Honeymoon on the coast of Turkey - Ideas?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: May 20, 2012 11:27 PM Last Post By: hobbittr
May 10, 2012 10:34 PM
15Tough choices yes. Flying back and forth can be a hassle... :-(
You could expand your time along the Lycian coast and spend more time at various places between Fethiye and Antalya. See what Natalie has to say about the Mediterranean Coast on her travel blog for some ideas. Take a look at what Terry Richardson, a travel writer who lives in Antalya, has to say about the Turquoise Coast . Also see what Turkey Travel Planner writes about Antalya . On the way to Antalya, spend a half day or so experiencing the Teleferic near Kemer . ( Photo of teleferic car )
Others here will probably make recommendations about extending your time between the two points.
You could just spend more time being lazy at the beach or take a day walk along the Lycian trail or convince your "hubby-to-be" to stray up into the hills for a day. :-) Getting away from the coastal areas will make for a more authentic experience.
What makes the Lycian coast unique and interesting is that you can literally leave the sea early in the morning, be in the mountains for lunch and be back in time for dinner in the evening. Ask wherever you stay along the coast for suggestions. You can spend time at a beach, almost anywhere in the world, however; since you are in Turkey, why not engage in some small uniquely "Turkish" experiences?
IF you decide to see Istanbul make sure you take a flight to Atatürk airport. Then take the light rail (hafif metro) into the city. Less hassle, very cheap and you will get to see the city from a slightly different perspective. Taxis are expensive and subject to a slow crawl along the roads on many occasions due to traffic congestion, the same goes for any road transport.
May 17, 2012 5:32 PM
16thanks for your help again! i know before you gave some information about prices of food and drinks around Kas, and now that i am picking hotels, i am just trying to see how much we should budget for food/travel expenses over the 13 days we are in Turkey. From what i have gathered, it seems Fethiye and Kas are both expensive in July, and also expensive for eating out for lunch/dinner. What would you recommend to budget for going out to eat? We don't have expensive taste nor drink like fishes (well maybe once in a while haha) and i would love to know what to expect before we get there :) We are looking at setting aside around $85-100 CDN per day for food etc.
As for Cirali and Antalya, things look a bit less costly for eating out, but correct me if i am wrong!
May 20, 2012 11:27 PM
17I do not know current prices in Fethiye but I am sure that unless you can find places (ev yemekleri) where only the local residents eat, you will find Antalya expensive.
85 - 100 CDN is 152 - 179 TL according to http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/
Kaş CAN be expensive IF you eat at the "romantic" places or those with "ambience." You can easily spend 50 + TL per person at such places if you do not carefully inquire about their prices or look their menus over. Inquire at your hotel about lunch or dinner, you may find their prices and selection to your liking.
You should be able to afford to splurge a couple of times. Walk around looking at menus and places. It is surprising to me how many people come to Kaş and only walk around the town square (meydan) and up Uzun Çarşı the shopping street. Part of its charm is walking up and down the many small streets and finding places "around the corner."
An Efes beer, quite nice when cold, is still only 5TL at most tea gardens and local restaurants. Wine is expensive everywhere, but a nice house red should not cost you more than 8 TL per glass.
I assume you mean your budget is in addition to lodging?? If so then you should be easily within your budget in Kaş. You can eat lunch at Kaş Kamping (about 500 meters beyond the antique theatre) and spend an afternoon swimming and soaking up the sun. Many of the places where the local residents eat are on the main street coming down from the bus station (otogar). Try 2 thousand or Lezzeti, we like them both. You can get a nice soup and salad with tea for less than 10 TL per person. We are vegetarians, but I think most meat dishes are a bit more expensive.
Ask someone how to find Hanimeli restaurant , it is off the "beaten path" a bit. 7 Cafe is nice, it is up the narrow street above the (in)famous Red Point bar. We like Sultan Garden , Köşk and Şaraphane restaurants, for slightly upscale eating out. I cannot recommend Mercan and many local expats have said the same, it is a fish restaurant. Meydan Pizza and Cinarlar Pizza both have medium priced food and they are both owned by the same family of brothers. The manager of the Oreo Hotel prides herself on her dinner buffet, you do not have to be a hotel guest to eat there, nice pool side and sunset views.
These should get you started, there are many more places to eat and have a drink ...
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