Welcome to our first Lycian Way update of the year. We are pleased to say that it is looking like being a busy year on The Lycian Way. We have welcomed our first guest from Switzerland who is hiking the whole route.
This year winter has been mild so far and we have also experienced less rain than usual. January and February can be good times to walk on the route. You will almost certainly get some rainy days. Yesterday, however, the 2nd February, the temperatures reached 20 degrees C. We have had many sunny days so far this year and have even taken the opportunity to swim in the sea.
Not all the accommodation providers are open between January and March but we are still able to arrange itineraries. We know all our accommodation providers personally. Some will open especially if we have guests coming in Winter. We hope that a highlight of our guest’s Lycian Way experience will be the Turkish hospitality they will receive. Almost all places guests will stay the owners can speak some English. All our European guests seem to have good English. This makes me feel a little ashamed as I have spent 5 years trying to learn Turkish and am still a beginner!
One Lycian Way update I want to talk about is following the route. In ten years of arranging holidays on the route, we have always given guests the official guidebook by Kate Clow. Every year small changes to the route and a lack of markings in some places have meant that we have moved with technology. Last year we started giving GPS coordinates and also recommending guests use the phone App Lycian Way by Trekopedia, here is the link through Google Play:
The app works offline and is an excellent companion for the route. We cannot buy this app for our guests but will reimburse them the price when they purchase it.
Much of the route has been remarked in recent years and walkers leave rock cairns where the route is not obvious. I think it is still possible to only use the markers as a guide. For me this is part of the fun of hiking the route. If you would prefer the guidebook then we are happy to provide this for you but do recommend hikers have the App as a backup, especially solo walkers.