This is not really a "site", just a general tip. Now (2004 summer) 1 Euro is cca. 1,25 USD. Still, some of the turkish bazaars, shops, customs, etc, tend to equalise these currencies. As a result, you can save around 20 percent in several cases, if you carry USD with you instead of Euro. For instance:
- at the Antalya airport, visas are issued for 20 USD or 20 Euros (for Hungarians), other countries have the same phenomenon;
- drinks on buses usually have the same price as well;
- does not matter that much, but you can bargain more precisely with USD, as having lower value (ie. you will not receive the stuff for 1 euro less, but there still is some space with USD, etc. For perfectionists, only :)
Fondest memory: Very nice summer! Sea, boats, swimming, pamukkale, food - relaxing atmosphere...
From the old harbour in Kaleci, Antalya, you can take a boattrip for the day or evening. After spending weeks travelling without beeing neer the sea it was very nice to spend a day on a boat, relaxing, eating and swimming.
I paid 20 000 000 TL for a 6 hour boattrip (in 2003). Lunch (fish, spagetti, sallad and bread) was included in the price.
It can be a good idea to compare a few boats and prices. If you are walking around in the harbour in the evening you can't miss all the people wanting to sign you up for their trip the next day.
Favorite thing: The Upper Daddon Falls are just outside Antalya and you can find tours from any hotel to take you there. This is the largest of the falls within the park and you can see along the ridge above the falls that there are adequate places to sit down and just enjoy the sounds of the water for a minute or hour.
Fondest memory: Side is my favourite destination in this area of Turkey. There are historical sights right in the centre and gorgeous beaches flanking it. It is also between the resorts of Antalya and Alanya so day trips can easily be taken. Many tours also go from Side (2-3 days) to Konya and Cappadocia - if you get the chance don't miss this trip. Book locally its far cheaper!
Favorite thing: While Walking inside the City, you will witness to some very nice Cliffs.. as the city lies above 40 meter from the sea level with very nice falezes.. When you approach the sea, you will have these wonderful view...
While you are in Antalya, you will be surprised to see such a developing city. Every year I see new modern buildings and the city is growing toits outside limits..
However in the city center, inside the fortress you will see quiet amazing old Turkish houses.. Stay some while and enjoy the beauty of them.. Almost all of them are being renovated, but there are still some carrying the signs of history on their walls.
The narrow roads inside the fortress are amazing.. All roads are covered with small stones and when you are walking down to the Marina, or climbing uo to the center, you all pass from these roads.. Tourist shops are surrounded and they are open till late hours..
In day time you can see tourists and Locals touring inside the fortress, Making shopping and visiting the Marina.. And at nights you can see youngs, looking for a Pub or night club to spend the rest of the night..
It is always active and vivid.. the life inside the Fortress (Kaleici)
Fondest memory: Walking up and down, watching people from all nations..
Antalya is famous with its delicious Oranges.. And especially in summer Orange juice becomes a favourite drink..
While you are walking in Antalya, you can see Orange Juice stands, where they only sell Orange juices.. They squeze the orange in front of you and pour it to your glass..
A must try activity.
Entrance to the old city has a fantastic gate.. An arch way is leading you to the past . The old city has been tried to be preserved as original as possible..
The big marble gate, behind, you have the new Antalya with modern buildings and all aspects of a big city but in front of you there are new things to be explored.. The historical houses of Antalya
The city of antalya strecthes along the Antalya bay and is built at 39 meters height, rocky coastline.. The city lies on a valley which is surrounded by 3000 meters high Taurus mountains. and the surrounding mountains gives a fascinating landscape to the city.. The old city with old Turkish houses, the marina are the nice spots of the city..
However the best attractions is the seaside.. Inside Antalya, there are two famous beaches, Lara beach and Konyaalti beach.. and also Antalya is in very short distance to many favourite holiday destinations and holiday villages..
.. of Antalya.. where there are very nice restaurants at the edge of the City walls.. You can here people shooting as "Boat tour, Come on.. Boat tour", they always invite you for short boat trips..
Take a walk in the harbour and then climb up to take a picture.. like we did..
Fondest memory: The day is very nice to walk.. The atmosphere at nights are also very nice..
