Turkey

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This immense country owes its first two long distance hiking trails to Kate Clow and Terry Richardson: the Lycian Way and St. Paul's Trail. Both trails measure about 500km  and lead through the southwest corner of the country, which is well-known among tourists. There are guidebooks and the trails are marked. The Lycian Way even has signposts to show the way. Lodging can be found in the villages en route, but a tent can come in handy. Both trails can be pretty demanding, climbing and descending. Avoid the scorching summer season. Early spring or late autumn are the best.

In recent years more hiking trails are being developed in Turkey. They are waymarked in red and white, and some are only just in the process of being documented. Take the northeastern Kaçkar mountains, an alpine range with lots of lakes and peaks reaching up to almost 4000m. More networks of trails have been set out in the forests of Yenice, in the mountains near Eskipazar, and in the Küre mountains, all to the north of Ankara and in areas of great natural beauty. Other new trails have emerged emphasizing Turkish cultural history: the Independence Way, the Evliya Celebi Way, the Phrygian Way and the Hittite Trails. One of the latest additions is the Sultan's Trail, all the way from Vienna to Istanbul.

A few mountains in Turkey are reasonably opened up for hiking. For instance the legendary Mount Ararat (5165m), where some still believe the Arc of Noah can be found. Climbing the mountain, actually a volcano, requires a small expedition and some daredevil clambering.

Many tourists visit the bizarre Cappadocia mountains, volcanic in origin. Some hiking possibilities have sprung up here. Of course there is much more to see and hike in Turkey, but most of it requires an adventurous mind and willingness to find your own way.

