On Sunday we went walking with Zirve Dağcılık ve Doğa Spor Klubu. This excursion started in Davutlar from whence we walked up to an old, ruined monastery. There were 51 people (including a sizeable contingent from the local University) and one dog.
The first bit was reasonably flat, then we came to a place where they are building a dam. Beyond that the walking got steeper, though it was still walking. It was fascinating to watch Kuşadası, Davutlar and the sea drop away beneath us as we climbed.
We had a while to poke around the monastery buildings themselves. The place is fairly ruined but, inside the dome there are traces of reliefs and of paint. A little further on we found a place to stop for the traditional lunch.
Walking back down was a bit quicker. I think we took a shortcut. The path was blocked in one place but we found a way around. It was a great day out in excellent company with some spectacular views. The walking was challenging enough to be interesting but not a real stretch of fitness (as it was last time). Though our knees were feeling their age on Monday.