Patara: Patara antik kenti Fethiye - Kalkan arasýndaki bereketli Xanthos vadisinin güneybatý ucunda yer alýr. Ana yoldan Gelemiþ yoluna sapýldýðýnda 5 km.lik yol bizi Patara harabelerine götürür. Son yapýlan kazýlarda M.Ö. VII. yüzyýla ait seramiklerin ve paralarýn bulunmasý Patara'nýn tarihini daha eskilere götürmemize sebep olmaktadýr.
Apollon tanrýnýn doðduðu yer olarak bilinen Patara, Lykia'nýn en önemli ve en eski þehirlerinden birisidir. Hitit Kralý IV. Tudhaliya (M.Ö. 1250 - 1220) Lukka seferi sýrasýnda 'Patar Daðý'nýn karþýsýnda adaklar ve armaðanlar yaptým, steller diktim, kutsal mekanlar inþa ettim' demiþtir. Bundan da anlýyoruz ki Hitit Çaðý'nda Patara, Patar adýyla vardý. Patara, Xanthos vadisinde denize açýlabilecek tek yer olmasý nedeniyle tarih boyunca önemli kent olma özelliðini her çaðda devam ettirmiþtir. Yeni kazýlar onun eski tarihini de ortaya çýkarmasý bakýmýndan çok önemlidir. O nedenle þimdilik þehrin tarihini M.Ö. VI. ve V. yüzyýla kadar çýkarabiliyoruz. Ýskender'e kapýlarýný açarak yýkýlmaktan kurtulan þehir, Ýskender'in ölümüyle M.Ö. 315'te Antigonos'un ve M.Ö. 304'te Demetrios'un iþgalinden kurtulamamýþtýr. Daha sonra Mýsýr'daki Ptolemiaios, Philadelphos'un eline geçmiþ, Mýsar krallarý döneminde ismi bir müddet Arsinoe olmuþsa da bu isim daha sonralarý benimsenmemiþ, Patara M.Ö. 190 yýlýnda III. Antiokhos tarafýndan zapdetilmiþtir. Livius'un M.Ö. II. yüzyýla girerken yaþanan büyük Antiokhos dönemi olaylarý ile baðlantýlý olarak Patara için söylediði 'Caput gentis' deyimi, yani soyun baþkenti deyiþi onu diðer kentlerin en baþýna yüceltir.
Lykia Birliði içindeki Pýnar'a, Xanthos, Olympos ve Myra gibi Patara da üç oy hakkýna sahipti. Birlik toplantýlarý çoðu kez birliðin limaný durumunda olan Patara'da yapýlmakta idi. Roma egemeliðine geçtikten sonra da önemini yitirmeyen Patara, Roma valiliklerinin adli iþlerini gördüðü bir merkez oluþu yanýnda Roma'nýn doðu eyaletleriyle baðlantýsýný kurduðu bir deniz üssü olarak da önemini korumuþtur. Patara ayný zamanda Anadolu'dan Roma'ya nakledilen tahýllarýn depolandýðý ve saklýndýðý bir limandý. Onun için Ýmparator Hadrian zamanýnda Andriake de olduðu gibi burada da büyük bir hububat ambarý yapýlmýþtýr. Roma Ýmparatoru Hadrian karýsý Sabine ile Patara'ya gelmiþ, bir müddet burada dinlenmiþtir. Roma Ýmparotorluk çaðýnda Lykia ve pamphylia eyaletinin baþkenti olan Patara, Apollon'un önemli bir kehanet merkezi olarak da ün yapmýþtýr. Eski yazarlar kýþýn burada, yazýn Delos'ta kehanette bulunulduðunu kaydederler. Þehir Bizans döneminde de önemini devam ettirmiþ, Hristiyanlar için önemli bir merkez olmuþtur. Zira 'Noel Baba' diye anýlan Saint Nicholaos, Pataralýdýr. Ayrýca St. Paul Roma'ya gitmek için Patara'dan gemiye binmiþtir. Böylece Erken Hristiyanlýk döneminde bir Piskoposluk merkezi olmuþtur. Ýmparator Konstantin'in baþkanlýk ettiði M.S. 325'teki Nikaia konsülünde Lykia'nýn tek imza yetkilisi din adamý Eudemos'un Patara Piskoposu oluþu kentin bu devinde gözde oluþunun kanýtýdýr. Ne yazýk ki bundan sonra Patara'da þansýzlýklar baþlamýþ, tanrýlar ve kutsalkiþiler buraya yüz çevirmiþ gibi 1600 m uzunluðunda ve 400 m geniþliðindeki liman kumlarla dolmuþtur. Böylece gemiler yanaþamamýþ, bu da Patara'nýn yavaþ yavaþ önemini yitirmesine sebep olmuþtur. Günden güne kumlarla örtülen Patara kumlarýn altýnda uyuyan güzel olarak günümüze kadar gelmiþtir.
