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Best area for 5 days

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Best area for 5 days

My husband and I are planning a trip to Turkey in September 2014. We know we want to spend about 5 days in Istanbul, about 5 days in the Cappadicia area ( love to hike ) and now are wondering which additional area to explore for about 5 days. We love to explore but didn't necessarily want to rent a car if we don't have to..... Any advise?? We don't mind touristy areas but would rather be a little of the beaten path.

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1. Re: Best area for 5 days

You could explore the Selcuk-Sirince-Ephesus area and use public transportation to work your way down to Bodrum via Lake Bafa (Heraklea) and Iassos. There's lots to do all along the Bodrum peninsula.

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Thanks for the info. We have actually been to Turkey one other time and seen the Ephesus/Kusidasi area. Was thinking of flying to ANatalya and driving the coast maybe to Fethiye ( giving in to renting a car). Is 5 days enough to do that AND is it to touristy??

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Hi,

I was going to suggest the Antalya area. Antalya, itself, is worth a visit with its mar ina area & historical sites. Magnificent Duden waterfall is nearby. Perge & Aspendos ruins can be seen in a day or you can visit fantastic Kursunlu waterfall (love Duden but Kursunlu is my favourite) & you can walk further in a natural conservation area than at Duden. Travelling further along, away from Antalya, you have the Roman town of Side. Plenty to see there with ruins mixed in with the new. There's a small but interesting museum, lovely prom & harbour.

Beyond Side is Manavgat, with markets on Mons & Thur (same vendors do the Sat msrket at Side; smaller market but good). And beyond there is Alanya, with shops, harbour/marina, great castle & various caves, with stalagtites/mites.

Yes, this is a touristy stretch but you can lose yourselves in the sites & history if you wish. Sept should be a bit quieter with school hols being over.

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Sounds like a great plan....are only other questions are should we head east as you suggest or west for a more authentic experience? AND...is driving/renting a car the best way to see this area?

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Along the Antalya coastline..always a car is preferred..but the local buses are cheap and available..

As for the amount of days it is up to you. One can easily spend 10 days just exploring the Antalya coastal areas ( Lycian coastline ) with the vast amount of historical and rural villages with lovely beaches..The entire coastline of Antalya ranging from the city of Antalya to Fethiye is a wonderful way to spend a vacation. And some with spendid beaches and historical areas. Here are some great places to visit south west from Antalya - Phaselis, Cirali, Olympos , Myra, Demre, Kekova, Kas, Kalkan, Xanthos, Patara, Telmessos, Fethiye, Oludeniz, and Kayakoy.

A couple of places along the way from Antalya I recommend are Cirali, Kas, Ucagiz ( Kalekoy ), Patara and Kaya Koyu near Fethiye.

Çıralı is an agricultural village in the southwest of Turkey in Antalya Province. It is close to ancient ruins of Olympos and Chimaera permanent gas vents.

If you want to see a place were time has stood still in Turkey and experience what Turkey used to be like about 15 to 20 yrs ago before the influx of all-inclusive and package holidays of the last decade, then Cirali is the place for this..

Cirali is a great little village, nice clean beach and a mix of sand and pebbles, ruins of Olympos and the flames of "Chimaera" the world''s oldest and best-known natural "eternal flame".

No mass tourism or 5 star hotels. Just nice family own hotels and pansiyons. Small shops, quiet bars, restaurants, and no discos. It is more of a place for nature lovers and chilling out.

my photos ;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/canmom/sets

Cirali is centrally located between Antalya and Kas and you can travel farily easily to visit nearby historical areas.

In Cirali there are ..boat trips, snorkelling, long walks, day trips to nearby Kemer or Kumluca to visit local markets, biking, and of course relaxation...not to mention the historical ruins to explore..plenty to keep ones self busy for a week or two.

Also nearby to Çıralı is the Ulupınar region, which is rich in rivers and creeks. Cirali / Çıralı is one of the last unspoilt natural areas along the Antalya coastline.

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Sounds perfect....hoping 5-6 days is enough to get a good taste of the region. This site is always so helpful to figure out the details !

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Just a quick p.s. as you await more replies. We've hired a car a few times. My husband drives & doesn't find it too stressful. Sometimes we could do with more road signs! :-)

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