8th, 2013
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The antique “Carian Trekking Way” Project with 796 km is being revived with the supports of Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MUSTO)
The Chamber President Bülent Karakuş explained, “We have completed our project of Carian Trekking Way with 796 km also including Datça. The opening will be held with both sector representatives and national press on February 3. This antique road includes a wide area from Muğla Marmaris İçmeler to Datça Peninsula, Gökova Gulf, Akyaka and Milas and has famous antique towns Kaunos, Knidos, Labraunda Heraclea, Latmia, Alinda and Stratoniceia on Carian Life Trekking Way. It will be possible to see mural paintings from Prehistoric ages, mausoleums from the classic era, temples of Hellenistic Age, agoras of Roman Era, monasteries of Byzantine Era and unseen house architectures at the other areas of villages on this route. The last 40 km of 796 km road reaches Çine Town of Aydın.”
Karakuş stated trainings about the project would start for villagers living on this route and said, “We will give them information on what they should do when they see walking tourists and what they can sell. We aim at making our villages benefit from the project in the best way. Once the arrangements are completed, it will be transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and taken to the inventory of the Ministry. There is no racetrack like this anywhere in the world. Antique roads existing for centuries will be revived and contribute to tourism. We assume 25 thousand trekkers will walk on this route in a year at the first step. I think this number will increase after it will be made public to the world and taken from the Ministry inventory.”
Datça Mayor Şener Tokcan thanked the Chamber President Bülent Karakuş for involving Datça to such a significant Project and said, “I hope this project will make great contributions to the people and tourism of Datça.” (iha)

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