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On our way from Pamukkale to Selçuk we stopped over at Şirince for a few hours. Located only 8km away from Selçuk, Şirince makes for a great day trip or stopover and is worth the visit as it is completely different to anything in the area.
Şirince is a tiny picturesque village with cobble streets and white houses with terracota-tiled roofs built into a tree-filled hill. The streets are lined with small restaurants and cafs, shops selling crafts, as well as a multitude of wine shops selling local wines.
During our visit we got to do a bit of wine tasting, but to be honest I wasn’t a big fan of a single one of the wines we tried. I guess Turkey still got a way to go when it comes to wine-making!
Eamonn and I are back in Vancouver after our amazing adventure traveling around Central America, where we managed to touch all seven countries in the Central American isthmus over a 39-day trip.
Our trip saw us traveling northbound through Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize, before crossing out of Central America into Mexico for a last few days of relaxation and our flight back to Vancouver. I will write more in-depth about the many places we visited in the future, but here is a little recap!
Our journey started in the southernmost country of Central America, flying into Panama City, the country’s capital city, which combines a historic colonial centre with a modern skyscraper-filled skyline that is more reminiscent of a city in Asia than one in Latin America. We found our visit to the Panama Canal quite interesting, but soon discovered that there is very little else to do in Panama City besides visiting the iconic canal.
After a couple of days in the capital, we headed to one of the beautiful islands in Bocas del Toro, a Caribbean paradise in Northern Panama with lovely beaches and a laid back atmosphere. We had a nice relaxing day swimming and enjoying the sun on the first day, and went to explore the island by bicycle on the second day. On our way to the beautiful Bluff Beach, I suffered a pretty decent accident involving a downhill dirt road and a bike with no brakes, which left me quite scratched up and with what I still suspect is a broken big toe, which turned into a bit of a challenge for the following couple of weeks!
Our travels in Costa Rica started in San Jose, the country’s lively capital which has a lot to offer, from culture to entertainment, shopping and dining, and its fair share of nightlife. Despite having been told by many people to skip the city, both Eamonn and I loved our time there, especially our visit to the Museo de Arte Costarricense and eating at the Sodas in the central market.
After San Jose, we went out to explore the country’s natural beauty in two distinct nature havens. First, we visited the natural paradise of Manuel Antonio in the country’s west coast, with the best wildlife-spotting opportunities in Costa Rica, beautiful beaches, and a welcoming gay-friendly atmosphere. Finally, we got to explore magical forests, discover small-town life and breathe the mountain air in the pristine cloud forests of Monteverde.
Despite being one of our favourite countries of Central America, we also hit the biggest bump in our trip while in Costa Rica, as one of our bags was stolen on our way to Nicaragua, with Eamonn’s passport in it! This resulted in us having to return to San Jose for a few more days to sort things out, and having to modify our itinerary.
Due to the delays caused by the stolen passport, our stay in Nicaragua was massively shortened, but we still got to enjoy a bit of this beautiful country. To make up for lost time, we had to cut our visit to Ometepe Island, a two-volcano island in the Central American isthmus’ largest lake, out of our itinerary. Instead we went directly to Granada, where we got to enjoy the beautiful town as well as explore a bit of Lake Nicaragua on a fun boat tour of the nearby isles.
Afterwards, we headed to the busy city of Leon, the country’s hotbed for its revolution in the 1970s, up in northern Nicaragua. The city is known for its many beautiful churches and for its Museo de la Revolucion, which although very interesting, is highly run down. During our visit, Leon was going tough a major revitalization, which means it’s likely to be a pretty place to visit in a couple of years, but most of the centre was an eyesore during our visit.
Our stay in El Salvador was only two nights long and limited to the country’s capital, San Salvador. I found most of the city to be quite run down and full of litter, and the security guards holding shotguns in every corner made the city a bit hard to digest, but our stay with a local through airbnb gave us the opportunity to connect with the country. Our host, Natalia, was kind enough to show us around her city, advise on good places to enjoy the city’s nightlife (including El Salvador’s newest gay bar), and invited us out for dinner with her friends. She also introduced us to the country’s famous comfort food, delicious pupusas!
