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Turkey's Lycian Way Trek in 14 Spectacular Photos

This fall, our editors took an 8-day journey along Turkey's Lycian Way trail. Here's the hikers' paradise they discovered.


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Hikers on the Lycian Way, and their friendly canine companion, pass through a red pine forest.

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Camping is allowed on nearly all public land in Turkey, including this black sand beach near Maden Bay.

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Because the Lycian coast faces south, it’s possible to see both sunrise and sunset over the Mediterranean, depending on the aspect of your campsite. Here, a hiker shoulders his pack for the day.

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One of the Lycian Way trek’s many ancient attractions is the everlasting flame at Chimera. Legend says it comes from the breath of a buried dragon.

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The route climbs high into the cedar forests of the Taurus Mountains, where fall-blooming crocuses dot a grassy ridge.

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High peaks run straight down to the coast in this rugged, beautiful region of Turkey.

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Sunsets are especially magical at the Gelidoyna Lighthouse, the southernmost point of the Lycian Way.

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You’ll want to get up early for this sunrise vista while camping at the lighthouse; the peninsula juts so far south, you can see them both over the water.

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There’s nothing quite like finishing a long hike with a swim in the Mediterranean’s warm waters (in this case, near Simena).

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We met this gentleman in the town of Ucagiz.

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Option: Give your feet a rest with a sea kayak voyage near the ancient sunken city of Kekova.

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Locally grown delicacies include olives and pomegranates. This batch is waiting to be cured.

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Hike to the village of Kayakoy, abandoned just in the 1920s, though you’d never guess it’s that young.

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Leave room for a snack of gozleme: flame-cooked flatbreads filled with vegetables, cheese, or meat.

They say the word “turquoise” comes from the French for “Turkish coast.” And after a week of gorgeous vistas on the Lycian Way in southern Turkey, our editors had no trouble believing it. They trekked across black-sand beaches, past ancient sunken cities, and through some of the world’s last remaining Lebanon cedar forests. Consider this gallery just a preview; you’ll see more stories about how to repeat their trek in future issues.