Category: Strenuous.
Distance: 15.0 km.
Time: 6.0 hours.

Route 7 - Gerbe Church

A strenuous and varied walk including mountain tracks, road, and forest paths leading to the stunning ruins of a Byzantine Church in a picturesque olive grove and optional beach/swim.

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The walk takes about 6 hours, although you should allow longer on a really hot day. If you do not want to tackle the full distance you can take a taxi or dolmuş, or drive/cycle to Kumlubükü and pick up the walk from there.

The route uses a mountain track on the outgoing sections although an easier alternative follows the coast road. The mountain track is way marked and mostly very easy to follow but does include some sections over rough loose stone. The track rejoins the road near Amos and continues until the road becomes a gentle, wide track.

The route then takes a short mountain track to cross over the peninsula where it emerges into an ancient olive grove and the ruins of a Byzantine church with vaulted arches looking out over the turquoise sea.

A short, optional excursion takes you to a small secluded beach. Until recent times the olives harvested by local Turunç families from the olive grove were manually carried down to this beach for loading onto small boats for transport back to the village.

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Gerbe Church

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Beach near Gerbe Church

Preview Route Sections:

  • 1 - Mosque to Antik Roundabout (0.5 km)
  • 2 - Antik Roundabout to Amos Professörler (2.2 km)
  • 3 - Amos Professörler to Start of Pebble Beach Track (2.2 km)
  • 4 - Start of Pebble Beach Track to Start of Mountain Track (0.86 km)
  • 5 - Start of Mountain Track to Gerbe Church (1.6 km)

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