Day 20: The Turkish Riviera
Antalya Travel Blog› entry 29 of 260 › view all entries
April 25th, 2010 – by: Biedjee
That didn't leave me an awful lot of time to explore the city of Antalya, but then again, there isn't all that much to explore. I regret not having been able to visit the museum though.
Antalya is one of those places which I never really cared for. As the gateway to the “Turkish Riviera” it is a popular beach holiday destination for the Dutch and as I am not a beach person, I never really had much interest in going here.
However, it was an obvious stopover on my way around Western Anatolia before heading towards Istanbul. And besides, while I am not a beach person, I do like water, and I do like coastline, and there is plenty of that around here!
My hotel was located in Keleiçi, the old city centre, which is now a historical zone protected from modern development and traffic. This area contains many houses from the Ottoman times, which have now been restored an converted into hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops or residential homes for wealthy Turks.
Kaleiçi was a great place to enjoy the last few hours of daylight wandering around. As this weekend was a holiday weekend for Turks, the Turkish tourists greatly outnumbered the Westerners. This was something I quite liked, but the locals did not necessarily share that feeling.
Though I did feel sorry for him, I had to disappoint him as I wasn't buying anything from him either. He tried to convince me that it was easy enough to lug his tea around for the next 9 months, but I politely declined anyway.
At the north end Kaleiçi lies the old Roman harbour, which was the city's commercial port for some 2000 years. It has now been restored to its original Roman layout, and serves as a marina for expensive yachts and a few dozen excursion boats.
The city's waterfront is a stunning location with high dramatic cliffs, overlooking the Antalya bay and snowcapped mountains in the distance. The entire waterfront is lined with bars and restaurants, which provide an excellent place for a drink while watching the sun set.
I have to admit, Antalya is in fact quite a nice place to be.
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