Following the Ancient Carian Paths
There are more than 7 ancient Carian routes on and around the peninsula. Splash in the Aegean Sea, then relax over a spread of Turkish specialties. Walk along inlets marking the shore of the neighboring Bodrum Peninsula. Veer away from the beach to enter a forest cloaking the hilly coastal range. Investigate the well-preserved castle and remains of Carian settlement in Pedasa or Kirel. An easygoing walk past olive groves and vineyards takes you through forested hills down to the Aegean. Dip your toes in the sea or climb to traditional hamlets. Visit the Sanctuary of Zeus Labraundos. One of the first temples built along the Aegean. The ancient site of Labraunda is quite stretched out and at 600 meters above sea level, offers impressive panoramic views. Visit beautiful villages along the road full of olive trees , and meet the locals. And last at not least The grave of Mausolus, The Mausoleum and the Crusaders castle of St. Peter. Our Walks. 5 or 6 days . Hikes between 13 to 16 km.
Hotel Zeytinada has a fantastic style of architecture, linking the typical Bodrum culture with modern Turkey. Hotel Zeytinada is built on 14 blocks and has 3 different room types, which are decorated in a modern and comfortable style to suit all different tastes. Different room types, in total 78, are ideal for guests who are looking for a resort hotel comfort. The rooms have direct pool or garden view from the balcony and are equipped with bath, split air conditioning, direct telephone line, hair dryer, satellite TV, minibar, safety deposit box and sofabed.
We recommend wearing walking boots on all our walks, as these provide the best ankle support and grip. Windproof/waterproof jacket (with hood) and waterproof trousers – these are essential at all times of the year. Shorts and Tshirts - lightweight wicking materials are best. Warm fleece & trousers Sun protection – hat, sunglasses and sun cream.
Clothing: Fleece or other purpose designed synthetic tops give good lightweight insulation and nylon or cotton trousers can provide unrestricted movement. A layering system is better than one thick top. Lightweight hat and gloves
Rucksack: this needs to be large enough to carry your picnic lunch, drink, waterproofs and spare clothing. A size of 25-30 litres is probably best. A waterproof liner as well as a rucksack cover will keep the contents dry should you be unlucky enough to encounter any rain. Water bottle: a size of at least 2 litres is recommended.
Sun protection: high factor sun screen and lip salve Personal First Aid Kit: containing for example plasters, insect, repellent, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, blister kit, tape and personal medication.
Camera/binoculars – your choice. Trekking poles - many people find these aid balance and take some of the strain off their knees during steeper descents