Route 8 - Dionysos Mountain Track

Category: Strenuous
Distance: 7.9 km
Time: 3.0 hours

Downloads:

Dionysos (GPX) Dionysos (KML) Dionysos (PDF)

Click the PDF button to download a printable (PDF) copy of the entire route. Click the GPX button to download the route in a format suitable for smartphone apps and other navigation devices. Use KML to download the route in a format suitable for use with Google Earth.

One of the best walks from Turunç with stunning views, a hidden mountain plateau, and incredibly varied terrain. This is a reasonably strenuous circular walk that is very well way marked throughout. The return route is via the Amos mountain track or, if you prefer an easier route back, just follow the Amos road back to Turunç. The walk takes 3 to 4 hours, although you should allow longer on a hot day, and remember to take plenty of drinking water, sun blocker and a sun hat.

If you haven’t already visited the ruins of the ancient city of Amos, dating back to around 200 B.C., then these are easily included in the walk where the track descends from Dionysos to join the Amos road. See also the Amos by Road walk for a separate walk directly from Turunç to the Amos ruins. (http://www.turuncwalks.com/route.php?id=1)

Amos dates to the Hellenistic era and now consists of an amphitheatre on the side of the hill, a temple and statue pedestals. Surrounded by ramparts dating back to the same time, this amphitheater is in good condition, including its seating area, side walls and stage with three chambers. Excavations in 1948 by Professor George Evards Bean revealed four inscriptions, which mentioned three rental contracts, thought to date from around 300 to 200 B.C.
Route Image
Overview map
Route Image
View towards Dionysos

Route Image
View from descent to Amos

1 - Mosque to Antik Roundabout (0.6 km)

The walk starts at the village Mosque in the middle of Turunç. From here, proceed south along the main street (with the sea on your left), cross over the canal bridge toward Palette Bar. Follow the road up a gentle hill to MyMeriç Hotel. Here keep right and continue following the road. Another road joins from the right and shortly after you pass the only Turunç petrol station on your right. A little further and you reach a large road junction - Antik Restaurant will be in front of you.

Section Image
Section 1 map
Section Image
Antik Roundabout

2 - Antik Roundabout to Plateau (1.4 km)

Antik Roundabout has 5 roads off. The first on the left is signposted to Amos. The one you want is the second on the left, 41 Sokak.

After approximately 150m along 41 Sokak, having passed buildings on your right, the track leaves the road and branches off to the right. If you miss this turning you will soon come to some houses and a dead end.

The track itself is very well way-marked so just look out for the red and white painted markings on rocks and trees. The markings not only confirm that you are on the right track but also indicate the direction the track takes.

The track ascends through varied terrain, becoming increasingly wooded.

At any time of the year you can see a variety of interesting wild flowers.

If you are walking the route early in the year (February to April) you may be lucky enough to see a rare Anatolian Orchid.

Even when the track is indistinct, the way markers should keep you heading in the right direction.

After about 1.2km the track turns right and an amazing open plateau appears in front of you. There are two dilapidated shepherds huts on your left. This is a great place to stop for lunch or a short break and enjoy the tranquility of this secluded and beautiful plateau.

Section Image
Section 2 map
Section Image
Start of 41 Sokak

Section Image
41 Sokak

Section Image
Track branches right

Section Image
Track turns left

Section Image
Not this way

Section Image
Track turns right

Section Image
Track straight ahead

Section Image
Start of track

Section Image
Gentle ascent

Section Image
Track leading into the forest

Section Image
Anatolian orchid by the track

Section Image
Indistinct track but clear waymarkers

Section Image
Follow the waymarkers when track is indistict

Section Image
Plateau

Section Image
Shepherds huts

3 - Plateau to Dionysos (1.4 km)

The track runs alongside the shepherds huts and then turns right to run along the far side of the plateau before turning left to continue the ascent. After about a further kilometre the Dionysos Estate comes into view through the trees. Dionysos is an Exclusive Escapes holiday resort built over a huge canyon and with stunning views over Kumlubük Bay.

