June 29, 2018

Here at Amber Travel, every necessary journey is an opportunity to visit new places.  At the end of February we had to attend the general meeting of TURSAB, the Union of Turkish Travel Agents, to elect an new executive.  Always a contentious and lively event, it is loudly democratic in a very Turkish way.  While most of out travel agent friends were flown if from around the country courtesy of the candidates, such fuel wastage...

January 29, 2018

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 d...

December 31, 2017

Sidyma is one of our favorite ancient cities, of the innumerable numbers of ancient remains in Turkey.  The city itself is nestled among st the picturesque hamlet of Hisar, a sub village of Dodurga, Western Lycia.

 The situation of Sidyma is a very defensive spot nestled above steep cliffs, not visible from below or from the sea.  Many of the very old settlements of Lycia are in places like this, but were frequently abandoned d...

December 25, 2017

 Christmas Eve!  While many get ready for a day of feasting and scoffing, we at Amber Travel have a day of trekking in the rain!  It as not always sunny here, even in the land of light!

Just this year, the Culture Routes Society decided to modify and extend the Lycian way trekking path to include Istlada, Hoyran and Trysa, 3 interesting and beautiful sites which were missed out in the original route.

We walked from Hoy...

December 19, 2017

While the magnificent remains of Patara, Xanthos, Tlos, Patara, Myra, Phaselis etc. are well know and documented, the mysterious remains of the first settlers in Lycia are to be found in the hidden fastness of the inhospitable looking mountains of central Lycia, between modern Kaş and Kalkan. The dissolute and overgrown archaic period buildings around Islamlar, Bezirgan, Sarıbelen and Gökçeoren are in few archeological texts a...

December 14, 2017

The telephone alarm wakes me at 07:00, pitch darkness, driving rain battering our terracotta roof tiles. The close rumble of thunder.  Lets get out of bed and go trekking!  If just to prove that trekking in Lycia is a year round activity, up I get,  ready the water proof trousers and gaiters.  We had planned to go to the highlands but the forecast showed 2 degrees and drizzle.  Safest recourse was the old stormy day fallback,...

December 4, 2017

Rocky is just a word, Treking in Lycia is a song of stone.  While almost all of the Lycian coast is limestone formed, the area between Kalkan and Kekova has the hardest, therefore sharpest rocks available anywhere.  Ken Harvey, our local trekking Geologist explained the formation of the hard, sharp rocks that almost look volcanic, with holes and stacks to be found.  The passing of water through the limestone, dissolving some o...

November 26, 2017

The south coast of Turkey differs from the western Aegean coast in that while the Aegean is made up of lines of hill perpendicular to the sea, with the warm maritime air drifting up the valleys far inland, on the southern coast, the mountain run parallel to the sea, making a very sharp divide between the narrow coastal strip and the continental climate zones only 15 km inland.  With the sun bleaching the south faces of the mou...

November 19, 2017

Lycia, known by the Hittites as the Land of Light (Lukka - Lux in Latin)ends it's long hot summer with a spectacular storm, bringing much needed water to the parched soil.  The first storm usually comes in October always accompanied by spectacular fork lightening and this year by a few destructive tornadoes!  After the rains the seeds germinate and the plants that have braved the summer, dormant under the soil sprout, the red...

April 24, 2017

A trek on the St Nicholas Trail and Lycian way, following the trail of the heretic christians of Lycia

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