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Antalya coastline, with a boat at sea

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Mehmet, Cenk and Itunc (Turkey)

Antalya looked a vibrant City at first sight, with colourful modern apartment blocks lining the streets, which were in turn bustling with activity. I was pleased to find that this initial impression of the place, which was observed from the dolmush window whilst racing down the road, would prove to be a pretty accurate assessment. A cosmopolitan City of three quarters of a million, it receives a whopping 9,000,000 tourists a year, with 75% of those coming from Russia. After spending any time in the City you can see that the Russians have clearly gotten onto something that the rest of us are missing out on - well, comparatively speaking.

I said my goodbyes to Donald at the bus station, who i had spent an enjoyable few days with, and fell straight into the hands of couchsurfers Mehmet and Cenk.

Antalya marina
Its been incredible how little time i have spent on my own in the last month, i always seem to be with a couchsurfer or another tourist, boredom or loneliness has certainly not been on the agenda! Cenk had brought his car with him, so the three of us went to Migros shopping mall, which had an excellent array of cuisine in the upstairs dining area. I decided to go for Fish and Chips, as we were next to the sea and its also just about my favourite food. In fairness it was quite tasty, although nowhere near as good as what we get in England - but then again, i am still to find anywhere that is!

With Dinner out of the way we headed back to Mehmet's house, where i would be spending the next few days. Sitting in the living room we began to chat about life, travel, Turkey, the EU and anything else that sprang into our minds.
Waterfall at Antalya bay
This is another incredible thing about couchsurfing, you really get to talk to the local people and find out their perspective on their country. I've learned so much over the last few months that i have actively been participating in the project, it really is worth looking into if you aren't already a member. The guys both had work in the morning, so around 22.30 we ended the conversation and called it a night.

I slept until 09.30 on Tuesday, snuggled up under my duvet and two extra blankets, which were hard to part with. I had a slow start to the morning, taking the chance to listen to some music and relax, enjoying a little time on my own before i went out sightseeing. I decided to walk down to the centre, which was only 20 minutes away by foot and i was soon regretting having brought my jumper and coat, as the weather was magnificent.
Cool cloud formation seen during the boat cruise
I stopped off for a kebab and ayran, after which i found a post office, as i had been meaning to send some mail home for several months, but i am normally useless at finding the time to do such things.

Reaching the sea i sat atop some cliffs admiring the views, which really were fantastic, with the sun shimmering off the water and snow capped mountains looming high above the bay. I made my way around to the marina with the intention of just taking a nosy, so politely declined all of the offers of boat tours that were been thrust down my neck. The Lousy Planet had said that one hour tours normally cost 40YTL ($26), so the 10YTL ($7) price that was initially quoted did seem quite appealing, but i was still rather keen to check out the old town, so walked away nevertheless.
Sunset over Antalya bay
“Ok, for you, 5 Lira” came from the boatman's lips, at which point i did a 180 degree turn and jumped straight onto the boat! A little over $3 to be shown around on a boat for an hour in Turkey, is a bargain by anyones standards, especially a stingy backpacker like me!


The trip was rather nice to be honest, sat on the deck and soaking up the sun, whilst admiring the stunning coastal scenery. We passed a waterfall, mosque, the old City walls and some modern high rise buildings and it was worth every cent, although if you paid 40YTL for this, i personally think you have been badly ripped off, it wasn't that good!

Disembarking from the boat i carried on around the marina before heading into the old town, which housed some wonderful Ottoman houses.
Antlaya Marina
I wandered around the quaint streets for an hour or so taking in several points of interest before my thirst finally got the better of me and i sat down in a lovely little street side cafe to drink an Efes. I settled for just one beer, as the sun had dropped down behind the houses when i was ready for my second, and instead made my way to Hidirlik Kulesi Tower, to watch the sunset and write my blog. Not a bad way to spend my day in all honesty!

In the evening i had arranged to meet up with Mehmet and he brought along one of Cenk's friends called Itunc. We met in front of some fountains and the Ataturk Statue, located near the marina and went to a nearby restaurant which seemed to specialise in grilled chicken. Unfortunately i had recently eaten a couple of lahmacuns, so the prospect of half a chicken seemed a little daunting, so i opted to just take a bit of Itunc's to sample, along with a glass of Ayran.
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrian's Gate


After Dinner we went for a walk around the old town, which had some of its buildings nicely illuminated and the area was almost deserted. I'm sure its a different story in summer. To end the night we went to a nice little bar to drink a couple of beers, and the establishment seemed to be a popular place for the youth of Antalya to hang out. Cenk joined us a little later on having finishing his English class and this relieved me a little, as the guys had talked Turkish to each other for most of the night, which had left me feeling a touch isolated. We returned to Mehmet's around 23.00 and called it a night, as we both had early starts planned for the following morning.

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Antalya coastline, with a boat at …
Antalya coastline, with a boat at…
Antalya marina
Antalya marina
Waterfall at Antalya bay
Waterfall at Antalya bay
Cool cloud formation seen during t…
Cool cloud formation seen during …
Sunset over Antalya bay
Sunset over Antalya bay
Antlaya Marina
Antlaya Marina
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrians Gate
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrian's Gate
Antalya Bay
Antalya Bay
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Ataturk Statue
Ataturk Statue
Antalya Bay
Antalya Bay
Boat cruising in Antalya Bay
Boat cruising in Antalya Bay
Waterfall at Antalya Bay
Waterfall at Antalya Bay
Antalya Bay
Antalya Bay
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Waterfall and cave at Antalya Bay
Waterfall and cave at Antalya Bay
Cave at Antalya Bay
Cave at Antalya Bay
Waterfall and cave at Antalya Bay
Waterfall and cave at Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay, with…
Coastline around Antalya Bay, wit…
Hidirlik Kulesi
Hidirlik Kulesi
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Coastline around Antalya Bay
Sun shimmering off the water at An…
Sun shimmering off the water at A…
Sun shimmering off the water at An…
Sun shimmering off the water at A…
Antalya Bay
Antalya Bay
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina
Carpets for sale in Kaleici (Old A…
Carpets for sale in Kaleici (Old …
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Minaret in Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Minaret in Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Kale Kipisi - Fortress Gate
Kale Kipisi - Fortress Gate
Ataturk Statue, with the Turkish f…
Ataturk Statue, with the Turkish …
Kaleici (Old Antalya), with Yivli …
Kaleici (Old Antalya), with Yivli…
Kaleici (Old Antalya), with Yivli …
Kaleici (Old Antalya), with Yivli…
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Hammam and palm trees
Hammam and palm trees
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrians Gate
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrian's Gate
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrians Gate
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrian's Gate
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Korkut Camii
Korkut Camii
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Kaleici (Old Antalya), with the ta…
Kaleici (Old Antalya), with the t…
Afternoon entertainment
Afternoon entertainment
Hidirlik Kulesi
Hidirlik Kulesi
Korkut Camii
Korkut Camii
Mosque in Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Mosque in Kaleici (Old Antalya)
Evening fountain show
Evening fountain show
Evening fountain show
Evening fountain show
Chicken roasting on a big skewer
Chicken roasting on a big skewer
Chicken roasting on a big skewer
Chicken roasting on a big skewer
Kaleici (Old Antalya) at night time
Kaleici (Old Antalya) at night time
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrians Gate
Hadriayanus Kapisi - Hadrian's Gate
Antalya
photo by: moy18t