Temple of Apollo
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Entering Side is quite an impressive experience, as the dolmush weaves its way through ancient Roman ruins and drops you off at the imposing theatre. From here its only a five minute walk to reach anywhere in the town, which is rather convenient. My first priority was to find a pension, after which i planned to take a look at the Temples of Apollo and Athena, hopefully in time for the sunset.
As i wandered through the maze of streets, a young guy who owned a souvenir shop waved me over. As his shop was next to a hotel, i presumed he would offer me a room, so sat down to listen to what he had to say. After a few minutes of talking nonsense, he told me that if he helped me find a pension, then i must help him.
It took about 10 minutes to find somewhere to stay, and i settled on Emir Pension, which cost 25YTL ($15.50) a night and included air conditioning, satellite tv, breakfast and a view of the Temple of Apollo from my balcony. Not a bad deal, especially as in summer the cheapest place you can expect to find is 40YTL. The only downside was that the shower was solar heated, which i didn't find out until the following morning, when it was raining and overcast!
Having dumped my bags i made a beeline for the coast and and skirted the rocky outcrop until i received my first glimpse of the Temples of Apollo and Athena.
I found a small market selling Efes beer and bought a bottle and sat on the rocks, listening to Jack Johnson and the sound of the sea. As the sun sank on the horizon and the waves battered the shoreline in front of me, the Temple of Apollo was positioned right behind my back, creating an idyllic location. Sadly there wasn't much of a sunset as the clouds won out, but it had nevertheless been a nice experience, so i went back to my hotel to have a nap for a couple of hours, as it had been a strenuous day.
Leaving my room at 20.00, i was surprised to find the place was like a ghost town and almost all of the cafes and shops had closed already. The few remaining restaurants that were left open were all charging through the roof, so i settled on some snacks from a shop and promised myself some good food the following day. As i was in no hurry to head back to the hotel, i went to take another look at the Temple of Apollo, which looked stunning, with spotlights illuminating it against the pitch black of the night. After this i went and took a brief look at the theatre and some other small ruins and then headed home to watch tv in bed.
When my alarm went off at 08.30 on Friday morning, i could hear the rain rat-a-tat-tatting on the roof, so went straight back to sleep. At 09.30 i decided that i really should get up, and went downstairs for a pretty good breakfast.
Before leaving the town i decided to take a look around the scattered ruins, which included two agoras, plenty of standing columns and the outside of the theatre. I was pretty disgusted that they were trying to charge 15YTL ($10) for entry into the theatre, when you could see most of it from the roadside and it really wasn't anything special. I'm getting a little sick and tired of the overpriced attractions, i think the government needs to rethink its pricing structure. Sadly this will never happen as too many package holiday tourists come here, pay through the roof for everything and the prices as a result get unrealistically inflated.
Just after midday i returned to the hotel to collect my bags and catch the bus to Manavgat (1.75YTL), which is 5kms away and has a long distance bus terminal. From here i connected on to a bus along the coast, to the town of Alanya (7YTL), which took just over an hour. I kind of wish i had hitch hiked there, as the transport is also incredibly overpriced, but this is again due to the government been f**kwits and taxing the hell out of petrol! Viva la revolution!
When i got to Alanya, i was dropped off in the centre and not at the otogar (bus terminal), like i had expected.
What struck me as strange was the fact that he knew how to say he had forgotten in German, but nothing else.
I managed to get a bus going back into Alanya, but this little detour cost me well over an hour, which could have been spent sightseeing or eating lunch. In the end i had to make do with some bread and crisps for the bus journey, as the next departure to Anamur left 10 minutes after I arrived back into Alanya, and there wasn't another bus scheduled for 4 hours after this. The trip was only 135kms, but somehow cost 20YTL ($13), which is probably more than i would have to pay in England for the same distance, but i was in no mood to try hitch hiking, as it was getting too late in the day.