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Egirdir - whether it deserves a night

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Egirdir - whether it deserves a night

We spent a night at Egirdir, arrived by bus from Pamukkale en route to Cappadocia with the intention of breaking the trip halfway and to visit an "unspoilt and tranquil village". Unfortunately, Egirdir (itself) has nothing much to offer, the village which is so called "time stood still" is nothing but a few wooden houses on a hill (inhabited, some filled with rubbish or has become dog houses) - can be seen in any "abandoned" places in the world. The sad part is that Egirdir could potentially offer more however it would seem that most has left town/the village leaving it less than welcoming and with little "life". The peninsular is nice for a walk once (2km), it did not look too much like a village but a place where there are some occupancy. To state that Egirdir - Yesilada is a "resort town" is definitely overselling it. Our bus from Pamukkale was 35 lira + bus from Egirdir to Nevsehir (Cappadocia) was another 50 lira + accommodation for one night at Egirdir was 30 lira (hostel). Total cost per person is 115 lira plus one extra day. My recommendation is to go straight from Pamukkale to Cappadoccia (vice versa) for 45/50 lira - I think is a much better way to do it.

On top of that, the hotels/pensions are more costly (at least 100-150 lira/above on the average) and less to offer in terms of standard, service and also breakfast. We paid about 90 lira throughout our trip in Turkey. Buses to and from Egirdir is less frequent thus you could be left with less option. There was only 1 bus from Egirdir to Gerome (8.30pm) and 1 bus to Nevsehir (12pm) per day. The bus we took to Nevsehir was at 12pm (it was without air-conditioning - or it was not working properly) and uncomfortable. The bus stop (otogar) at Egirdir didnt have too much information, one counter and one person and they only know of a few routes. We found out later of other way that we could have taken (we wanted to give ourselves more time and leave later, and Egirdir another chance). We did take other buses during our 2 weeks trip and that was the most uncomfortable (forgot the bus company name).

We did not explore the other neighbouring towns or attractions around Egirdir, so we will never know, maybe they have something to offer.

Nevertheless, Turkey is a great destination!

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1. Re: Egirdir - whether it deserves a night

Egirdir makes a good base for visiting the local sights if you have your own transport. Obviously not so good if you're passing through by bus.

"We found out later of other way" - yes, plenty of options if you go via Aksehir and/or Konya, but it's always going to be at least 7hrs to Cappadocia.

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