Nov 11 02
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I felt in need of some sun before the winter set in and I became trapped in Cumbria looking after livestock for 4 1/2 months. So it was on to the internet to see what I could find for the available week off that was affordable – involving sun, hills or similar, walking, preferably sea, preferably historic interest, but most importantly: sun. The western shores of Turkey fitted the bill with the Lycian Way ticking all boxes. Well, all but one box: imagine my disappointment when the flight touched down in dull, grey drizzle :(

Fortunately this was not to last and the next morning, and every morning for the whole week, saw sun and blue skies :) :) :)

The area has a spectacular coastline with high cliffs and has been inhabited for thousands of years.

From Gemiler Island looking to the mainland. One of many haunts of St Nicholas.

Part of a runied monastery on the island - although tiny, the island has the ruins of seven churches as well

I stayed at the 4 star Montana Pines “resort” hotel which I feared could be crowded and touristy; luckily, so late in the season (end of October) it was not busy.

The facilities were excellent, including three pools and immense amounts of delicious food. There were probably about 40 puddings on offer daily, though you had to be fairly on the ball to get the pick of the best. Much of the hot food was cooked to order in front of you and the sea food in particular was delicious.

An abstemious helping of two desserts. Normally I tried out at least four - all in the interests of research of course.

So as you can see, I really needed to do some walking to burn off that lot. [More to follow.]

Series - Lycian Way

  1. The Lycian Way: day 1
  2. The Lycian Way: episode 2
  3. Lycian Way: day 3 or day 1?
  4. Lycia Day 4: wildlife and tombs
  5. Lycia – modern history intrudes
  6. A Lycian Canyon
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