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Sidmya to Gey

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A short walk with a big climb on little-used stone paths from Sidmya to Gey.
moderate
Distance 8.1 km
4:00 h
452 m
414 m
A short transfer will take you to the village of Sidyma this morning. Discover the little-explored ruins in the village which include remains from the Roman Imperial age including tombs, sarcophagi, bath, temple and church. You will then climb over a mountain pass, through a windswept and beautiful valley before a short descent, making your way to the village of Gey and the idyllic lighthouse hotel.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to have a good look around the ruins in Sidmya.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
914 m
Lowest point
546 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 stops for refreshments, make sure you bring what you need. The Lighthouse Hotel has a lunchtime al a carte menu.

 

Points of Interest

Sidmya

The visible ruins are not very well preserved and the site remains largely unexcavated. Interestingly, some of the remains such as boulders with inscriptions have been used as building materials for the village houses. Some of the sarcophagi and impressive monumental tombs are hidden amongst apple and pomegranate orchards. Other examples of remains include a crumbling theatre, bath, temple and church many of which are from the Roman and Lycian age. 

 

The Lighthouse Hotel Views

This hotel is exquisite, and the view from the restaurant and the swimming pool is probably one of the best hotel views in the world!

 

Start

Sidmya Carpark, the taxi drop (548 m)
Coordinates:
DD
36.408326, 29.190449
DMS
36°24'30.0"N 29°11'25.6"E
UTM
35S 696411 4031468
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Destination

The Lighthouse Hotel

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Start in the Sidmya carpark, and BEAR LEFT towards the yellow sign joining a path that looks like a dried stream bed

0.13 km - BEAR RIGHT as the path forks, passing a well on your right

0.21 km - As the path meets the track, TURN LEFT onto the track

0.36 km - As the path forks, BEAR RIGHT ascending, as you pass the farmhouse on the right, BEAR LEFT to join a lower path

0.58 km - Ignore path to right and BEAR LEFT on the larger path

0.69 km - TURN RIGHT to come off the path and then immediately BEAR LEFT over a low wall to join a path with yellow and red waymarkers

0.78 km - Cross another wall, and rejoin the faint path

0.89 km - BEAR LEFT across the clearing keeping onto the way markers

0.98 km - BEAR RIGHT and you will see the next waymarker in the distance

1.20 km - Stay on the trail and follow the waymarkers as you BEAR LEFT

1.40 km - There are some trees down on the path, cross over or skirt round to rejoin the path

2.20 km - You will reach an unforested clearing, BEAR LEFT slightly until you reach the top of the clearing, at the top, you will see a faint path. BEAR RIGHT to join that, then as you join the track cross it and join an ascending waymarked path on your left

2.90 km - The path enters a clearing with a large way marked oak tree in the middle, pass the oak tree and BEAR LEFT

3.10 km - The path forks, BEAR RIGHT ascending, keep an eye out for the markers

3.40 km - As you crest the top of the ridge, you begin to descend a little, BEAR RIGHT 

4.10 km - You crest another small ridge and descend into a small section of pine forest

4.30 km - When you spot an abandoned shepherds hut to your front left, TURN RIGHT descending a stony path

4.60 km - Leave the path and BEAR RIGHT to join a smaller path

5.20 km - Join a wider track, with the way markers apparent, as the path forks bear right, the path then curves through a small olive grove and a rocky outcrop the right,  stay on the path as you then BEAR LEFT and rejoin the larger track where you BEAR RIGHT

6.20 km - As the path reaches a proper road, TURN RIGHT descending into the village of Gey

6.60 km - Pass a small shop on the left, and TURN LEFT onto a smaller track, the hotel is now signposted

7.20 km - You have arrived at the Lighthouse Hotel, your day of trekking is finished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coordinates

DD
36.408326, 29.190449
DMS
36°24'30.0"N 29°11'25.6"E
UTM
35S 696411 4031468
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy boots for uneven ground

A sun hat

Walking poles

 

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
452 m
Descent
414 m
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