A TOUR YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE
TREKKING & HIKING
Turkey is becoming increasingly popular with avid hikers, although hiking tourism is actually still in its infancy there. Hiking on the Paulusweg in 2004 gave vacationers a great opportunity to discover the multifaceted natural areas of the interesting travel destination on a beautiful route. The Paulusweg leads on around 500 kilometers of varied hiking trails through grandiose landscapes and places worth seeing.
The long-distance hiking trail runs over the impressive Taurus Mountains from Perge near Antalya to Antiochia Pisidae and follows in the footsteps of the apostle Paul, who walked this path as part of his first missionary journey through Turkey in 47 AD. should have gone. Hiking on the Paulusweg opens up diverse nature with impressive mountain ranges, green high alpine pastures, rustic mountain villages and many other highlights.
Hiking on the Paulusweg is a good alternative to the often completely overcrowded Way of St. James and takes vacationers on narrow, winding paths to spectacular natural monuments, such as the breathtaking caravan gorge of the Yazili Canyon National Park. Nature lovers are quickly fascinated by the diverse flora, which is characterized by fairytale blooms and extensive forests. Hiking stages through areas of the Anatolian plateau over the Taurus Mountains to the fertile coast offer unique views and photo opportunities.
Cappadocia is fantastically beautiful, the unique erosion landscape in the heart of Anatolia, which stretches between the almost 4000 m high extinct volcanoes Hasan and Erciyes and the Aladag massif of the eastern Taurus Mountains. Rain and wind have created bizarre rock formations out of volcanic tuff. Caves carved into the soft stone, frescoed rock-hewn churches and a multitude of underground cities bear witness to the eventful history of the region.
Lycia is the historical name of the Tekke Peninsula, which juts into the Mediterranean on Turkey’s southern coast. The mountains rise steeply from the rocky coast, giving beautiful views and varied walking. Forestry predominates; pines are mixed with strawberry trees and carob, and give way to juniper and cedar at higher elevations. Along with coastal tourism, high-intensity agriculture is crowded onto the deltas.
The Lycians were a democratic but independent, warlike people, with a developed art style and a high standard of living. Their strategic position gave them unique opportunities for sea-trade and (at times) for piracy. After Persian rule, the Lycians welcomed Alexander the Great and absorbed Greek culture. Later, Lycia became a province of the Roman Empire. The Romans developed many cities and ports, linking them with paved roads and equipping them with theatres, baths, forums, temples and ceremonial gates. From the 4th Century, Christianity took hold and, as the Roman empire crumbled, many Byzantine monasteries were founded in the Lycian hills. Lycian graves and ruins abound on the peninsula and the Lycian Way passes about 25 remote historical sites.
With the highest peak, Kaçkar Dağı, at an elevation of 3,937 metres, and mountain plateaus at about 3,000 m. in elevation, the range is the highest part of the Pontic Mountains. The Kackars are glaciated mountains that are alpine in character, with steep rocky peaks and numerous mountain lakes. The area was declared a national park in 1994. Recreational activities in the park include hiking, camping, mountaineering, and, increasingly, heliskiing.