We almost had to make the difficult decision of cutting Honduras out of our itinerary due to the time constraints stemming from the stolen passport, but in the end we made it, and I am glad we made the trek! We only visited Copan Ruinas, a small town built at the entrance to the archaeological site of the Mayan city of Copan, a mere 15 minutes from the border to Guatemala. The locals in the pretty town of Copan Ruinas are friendly and welcoming, and the local food is yummy and cheap. The Copan ruins themselves are quite different from any other site I’ve ever seen, and I highly recommend a visit!
We began our stay in Guatemala in the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, often described (with reason) as the most beautiful city in Central America. The city’s beauty is only accentuated by the multiple volcanoes that surround it, including an active volcano which constantly releases small ash clouds which can be seen drifting away slowly. Surprisingly cosmopolitan, Antigua is home to great restaurants, trendy cafés, and rooftop bars with beautiful vistas. During our stay there, we also got to go on an exciting 16km hike on nearby Volcán Pacaya.
Our visit to Lanquin / Semuc Champey, a nature wonderland in the middle of Guatemala, was a definite highlight for me. We stayed in the tiny town of Lanquin, the gateway to Semuc Champey park, a designated natural monument which is best known for a series of terrace pools with turquoise waters that are perfect for a swim. Aside from swimming in the pools, we also went on an exciting caving expedition, followed by an hour of tubbing on a beautiful river.
After Lanquin, we welcomed our return to civilization in the pretty island town of Flores on Peten Itza lake in northern Guatemala. Colourful Flores has a great food and drinks scene (including many rooftop bars with gorgeous views over the lake), and is the nicest place to stay if you’re going to explore the nearby(ish) Tikal ruins, the country’s most famous Mayan archaeological site. The site of Tikal is stunning, and we were lucky to see plenty of wildlife along with the ruins!
Our last stop in Central America was its smallest nation, Belize. Our stay in Belize was again short and sweet, and consisted only of a visit to famous Caye Caulker for a couple of nights. We had a relaxing time in Caye Caulker, but the lack of beaches was disappointing (I honestly thought there were beaches in the Cayes!) Periodic rain downpours didn’t make things much better, as they made it hard to be out and about comfortably. The biggest highlight of Belize for me was the food – cheap, fresh lobster, yummy curries and jerk chicken. However, with an expensive entry fee into the country, and expensive boat transportation out into Mexico, our two-day visit proved to be quite pricey for the experience we got.
Our trip in Central America was overall fantastic despite the bumps on the road, and both Eamonn and I had a great time exploring this part of the world together. Central America has places we definitely want to return to in the future, and a couple of others we likely won’t go back to, but overall the experience is one we’ll always remember.
And on that note…
Crossing out of Central America into Mexico, we spent a few nights in Playa del Carmen, a city that I’ve visited many times in the past and which I love. We spent most of our time there simply enjoying the sunshine and relaxing from the previous five weeks of travel, although we did fit in a trip to the ruins of Tulum, before flying back to Vancouver. We definitely will be exploring more of Mexico in the future; as my motherland, it is one of my favourite countries in the world, and I would love to share more of it with Eamonn.
The day has come, Eamonn and I are off on our Central America adventure today through the next 39 days!
We will be making our way through the subcontinent, starting in Panama City and hitting every country northwards (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize), ending up with a few days in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
My blog will likely be quiet while I travel (as usual) until I return in late November, but to keep up with real-time travel, LIKE clausitosfootprints on Facebook, as I will be updating there more often during our travels.
See you soon!
During my trip to Turkey in September 2013, our group went to check out a showing of the traditional ritual that is the whirling dervishes, a custom of the Mevlevi order, which was founded in Konya.
The whirling is all part of a tradition known as the Sama, which is a form of dance in which the dervishes devote themselves to God. The Sama is a ritualistic event that consists of four parts, climaxing with the dervishes whirling around in a trance-like state for multiple minutes.
Seeing the whirling dervishes was an interesting experience (a little weird, to be honest). The Mevlevi Sama Ceremony has been nominated as an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO, so it’s interesting to check out as it is an important piece of Turkey’s kaleidoscopic culture.
Visiting Vancouver? Check out the post I wrote for Round the World Experts, a specialist travel service by Flight Centre UK.
