I am traveling for 10 days with my daugther to Turkey in the begining of September from Los Angeles.
Please advice me where we should stay and where should not miss.
We would like to stay couple of days at the beach and we don’t mind to stay in hostel to meet people.
One of the fun part of traveling is meeting people while traveling.
Please help me how I can schedule 10 days in Turkey.
You’d need to do a bit of research to see if it’s the sort of thing you’d like to do with your daughter but Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) near Fethiye is a pretty special sort of beach. Unless you fancy a fairly arduous hike, you have to take a boat there, and most people stay in tents on the sand. There’s quite a hippy-ish atmosphere – communal eating, guitars and bonfires etc. Well that’s how it was about four years ago, and I’m assuming it hasn’t taken a The Beach-like turn…
Butterfly Valley sounds lovely!
If you’re flying into Istanbul, you might want to stay there for a few days before heading to the beach. The combination of European and Asian influences makes for a fascinating city, with Byzantine churches, Ottoman mosques and modern skyscrapers sharing the skyline. Try the Sumo Cat hostel (www.sumocathostel.com; dorms €14, double €60), or Sultan Hostel (www.sultanhostel.com; dorms €15, double €60).
The city of Antalya, in the south on the Mediterranean coast, is a good place to base yourself if you want to explore Turkey’s beaches. It’s relatively easy to access, as you can fly there from Istanbul (15 daily; 1hr 20 min). Konyaalti beach is a tram-ride away, dramatically situated between Antalya’s cliffs and the Beydaglari mountains. There’s also Lara beach, great for swimming, 10km southeast of Antalya. Several historical sites are within easy day-trip reach of the city, including Perge, Aspendo, Side and the spectacularly situated Termessos, in the hilltops north of Antalya.
Antalya itself has a lovely old town where you’ll find most of the hotel accommodation, but mostly pansiyons (small guesthouses) rather than hostels. You could try camping at Caming Bambus (0242 321 5263, tents 15TL) with its own beach and decent facilities, where I’m sure it would be easy to meet plenty of other travellers.
Side, about 70km east of Antalya, is a popular resort due to its pretty beaches, and the town of Alanya, a further 70km from Side, has extensive beaches stretching for several miles from the town centre. The beaches are packed with bars, restaurants and souvenir shops, and Alanya has become well-known for its raucous nightlife. If you want to escape the crowds and find more remote beaches, immediately east of Alanya are sheltered sandy bays and the odd camping ground, though you’re probably best off with your own vehicle to reach them. Otherwise you can get buses from Antalya or Alanya further east to some of the coast’s finest beaches, such as Anamur.
Hope you have a great trip!
Thank you for the info about the beach. I think i will be 5 days spending in Antalya and around the area, it sounds very interesting and fun.
Do you know if I have to book the flight from Istanbul to Antalaya ahead?
Any guesthouse or pension that you can recomend in Antalaya? Should we book for 5 days? Can we do day trip from Antalaya?
Thank you for the information, Butterfly Valley sounds so unique.
I will check that on website.
Do you know how is the hot air balloon trip? Any agency?
I need advice in day trips:
I have scheduled 4 days day trip in Istanbul.
Day 1 Grand Bazar
Day 2 Bosphorus
Day 3 Takism Squre
Day 4 Discover local people life and food at the local street bazaar (where I sould go?)
Did I cover the most important site for day trip? Any other place that I shouldn’t miss. ?
Is it better to do daily trip with an agency? If so, any recomendation? Can we book when we get to the hostel?
Day 5-9 Antalaya ( Do we need to book domestic flight in advance before we leave from Los Angeles?)
Five days in Antalya sounds ideal. I would book ahead with your flight, yes, and also for your accommodation, as although it’s not peak season in early Sept, it will still be pretty busy. Accommodation in Antalya can be very reasonably priced, though of course depends on your budget – you could try the good-value, backpacker-friendly Sabah Pansiyon (www.sabahpansiyon.com), which has dorms for 25TL and rooms for 50TL.
There are several day trip options from Antalya, including boat tours, hiking, scuba diving and two waterparks. There’s more info on all of those, and several more accommodation options in our guide to Turkey: bit.ly/15BdSlw.
Anna, I’d definitely recommend Cirali for some lazy beach time if you don’t want to spend your whole time in cities, plus it’s a lot closer than Butterfly Valley. You’ll probably be staying in Antalya’s old town, Kaleiçi, so best to jump on a bus direct from there rather than wasting time heading to the bus station as that’s in the opposite direction.
There’s plenty to keep you in Cirali for a few days aside from its great beach (stony not sandy). The eternal flames at Olympos are worth a visit – most impressive at night so take a sunset stroll (1hr from Cirali) to arrive after dark. Don’t forget a torch as it’s pitch black on the way up and easy to stumble. Fun to reward yourself with an eternal-flame-cooked sausage at the top (unless you’re vegetarian?) so make sure you pick these up, along with skewers, in Cirali before you set off. I’d also recommend a boat trip if you like swimming and turtles – a great combo! And if you’re feeling energetic, Cirali is fun to explore by bike too and many pansiyons loan these for free…