Antalya

30th, 2012
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Antalya: Kalkan, Kaş, Üçağız, Kayaköy, Demre, Finike
Kalkan is a typical cute little Mediterranean town. From the yacht marina to the highway there are sets of white painted houses on narrow streets, hotels, pensions, meyhanes (taverns), and shopping areas in a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The sunset is a magnificent sight not to be missed. The summer nights are a lively vivacious scene continuing until the wee hours. Those wanting to go for a walkabout can visit the village of İslamlar by going 15 kilometres up to the highland of Bezirgan, coming to İslamlar after a further 8.5 kilometres. At İslamlar there are trout restaurants and horse tours around Bezirgan.The Kaputaş Beach and Mavi Mağara (Blue Cave) between Kalkan and Kaş are great places for enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean and seeing one of the best caves in the area.
Kaş: A residential centre bigger than Kalkan, Kaş has a yacht marina surrounded by tea gardens, many hotels and pensions. The remains of the ancient city of Antiphellos turn up everywhere one walks.
There is a Lycian style tomb monument and a theatre on the way to the Çukurbağ Peninsula. The trip along the peninsula can be quite interesting as the Greek island of Meis (Castellorizo) is just a stone throw away.
There are various fine hotels and holiday village resorts on the peninsula.
Üçağız: Sixteen kilometres after Kaş is the turn for Üçağız. Nine kilometres after the intersection is the village of Kılıçlı and a further 1.5 kilometres from the village is the ancient city of Apollonia. If you have the time, it would be worthwhile taking a look. Üçağız is a fishing village on the shores of the Gulf of Kekova, six kilometres from Kılıçlı and 31 kilometres from Kaş. Boats going on tours in the gulf use the wharf at Üçağız. The wharf has small pensions and some fine restaurants with the freshest fish direct from the region. The village was built on the remains of the ancient city of Theimiussa. To get to Kaleköy (Simena) boats operate from this wharf or boats from Demre-Çayağzı. Larger boats operate daylong cruises from the Demre-Çayağzı wharf.
Kaleköy: The sweet village of Kaleköy, which can be reached only by sea, was built on the remains of the ancient city of Simena. The houses here are constructed of stone and are in total harmony with the environment. Towards the upper parts of the village there is a theatre and a number of sarcophagi lying around, with some of them being under water. Directly opposite is the island of Kekova. Along the shores of Kekova is an ancient underwater city. At sunset, especially from the acropolis of Kaleköy, the scene is incredibly fascinating.
The ancient city of Kyenai on the main road leading to Üçağız from Demre (Kale) and should be visited if there is time. Touring this ancient city, where no excavations have been carried out, is very satisfying indeed.
Demre (Kale): The place where St Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, used to live. When he died in 343 AD he was buried in a sarcophagus and placed in a church built in his honour and bearing his name. This church is in the city centre and should be seen. The city of Myra, which was an important centre of the Lycian Union, is also located in the centre of Demre. At the entrance to Myra there is a theatre and behind it are many tombs carved into the cliffs. These are the finest examples of carved rock tombs of Lycia. Those who are confident in their fitness and balance can follow the pathway and climb to the acropolis.
Çayağzı: Here the port of Demre and the ancient city of Myra and is also the place where Demre Stream flows into the sea. The port was also known as Andriake in ancient times. The ancient ruins strewn around the roadside belong to the baths of Myra, built by Myraens, constructed in order to obtain the maximum use of the thermal waters of the region. Boats bound for cruises around and to Kekova Island leave from here. Accommodation for the evening is at Finike.
Finike, Lmyra, Arykanda, Adrasan
Finike is famous for its greenhouses and citrus plantations. It has kilometres of coast running up to Kumluca. The small hotels are closed throughout the winter. The newly opened 5-star hotel is ideal for accommodation. In the morning, tours of the ancient cities of Arykanda and Lmyra await you.
Lmyra: this ancient city is located among greenhouses four kilometres from the district of Turunçova. The theatre and Xatabura monumental tomb are on the left of the road that divides the ancient city, where excavations are still continuing. At the bottom of the road there is a church, bath, columns, the remains of an avenue and hundreds of large and small sarcophagi and rock tombs behind the theatre heading up towards the acropolis on the hill.
