A Gourmets Delight
It'll take a life time to taste the finest foods of Turkey.Based on the heritage of the vast Ottoman Empire,which extended from the gates of Vienna in the northwest to the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.Turkish cuisine is extremely rich.
The use of fresh materials in the preparition of all these dishes,is the main characteristic of unique taste.Turkey is a country surrounded on three side by sea and is famous for its seafood.While it also has a yearly abudance of fresh fruiý and vegetables.Possibly some you have never tasted before:-)
What you eat in Antalya...
Doner kebap(lamb grilled on a revolving spit)
sish kofte(grilled meatballs)
sarma(dish made of rice and meat,wrapped in grape leaves)
imamBAYILDI(dish prepared with eggplant and olive oil)
icli kofte(made of ground meat and pounded wheat)
borek(flaky pastry with thin layers of cheese or other filling)
helva(a sweet prepared in many varieties with sesame oil,various cereals,sugar,syrup or honey
Lokum(turkish delight-a soft,chewy and sweetish confection)
ayran(made of water and yogurt)
and finally RAKI(the indispensable alcoholic drink of pleasant dinners)
after the meal,TURKISH COFFEE...
Taxis from airport to
Taxis of Antalya are the most expensive taxis in Turkiye.. When you reach the Antalya airport you will immediately see the Helpdesk for airport taxis..
They arrange everything and serve you with an air conditioned nice taxi.. However the prices you need topay is shown in the list..
Having had a great hamam experience in Istanbul, I thought I'd treat myself to another on my last day in Turkey. Sefa Hamam was located close to my hotel, so I dropped by late one afternoon. I didn't really understand how things worked at Sefa. They didn't seem busy and their female employee seemed to be busy watching TV. I felt kind of guilty that I made her leave her shows to come scrub me down. I asked if it would be possible to also get an oil massage, and I was told sure- their male masseuse would be happy to massage me. I told them I wasn't comfortable with that (everything I'd ever read said no Turkish woman would consent to a massage from a man in a hamam) and the male owner started back-pedalling... he told me a female masseuse could be available. I felt really weird, and it ended up being a half-hearted massage from the same older woman who'd just half-heartedly scrubbed me. In the end I just felt awkward, and I think I could have performed an equally effective spa treatment on myself in my hotel bathroom. The building is beautiful and historic, so that was nice, and it was much cheaper than a similar package in Istanbul... but the whole vibe was just off.
The old town is very beautiful, a bit commercial, lots of traders whispering and humming in your ear to call you into their shop--my favorite line was 'Let me help you spend your money'. Anything is better than 'are you Russian?' which means people are asking you if you are a prostitute and which I really hated on my first days there. If you have any probelms with the gigolos ther bothering you, ask anyone standing on the side, waiters, shopkeepers, and they take care of the person. I had some laughs sending some on the run this way, all you need to do is talk to someone, even if they don't understand you, and point at those retards! it's safe for women even at night, at least in the busy old town.Antalya is right at the mediterranean, with lost of beautiful places to view the sunset, like the harbour. They have beaches--outside of the old town--where you can fry yourselves--a modern shopping district, plenty of restaurants ( no cheapies) in the old houses in the old town and of course a bit of traditional Turkish life remains, but you have to leave the old town to find it! My favorite place was the harbor after sunset, get a glass of Fresh OJ from the guy who sells it on the street for 1 Lira, get some clams filled with spiced rice from one of teh shops around teh avenue that runs along the old town outside of Hadrian's gate and then watch the moon light shimmer on the water at the harbor.The climate is very hot and humid--it took me a few days to get used to this, and my laundry took days to dry--so pack poly and thin fabrics.However I have one complaint: There was no pastry shop like those I frequented in Istanbul, as in chocolatty and creamy...I had to make do with ülker pistachiochocolate form the huge supermarket ( Aypo) close to Hadryans gate. it was also intresting to learn the 'real' prices' there. Which go down anyhow, the more Turkish you attempt to speak...