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The Three Beaches Walk

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A descending walk on a track, then a footpath and sometimes over beachside cliffs where the path can be faint, taking in three beaches before arriving in the resort town of Kas.
moderate
Distance 11 km
3:30 h
183 m
338 m

Your walk today begins with a 15-minute transfer up into the hills inland to the vicinity of Bayindir Village. During your walk, you can take a swim at Limanagzi Beach and also at Big Pebble Beach which is just before the return into Kas.

For those who prefer to spend more time relaxing and swimming at Limanagzi Beach, the last 1.5 hours of the hike can be cut and a frequent water taxi can be used to return to Kas from the beach. (Payable locally at around €5). If you do this you miss an exciting section of the walk that takes in some ancient ruins, a short but steep climb up steps hewn from rock and some great views.

Some of the footing is a little technical on this route, so be sure to wear sensible shoes and have both hands free when hiking any of the more difficult sections.

Author’s recommendation

Today is not a day to forget your swimming costume! On arrival in Kas, you will find some beautiful boutique shops and stalls selling Turkish Jewellery, perfect for a gift to bring home for a loved one.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
170 m
Lowest point
1 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

You can get refreshments towards the end of the walk at Limanagzi beach, or at Kas. Alternatively, your hotel will make you a packed lunch if you request one.

 

Points of Interest

Limanagzi Beach

A small cove with a perfect oval bay, after a steep descent through an overgrown path you would be forgiven for thinking the beach will be deserted, however, there are many water taxis that take tourists from Kas this beach. It is still a beautiful spot, and you can get drinks, food and a comfortable sunbed to lie on in between dips. 

 

The Lycian Rock Tomb

Upon leaving Limanagzi beach, the path quickly begins to ascend up some rough stone steps. There is an ancient rock tomb, small but well formed carved into the cliffs, and some bigger stone steps leading up the cliff face. There is a rope attached to the wall to steady your balance and it is a truly spectacular if short ascent. Be careful with your footing and be sure to use the rope to steady yourself.

 

Kas

Kas is a medium sized resort town with all the amenities you could need. The harbourside and lighthouse is very beautiful and there are daily trips to go scuba diving.

Start

Trailhead, Bayindir Village (170 m)
Coordinates:
DD
36.181541, 29.671239
DMS
36°10'53.5"N 29°40'16.5"E
UTM
35S 740226 4007391
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Destination

Kas

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Begin at the drop off point, the driver will point you in the right direction, you descend a track that passes through wide open fields

2.70 km - As you reacht the polytunnels, the path forks, BEAR RIGHT to take the narrower path to the right-hand side that passed to the right of the tunnels and to the left of the animal enclosures, on the other side BEAR LEFT slightly to join a stoney/rocky trail

3.30 km When the path forks, take the right-hand path which almost immediately begins to descend, then as the path levels out after 30 metres, TURN LEFT onto a new fainter trail

3.90 km - As the path levels out and you enter a small clearing with some olive trees, BEAR RIGHT to join a smaller path, the way is now marked with the red and white of the Lycian Way, you will soon reach the coastline and the first beach, BEAR RIGHT as the path  joins the cliffs and is alternatively on rock and dirt. Steady footing is needed.

4.80 km - The rock is eroded here, and the footing is treacherous and sharp, tread carefully and make sure you have two hands free to steady yourself for the next 100 metres

5.10 km - The path forks slightly, the left fork has a red cross, ignore this path and take the right-hand fork to BEAR RIGHT

5.30 km As the path opens up a little, keep right and look  out for markers, ignoring the smaller paths coming off the main trail

5.70 km - As the path bears left, you will pass a stone water cistern, the path becomes clearer

6.40 km - As the path emerges from the trees, BEAR LEFT as the path forks heading for the coast

6.70 km - As the path forks again BEAR RIGHT

6.80 km - BEAR RIGHT slightly to join another dirt path as you pass over a low stone wall, this path then bears to the left and descends through the undergrowth to the beach

7.20 km - Once you have enjoyed the beach, come back up the steps you used to descend onto the beach but TURN LEFT before you rejoin the same path you descended, you will shortly reach the steps by the rock tomb, use the rope to ascend safely

8.10 km - As you come out of the bushes, BEAR RIGHT ignoring the smaller trail that goes towards the cliffs

8.30 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks, you should be able to see Kas in the distance

8.50 km  - Stick to the path as it descends through a farm, pick up the track on the other side

9.20 km - When you come to the tarmac road BEAR RIGHT

9.40 km - At the T Junction TURN RIGHT and then immediately TURN LEFT descending, this road will take you all the way into the centre of Kas

11.00 km - You arrive in Kas, your days walking is complete.

 

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Coordinates

DD
36.181541, 29.671239
DMS
36°10'53.5"N 29°40'16.5"E
UTM
35S 740226 4007391
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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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moderate
Distance
11 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
183 m
Descent
338 m
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