Arykanda: The magnificent remains of the ancient city of Arykanda are located on the Finike-Elmalı road. Explorers need to travel 34 kilometres to get to the ruins of this Lycian city, located on the Toros Mountains. Behind it is a steep cliff and on its slopes are the remains of past settlements. Among the important remains are a basilica, baths, the state agora, an odeon, a small theatre and a stadium with three tiers. Lycian style sarcophagi are scattered all through the forest. On returning from this trip you can enjoy lunch at the trout farm or at restaurants in the Çatallar district, located five kilometres from the ancient city.
Finike-Kumluca road Do not continue towards Kemer from Kumluca, turn right via Beykonak Mavikent along the road that has great sea and mountain views and go to Adrasan. The Kumluca-Kemer road can also be followed to get to Adrasan. The choice is up to you. Adrasan is a quiet beach two kilometres in length for those travellers wanting relief from the crowds. There are pergola shades, restaurants with plentiful seafood as well as pensions and hotels that will make you feel as if you were in your own house. Adrasan is an ideal place for long walks along the beach and the forest, with fresh oranges to be plucked right from the trees. Boats are available for trips to nearby coves and islands. You may even want to stay more than one day here but we have so much more to tell you, so just make do with one night.
Olympos, Çıralı, Phaselis, Kemer
After breakfast on your sixth day on the road head out to the ancient city of Olympos, 20 kilometres from Adrasan. This was a Lycian city with one part now totally submerged under water and other remains on both sides of the stream. Following the paths, walk around and reach the acropolis then watch and admire the magical beauty of the Çıralı coast.
Çıralı: This is located at the ends of the ruins of the ancient city, near the seaside. The coast of Çıralı can be reached through the village of Çıralı on foot. However, if you have an car and plan to return you will be coming back via the Kumluca-Kemer road and then come down to Çıralı.
Çıralı is an attractive tourism destination with kilometres of beautiful coastline with small and pergola style restaurants, pensions and camping sites. First on the agenda is lunch and then fresh picked oranges from the tree.
After this is the Yanartaş exit. Those who think this walk could be difficult after lunch should attempt it before eating. Firstly you drive to the beginning of the path that takes us to Yanartaş then walk 1200 paces along the pathway that curves slightly to the remains of the ancient city of Khimaira. A little ahead are stunning scenes of naked flames jetting out of the volcanic soil called Yanartaş (burning rock). This is not just a ball of giant flame but flickering tongues of fire that have been burning away for thousands of years due to the gas that finds routes for itself through the cracks in the volcanic soil and rocks. This scene is even more beautiful at sunset. On returning from Çıralı, those who have not eaten yet should go to the trout farm facilities at the village of Ulupınar. Here the sound and coolness of the water in the forest is very evident, so eating fish and meat cooked on a hot iron plate at a pergola restaurant is truly a magnificent experience.
Phaselis is an ancient Lycian city to be found by following the Kemer-Kumluca road, one kilometre inland from the coast. There is a theatre, city walls, the remains of houses near the ancient city port, the gate of Hadrian, an agora and the acropolis.
Kemer
Finally we come to Kemer, where kilometres of Mediterranean coast meet up with the green of the trees, a fantastic meeting of turquoise blue and green. There are the Tekirova, Çamyuva, Kiri, Göynük and Beldibi districts, the centre of Kemer, Ayışİğı Park, the yacht marina, modern streets, shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and bars: everything is here.
ANTALYA
Kaleiçi, Düden, Termessos
On the last day of the tour we finish at Antalya. First there is a trip to the ancient city of Termessos. This site is spread over a large area where some steep walking is required, one reason why your visit should be early in the day. The exploration of this magnificent ancient site would take about half a day.
A tour of Antalya city centre should be set for the afternoon, beginning with the Antalya museum.
Here there are the richest archaeology and ethnography finds from the region on display. Later, the waterfalls of Düden are on the itinerary. Those with ample time could also visit the waterfalls of Kurşunlu near Aksu while the historic district of Kaleiçi (the castle and its surrounding area) should be visited towards the evening. Visiting Kaleiçi involves walking down to the yacht marina and enjoying some refreshments at the various tea gardens there. And here we come to the end of a magnificent tour. You may wish to do it differently, back to front or include other destinations, it is all up to you.

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