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  • Positive The remarkable Cappadocia region is well worth a visit; coastline with great views and Roman ruins to visit (e.g. from Ephes to Priene to Miletus to Didyma; if lucky you could have the last three locations virtually all for yourself, even in September.
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Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walking and Birdwatching in South West Turkey
  • This authoritative guide addresses the need for a detailed book on birdwatching in SW Turkey while also incorporating interesting day walks in areas notable not only for birds but other natural and cultural aspects.The book begins with short chapters on preparations & practicalities for travellers, archaeology and an introduction to the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Bastard of Istanbul
  • One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a woman walks into a doctor`s surgery. `I need to have an abortion`, she announces. She is nineteen years old and unmarried. What happens that afternoon will change her life.Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse, all the Kaznci men die in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • Turkish Coast – Kas to Dalyan
  • The Turkish Coast – Kas to Dalyan is part of a three-volume Sunflower Complete Guide series exploring the walking possibilities along the Turkish coastline. This volume covers a range of routes including walks in Kas, Kalkan, Patara, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Gocek and Dalyan. A double-sided, fold-out touring map at the back of the book shows the... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Dog Bites with Steve Brooks
  • Perfect for Foodies & Dog Lovers Professional Dog Trainer, Steve Brooks (C.P.D.T. /K.A.) shares secrets to modifying canine behavior without the use of threats or force. Discover HOW to train your dog using gourmet, healthy dog bites (the good kind ) as rewards for good behavior Steve Brooks is a master at creative, positive, science-based... Read more
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  • Dog Bites with Steve Brooks
  • Perfect for Foodies & Dog Lovers Professional Dog Trainer, Steve Brooks (C.P.D.T. /K.A.) shares secrets to modifying canine behavior without the use of threats or force. Discover HOW to train your dog using gourmet, healthy dog bites (the good kind ) as rewards for good behavior Steve Brooks is a master at creative, positive, science-based... Read more
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Netherlands
  • From the Holy Mountain
  • A rich blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, laced with the thread of black comedy familiar to readers of William Dalrymple's previous work. In AD 587, two monks, John Moschos and Sophronius the Sophist, embarked on an extraordinary journey across the Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of... Read more
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  • From the Holy Mountain
  • A rich blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, laced with the thread of black comedy familiar to readers of William Dalrymple's previous work. In AD 587, two monks, John Moschos and Sophronius the Sophist, embarked on an extraordinary journey across the Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Turkije - Turkse kust - Türkische Riviera | Rother
  • Duitstalige wandelgids met zeer goed beschreven wandelingen in de genoemde gebieden. Redelijk kaartmateriaal, vooral de beschrijving van de route en de praktische info die er bij hoort is meer dan goed. Viel Sonne und Strände ohne Ende sind nicht das Einzige, was die Türkische Riviera zu bieten hat. Das Hinterland der von Halbinseln, Kaps und... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Mystic's Journey to the Sacred Sites of France
  • I traveled the pilgrimage trail for four and half years in France. I followed the path of the Black Madonna. There are over 350 Black Madonna s in France. My pilgrimage bought me both to major pilgrimage site and also out of the way places that are off the beaten path of the tourist trail. France is filled with these secrets. But many tourists... Read more
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Belgium
  • A Mystic's Journey to the Sacred Sites of France
  • I traveled the pilgrimage trail for four and half years in France. I followed the path of the Black Madonna. There are over 350 Black Madonna s in France. My pilgrimage bought me both to major pilgrimage site and also out of the way places that are off the beaten path of the tourist trail. France is filled with these secrets. But many tourists... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Eastern Turkey
  • Turkey is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and yet the rugged plateaus stretching east from Istanbul are rarely explored. Unique in offering in-depth coverage of this region, east of Ankara, Bradt’s Eastern Turkey is the only guide to unlock the full mysteries of this little-known region including the hugely significant... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Eastern Turkey
  • Turkey is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and yet the rugged plateaus stretching east from Istanbul are rarely explored. Unique in offering in-depth coverage of this region, east of Ankara, Bradt’s Eastern Turkey is the only guide to unlock the full mysteries of this little-known region including the hugely significant... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Eastern Turkey - Oost Turkije | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Een goede, vooral praktische reisgids met veel info over overnachten, eetgelegenheden, vervoer, maar ook wandelingen. Daarnaast nog aandacht voor achtergronden als geschiedenis, cultuur en landschap. Sober uitgevoerd, maar complete reisgids. Vaak nog beter dan de Planet! Bovendien heb je voor dit gebied geen enkele keuze: een unieke gids!... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey is the most comprehensive travel guide to this unique country straddling both Europe and Asia — and bordering countries as diverse as Greece in the west and Iran in the east.Alongside an array of stunning images, you'll find insightful coverage of everything this country offers: from the Mediterranean beaches that play... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey is the most comprehensive travel guide to this unique country straddling both Europe and Asia — and bordering countries as diverse as Greece in the west and Iran in the east.Alongside an array of stunning images, you'll find insightful coverage of everything this country offers: from the Mediterranean beaches that play... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Turkey - Turkije | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Uitputtende bron van informatie, veelal nog completer dan de Lonely Planet. Inleidende informatie over land en cultuur is zeer goed. Rough Guide: The Rough Guide to Turkey is your... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Miss Passport City Guides Presents
  • Istanbul Turkey is an absolutely magnificent place to visit the city has a rich and unique cultural heritage, formally known as Constantinople, and once part of the great Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is somewhat off the beaten path for most tourists, which is why travelers in the know place it on their itineraries historically. Istanbul was visit... Read more