“With a picturesque oceanside location, fringed by emerald forests and mountain peaks, cosmopolitan Vancouver is high up on many travellers’ bucket lists. But with so many sights to see and activities to participate in, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.
Here, Vancouverite Claus Gurumeta shares his insights on how to explore Vancouver as a local.”
This article was commissioned by Round the World Experts, a specialist travel service by Flight Centre UK.
All words and credited photos by Claus Gurumeta.
Here are some more photos of our visit to Pamukkale, which literally means “Cotton Castle.” You can see why they gave that name to the area in the 20th Century, when tourism started to bloom!
Have you checked out the white cliffs of Pamukkale yet?
One of our many awesome jumping shots we did in Turkey, on the site of one of the Roman baths in the ancient city of Hierapolis.
I know I know, how unoriginal, but we had a good laugh doing them in different spots around the country!
After our relaxing time along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, it was time to return to the interior to check out Hierapolis-Pamukkale, one of the country’s most incredible sites. Hierapolis-Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of two components: the ancient city ruins of Hierapolis, and the natural white terraces of Pamukkale.
Ruins of Hierapolis
The ancient city of Hierapolis was originally constructed as a healing Spa in the 2nd Century BC, taking advantage of the area’s naturally occurring geothermal hot springs. Having switched hands from the Greeks to the Roman Empire to the Seljuks, and survived through various devastating earthquakes over many centuries, the city has a mix of architectural styles from all periods.
Hierapolis is home to Turkeys best-preserved necropolis, which is home to over 1200 tombs spanning a variety of empires and periods. There are also many well-preserved bathing rooms, and a couple of triumphal arches.
The ancient city sits atop the white cliffs of Pammukale, so the visit to the site continues on to the top of the cliffs, which can then be climbed down to the bottom, and both sites are included in the same ticket.
White Terraces of Pamukkale
The name Pamukkale, which literally means Cotton Castle in Turkish, was adapted to the area only in the 20th Century, when the white terraces and hot springs became a famous tourist attraction. The name seems silly, but the cliffs really do look like a castle made of cotton!
The terraces have been created naturally over the centuries by mineral deposits from the hot springs which have made the area important for so many centuries. The ground inside the hot, milky water of the hot springs is a white, rough clay, the same material that over time has been solidifying to create the iconic terraces.
Coming from Hierapolis above, we walked down the white terraces toward the modern town of Pamukkale, with the warm flowing water of the hot springs (only trickling around the springs themselves about 2 inches deep in most places) guiding us along, just as the sun began to set. Even though the sunset made the cliffs glow golden instead of white, the sights of this natural wonder was outstanding.
Together, Hierapolis-Pamukkale are a must-visit attraction, but even on their own, each site would be worth a visit, as each one is impressive by itself. Hierapolis-Pamukkale is one of those unique sites that will impress for both their cultural background and the wondrous natural setting in which they are located.
During my two years living in London, I came to fall in love with the city’s amazing markets, so much so, that they are one of the things I miss the most about living in London. Going to markets is a great way to spend a weekend morning, and worth skipping brunch to eat in a unique environment. Without further ado, here is a list of eight of my favourite markets in London.
1. Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market was a late discovery for me, as I only got to go for the first time a mere six months before I left London; yet, it somehow became my favourite market in town. As it is a bit off the beaten track, Maltby Street is bigger with Londoners than with tourists. The food options are great, with many of the stalls rotating often, which keeps the market interesting to visit again and again, while some restaurants have been established there permanently. The waffles stand is my favourite, so check it out if it’s there during your visit; if not, St. JOHN Bakery sells the most amazing doughnuts. Little Bird Gin also offers delicious cocktails, including the best bloody mary I’ve ever tasted, and has a seating area to eat all your market goodies!
Find Maltby Street Market at 41 Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA
2. Camden Markets
Up in north London, the Camden Markets are the complete opposite: packed with tourists, and you’ll be lucky to find any Londoners on site; however, I loved them from my first visit and returned again and again during my time in London. The Camden Markets are actually a bunch of different markets which merge into each other. Two large markets sell food (one has international cuisine stalls and the other more generic, greasy options), and the rest sell funky boutique clothing and all sorts of knickknacks. The Camden Lock side is the best, with great food stalls (try out shrimp & bacon burgers from Shrimpy), the Lock 17 pub overlooking the canals, and the local gem Cookies & Scream which sells the best vegan, dairy free, chocolate chill shake in the world (according to me).
