On The Lycian Way. Delikkemer - Yali Point - Patara. The path less traveled!


While almost all trekkers who visit Patara walk the Lycian way to Delikkemer via the aqueduct, few people take the long way round, via Vali point. In some ways this is not the best of treks due to the prevalence of trekking on the forest roads, the views that you are awarded as you trek are a treat. From Delikkemer you descend past the striking turquoise of Firnaz bay, to the rocky coastline hiding many coves perfect for a dip. As you climb up the hill above Patara the views improve all the way back to see the Greek island of Castelorizzo, to the rocky promontory of Yalı Burun ( Mansion Point) itself. On the decent, you see the ancient and vast city of Patara from above, which gives you some understanding of the vastness of this Roman Capital of the Lycians. The swamps were once a great harbour, the column lined streets leading to the Lycian parliament chamber are clear to see. We walked at the end of January and were rewarded with quite the most spectacular display of Anemones that we have ever seen. Add to this a few rare orchids ( Not positively identified yet)and a cup or tea in Patara, the day was a perfect 14.5 km. There were many Turkish families out having picnics, sitting among the flowers, enjoying the sun at the birthplace of the Sun god!

A bay at Yalı point on the Lycain way
A view back towards Kalkon from the Lycain way
Crack in the rock on the Yali point trek
kalkan islands on the Lycian Coast
Trekker on the Lycain Way near kalkan
Lycian way hiker near Kalkan
The Turquoise coast near Kalkan
The Lycian Aqueduct of Roman design at Delikkemer on the Lycian Trail
Delikkemer Aqueduct a great Turkish hiking destination
Turquise coast near Kalkan, Lycia
Trekkers Paradise. Delikkemer aqueduct walk.
Closeup of the stone pipe of the Delikkemer Aqueduct great for trekking on the lycian way
Trekking on the Delikkemer Aqueduct
Trekkers on the Lycian Way
Pipe of the Delikkemer Lycian Aqueduct
Lycian Way waymarks on the Delikkemer pipes
Delikkemer Lycian siphon aqueduct
Mike Belton At Delikkemer Aqueduct
Delikkemer Aqueduct
Mike Belton at Delikkemer aqueduct
Harbour at Patara, Capital of Lycia

A happy Turkish Family in Lycia

A cheeful Turkish family

Anemone girl in Lycia

Lycian Flower girl

Family picnic amont the anemonies of the Lycian way trekkin path

Flowers of Lycia

Family of lycians on the trekking route amongs anemonies

Roman Period Sarcopagus in Patara the Capital of Lycia

Lycian Sheep

Harbour bath in Patara

Lycian Harbour swamp

Theatre, parliament chamber of Patara, teh capital of Lycia

Fortress above Patara

Iris on the Lycain Way

Unknown orchid beside the Lycian Way

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