Day 20: The Turkish Riviera

Antalya Travel Blog

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As I said before, I love these very modern buses
The trip from Pamukkale to Antalya took a lot longer than expected. It was advertised as 4 hours travel time but from door to door it had taken double that. I left the hotel in Pamukkale for the bus station at 8:30 and I checked in to my hotel in Antalya at 16:30.

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.
Overlooking the bay of Antalya

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.
one of the many old mosques in Antalya
I spoke to the owner of a local spice and tea store, who complained “damned Turkish, they don't buy anything. I much rather have Americans or Germans”.
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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As I said before, I love these ver…
As I said before, I love these ve…
Overlooking the bay of Antalya
Overlooking the bay of Antalya
one of the many old mosques in Ant…
one of the many old mosques in An…
Some old men socialising in the pa…
Some old men socialising in the p…
Hadrians Gate, the old city gates
Hadrian's Gate, the old city gates
the streets of Kaleiçi
the streets of Kaleiçi
Wonderfully restored Ottoman house…
Wonderfully restored Ottoman hous…
...which now house souvenir shops
...which now house souvenir shops
spice store
spice store
streets of Kaleiçi
streets of Kaleiçi
View over Kaleiçi
View over Kaleiçi
old Roman harbour
old Roman harbour
view of the harbour
view of the harbour
the streets of Kaleiçi
the streets of Kaleiçi
shopping in Kaleiçi
shopping in Kaleiçi
clock tower
clock tower
overlooking the bay of Antalya
overlooking the bay of Antalya
Kaleiçi from above
Kaleiçi from above
Very truthful representation of At…
Very truthful representation of A…
streets of Kaleiçi
streets of Kaleiçi
the broken minaret in Kaleiçi
the broken minaret in Kaleiçi
broken minaret with a (near) full …
broken minaret with a (near) full…
Antalya Hotels & Accommodations review
Excellent budget option in an excellent location
The Sabeh Pansiyon is located in a quiet part of the wonderful historical Kaleiçi district in Antalya, just a stone's throw away from the Kesik Minar… read entire review
Antalya
photo by: moy18t