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Seven Capes of Lycia

The spellbinding coast of southern Turkey
Starting point

You begin amid the green and tranquil valley of Kayaköy, with two nights at Misafir Evi.

Day 1
Linear walk Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz (return by bus): 6km, 3hrs
Linear walk Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz, bus, then Ovacik to Kayaköy: 14km, 6hrs

We suggest a walk that passes through Kayaköy itself – a Greek ‘ghost town’, preserved as a fascinating museum and the setting for Louis de Bernières’ Birds without Wings – then continues across a verdant headland to the famous white beaches of Ölüdeniz lagoon – an ideal place for a swim. To return, take the dolmus (white minibus; pay locally) to the bustling town of Ovacik and walk from there through dappled woodland back to Misafir Evi; or take a second dolmus back to Kayaköy.

Day 2
Kayaköy to Faralya (starting with a transfer): 15km, 5.5hrs

You are transferred to the starting point of the Lycian Way itself near Ovacik. This walk takes in spectacular sea views as you ascend around the shoulder of Baba Dag ('Father Mountain') – a glorious climb on an ancient cobbled track. From the heights, you descend beneath towering white crags, before walking through woods and fertile slopes to reach the village of Faralya, where you spend two nights at the Montenegro Hotel perched on the precipice above Butterfly Valley.

Day 3
Linear walk to Kabak via Butterfly Valley (return by bus): 11km, 4hrs

Enjoy a terrific walk along the rim of Butterfly Valley (so named because the array of plants attracts hundreds of butterflies in summer), through woodland and then along the rocky coastline, on your way to the village of Kabak, with the chance to swim at Aktas Beach. Have a well-earned drink in Kabak while you wait for the dolmus (pay locally) back to Faralya.
Alternatively, take a taxi to Ölüdeniz (arrange and pay locally) and take a boat trip to visit Butterfly Valley by sea (walking access from the top is extremely dangerous).

Day 4
Faralya to Alinca: 15km, 5hrs

One of the best walks on the holiday awaits you today. Leaving Faralya, you head along a wooded path high above the village of Kabak, then a long ascent on a beautiful old mule trail up a deep and dramatic ravine rewards you with splendid views over some of the Yedi Burun (the ‘seven capes’ for which this area is renowned). Your destination is Alinca, where you spend a night at The Edge Guesthouse.

Day 5
Alinca to Gey: 10km, 4hrs
Longer route, with detour to Kalabantia: 15km, 6.5hrs

A panoramic path descends steeply into another magnificent ravine (vertigo sufferers can walk along the road) to join a trail that leads to an area of terraced, flower-filled meadows and an old Ottoman cistern. Here, high above the coastline, there are more superb vistas of the Seven Capes. It is worth detouring down to the secluded beach of Kalabantia – where you can explore the ruins of the ancient harbour and swim in the crystal-clear waters – before continuing through pastureland, woodland and olive groves to the village of Gey and the Yediburunlar Lighthouse Hotel, where you spend your last three nights.

Day 6
Linear walk to Bel (return by taxi): 7km, 3hrs

You can choose to relax in the hotel’s wonderful surroundings and simply enjoy the pool and views; or to undertake another section of the Lycian Way to the neighbouring village of Bel, traversing a rocky hillside with views down to the coast, and weaving in and out of woods and terraces. Once in Bel, enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the village's small pansions, before taking a taxi back to Gey (pre-arrange and pay locally).

Day 7
Linear walk to Sidyma (return by taxi): 11km, 3.5hrs

We thoroughly recommend a final, more relaxing route that rises gently out of Gey, affording views of the seven capes, then descends through olive groves to the ancient Lycian city of Sidyma, whose atmospheric ruins – including an acropolis and a necropolis – are scattered across the valley floor and two hills. You have plenty of time to relax and explore before a transfer back to your hotel, where you can watch the sun set over this dramatic coastline one last time.

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