The Lycian Way
For many thousands of years this mountainous and rugged coastal area of Turkey has attracted and been home to many different peoples. Conquered and controlled by the Hittites of Anatolia the area and early Lycian peoples soon came under the influence of the expanding Greek state. The Greeks eventually were displaced by Persians who in turn were pushed out by Alexander the Great of Macedonia in the 3rd Century BC. Alexander the Great met very little opposition in Lycia and if anything was almost welcomed. His occupation, based at Xanthos, resulted in the creation of the Lycian League whose other main cities were Myra, Patara, Pinara and Tlos.
In the 2nd Century BC, after some bloody battles, the Romans took control of the area but eventually bestowed it a considerable degree of autonomy. The Lycian province flourished until the Roman Empire split up, Lycia became part of the Byzantine, Christian, world. The next major influence on the area was the coming of the Turks and the absorbtion of Lycia into the Ottoman Empire which finally led to the formation of modern Turkey.
Thus modern Lycia is a land of outstanding natural beauty combined with a rich history. The Lycian Way was created in the year 2000 by a group of enthusiasts who with the help of the local population way-marked a walking route taking in some of the best areas and sites that Lycia had to offer. In the process it opened up areas and brought life to tiny communities that had previously been virtually unknown to the outside world. Highlights include:
The difficulty of the route varies greatly, some is along comfortable paths by beaches or through shady woodland, other sections involve rocky footpaths and hairpins climbing up steeper slopes. The higher mountain routes my involve a small section of scrambling.
For student and school groups we can make special arrangements to combine a superb trekking or study holiday with a few days of working and interacting with the locals. Available projects include way-marking along the Lycian Way, English speaking practice sessions for local Turkish communities, help with the harvest, etc.
Contact us for more details.