The Lycian Way (Part I)

This ancient path of approximately 500 km crosses from Fethiye to Antalya over the Mediterranean coasts of Turkey.

Originally a pathway for the Lycians - a federation of ancient cities in the region and later a province of the Roman Empire- today it is one of the best trekking and expedition routes in the world .

The Lycian League founded in 168 BC was an early federation with democratic principles; these later influenced the United States Constitution. The major cities of the League included Xanthos, Patara, Pinara, Olympos, Myra, and Tlos, with Patara as the capital. Phaselis joined the League at a later time. The league continued to function after Lycia became a Roman province in 46 AD. Lycia ceased being a federation in the fourth century AD, when it was taken over by the Byzantine Empire.

Our walking route from Kas to Kekova surrounded by essences of sage, oregano and the shades of olive trees was only a part of the main path. We made it even shorter and took a daily trip from Kas to a coast where the Uluburun architectural dig took place. (The Ulusburun shipwreck and the treasures were displayed in the Met with an exhibition called “Beyond Babylon”, today they can be seen at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology). But we ended up travelling from Fethiye to Olympos with car crossing the whole of ancient Lycia in the end.

Fethiye to Kas

After our stops at Göcek- the centre for sailing with its beautiful coasts, Ölüdeniz- the famous lagoon, we headed for Kas.

Hotel@ Kas: Lycia Club Hotel. A small boutique hotel located on the Cukurbag peninsula.

Kas is centre for diving and sea, it is located just across the Greek island of Megi. And we had the best fish and fresh almonds... highly recommended.

Kaş to Kekova

The second day consisted of trekking from Limanağzı- one of the beaches of Kas region- to the site of Uluburun shipwreck. From there, the Bayındır village we hopped into the car of one of the locals which took us back to Kaş. From Kaş it was onto Kekova region that is surrounded by green houses and valleys.This region is the heart and guts of Turkey for its fruit and vegetable plantation. The soil that is copper colour is very fertile. The juxtaposition between the hearty brown earth, blue seas and the greens of olive trees in very intimidating.

Hotel: Kekova Hotel . A cute family run small hotel with approximately 10 rooms.

The region is surrounded by carob trees. Carob and its molasses was used to replace sugar , choclate and sugarcane in the Lycian world.

Superfood: Carob

Nutrition and Health Benefits of Eating : Carob contains Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic. Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood. It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike. Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure. Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer. The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis. Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.

To be continued...


Countdown to South Africa

South Africa will be home to millions of football fans this June with the upcoming World Cup. When we visited last year in December the stadium was being prepared and there was a buzz and an accelerating excitement. For those that will be visiting summer here is a quick itinerary for Cape Town and the coast.

It is a well delayed article... But here goes:



1st day: Cape Town

  • Hotel recommendation for those who just want to chill out: Cape Standard
  • Sightseeing: Camps Bay and waterfront for an evening cocktail. Long Street- Khyan Yana restaurant, 267 Long street, for Game meat
2nd day: Around Cape Town

  • Sightseeing:
Hout Bay, Simons Town, great fishing villages. Very serene.
Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve - seafood @Two Oceans Restaurant, lots of baboons!
Table Mountain cableway and trekking at Signal Hill. On the day we were there the cableway wasn’t working due to fog, nature had its way.

3rd day: Cape Wineyards and Franschoek

  • Sightseeing: Wineyards along the way; 1. Neethlingshof 2.Blauwklippen 3. Stellenbosch
Franschoek has mini street that is great for a walk out, but all the more the whole town is covered by hills and trekking routes.
  • Hotel : Le Petite Ferme (strongly recommended)
  • Dinner: Reubens (strongly recommended)

4th day: Cape Wineyards and Knysdna

Breakfast at Le Petite Ferme is a wonderful way to start the day.

After breakfast we went for hiking and walks around the hills.Cabrier wineyard was very close to our hotel...

Wineyard: Cabriere (specializes in sparkling wine)

Then on the route to Knysdna ...

Knysdna is a small village by the sea, usually preferred for summer vacations by the locals.

  • Hotel: Cunninghams Island Guest House at Knysdna, Leisure Island. This is family run hotel. Very safe and quiet.
  • Dinner: Cornuti, Knydna at the enterance of harbour (Tuna Nicoise Salad recommended). I cannot forget this restaurant. Very honest very blue+white.
5th day: Knydsna/ Plettenberg Bay/Addo

Its a tradition to start the day by jogging at Knysna. If you don’t you’re missing out on the local way of life. Everybody is out there ages 0-80.

Depart to Plettenberg Bay

Lunch at Cornuti's @Plettenberg. This nice restaurant has another branch in Plettenberg Bay. This is the original one. This one is located in a hill overlooking the bay, where as the one in Knydsna is located in the entry of a canal.
Leaving Plettenberg Bay we went to Addo. In Addo, you begin to smell the earth and dwell into nature. Addo Elephant Park is the main attraction there, its the small village is very close to Port Elizabeth which is a rusty and semi-developed port city. The number of local villagers effected by HIV and AIDS- the stories that you hear will bring you back to harsh realities of real life. 
  • Sightseeing: Addo Elephant Park tour - animals: meerkat, elephant , buffalo
  • Dinner at Lenmore's at Addo.This is the only restaurant there.
  • Hotel: Valleyview Hotel
6th day: Addo/Port Elizabeth

The reason why I am writing the list of main animals sighted for these parks is that there is a whole idea of if one has seen the Big 5 in the wild discussion. The Big 5 is the rhino, lion, tiger, buffalo and elephant. Apparently its important to sight them all.

  • Daniel Cheetah Breeding Farm- animals: Lion cubs, cheetah. This place was great as you can cuddle up to lion cubs...
  • Addo Croc and Lion Ranch- animals: crocs, bengal tiger
  • Lunch at Lenmore's. As before, this is the only restaurant available.
  • Private Game reserve-animals: zebra,eland,giraffe,rhino,lions,kudu . There are many private games. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of our one ...
7th day: Route back to Plettenberg Bay

  • Tsitsikamma National Park for walking+swim +lunch. This national park is recognized for its trekking routes, beaches, botanics, whale and dolphin watching areas and of course the fish&chips!
  •  Bungee Jumping 217 m -worlds largest along the way. This is another stop on the way, we didn’t jump but watched alot of people instead.
  •  Hotel: Halycon Guest House,Plettenberg Bay. Family run hotel.
  •  Dinner: The Plettenberg Hotel (reservation required, strongly recommended)
  •  Plettenberg bay is ideal for...bodysurfing,paddling at the lagoon.






Cape Town- Tabletop Mountain

Cape Town/Tabletop Mountain II

Camps Bay

Camps Bay II

Camps Bay III

Cape Wineyards