Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 13, 2013 10:54 AM Last Post By: DavidM1
Feb 12, 2013 2:50 PM
Visiting AspendosThursday I'll take the bus from Alanya to Antalya, and was hoping to drop by the theatre and ruins at Aspendos along the way. For anyone who's done it by public transport: Is it easy to hop off near Belkis and hitch a ride to the site? I'll be en route with my bag, is there a good place to leave it at the entrance?
Afterwards I'm headed to Antalya airport, which I see is along the main road into town from Alanya... is it easy to hop off the bus and hitch the last bit?
Feb 13, 2013 3:12 AM
1Hi there, I was doing the same route Alanya - Antalya, and wanted to try the exact same thing as you, but in the end decided it was too much trouble. The bus wont stop on the highway where the turn-off for Aspendos is, and there's nothing at the turn-off at all. In Belkis, you'd have to try hitch-hiking there, or taking an expensive taxi. There's nowhere to leave your bag at the entrance, nothing, just a ticket office, parking office, souvenir stands and a very expensive restaurant. If you do manage to get there somehow and find someone to watch your bag, you can always try to blag a lift back to Antalya on the many tour buses, I've done this a few times before.
From Antalya, theres two options, 1.) Take a tour going to Aspendos, or 2.) Hire a vehicle. Being on my own and not liking tours so much, I hired a motorbike, and went to Termossos ruins and Karain cave to the west, before doubling back east to Perge ruins and finally Aspendos. A very long and hot day, and lots of mileage, but makes things soo much easier, and no tour would do all this in one day.
All three ruins are great, Aspendos really shouldn't be missed though, its fantastic, the best example of a Roman theatre in the world. If you're not keen on a marathon journey like I did, just stick to the impressive Perge ruins and Aspendos. Good luck!
Feb 13, 2013 3:39 AM
Feb 13, 2013 9:08 AM
Feb 13, 2013 10:05 AM
4My experience is small Turkish towns don't have left luggage in their otogars. But you should try it out, and if it works, post back on this thread, as that can be useful to other travellers who want to try the same thing. Worst case, the dolmus isn't running/nowhere to leave your bag in Serik, and you continue to Antalya.
Feb 13, 2013 10:54 AM
5Since you'll be continuing on to Antalya later, probably with the Serik Koop bus company, maybe leave your bag at their office.
Bags feeling light?
Coffee table looking bare?
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