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)

Olym­pos: My Idea of A Lazy Week at the Beach

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Lazy beach days.

Get in

Approx $15 CAD each from Olu­d­eniz.  The was the nicest bus ride I’ve ever taken. We were either dri­ving through stun­ning moun­tains or along the breath­tak­ing Mediter­ranean coast. In hind­sight, there was a coastal town called Kas we drove through that we prob­a­bly should of spent a night in.

The Appeal

Vis­it­ing Olym­pos was as close we came to vis­it­ing an all inclu­sive resort this whole trip. Break­fast and sup­per was included in our night’s stay, so we spent very lit­tle time doing any inde­pen­dent think­ing. This was a nice change!

Of course, the real appeal of vis­it­ing Olym­pos is the fine mix­ture of beach and ancient cul­ture. The beach lies in a pro­tected area that includes ancient ruins.  Inter­est­ingly enough, despite the trop­i­cal cli­mate, there weren’t any palm trees; rather, the veg­e­ta­tion is more of a trop­i­cal for­est and makes for a beau­ti­ful con­trast to the aqua marine waters.

Where to Stay

Approx $40 CAD per dou­ble room per night at the Orange Pen­sion, includ­ing all you can eat break­fast and sup­per. It was a nice comfy spot with a relaxed and social atmos­phere. We met some Cana­di­ans here, the first Cana­di­ans we’ve met in ages.

High­lights

Vis­it­ing the beach. It’s hard not to visit this beach. The water is so warm and the sun makes a case that is all too appeal­ing to stay away from the sea. I spent hours in the water at a time, test­ing my lung capac­ity as I dove as deep as pos­si­ble to watch the hun­dreds of colour­ful fish. Care­ful, though, they bite.

Just hang out. For some rea­son while we were trav­el­ing along the Mediter­ranean coast, I decided to ded­i­cate a plethora of time to learn­ing to play black jack and backgam­mon. I still hear the sounds of dice smack­ing against the board in my head ;).

Kayak­ing on the water. Well, I had many a fine oppor­tu­nity to go kayak­ing, but I was admit­tedly too lazy. The beach life seems to have had left its mark.  The waters are sup­posed to be really calm and I can’t think of a bet­ter way to spend the day.

The fires of Chi­maera. There is sup­pos­edly a moun­tain that breathes out fire. This is one of the main attrac­tions, but Helene and I, as you guessed it, kept putting this one off until it was too late.

Vis­it­ing the ruins. This is going to sound really bad, but we also didn’t visit the ruins!  We walked by them every­day and I even cap­tured a cou­ple pho­tos, but the heat dur­ing the day was enough to dis­cour­age this activ­ity.  How­ever, I don’t think this is one to miss!

Pho­tos

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The per­fect beach.

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Ancient ruins.

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Ducks.

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Tree houses. We slept in there.

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Tur­tles.

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Some kids rock jumping.

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Gozleme. Deli­cious.

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Mini me.

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The Mus­lim bikini.

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Some kids shoul­der jumping.

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Boat.

Next stop…Antalya

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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