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    33 Pictures/Reasons To Go Hiking On The Carian Trail

    The Carian Trail is an 800 km long distance walking path exploring Southwest Turkey through the modern provinces of Muğla and Aydın. The trail is named after the Carian civilization discovering a region rich in ancient ruins and history, stone paved caravan roads and mule path connecting villages from the coast to a mountaineous hinterland. For more information, please visit CarianTrail.com

    Coastal Views

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    820 km in total, 2/3 of the trail passes through the coastline with amazing views

    Old Trails

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    The trail connects Villages through the old, some ancient, trails through amazing landscape.

    Ancient Ruins

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    It is highly probable to come across with an ancient ruin or castle in the middle of nowhere. Just like that!

    Signposts & Waymarks

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    The whole 820 km's is waymarked with red & white flashes and there are signposts at the beginning and end of each section. The photograph was taken while putting signposts on Karamaka. Behind is an abandoned village, in accessible by car, just facing Symi of the Greek Islands.

    Unspoilt Villages

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    Most of the villages, towns along the route are unspoilt and set up in an amazing location. This is Bozburun, one of the nicest towns along the route.

    Divine Views

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    You may come across with many similar views along the trail. This photo was taken from the ancient settlement of Hydas, near Turgut. There may not be much to see in terms of ruins, but the scenery will take your breath away.

    hiStory...

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    The pyramidal tomb is unique with its style. The villagers nearby, believed that it belonged to a holy person. So, anyone who wanted to make a wish would visit him. It must have worked as the fame of the his holyness extended to far away villages. Up to 40 years ago, when some treasure hunters dug the tomb and came across with gold rings, necklaces, earrings and cups. Discovering that it was not a muslim tomb, the villagers stopped going there. It actually was the tomb of a worrior, as the found inscription says, from 3rd century BC.

    Hike & Sail

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    SW Coast is quite popular among the sailors seeking for clean & safe waters. As the trail passes through the coast, it is possible to combine hiking with sailing. The photograph was taken from Kumluk Beach of Datça in the blue hour.

    Flora & Fauna

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    Most of the places that the trail goes through are either specially protected areas or nature parks. Thus, the regions is rich with flowers, most of which are endemic to the region.

    Intact Beaches

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    If you like swimming, you will love walking on the Carian Trail. The trail passes through innumerable beaches, mostly intact. And the good news is that even the winter temperatures are around 16 degrees. Let's not even talk about summer temperatures...(Spot the hiker to understand the size of the beach)

    The meeting point of the two seas: The Med. and the Aegean.

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    Knidos, tip of Datca Peninsula, is the meeting point of the two seas. The city had two harbours, one on the South (The Med.) the other on the North (Aegean). The trail passes through both harbours. The islands in the distance are the Greek Islands.

    Open your Mind!

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    The door is located by the Cape Crio Lighthouse. You just want to open the door and leave everything behind. Well, that's what Carian Trail exactly does. Step in and you will see a different world.

    Freedom!

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    Walking in Turkey is not like walking on Camino de Santiago. You would be amazed to see that there aren't many, if at all hikers, along the way. The paths, the views, the beaches, it's all for you!

    Suitable for Biking!

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    Not all the trail goes on the paths, some routes follow the dirt/minor roads. You may not bike the whole trail, but you may follow it through alternative scenic roads.

    The best part of Hiking!

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    A friend used to say "The best part of hiking is when you take your boots of!". Who wouldn't want to do so in this sandy beach of Akyaka.

    Coffee to HIKE!

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    A cup of Turkish Coffee before the trek is the push that you need! Wakes you up, makes you smile and takes you high! A power boost before the looooong ascents.

    The breakfast & the food!

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    Olive from the grooves, tomato from the gardens, cheese from the goats, jams from the fruits! Plus, the Turkish bread and the tea! You will love Turkish breakfast & the food.

    Handicrafts & Carpet Weaving

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    The people of Bozalan and the surrounding villages, are still making natural dies for the wool. Almost all the houses have a carpet loom...

    Traditional Architecture

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    Most of the traditional architecture in the villages are still preserved. Some are abandoned.

    Bodrum

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    A part of the trail goes through the renown Bodrum. The photograph was taken just before walking into Bodrum past an Ottoman Cistern.

    Carian Ruins of Labraunda

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    Apart from smaller ruins, there are approximately 10 major archaeological sights (like Amos, Knidos, Halicarnassos, Stratonikeia, Mylasa, Labraunda, Heracleia and Alinda) along the route. The picture is from Labraunda. You will be amazed to see that you are probably the only ones visiting them.

    Caravan Trails

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    A great majority of the trail Milas region goes on the old stone laid paths. The paths have been used by villagers to connect the villages, and to carry their olives from their grooves.

    Villages

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    The villages along the way are quite characteristic and makes you feel like your are travelling in the past.

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    In Çomakdag Village, the women put freshly grown flowers under their headscarves, just for decoration. Quite distinct with their colourful eyes, dresses & cultures, they are the women of the Aegean.

    Turkish Hospitality

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    Passing through some villages, you may feel like there is no body living in this place. But suddenly an elderly man or woman appears by the balcony or terrace. And within seconds you could find yourself beside a table having tea or food with them.

    Neolithic Wall Paintings

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    Around Latmos Mountains, there are 170 mural paintings hidden under the huge boulders. Dating back to 6000 BC, the paintings depict social events like dances & celebrations unlike many other paintings around the world which depict usually hunting scenes.

    Bafa Lake

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    Herakleia ad Latmos, used to be connected to the sea and had a harbour safe for sailors in the ancient times. As the River Meander started to silt the river mouth, the connection of Herakleia to the sea was lost and thus Bafa Lake was created. The city lost its importance, but never its beauty.

    The Kings Road

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    Built by one of the commanders of Alexander the Great, The King's Road goes for a few kilometres although damaged in some sections. The trail follows this road up to the Latmos Mountains!

    The Latmos Mountains

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    Known as Latmos Mountains in the ancient times, the Beş Parmak (five finger) mountains is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes in Turkey.

    Bagarcık Village

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    Located in the nothern side of the Latmos Mountains, this village welcomes you after a long day's hike. The only income if the villagers is the Pine Nuts.

    Trail of colours & diversity

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    If you remember the turquoise waters of the Med or the Aegean, this huge forest of Umbrella Pine Trees look totally out of space. It actually feels a little like Afrika, but without big wild animals.

    Alinda

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    The finish line of the trail is Alinda ancient city, located just above today's Karpuzlu settlement. What we see in the picture is the agora (market place) of the city, the best preserved in Turkey.

    Dalyan

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    Not connected to the main trail, there is an 11 km section close to Dalyan. Located by the river, Dalyan is the located between Koycegiz Lake and the Iztuzu Beach ( a marine turtle nesting area), with river meandering in between. This is one of the best places in Turkey for Bird Watching!

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