IZMIR OR ANTALYA ?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: May 22, 2012 6:47 AM Last Post By: danielagili
May 21, 2012 3:15 AM
I will be travelling Turkey in august and I wonder where to spend 4/5 days either in Izmir area or Antalya area.
I am fond of archaeology and traditional villages.
Please advise of any interesting things to see in those areas.
Thank you and enjoy the coming summer!
May 21, 2012 4:09 AM
1Izmir and Antalya are both large cities--hardly anything "traditional" about the cities themselves--especially Antalya where tourism is essentially the only industry. Both areas are very rich in archaeologic sites and scenic beauty.
The Bafa Lake area south of Izmir is especially attractive with great hiking but not terribly crowded. Some great and truly authentic villages in the mountains to the SE of the lake. Selcuk (the town nearest Ephesus) manages to be reasonably "Turkish" as it is not on the ocean.
Anyplace with a decent beach between Antalya and Alanya to the east will be swarming with foreign tourists most of whom are on short, cheap, all-inclusive package holiday from Europe and Russia. There are more upscale places (like Belek) but still far from anything I would call "traditional".
Kaş to the southwest of Antalya has a beautiful location and while not "unspoiled" is DEFINITELY not Antalya or Alanya! The area from Antalya to Fethiye is especially rich in archaeologic sites of interest most of which are near but not necessarily currently on the sea. The more "traditional" places in this entire area are either small mountain villages or towns of varying size on the occasional stretches of coastal plain where you will see literal seas of greenhouses--just don't expect a decent beach as the coast is mainly a brackish marsh.
Be aware that the holy month of Ramadan takes up most of August this year. You are unlikely to notice anything unusual in the tourist spots but in the more traditional Turkish places you may get bad looks if you eat, drink or smoke in public during the daylight hours and be treated to a rather rude awakening in the wee hours of the morning as men parade through the streets banging drums to wake people so they have time to prepare and eat a meal before dawn. The observant will know the cut-off times to the minute!
May 21, 2012 5:27 AM
2In August I would go to the Izmir area.The Aegean coast will be slightly cooler and far less humid than Antalya area at that time,making sight seeing a little more comfortable,plus there is always a refreshing sea breeze too reaching a little inland.
You could visit the northern or southern coastal area,both hold plenty of interesting and unspoilt places to see.
Using Izmir as the starting point heading inland and/or north;Ephesus,Nysa,Sardis,Bergama,Eski Foca,Çeşme Peninsula,Assos/Behramkale,Edremit,ManyasAyvalık,Bozcaada,Gökçeada,Çanakkale,
From Izmir inland and/or south;after Ephesus,Aphrodisias,Pamukkale & Hierapolis,priene,Miletus,Didyma,Iasos,Euruymos,Lake Bafa,Dilek Milli Park,Akyaka.
2 or 3 places picked from the above could be formed into a very pleasant 5 day itinery.
May 22, 2012 3:36 AM
3I guess you're really asking which airport to fly into?
Izmir would be my choice, for all the reasons Sarikanarya gives. But take yourself off to Selcuk and don't waste time in the city. Selcuk is the small town nearest Ephesus, which is cheap, friendly and has a lovely ambience.
Lots of tourists, but the package variety stay in Kusadasi, leaving Selcuk well set up for the independent traveller.
May 22, 2012 6:47 AM
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