Discover Turkey’s Turquoise Coast on foot
The Turquoise Coast in Turkey has become an increasingly popular holiday destination in recent years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t escape the crowds if you visit the region. One of the best ways to discover it is on foot, as there is a host of varied hiking routes you can follow.
Firstly, choose a quiet location for your base – Kas is an excellent choice. This charming fishing village is surrounded by mountains on one side and flanked by the glorious blue sea on the other.
The mountains are home to several trekking routes, while there also seaside trails and paths that will lead you through ancient ruins, allowing you to plan a truly varied walking holiday in Turkey.
Here are a few of the highlights you can explore on a trip to Kas and the surrounding region – if you’d like more information about the walking tours available, click here.
The stroll to Limanagzi Beach from Kas will only take around one and half hours and is an excellent introduction to the Turkish landscape. The path wends its way along the coast, passing olive groves and eventually leading you straight to Limanagzi Beach, which is only accessible on foot or by boat.
There is a restaurant here, which is ideal if you want to relax for a few hours and enjoy some excellent local food before heading back to Kas.
The Lycian ruins at Xanthos are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city was once the capital of Lycia. The remains of the buildings cover a wide area, with monuments such as the acropolis, tombs and even a Roman theatre clearly distinguishable.
Xanthos is not only impressive due to its vast ruins, though, but also the extensive written work that was carved into stone walls and monoliths here and in the neighbouring city of Letoon – also part of the UNESCO-protected area. You should also pay attention to the artwork that decorates many of the Lycian tombs, as it offers a unique insight into this civilisation.
Walking on Mount Akdag
One of the most challenging, yet rewarding, walks you can do around Kas is the hike up Mount Akdag, which is the second-highest peak in the Western Taurus Mountains. The views from the top are spectacular, as you can see as far as Antalya on a clear day.
You don’t need to ascend to the summit to appreciate the beautiful scenery here, though, as there are numerous paths that will lead you through forests of cedar, juniper and pine trees, while there are several small lakes dotted around the mountain’s slopes.
Hiking from Ucagiz to Simena
This leg of your walking holiday is truly beautiful, featuring stunning landscapes and ancient ruins in abundance. Ucagiz is a remote fishing village that can only be reached by boat or on foot and it’s here that you will begin your hike.
There was once a city on the coast between Ucagiz and Simena, much of which has slipped beneath the water, so you can see the remains of buildings just below the surface – and in some cases rising up out of the sea – as you stroll along.
Simena is also a small fishing village, although the castle that sits on the hill overlooking the settlement hints at its more illustrious past. You can climb the hill to explore the fortification, from where you’ll have amazing views over the village below and the submerged ruins.
If you venture inside the walls of the keep you’ll discover a delightful theatre, which has the capacity to seat just 300 people.