Category: Strenuous.
Distance: 7.9 km.
Time: 3.0 hours.

Route 8 - Dionysos Mountain Track


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.

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Overview map

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.

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View towards Dionysos

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View from descent to Amos

Preview Route Sections:

  • 1 - Mosque to Antik Roundabout (0.6 km)
  • 2 - Antik Roundabout to Plateau (1.4 km)
  • 3 - Plateau to Dionysos (1.4 km)
  • 4 - Dionysos to Amos (0.9 km)
  • 5 - Amos to Amos Mountain Track (1.01 km)
  • 6 - Amos Mountain Track to Antik Roundabout (2.0 km)
  • 7 - Antik Roundabout to Mosque (0.6 km)

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