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Lycian Way section Adrasan-Gelidonya-Melanippe 18km.

Adrasan - Gelidonya - Melanippe trek

A long but extremely satisfying section of the Lycian Way runs straight from the hotels of Adrasan uphill to the abandoned Camel farm where the single track starts.  From here a climb up to 400m takes you through a pass where the last signs of civilisation disappear amongst blue seas and thick red pine forests.  The climb restarts until you are rewarded with views of the islands off the Gelidonya Point. Once an infamous danger to shipping, there was found here a shipwreck from 1200 BC, around the time of the Trojan War.  This was the oldest known shipwreck until the discovery of the Uluburun shipwreck in nearby Kaş.  

The lighthouse was built here on ancient remains, the point being known as Chelidonya Nessio, the Swallow Islands in ancient times.

Descending from the lighthouse to the forest road you continue to the cove known as Melanippe, named after the daughter of a famous Centaur, also know as Pirate’s cove (Korsan koyu)

View of Adrasan bay as you leave
Sulu Ada ( Watery Island)
A cove near Karaoz and Melanippe
Gelidonya Lighthouse

Gelidonya Lighthouse

Gelidonya Lighthouse in winter

Gelidonya Lighthouse in winter

Sulu Ada The watery island
The untouched coastline.
Early spring anemonies.  Anemone coronaria
The rugged untouched coastline
Silene lycia - Lycian Catchfly. Locally Endemic
Arbutus andrachne - Strawberry tree


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