, I got a pretty exited when I first see the Ölüdeniz from the path. It’s so good.

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Ölüdeniz is a natural wonder and is a type of swell. 

 

1st day: Cennet Bay – Kabak Bay

2nd Day: Kabak Bay – Faralya & Faralya – Butterfly Valley – Faralya

3rd Day: Faralya – Ovacık (Ölüdeniz)

 

Kudak in the Paradise

Lycian Way

Got some cold drinks, lots of sunshine and the magnificent turquoise.

It’s early October, the sky is bright all the time and the weather is warm enough to enjoy the Mediterranean for hours during the day.

Ilgın and I, watching the horizon in the Cennet Koyu (Paradise Bay) for a while. The mountaineering club of Koç University (Kudak) is about to arrive with a small boat. We will be hiking through the paths and party at the beach for 2 days!

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Sibel, Ilgın and I are exploring the paths around the village of Boğaziçi by hitchhiking.

This gonna be the second trip of Kudak through the shores of the Lycia after last years’.

The boat is on the view now. Ok, let’s go and help them to jump to the beach. 🙂

We were here in Cennet for 3 days, as if its our special beach. So good! Now we are all 35 people. Indeed, its nice to welcome the friends.

Photo Credit: Başak Didem

Cennet Koyu is a wonderful escape from the Lycian way through the shores. The path is well signed with blue and sometimes white-red signs. When you are on your way from Kabak Bay to the south, It’s possible to see the path for Cennet which goes downhill. The path leaves the classic Lycian Way at the “Üçkeçi” province. Exactly at this place, beekeeping facilities should you see. Go down!

First 50 meters is pretty steep and craggy, so be careful. However no need for any technical stuff, It’s enough to walk carefully. Make sure that the rock you step on, is solid! Then the path becomes pretty comfortable until the Cennet Koyu. On the way, you can see the camping site, Cennet Camping just before the wonderful beach. The camping is an oasis in the middle of nowhere. It’s open generally between April to late November, provide tents with beds, food and water.

It’s not possible to reach the neither camping nor the beach with a car. Just the boat or the hike. That’s what it is.

The next day Kudak arrived, I was leading them from Cennet Kamping up to the Lycian Way, and then to Kalabantia then back to Cennet.

Kalabantia is another secret beach in the area. It’s a similar hike as Cennet Path. Follow the Kalabantia signboard on the Lycian way to reach this one. It’s also possible to hike between Cennet Koyu and Kalabantia in an hour. The path is signed with blues and it’s actually a short-cut to hike between the beaches without going up back to the classic route.

Not to mention that, this area around offers an outstanding nature-beach-camping experience.

Once we completed the hike in 6 hours including 1 hour swimming break at Kalabantia, we are ready to start to camp-fire and to hob-nob. Let the music play!

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  • Paradise Bay/Beach = Cennet Koyu = Cennet
  • Lycian Way is a well signed 535 kilometres trekking path in the Southwestern Turkey. It’s regarded one of the most amazing and safest long distance trekking paths in the world by many magazines and online sites including TripAdvisor