The Carian Trail

Turkey’s newest long-distance walking path opened in February 2013 and passes through the Bozburun Peninsula offering some of the best walking along the entire coastline.

The newly waymarked paths extend 500 miles across the southwest corner of Turkey and are lined with pine trees and whose needles crunch underfoot as you amble past sea vistas and ancient ruins. Simply follow the red and white flashes painted on stones, bushes and trees. 

Take a peek at abandoned shepherd dwellings, natural pools and mini waterfalls, secret inlets favoured by sailors and pyramidal tombs dating from the Hellenistic era. The mixed terrain includes ancient caravan routes, goat trails and roman roads and weaves through traditional villages which can only be reached on foot.  There are day treks of up to 6 hours covering nine miles of moderate, Grade 2/3 walking and you are likely to have the path all to yourself!