Turkey : Antalya

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Preface : Antalya is located in the south of Turkish’s coastline. It has a small and lovely old town with Mediterranean flair. It is a place where you will find a lot of sun worshipers. It may sound like another seaside city, but it isn’t, because in 3 DAYS you will be able to experience: two natural wonders, historical places, and beaches.

In my opinion for
Antalya

Public transportation : ✪ ✪ ✪
Getting around on foot : ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪
Daytime safety : ✪ ✪ ✪
Nighttime safety : ✪ ✪ ✪

Pamukkale

Public transportation : ✪ [You’d better hire a car in order to get there conveniently]
Getting around on foot : ✪ ✪ ✪
Daytime safety : ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪
Nighttime safety : N/A

✪ = poor,  ✪ ✪ = fair,  ✪ ✪ ✪ = good, ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ = very good

Don’t forget to bring these; a hat or a cap and sun screen lotion for summer time

Hygiene

  • Drink only water from a sealed bottle
  • Eat only well cooked food, which you can find easily on the streets of Antalya.
  • Bring a small bottle of disinfection with you

 

 

 

HOW to spend 3 days in Antalya

1. THE FIRST DAY: Antalya City
There are 3 main attractions which I find very interesting namely: Hadrian’s Gate, Yivliminare Mosque, Kaleiçi (the historic city center of Antalya), and Düden Waterfall. The Hadrian’s Gate, Yivliminare Mosque, and Kaleiçi are located so close to each other. You can just simply walk along the coast line and you will reach them at no time. The Hadrian’s Gate or Üçkapılar is a beautiful arch, which was built in the name of Hadrian, the Roman emperor. The ancient Yivliminare Mosque was built in 1230 with Seljuk architectural style and it is situated in the middle of Kaleiçi

 


Hadrian’s Gate


Yivliminare Mosque and Kaleiçi

 

Lastly, the amazing Düden Waterfall of Antalya.
The most beautiful part of this waterfall is the end of it, because the water flows directly into the Mediterranean Sea and it couples with a beautiful rocky cliff. Both create stunning and unique scenery.

 

 

2. THE SECOND DAY : Pamukkale
Antalya is the easiest place to reach Pamukkale. It’s another natural wonder that you must visit once in your life time. Pamukkale, a.k.a. Cotton castle, consists of various white calcium terraces, filled with various shades of blue water. Pamukkale is also home of an ancient greek city, Hierapolis. Unfortunately there isn’t much left to see, except the Cleopatra pool, The Theater of Hierapolis, and some gates. By the way, it is believed that if you swim in the Cleopatra pool, you will be beautiful like her. Though, she never visited this place before.

Tips :

  • I would suggest that you book a tour to Pamukkale, because it is located in the middle of nowhere and you wouldn’t like to lose your precious time hassling with public transportation. A group tour should cost around 50 Euro per person (entrance ticket is not included: to enter Pamukkale is 35 Lira and swimming in the Cleopatra pool is 50 Lira).
  • The duration should be from 7 am – 6 pm.
  • Don’t forget to bring a bottle of sun protection cream, and drinks

 

 

3. THE THIRD DAY: you can simply enjoy the Antalya beach.

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