Turkish Coast: Antalya to Demre
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Sunflower Turkish Coast: Antalya to Demre - This new series combines the best features of 'Landscapes' with all the detail you would expect in a hefty general guide, but they are all pocket size (the page size is just 15mm wider than 'Landscapes' books) and in full colour. All the authors have been visiting Turkey for many years, writing general and walking guides. Dean Livesley was one of the original developers of the famous Lycian Way, Turkey's first long-distance footpath. A key feature of the book is coverage of the Lycian Way as day walks, with full transport details. Besides being intrepid explorers, Brian and Eileen Anderson are botanists and keen cooks! The main part of this book concentrates on the area west of Antalya, known both in antiquity and today as Lycia. Historical descriptions of the wild, fissured Lycian coastal region abound with superlatives. And the landscapes that sent so many writers into raptures have not changed for centuries. Despite all the hymns of praise, Lycia's thinly populated coastal strip long remained untouched by tourism. It was so isolated that for a short time it even became a place of exile. Today, thanks to the building of Antalya's international airport, millions of visitors happily spend their holidays in the places where unwanted dissidents were once forcibly detained. The whole Lycian Peninsula takes in a very large area and this volume concentrates on the region between Antalya and Demre/Kekova, east of Kas.
Coverage: Getting there and getting about - Recommended accommodation, campsites and restaurants (all with prices) - Practicalities A-Z - History - 15-20 main walks with many variations, all with large-scale topo maps - Fold-out area maps - Detailed town plans showing locations of all sights, hotels and restaurants - Many 'feature' panels
Best months for walking: April, May, September or October. Where to Stay: For ease of access to bus services, stay in or near one of the towns shown on the map below. If you are hiring a car, choose any resort near the main coastal road.