Phrygian Way

Key information: Phrygian Way

  • Varied and lovely walking in this fascinating historic landscape. 

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  • Length: Your choice, up to 506km
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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The 506km Phrygian Way, one of the longest trails in Turkey, reeks of history. The various Phrygian Valleys are a walking delight, well-marked, and presenting the area’s varied natural joys. 

The area was once covered by volcanic ash, which formed soft rock, allowing the Phrygian people to build the roads and many rock monuments found in the area that are still visible today.

There are 3 different main starting points: each of the starting points meet at the Yazilikaya (inscribed rock) at the core of the Phrygian Way after adventuring through different valley systems.

Gordion (Ankara) in the east: most people start here, walking west to the Yazilikaya, then on along one of the two alternatives below.

Seydiler (Afyonkaraisar)

Yenice (Eskisehir)

There are plenty of campsites along the route, and also a number of guesthouses available in some of the villages. 

The best time to walk is spring and autumn, but has various attractions open throughout the year. The summer months can be stifling, but there are water springs year-round.

This can be demanding walking in mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared.

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