Eastern Section Cirali to Beycik via Ulupinar
The pretty town of Cirali on the coast is a great place to stay. There are many guesthouses and small hotels along the beach road. It has a long pebble beach with a small river and the ruins of Olympus at the western end.
The Lycian Way route runs through the town before heading north. After on a few kilometres & steep climb on stone steps, you will reach the famous Chimaera. Natural gas flames escaping from the rocks on the hillside. Its history and legend
The Lycian Way Turkey then descends into a valley and crooese a couple of stream beds. In November, after a long dry season, these were dry. In Spring it is likely that they will be flowing but there are stepping stones to get you across. The route meanders though pretty woodland before climbing to Ulupinar.
Ulupinar is a pretty village with some large restaurants specialising in ‘Alabalik’ or trout. They are farmed in the abundant streams of the region, coming down from Mount Tahtali. It took me four hours to reach Ulupinar and I continued on to my destination of Beycik.
The Lycian Way route continues to climb from Ulupinar. You are in the foothills of Mount Tahtali and the region is very green and fertile. I was following the markers without maps or GPS and it is easy to get lost
I had planned to continue my hike the next day but the weather was full of rain and thunder. The forecast for the following days was also rain so I decided to head back home. The adventure will continue another time.
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