Baklava.... You do not want to miss this...
Baklava is one of the oldest known Turkish desserts. No meal would be complete without baklava for dessert. It is made of baklava - flaky layers of whisper-thin pastry bursting with pistachios, touched with golden butter, gently enveloped in a honey syrup. No holiday, wedding or dinner party could be considered without it.
We flew United to Frankfurt...
We flew United to Frankfurt and Hapaug Lloyd from Frankfurt to Antalya. Most of the airplanes to Antalya come from Germany.
From the Sheraton, the tram was terrific. There are also Dolmuses that run everywhere and cost almost nothing. To and from the Airport we found a taxi to be reliable and reasonable (about $16). For sightseeing I recommend a tour. Our two all day tours cost $20 and $30. This included transportation, lunch and the guide. We had to pay the admission fees, but it was a great way to see things.
The ancient city of Aspendos, located 30 miles (45 km) east of Antalya, traces it's beginnings back to the 5th century B.C. Over the centuries several empires controlled the city, including the Persians, the empire of Alexander the Great, and the Romans. The city saw its glory days during the first centuries A.D., when the Romans built many large structures here, including an agora marketplace, a huge aquaduct, and the famous Aspendos theater, which is one of the most well-preserved theaters of antiquity. The theater, designed by the architect Zenon and completed in 155 A.D., sits against a hill and is semi-circular in design. It is so well preserved that concerts are still performed here to this day, with seating available for some 15,000 people! Quite amazing for a structure nearing its 2,000 year birthday!
Antalya is a great, attractive city. Its old town is beautful and well-maintained, with many renovated old houses. it also has a nice setting around the marina.
In addition to containing interesting sites of its own, such as the Selcuk Yivli Minare, the city's symbol, it is well-located to be a base to explore the fascinating coast of Lycia to the west and south west, and the ruins and resorts along the coast to the east.