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Delikkemer to Patara

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  • Assembly Hall
    / Assembly Hall
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  • / Inside the hall
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  • / Columns leading to water
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  • / The main gate
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  • / A huge palm grove of 2000 years
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  • / The columns perspective
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Starting at the aqueduct of Delikkemer, take quiet paths and roads through pine forested country and small farms until you reach the Patara ruins, then take a road back up to the hotel.
Distance 9.3 km
2:30 h
84 m
187 m
A short transfer will take you to the Roman Delikkemer aquaduct. From here walk back to Patara via its famous ruins and long sandy beach. The sprawling ruins of Patara, which was once the major naval and trading port of Lycia, include a necropolis, basilica, theatre and lighthouse. After taking your time to explore here, you can visit the beach or return directly to your hotel.

Author’s recommendation

Take at least 2 hours to look around the ruins at Patara, it is truly an exquisite site and is quieter than many such sites of similar age and scale.
Highest point
186 m
Lowest point
3 m

Safety information

The heat and dehydration are the main risks on the Lycian Way, ensure you have at least two, preferably three litres of water per person per day, wear light and loose fitting clothing and a suitable sun hat. Factor 30 sun cream is recommended, particularly from May until the end of August.

There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible. Where it isn’t, walk on the right-hand side of the road in the direction of oncoming traffic.

Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously when needed. 

Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.


Tips and hints

Food and Drink

There are no food and drink stops, just bring plenty of water and some snacks and get lunch when you have finished the walk.


Points of Interest

The Ampitheatre

Seating 6000 people, this huge amphitheatre is still in fantastic condition. They used to hold gladiatorial fights, animal battles and theatre within its stone walls.


The gates

The mighty gates of the city of Patara are still intact, huge gabled archways made of marble through which allof the visitors to this ancient city would pass.


The Lycian League assembly hall

Said to be one of the earliest examples of a working republican democracy, the Lycian League would meet to discuss policies and approaches to governance for the entire Lycian area. Recently partly refurbished, you can sit in the hall where the senators would have passed policy and judgement.


Delikkemer Aqueduct

The path passes under it then follows it for its length.  

The Aqueduct was built in the reign of Claudius, so definitely not the oldest in the world, it is interesting however as the aqueduct is a reverse siphon system that is a pressurised pipe made of stone blocks with male and female joints at either side, that allowed the water to run down one side of the valley and be forced up the other side without any pump. Definitely a marvel of Roman engineering that this system worked for hundreds of years.  

Please note there is a small entrance fee of 2 Euros on exiting the site.


The drop off point by the aqueduct (115 m)
36.265336, 29.364689
36°15'55.2"N 29°21'52.9"E
35S 712425 4015972



Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Start at the layby where the transfer drops you, head down the road descending then TURN RIGHT up the small path towards the aqueduct, passing under the aqueduct then you BEAR RIGHT to join the waymarked path

0.57 km - The path joins the main road, TURN RIGHT and descend, then at the hairpin BEAR LEFT to join a small path that is waymarked

1.50 km - The path merges with two other paths, ignore the turns and continue STRAIGHT ON

1.60 km - Come to a small clearing with a square water tank, behind the water tank there is a small ascending path BEAR LEFT to join this path

1.80 km - The path forks, BEAR LEFT ascending

1.90 km - TURN RIGHT sharply, descending past some beehives on your left, then when you reach a track BEAR RIGHT to join it

2.20 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON as the path merges

2.80 km - The path forks, BEAR LEFT to join a track

3.60 km - Join a large track, BEAR LEFT to continue in the same direction, you will then come to a farm on the left-hand side, take the right hand and BEAR RIGHT as the path splits

4.20 km - The path forks again, BEAR LEFT

5.90 km - The path forks, BEAR RIGHT descending, the path is marked by a small pile of stones

6.50 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks slightly

6.90 km - The path leads to a vehicle track, TURN RIGHT to join this vehicle track

7.00 km - You meet another track TURN RIGHT and follow the sign '1km to Patara'

7.40 km - TURN LEFT at the electric pylon onto a smaller path

7.50 km - After passing a white villa on your left, TURN LEFT descending a small path that crosses over a road

7.80 km - You have reached the main road and the gates to Patara, TURN RIGHT to follow the road all the way back to the hotel, but enjoy the ruins or the beach first.

9.30 km - You have reached the entrance to the Delfin Hotel on your right-hand side. Your day's walk is finished.





all notes on protected areas


36.265336, 29.364689
36°15'55.2"N 29°21'52.9"E
35S 712425 4015972
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Sturdy boots for uneven ground

A sun hat

Walking poles

Water purifying tablets in case of emergency

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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