Carian Trail consists of 4 main sections (Bozburun Peninsula, Datca Peninsula, Gulf of Gokova, Carian Hinterland) and 1 alternative section, Mugla Environs.
This region has managed to preserve much of the character of its 2000 year old past, attracting attention with its hilltop fortresses, ancient roads looking out over magnificent views, and sheltered bays. From its campsites and guesthouses to its chic hotels and renowned seaside restaurants, this section has something for everyone.
Although geographically a peninsula, Datça is home to a special island feeling thanks to its inaccessibility and remoteness. Starting from the old town of Datça, the route passes over 50 beaches before coming to an end in Balıkaşiran. This section is ideal for experienced hikers and those who want to camp in amazing nature due to its length and remarkable lack of human settlement.
The longest section of the trail, the hikes on the Gulf of Gökova section in turn climb up high above the coastline and descend down to the sea, offering up a feast for the eyes. Starting from Balıkaşiran, this route passes the ‘slow city’ of Akyaka before continuing onto the backstreets of Bodrum. The ruins, small villages, beaches and views en route will surprise even those who think they know Gökova. Either camp or soak up the comfort of the small guesthouses. In this region, there’s something for everyone.
With its mountainous and secluded landscape, this region harbors one of the best preserved examples of traditional Aegean Culture. We guarantee that you’ll feel like you’ve traveled to another world after seeing the regional architecture, traditions, clothing, ancient roads, ruins, and the otherworldly beauty of the Latmos Mountains. Guesthouses are concentrated around Lake Bafa, in other parts of the region you’ll have to camp or stay in traditional village houses.
Starting from Akyaka, this route passes the ancient city of Thera, the Değirmendere Canyon, and the Belen Kahvesi Teahouse, ending in the ancient city of Stratonicea. The majority of the route follows quiet dirt tracks, while a few other sections follow forest paths. A surprising element of this route is the examples of civic architecture and lively streets.
A comprehensive guide to the nearly 150 kilometers of hiking route found on the scenic Bozburun Peninsula section of the Carian Trail in southwest Turkey. In addition to a car and bike-friendly travel guide detailing the region, the book features loads of information on running routes and alternative activities, as well as detailed information regarding the history, wildlife, and culture of the region. You'll also find a tips and tricks helpful for first time hikers. We can safely say this is the most extensive travel guide you'll find anywhere in Turkey.