Priene, Miletus, Didyma. We also stopped at the Temple of Zeus at Eurmos, Baffa Lake which both of these are before Didyma on the main highway. Antalya Mountain route via Korkuteli : km miles , 4 hours.
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Antalya Shore route via Kas : km miles , 7 hours. Marmaris : 86 km 53 miles W, 2 hours. Ortaca : 13 km 8 miles E, 15 minutes. Hot springs are nearby. Fethiye - Built on the ruins of an ancient city, Fethiye has age-old stone sarcophagi in its streets and gardens, rock-hewn tombs in a cliff above the town, an active yacht harbor, a vast bay dotted with islands, and all tourist services. Also Kaya Koyu. My suggestion for you would be if you are looking at the area of Fethiye then stay in the village of Kaya Koyu instead. It is about 15 mins away by bus from Olu Deniz a very popular beach area in Turkey but without the crowds.
And about minute drive outside of Fethiye. Kaya Koyu.
Translated literally, this means 'rock village', which is quite apt as the crumbling cottages are now blending back into the hillside. Kaya Koyu is a memorial to the, at times, uneasy relationship between the Turks and the Greeks. It was left empty when the Greeks were expelled in after the Greco-Turkish war. Patara - St. Nicholas "Santa Claus" was born here, but visitors now come for the spacious, very long, very uncrowded beach as well as the sand-covered ruins of St Nick's Roman town.
Many people do travel to Kas and some like it and some don't. It is a very individual thing. Unfortunately mass tourism has changed the faces of so many beautiful areas along the coast with the build up of so many resorts. Kas is a nice spot, well known for diving and has it's own charm.
But do be sure to check out the beach areas. As in the town of Kas itself there is no beach. They are located about a 5 min drive or so out of Kas. The closest being Kaputas Beach. This is where St Nicholas did his good works, and where he is buried. Finike - Once called Phoenicus, Finike is now a sleepy fishing town with a long pebble beach nearby. Cirali is about 2 hours by car from Kas. It is a wonderful place for families and the mature traveller and is one of the last remaining villages on the med.
Phaselis - Once a thriving port shipping timber and rose oil, Phaselis is now a beatiful park backing its three perfect little bays good for a swim.
I should add you might also be interested in the historical sites of Phaselis and Olympos Phaselis is located 1 km after turning left 57 km along the Antalya- Kemer highway. It was settled by the Rhodians in the 7th century B. Phaselis has 3 harbours; the north, the military protected and the south harbour, of which the most important is the later. A m wide avenue runs throughout the city. The western end is the site of Hadrians Gate.
On both sides of the avenue are sidewalks and shops. Close to these can be seen the public places like baths, theatre and agora. Standing in Karsiyaka, The Flying Dolphins is a monument that symbolizes friendship and brotherhood. Mosques Hisar Mosque is the largest and oldest in Izmir. Built in the 16th century, with restorations in the 19th century, it has a delightful interior with an interesting mimber pulpit and mihrab attar. Parks Kulturpark, the main park of the city, offers many different activities. Olaf Palme Park, situated in Karsiyaka, is a relaxing place to stop.
It also offers some sports facilities. Next door, Adnan Saygun Park, a center for artistic activities, contains an amphitheatre for concerts and theatrical productions, and also the Open-Air Museum Park, which has statues scattered throughout the grounds. Muammer Aksoy Park is a lovely seaside park with a nice view of Izmir Bay. Turgut Ozal Recreation Park, located in Bayrakli, offers a number of recreational and sporting activities. Art, Culture and Entertainment Izmir has for many years enjoyed a reputation as a cosmopolitan and cultural city.
The Izmir Cultural Center hosts performances of opera, ballet and musical concerts, and the city is home to the Aegean Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a thriving theatrical scene. During the annual Izmir International Festival, international and Turkish artists perform at various venues in the city and surrounding area, including the theatre at Ephesus. Alsancak Punta , with traditional restored houses, has been converted into a pedestrian entertainment walkway, with bars, cafes and restaurants. Izmir International Fair, which is an international amusement and industry show, opens each year in August.
Take a horse-drawn carriage along the promenade during the day; afterwards spend the evening absorbing the lively atmosphere of the bars and cafes around Passport Pier. Shopping In the streets of the Kemeralti Market area, it is possible to find fascinating antiques, both fine and fun jewellery, a great variety of clothing, and the dried figs and sultanas for which Izmir is famous. The fish restaurants in this colorful area serve up local specialties; tranca and cipura, two types of sea bream.
The Environs of Izmir Balcova, on the road to Cesme, is one of Turkey's largest thermal spas, with excellent facilities for guests. Camalti, 15 km west of Karsiyaka, is an area of coastal marshes and salt fields that is preserved as an important bird sanctuary - the Izmir Bird Paradise.
Enthusiasts can spot many species, including flamingos and pelicans. The Yamanlar Camligi, a pine forest near the lovely Karagol Lake, 40 km northeast of Karsiyaka, is a popular picnic spot that also provides restaurants and a swimming pool. A Hittite bas-relief is carved into the rock at Kemalpasa 20 km from Izmir which lies in the Karabel Pass.
On the highest point above Izmir, Belkahve overlooks the Gulf of Izmir and is a relaxing spot to enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee.
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A favorite haunt of Ataturk's, it is now the site of the largest statue in his honor. The Seven Churches of the Apocalypse, mentioned by St. Tours of one to four days can be arranged to see several or all of the churches. The name 'Cesme', meaning fountain, refers to the many springs found in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries.
It is one of Turkey's most beautiful stretches - surrounded by clear blue sea, with landscapes of cultivated fields of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees. In the unspoiled bays you can swim in absolute peace. Visitors will find excellent holiday accommodations, restaurants, sports and entertainment facilities.
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A 14th century Genoese fortress, restored and enlarged by the Ottomans in the 16th century, dominates the small port of Cesme, 80 km from Izmir. Today the town is a popular holiday ' resort with excellent accommodations and restaurants.
The 16th century caravanserai near the fortress, built by Suleyman the Magnificent, has been converted into a hotel, while the 19th century Church of Hagios Haralambos has been restored as the Emir Caka art gallery. Thermal baths offer a health-oriented escape from modern life. Excellent shopping - the finest quality carpets, leather goods, as well as souvenir items are available. At night, a lively, fun atmosphere pervades, especially in the restaurants, cafes, bars and discos along the promenade.