What to do in Kemer, Turkey
The Lycian Way is a coastal walk and mild temperatures mean it can be walked throughout the winter months. But beware - ground over 1000m can be snow-covered from early January to end April! Mid-July – early-September is too hot for comfort.
The St Paul Trail runs mainly above 1000m altitude; some snow falls from mid-December on most of the route, but melts again by mid-May.
Winters are also stormy from mid-November – mid-January and again in late-March and April, but summer temperatures never rise too high.
Best times to walk the Lycian Way
February – mid-March. Usually a clear spell with snow over 1000m and spring flowers at sea level.
Early May – mid-July. Clear weather, the migration by transhumance shepherds with their flocks and plenty of flowers. Warm enough to swim.
September – mid-November. Clear weather, occasional thunderstorms. Good swimming, autumn flowers in the mountains.
Lycia is the historical name of the Tekke Peninsula, which juts into the Mediterranean on Turkey's southern coast.
The mountains rise steeply from the wooded shore and tiny bays, giving beautiful views and varied walking. The Lycian's were a democratic but independent people, with a unique art style and a high standard of living.
They absorbed Greek culture, and were later conquered by the Romans.
Their graves and ruins abound on the peninsula and the walk passes many remote historical sites.
The Lycian way is a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya.
The route is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking, but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea. It is easier at the start near Fethiye and gets more difficult as it progresses.
Walk the route in spring or autumn;
February-May or September-November; summer in Lycia is hot, although you could walk short, shady sections.
The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; it is mostly over limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.On the first part of the route, and in Patara, Kalkan, Kas, Myra, Finike, Adrasan, Olympos, Cirali and Tekirova, you can stay in pensions or small hotels.
On other nights, you may stay in a village house, or camp out. There are plenty of camping places with nearby water mentioned in the book; you do not have to ask permission to camp out.
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