Category: Strenuous.
Distance: 6.7 km.
Time: 4.0 hours.

Route 3 - Içmeler Mountain Track


A wonderful if strenuous walk starting at the Turunç Mosque and finishing in Içmeler. The return journey can by the regular dolmuş (bus) service, taxi, or in the summer season by water taxi.

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Overview Map

The initial climb is rewarded by some of the most stunning sea views and rich flora and fauna. Not a walk to be rushed and not recommended on hot summer days. Take plenty of water and a picnic lunch as there are some superb open areas on the top to stop and enjoy. The route from Turunç Mosque follows the water front to the cemetery where a steep ascent commences. This is the most difficult part of the walk, over rough ground with loose stones and plenty of undergrowth. The reward comes from the plateau with its amazing views and interesting wild flowers, trees, fungi and wild tortoises. Use of a GPS device is recommended but if this is not possible the route is way marked and can be followed with some concentration. The descent into Içmeler leads into a quiet residential area of the village from which there is a short walk to a pleasant street-side café for a well-earned refreshment stop or a little further to the Içmeler water front bars and hotels.

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Views from Içmeler Mountain Track

Preview Route Sections:

  • 1 - Mosque to Cemetery (720m)
  • 2 - Cemetery to Loryma Track (335m)
  • 3 - Loryna Track to Waymarker 30 (370m)
  • 4 - Waymarkers 30 to 50 (860m)
  • 5 - Waymarkers 50 to 75 (550m)
  • 6 - Waymarkers 70 to 92 (403m)
  • 7 - Waymarkers 92 to 130 (1km)
  • 8 - Waymarkers 130 to 136 (191)
  • 9 - End of track to Café Anne
  • 10 - Café Anne to route end (1.7km)

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Rating: StarStarStarStarStar (David Rigby: 12 Oct 2015)
Thank you. Downloaded GPS and PDF to be safe, but your waymarking was excellent. Picked a day with cloudy spells yesterday, but it was still very warm ascending. Some helpful rope stretches to assist up and down. I found the descent into Icmeler the most challenging section as there is a lot of loose rock. Just over three hours, with a bad knee!
Rating: StarStarStarStarStar (Rikard Kallberg: 24 Jun 2015)
Excellent mountaintrack. The hill close to the cementary is steep. Walking uphill is ok, decending can be dangeorus as it is slippery. The hill can be avoided by taking "Loryma Mountain track" instead (see that route). Most part of the track is on the east side of the mountain, so the sun is best avoided by walking late afternoon.

 

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