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Belgium
  • Miss Passport City Guides Presents
  • Istanbul Turkey is an absolutely magnificent place to visit the city has a rich and unique cultural heritage, formally known as Constantinople, and once part of the great Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is somewhat off the beaten path for most tourists, which is why travelers in the know place it on their itineraries historically. Istanbul was visit... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Discover Turkey dr 1
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Discover Turkey is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ride a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia's honeycomb landscapes, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ephesus, or witness whirling... Read more
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Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Discover Turkey dr 1
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Discover Turkey is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ride a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia's honeycomb landscapes, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ephesus, or witness whirling... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Turkey South Coast Marco Polo Pocket Guide
  • Marco Polo Turkey - South Coast: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips Fully revised and updated for 2016. Now with new Discovery Tours chapter. Experience all the attractions of the Turkish Mediterranean Coast with this up-to date and authoritative guide, complete with Insider Tips. Most holiday makers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the... Read more
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Belgium
  • Turkey South Coast Marco Polo Pocket Guide
  • Marco Polo Turkey - South Coast: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips Fully revised and updated for 2016. Now with new Discovery Tours chapter. Experience all the attractions of the Turkish Mediterranean Coast with this up-to date and authoritative guide, complete with Insider Tips. Most holiday makers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Türkei-Lykische Küste - Antalya bis Dalyan | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Uitstekende, diepgaande reisgids over alle eilanden. Met veel achtergrondinformatie en ook praktische zaken als overnachtingen en eet- en drinkgelegenheden. Thematische hoofdstukken over geschiedenis, geologie etc. Let op: Duits! Tief­blau oder tür­kis­grün schim­mert das Meer, duf­ten­de Pi­ni­en- und Kie­fern­wäl­der säu­men die Küste;... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Turkey Mepmedya Road Atlas
  • Turkey Road Atlas at 1:400,000 from Mepmedya is an indexed road atlas and guide to the country, with a distance chart, approach maps for Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, and street plans for major cities. *Legend in Turkish, English and German.* Motorways, secondary roads and many minor roads are shown, as are railway lines and stations, airports,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Germany Marco Polo Road Atlas 2020/2021
  • Germany Road Atlas, 2017/2018 edition, at 1:300,000 from MairDumont in an A4 spiral-bound format, with 10 enlargements at 1:100,000 showing the Ruhr and other large urban conurbations in greater detail, street plans of 35 main cities, mapping of Europe for route planning, etc. A special feature of MairDumont’s range of “Marco Polo” maps and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • G28 Nisos Khios & the Coast of Turkey
  • Plans included: Approaches to Psara (Nisos Psara) (1:15,000) Approaches to Khios (Nisos Khios) (1:20,000) Ormos Mandraki (Nisos Oinoussa) (1:8,000) Cesme Korfezi (Turkey) (1:18,000) Foca Limani (Turkey) (1:20,000) Sigacik Limani (Turkey) (1:18,000) On this 2013 edition full details of the new TSS schemes are shown at Izmir Korfezi, Candarli... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • G27 Nisos Lesvos & the Coast of Turkey
  • Imray’s series of charts of Greece and Turkey are comprehensive and easy-to-use sailing charts published on rip-proof, waterproof paper- ideal for use on small tables or in cockpits. They show detailed coastline and depth information, and are constantly corrected to reflect latest information. Designed primarily for yachtsmen, they are... Read more
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Netherlands
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United Kingdom
2012
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lycian Way East Self Guided Walking Tour
  • A self-guided walking tour along the Lycian Way, Turkey's first long distance path. Explore Lycian ruins, rugged coastline and a more authentic side of Turkey on this walk along the eastern section of the Lycian Way. Walking along golden beaches, or on rugged cliff top paths overlooking the turquoise coast, you will discover ancient ruins,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Lycian Way West
  • Self-guided walking holiday along the west section of the Lycian Way. Enjoy panoramic views across the turquoise coast, and discover ruins from Greek and Roman civilisations on this walk along the west section of the Lycian Way. This tour combines a variety of coastal walks with a couple of inland sections giving fantastic views of the Toros... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - Cappadocië
  • Voettocht door het betoverende tufsteenlandschap in het hart van Anatolië, het binnenland van Turkije. Je loopt over de flanken van de Hasan vulkaan en door de Ihlarakloof, waar in de wanden talloze grotkerkjes met bijzondere fresco´s verborgen liggen. Tegen het einde van de reis bereik je de mooiste en kleurrijkste door de natuur gevormde... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - East Lycian Way
  • Ten zuiden van Antalya volg je het lange afstands wandelpad Lycian Way, eerst door de bergen, daarna dichter bij zee. Met zijn kleurrijke flora, bijzondere Lycische cultuur, schaduwrijke bossen, kleine bergdorpjes en schitterende kust is het een heerlijk vakantiegebied. Je vindt gastvrij onthaal in prima hotelletjes, pensions en bij een... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - West Lycian Way
  • Wandel- en genietvakantie langs het westelijke deel van de fameuze Lycian Way, het eerste gemarkeerde lange-afstand wandelpad van Turkije, met in het vroege voorjaar ongekende bloemenpracht. Van Fethiye langs de steile, grillige kust naar het eindeloze strand en de onder gestoven ruïnes van Patara. Ontdek het èchte Turkije voorbij de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Turkije - Istanbul
  • Turkije’s meest bruisende stad: ontmoetingsplek van Europa met Azië. Slenter door smalle straatjes langs monumentale moskeeën, houten huizen en kleurrijke bazaars en drink thee op een levendige terrasje. Ontdek met veerboten de mooiste plaatsjes en verruil dan de stad voor de groene Prinseneilanden. Overnacht tijdens deze stedentrip in goede,... Read more
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