Turkey is land of contrasts between plateau and coast, mountains and plain, modern and traditional, religius and secular. Before the turks themselfs arrived, ancient civilisations from east and west clashed or blended here. The resulting contrasts are fascinating enigma to many visitors. Cities teem with young fashionable people, high rise buildings, fast cars and fast food. The Aegean and mediterranean coasts have their share of five star hotels where you could have a luxurious holiday in a cosmopolitian atmosphere. but outside the towns and coastral strip, there is another side to turkey.
Many people who come here on package holidays are antranced by the beauty of the mountains and the vivacious and friendly personality of the turks. They may be lucky enough to see in the villages a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries. They are also astonished at thr abundant evidence of past civilations. the countryside is networked by the roads and tracks these civilitations left behind. Some lie abondoned, some are in current use as footpaths or mule tracks between villages. They all beckon the walker to new experiences set against a stunningly beutiful landscape and in the heart of an overwhelmingly friendly culture.
Lycia is the historical name of the teke peninsula, which is the bump on turkey's sout coast between the cities of fethiye ant Antalya. It is in the western termanation of the toros mountains , curl in a double arc around the central plateau and dominate the coast. The muntains rise sheer out of the see on the western side , slightly more dually on the east so the gradients on the coastal slopes precluled road- buildings until the coast road was completed in 1988.
Three rivers cut the area from north to south and leave great alluvial deltas on the south coast. These deltas and the inland plain are the foundation of the area's current prosperity, for they provide most of tomatoes and other vegetables and fruit for the markets of istanbul an beyond. In ancient times, the area lived from farming wheat , olives and goats and from the vast timber resources of the interior.