I am working out my itinerary. I have a rental car reserved in Konya and planned visit a couple of sea towns plus a whole relaxed day in Pamukkale on the way to Ephesus then fly to Istanbul from Izmir. But I realize it is too much for just 6 days. I think I am willing to save Ephesus area for another trip. So I need advice on an updated itinerary, including whether I still need a car.
Below is my tentative plan.
Sunday: pick up car at noon, visit Silles for lunch, drive to Side (or other town), sleep Side
Tuesday: new town - hike Lycium Way
Wednesday: new town
Thursday: new town in day, transfer to Pamukkale after sunset
Friday: full day tour Pamukkale
Saturday: to ??wherever I rent car?? to return car and fly to Istanbul
questions: I wonder whether to stay in one beach town and do day trips or stay in 2 different places. I want to walk along the beach (so a long beach is nice) and see whatever the local sights are but take it very easy. I do not want a big resort. I am not into clubs but do enjoy a lively cafe scene with some live music and social people. I am traveing solo and it would be nice to meet some other people to hang out with at night. I am looking into Side, Cirali (or Olimpio), Kas and Fethiye. I do want to be right on the beach.
Also is there anywhere where the water is still warm enough to swim this late? The weather turns rainy on Monday but perhaps I will get a nice day. Pity since this week looked wonderful (it has been here in Cappodocia).
I wonder if it is useful to have a car to explore these smaller towns on the Antalya coast. Then I could drive myself to Pamukkale and take all day, returning to Antalya Saturday morning to fly out. I would love to save the expense but then I will probably have to pick just one beach town (my bag is heavy) and I am worry I would get tired of it with the weather being rainy. Plus I will need to take a bus to Pamukkale. That seems easy but I wonder if I can see some sights in the afternoon and others the next morning, or whether I need to do them all in one day (I can ask on that forum too).
THanks for any thoughts. I have a lot of great options and not having visited there before, wonder your thoughts.