Fondest memory: Patara derived its fame in ancient times from the oracle of Apollo situated there. Oracles in the temple, which was kept open only during the winter months, sought answers to questions concerning the future.
When one enters the ruins via a stabilized road, the first monumental structure to catch the eye is the city gate. According to the inscription on it, it was erected in the name of Mettius Modestus, the Roman governor of Lycia-Pamphylia around 100 A.D., and his family. Busts of the governor and members of his family were supported by consoles on either side of the triple arched gate, which is in the form of a typical Roman triumphal arch.
On the north-east slope of the hill is a well preserved theatre.
On the western side of the ancient harbour, which is now a marsh, is a granary which a Latin inscription informs us was erected in the name of the Emperor Hadrian. This enormous structure, completely intact except for the roof, contains eight long grain bins. Eight separate doors along the front of the building give entry to these storage areas.
The first impression is that that the entire town is a market. Maybe I am wrong, but the reason of my short trip to Alanya was shopping, so everything what I noticed was small shops and very optimistic sellers.
It seems that all Turks are natural trades-people. Their talent for bargaining is not accidental. It was developed through the ages and it is coded in their genes (I think so:)).
To become a good shopper you should prepare psychologically. My instructions and strategy for bargaining in Turkey:
*Do not hurry, do not worry, leave your problems at home and devote yourself for shopping.
*The time is unlimited for such important thing as bargaining.
*Do not show a great interest in a desirable thing.More you want it, more you pay.
*Initial price of goods for northern pale tourists is double of its real value. It seems that prices are taken from the sky.
*Be brave to offer 50% of price (this is a point to start). Will it come up or down, depends on your ability to communicate and on your blue eyes, of course.
*Be firm, you personal value in the eyes of seller will increase with a time of bargaining.
*Don’t be ashamed to bargain in the chemist’s shop. To my surprise, the chemist was disappointed when I did not try to bargain and he has offered a discount by himself.
*Girls, who have unfulfilled dreams to become a model, should visit the Centre of Leather and Gold in Alanya. If you come with group, managers will demonstrate a collection of jackets and coats and you’ll probably be invited to be a model for a while.
*But if you are tired of offers and bargaining (what is quite possible), just tell a miraculous phrase: “I have no money” and you’ll stop being an object of interest. But you don’t want, do you?
Conclusion: Shopping in Turkey is a great distraction, but also it’s a difficult job for northern people. I am happy that I don’t have to do it every day and that I live in a country where you can find posters 'this is not a place for bargaining'.
The city of Antalya is built along a rocky coastline with the Taurus mountains rising behind. The surrounding countryside is very beautiful and to anyone going to Antalya I would suggest getting away from the city. The city itself is pretty ugly and to full of concrete & pollution.
Fondest memory: Having said that there is one nice place in the city and that is the old town which consists of a main winding cobbled shop lined street which steeply descends down to the fishing harbour which is lined with restaurants. The main street has other little alleyways winding of it, somewhat like a very intriging maze of carpet and fake watch sellers! This was my favourite place to come in the evening and here I felt somewhat safer than anywhere else in the city.
the best place to go in Antalya is kaleiçi that means in turkish beynd the walls.
this is the old city whit narrow streets and old houses the houses are 2000 years old its have nice restaurants and shops.
Fondest memory: i have a lot of good memory,s but one jumps out of them al and thats the cap driver he brought me to the nice places in and around Antalya and tall me allot about the history of antalya for exaple the real name was attalus van Pergam but its become antalya