Section Image
Section 3 map
Section Image
View back towards Turunç

Section Image
More wild flowers

Section Image
View towards Dionysos

4 - Dionysos to Amos (0.9 km)

From the Dionysos Estate the track turns left and starts to head towards the sea. The track provides stunning views over Kumlubük Bay, the Dionysos Canyon, and back towards the Dionysos Estate. A large area of unusual, large rock formations provides another stopping off point. Look out for the wild flowers growing in the deep spaces between the rocks.

Keep an eye out for bright red Cytinus ruber plants. These are parasitic flowering plants, usually parasitizing rock roses. Depending on the time of year you may see them covered in small white flowers.

The track joins the Amos road next to the entrance to the Ancient City of Amos ruins. If you haven’t had chance to visit these ruins, now would be a great time!

Amos City dates to the Hellenistic era and now consists of an amphitheatre on the side of the hill, a temple and statue pedestals. Surrounded by ramparts dating back to the same time, this amphitheater is in good condition, including its seating area, side walls and stage with three chambers. Excavations in 1948 by Professor George Evards Bean revealed four inscriptions, which mentioned three rental contracts, thought to date from around 300 to 200 B.C.

See also the Amos by Road walk for a separate walk directly from Turunç to the Amos ruins. (http://www.turuncwalks.com/route.php?id=1).

Section Image
Section 4 map
Section Image
Track near Dionysos

Section Image
Cytinus ruber plant

Section Image
Cytinus ruber in flower

Section Image
View towards the sea

Section Image
View back along the track

Section Image
Remember to follow the way markers

Section Image
Enjoy the flora and fauna

Section Image
Rock formations near Dionysos

Section Image
Wild flowers between the rocks

Section Image
Track heading towards the sea

Section Image
Dionysos Canyon

Section Image
View towards Kumlubük Bay

Section Image
Track nearing the sea

Section Image
Track becomes indistinct near the road

Section Image
Track joins the Amos Road

5 - Amos to Amos Mountain Track (1.01 km)

Join the Amos road and turn left. Following the road you will pass the Amos Profesörler Sitesi. Here you will find the famous Amos White Houses, at the top end of the site, and Amos Red Houses lower down. Formerly holiday homes for staff from Marmarar and Anadolu universities, they are now largely privately owned.

Follow the road for a further 500m and look out for the mountain track on your left, just as the road bends to the left. If you prefer a more leisurely return to Turunç you can stay on the road until it returns to the Antik roundabout.

Section Image
Section 5 map
Section Image
View from the road

6 - Amos Mountain Track to Antik Roundabout (2.0 km)

The mountain track leaves the road heading directly away from the sea for a few meters. It then turns right, following the line of a fence through small trees and shrub before the track ascends, running parallel to the road below on the right.

The ascent is rough in places, with loose stone under foot, so care is required. You will need to stop to appreciate views back over Amos bay, and forwards towards Turunç at different parts of the track – and keep an eye out for the red and white way markers.

As the track descends toward Turunç village you will pass some large villas on your right after which the track becomes a road leading back to the Amos road, just above the Antik roundabout.

When the track joins the Amos road, turn left and head down to the Antik roundabout.

Section Image
Section 6 map
Section Image
Views from mountain track

Section Image
View towards Turunç village

Section Image
Looking back at the villas

Section Image
The track becomes a road

Section Image
Joining the Amos road

7 - Antik Roundabout to Mosque (0.6 km)

From the Antik roundabout take the first turning on your right (38 Sokak) and follow the road, retracing the first section of the walk, back to the village centre and Mosque.

Section Image
Section 7 map

Feedback on Route 8 - Dionysos Mountain Track

No feedback has yet been received for this route. Please complete the feedback form to rate this route in terms of how much you enjoyed it.

You can help other walkers by telling them about the highlights, what you enjoyed most, and things to look out for.

Also, when you provide a rating you are helping others choose the most suitable walks.

Please provide us with your feedback/comments on this route so that other people can benefit from your experience. Your name and email address are optional. Your email address will never be displayed, but will allow us to respond if required. Your name, if provided, will be displayed along with your feedback. You can use your real name, initials, or a fictitious name.


1 2 3 4 5






CAPTCHA Image   Reload Image
Enter Code*:

quail-piping