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Antalya: The Turkish Riviera

Filed in Blog, Netherlands, Turkey by on June 17, 2013

We were a little apprehensive at first about traveling to Turkey because of all the protests in Istanbul; however, we booked before anything started and had no way of knowing. I have a few Turkish friends who said it should be fine because the protests were centered around Istanbul and Ankara. We followed the news carefully the week prior to our trip and agreed to go. The pictures I had seen of Antalya beforehand were pretty convincing as well.

Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya is a beach town located in the Turkish Riviera, we found out afterward that Antalya is also the fourth most visited city in the world. After traveling there, I can see why. The marina was picturesque, almost unreal looking. Near the marina was a private beach with clear, blue water and a view of the mountains. We were lucky enough to even take a boat cruise to see the waterfalls and caves. Best of all, the weather was perfect every single day.

Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey

After spending some time at the beach, we wandered into the old town, which had a collection of tiny shops selling a lot of tea, ceramics and scarves. Everything was extremely cheap and you can still barter for an even lower price. We came across a bunch of interesting little streets, including one covered in umbrellas hanging above from wires.

Antalya, Turkey

While walking from the old town to the lookout we came across an entire campsite of tents, food and banners. We were immediately worried until we spoke with someone who told us the police brutality in Istanbul is not something to worry about in Antalya. The protests did not seem violent, it was more of a sit-in than anything. Most of the protestors were young students our age. It was really admirable to see the youth of Turkey standing up for what they believe in.

Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey

My favorite part about Turkey was that I was able to experience a culture different from what I’m used to. Antalya is fairly touristy, but the differences were still noticeable. For example, religion is a much larger part of their lives and many women were in conservative dress. I would love to explore a few more cities in Turkey!

Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s gate, after the Roman emperor Hadrian year 130

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  1. Davina says:

    Loved your pics. I’m visiting Antalya in a month and can’t wait to visit the umbrella street. Were you travelling alone with another girl? How safe is it for female solo travelers in Turkey?

  2. Lorna says:

    These are some of the most amazing, brilliant photos! Please make sure you enter in the Study Abroad Photo Contest. Safe travels and thanks for sharing your experience.