Visiting the Turkish Beaches

Turkey Itin­er­ary: Istan­bul (8 days) -> Pam­mukale (3 days) -> Olu­d­eniz (4 days) -> Olym­pos (6 days) -> Antalya (3 nights) -> Konya (3 days) -> Goreme (7 days) -> Amasya (3 days) -> Tra­b­zon (6 days) -> Erzu­rum (2 days) -> Kars (2 days) -> Van (4 days) -> Dogubayazit (1day)

Olu­d­eniz: Lovin’ the Chintzy British Hot Spot

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Snor­kel­ing in the Mediterranean.

Get in

Approx $12.50 CAD each from Pam­mukale.  This was a nice ride through the moun­tains with a few glimpses of the sea.

The Appeal

The stun­ning beach and a good laugh.

I’d describe this lit­tle resort town as lil’ Briton. It wasn’t much to rave about, but when you see the pho­tos, you’ll get why it’s worth a visit.  To say the town was trashy prob­a­bly wouldn’t really cap­ture its cul­ture, but we Cana­di­ans are just as guilty as the British for ruin­ing sweet lit­tle beach towns across the world.  So, I guess I can’t hold it against them! The area was cer­tainly filled with lots of laughs. For exam­ple, every restau­rant had some sort of pun writ­ten on their menu or dry sense of humour about it. The main tourist hub was filled with men on steroids drenched in oil play­ing with fire attempt­ing to attract you into their bar.  In the west, they would exploit half naked women for these jobs, but not in Turkey, for some rea­son. It was a good laugh.

Where to Stay

Approx $27 CAD per night for a dou­ble room at the Koseoglu Hotel. I can’t say that I didn’t like this place because we went for a day and stayed for three. We pretty much had the place to our­selves, the largest room we’ve had all trip, and a swim­ming pool to boot. Cou­ple all those things with $27 bucks a night, and you have your­self a pretty sweet deal.

High­lights

Go on a boat trip. Unques­tion­ably, one of my favourite activ­i­ties in Turkey, this all day beach hop­ping, lunch included, boat trip was inex­pen­sive and loads of fun. I don’t remem­ber the price off­hand, but it was about the same price as eat­ing in one of the beach front restau­rants. We went to three beaches, hiked a moun­tain, which admit­tedly had lit­tle to noth­ing to offer at the end of the hike, and played cards.

Beach day. The aqua marine sea set in front of the moun­tains is what Olu­d­eniz is all about. Some peo­ple jump out of planes and para­chute down to the beach, but that activ­ity was a lit­tle rich for my blood.  I just enjoyed the warm water and hot sun.

Pool day. Inevitably, there is always one day where lazi­ness out­weighs ini­tia­tive and a pool day really isn’t a bad com­pro­mise. So, we sat by our pool and worked on Laughingabroad.com for a day.

Visit Fethiye. Helene went on a solo adven­ture to the bright lights and big city of Fethiye. She vis­ited the mar­ket, walked along the sea port, and got a flavour for where actual Turk­ish peo­ple live. She doesn’t rate is as a top activ­ity, but she says it was okay.

Pho­tos

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Para­chutist about to land on the beach.

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We saw another cou­ple take this pic­ture so we copied them

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View of our lovely hotel pool.

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But­ter­fly valley.

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Noth­ing says chintzy British tourist spot like line dancing.

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These breads were delicious!

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Bright lights and big city of Oludeniz.

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Bright lights and big city of Fethiye.

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But­ter­fly valley.

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Thems swim­ming waters.

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Back­pack­ers.

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Top deck of the beach cruise.

Next stop…Olympos

Turkey Itin­er­ary: Istan­bul (8 days) -> Pam­mukale (3 days) -> Olu­d­eniz (4 days) -> Olym­pos (6 days) -> Antalya (3 nights) -> Konya (3 days) -> Goreme (7 days) -> Amasya (3 days) -> Tra­b­zon (6 days) -> Erzu­rum (2 days) -> Kars (2 days) -> Van (4 days) -> Dogubayazit (1day)

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