Kabak in Turkey is a little-known paradise some 15km past Ölüdeniz. It is too small to be called a village, so it is part of the nature-stretch called Faralya. People visit it for its stunning views, pristine beach, and general laid-back atmosphere. You won’t find any major hotel chains here. Kabak has some small boutique hotels and some boho camping and glamping sites where you can also pop in for a meal before you while away the day. Sucking in the view is part of the Kabak experience, just make sure not to miss the hidden waterfalls. You’ll have to put in some effort, but the reward is great. And the best part is we’re about to tell you how to find the waterfalls in Kabak. Be prepared to put on your hiking shoes. 🙂
Routes to the Kabak waterfalls
There are three different routes to the waterfalls in Kabak. Two involve following part of the Lycian Way and are a serious but doable hike; the other one is more suitable for fearless people with mountaineering skills if you ask us. The waterfalls in Kabak are accessible from the upper Lycian Way route or following the same marks starting from Kabak beach. The upper leg is longer but comes with more amazing views. If you decide for the fearless mountaineering alternative, you’ll head from the beach following the creek to the waterfalls. It is beautiful but challenging, so don’t attempt this route if you are not in top physical condition and willing to do some rock climbing. The Lycian is waymarked, simply follow the red and white signs you’ll see on rocks, trees, or anything suitable to indicate which way you should be heading.
In this post, we are including our pictures from the upper route because of the stunning views towards the sea. This hike starts at the back of Lissiya Hotel. If you are coming to Kabak by dolmuş, look for Mama’s right before the dolmuş stop and take the little road that goes up the hill. Follow the Lycian Road sign to Alınca. The road seems to end at Lissiya Hotel. Walk along their fence on the left and climb up, following the trail. You will see the red and white marks all along your route. Your next junction offers you the choice of going up to Alınca, or down to Kabak beach, which is what you need to do.
Keep following the track until you reach the sign that will point you in the right direction for the waterfalls and start counting your 400 steps. 🙂
A slice of paradise: several waterfalls and ponds
Once you have reached the waterfall, you’ll probably want to jump right in. The water is crystal clear, the setting fairy-like. There you are, surrounded by nature and the sound of water, looking at the woods and sandal trees around you, and probably in need of cooling down after an intense walk. If you came down from the sign that said 400 steps, you have arrived at the top waterfall and pond. Just work your way down to discover more waterfalls and ponds. Be careful though, the track is inexistent at some points, which may very well be the reason this place is still untouched.
The waterfalls in Kabak are the perfect place to escape the heat of the summer. Still, they are only accessible after an intense hike. So go prepared. Wear appropriate shoes and carry enough water and food to keep you going. Also bear in mind that whichever route you choose, you’ll have to hike back. We do not recommend going back following the water trail. The Lycian Way down to the beach is a far safer alternative if you do not want to climb back along the upper route.
Practical information for visiting Faralya and Kabak, Turkey
To help you prepare your trip to Turkey, we have bundled all you need to know about visa applications, transport, and more on a single page. Have a look at the reviews from other travelers on TripAdvisor for more Kabak travel tips. Faralya is a place for nature lovers. In that perspective, we can highly recommend Faralya Botanica as a place to stay. If you want a piece of the action, you might be happier with a hotel in Ölüdeniz or Fethiye. You will find regular public transport to Faralya during the season. In winter, only 3 busses go there, so plan ahead!
The nearest airport is Dalaman which has easy connections with Istanbul airports if required. You’ll find cheap flight options here. Or you can use the search widget on the side to quickly find the most affordable and best flights available.
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