Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in Turkey, best of the Lycian Way
Many of the walks we offer take place within the Beydagli National Park which stretches from just outside Antalya through to Adrasan and on to the Gelidonya Point. Our local partners in Antalya are founding members of the Adras Tourism Association which aims to promote sustainable tourism in the local area. The association has been involved in successfully lobbying for re-planting of forests lost to forest fires and are currently working on a project to produce a map of walking and cycling trails in the area. The hotels in the area have an informal agreement to protect the turtles in the bay. Food at the hotel is sources locally and they have their own herb garden and compost much of their own waste. Although transport is required to join some of the walks, public transport is used wherever possible, and when vehicles are provided, routes are designed to be as efficient as possible.
Walkers get to meet a delightful family who offer homegrown orange and pomegranate juices. The grandfather also passes his time carving wooden spoons and back-scratchers. Very few people leave without a spoon or a back-scratcher souvenir. Walkers on the Mt Olympos routes are directed to the Tekinís Tea House. Tekin lives a hermit-like life in a wooden shack on his grandfatherís land. He is growing walnut trees from seedlings and makes a small living selling tea and jewellery. His broaches and necklaces are hand carved from bone found on his excursions on the mountain. He also has a good collection of his own photos of local wildlife to show visitors. Some of our walks include the opportunity for lunch in family owned cafes where the women make gozleme (Turkish Pancakes) Not only do you get to eat great food, but you can watch the ladies making it right in front of you!