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On the Lycian coast, Kaputas Beach is popular with the locals.

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Renowned for its majestic waters and beaches, Turkey boasts a network of nature treks that are far less known. The Lycian Way (Likya Yolu), which opened in 1999 largely due to the diligence and vision of Briton Kate Clow, is Turkey’s first long-distance trekking route. Named one of the world’s top ten most beautiful long-distance hikes by the Sunday Times, it’s about 510 kilometres from end to end. It’s also possible to do sections of the hike in short day trips of 8 to 10 kilometres in lieu of completing the entire walk. The rocky Mediterranean coastline features ancient ruins, forests, beaches, pine and strawberry trees, and the fragrant scent of wild oregano. Ancient sites worth seeing include the Byzantine castle at Simena in the Demre District of Antalya Province and the village perched on a Lycian necropolis, which is partially submerged under water. In the Middle Ages, the castle was used to fight off pirates. And in spots out at sea such as Kekova Bay, there’s a former pirates cave where robbers of the high seas hid themselves and their treasures. The natural cave is popular with divers for its phosphorescence, soft corals, and fish. The Lycian Way’s trekking season runs from February to May and September to November, as the heat is too intense during the hot summer months. It’s advisable to take a hat, sunscreen, and lots of water. Other options include hiring a Turkish boat – a gullet – for a day or longer – and combining sea cruising with smaller hikes. lycianturkey.com

74 BLUE WINGS OCTOBER 2016

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do.” -Mark Twain In spring 2014, Meretniemi resigned from his job and the family house was sold. They had been searching for the right boat, which they found parked in Finike, Turkey. Though the boat, which had originally been built by the famous ­Nautor shipyard in Pietarsaari, Finland, in the early 1980s, needed some work, it was perfectly suited to their needs. Fittingly, its name Panacea means “a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.” After two years of preparation, in June 2016, they lifted anchor from Finike in Turkey and set sail.

Blue Wings Curiosity issue October 2016  
Blue Wings Curiosity issue October 2016