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)

Antalya: The Big City By The Beach

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The money shot.

Get in

Approx $6 CAD each from Olym­pos.  This was another beau­ti­ful bus ride through the moun­tains and along the coast. Once arrived to Antalya bus sta­tion, we had to take our bags to the train/street car and take it to the old town. It was easy enough, but we needed a cou­ple peo­ple to point out where to go because it wasn’t obvious.

The Appeal

The city itself is around a mil­lion peo­ple, but it is the third most vis­ited city in the world after Paris and Lon­don, see­ing over 10 mil­lion inter­na­tional arrivals per year.  There is a lot of his­tory here, and it’s a great mix of city and beach. It’s also a prime loca­tion for sea cruises.

Where to Stay

We stayed in the his­toric area where loads of hotels are located. Unfor­tu­nately, we failed to find a place that we really liked, result­ing in us chang­ing rooms every night.  There are some really nice old Ottoman style homes, but we were unfor­tu­nate enough to rent rooms on very noisy streets, so it was hard to get a full night’s sleep.

High­lights

Visit the beach. Know­ing that Antalya was our last stop along the coast before head­ing east, I lob­bied hard for one final day at the beach.  The waters were rough that day, but that didn’t stop me from hav­ing one last two hour swim.

Go for a walk. Get­ting lost in the his­toric old town of Antalya’s windy streets and seem­ingly end­less maze was the main thing I remem­ber about the city. While we were not in the mar­ket to buy any­thing because car­ry­ing it for the rest of the trip is hardly any fun, there was loads of shops to choose from.

Have din­ner over­look­ing the port. There are no short­age of restau­rants over­look­ing the port, and if you are like us and choose not to take a sea cruise to visit the water falls, this is the next best thing.

Pho­tos

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Ghiy­ath al-Din Kaykhus­raw II was the sul­tan of the Seljuqs of Rûm from 1237.

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Rocks.

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Antalya’s his­toric old town.

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Helene sophis­ti­cally hold­ing a sandwich

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Hadrian’s Gate

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Look­ing west.

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Look­ing out at the port.

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Mosques in the his­toric old town.

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The road from Antalya to Konya.

Next stop…Konya

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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