Find the Camden Markets at Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
3. Brixton Market & Pop Brixton
A visit to the market in Brixton in South London feels like taking a trip to another land, with a large concentration of Caribbean and Latin stalls selling a bunch of produce and packaged food items that I can honestly say I’ve never seen before. Brixton is more of a traditional market rather than a ready-to-eat foods one, selling produce and meats as well as really cheap clothing. The main street market is surrounded by covered arcades which are now full of trendy restaurants and bars. Just around the corner, the newly opened Pop Brixton uses a bunch of repurposed shipping containers to house food stalls, full-on mini restaurants (check out Donostia Social Club for great tapas!), and even pubs, as well as small clothing boutiques.
Find Brixton Market & Pop Brixton at Electric Avenue, London SW9 8JX
4. Southbank Centre Market
Located in Southbank (aka my favourite area in London) just outside Southbank Centre, this new market is open Friday through Sundays only, and concentrates on ready-to-eat food (and ready-to-drink booze) stalls only. The Southbank Centre Market is quite small and is packed with stalls, which means there is not a lot of space to sit down to eat, but with the riverfront walkway just around the corner, that’s a minor inconvenience that’s easy to overcome! A good spot to eat your grub is the staircase towards the east end, which comes with an included view of the market below and iconic London Eye in the distance.
Find Southbank Centre Market at Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
5. Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market is another popular tourist spot, and it operates only on Sundays, which makes it incredibly busy… but don’t let this stop you from going, as it actually is great fun! The market is centred along Brick Lane, a street known for its high volume of Bangladeshi curry houses, and has a mix of street-stalls and established businesses selling anything from antiques, to clothing, to books. As a foodie, my favourite spot is the Boiler House, an old brewery’s boiler room that now houses the market’s food stalls, which offer over thirty different options of international delights. Now, I don’t usually advocate the closing down of breweries, but for this purpose, I’ll let it go.
Find Brick Lane Market at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR
6. Portobello Road Market
Another one-day-a-week market is the popular Portobello Road Market in upscale Notting Hill, in west London, which only operates on Saturdays. The market’s setting is beautiful, along the winding road, lined with pretty Victorian terrace houses and shops on both sides. The buildings house a bunch of maze-like antique shops, while the Saturday market stalls lined on both sides of the street sell all sorts of funky fashions, art, and interesting food items including squared marshmallows in interesting flavours like strawberry-basil. The market is mostly known for its antiques, and its one of the best places in the city to get some.
Find Portobello Road Market at Portobello Road, London W10 5TA
7. Borough Market
The popular Borough Market near London Bridge might be the city’s most popular market, and although extremely touristy, this market has its merits. The market sells fresh produce, meats, cheeses and fish to the general public, while continuing its tradition of selling fresh food items as wholesale to restaurants around the area. The market also has various ready-to-eat booths, and even has some stands selling wine by the glass. Borough market is one of London’s oldest continuously-running markets (although its location has shifted slightly over the years), and while often bashed as being a tourist trap, it’s a great place for locals to buy hard-to-find and locally grown produce.
Find Borough Market at 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
8. Columbia Road Flower Market
Located just a quick walk away from Brick Lane Market, Columbia Road Flower Market is a beautiful (although again, crazy busy) market to check out. As the name suggests, the main pull of this market is a great collection of flowers, plants, shrubs and trees being sold in stands along the street. The market is only open on Sundays and closes earlier than most other markets, but it’s good to check out before or after going to Brick Lane for some food. Otherwise, you can check out the shops and cafés established along Columbia Road, behind the flower stands. Wether or not you actually plan on buying any greenery, a walk through the market amongst all the plants and colourful flowers is pretty unique!
Find Columbia Road Flower Market at Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
There is nothing I want more, when the temperatures reach the high 30s, than a cold beer and a refreshing ocean to take a dip in every so often. Thankfully, when the temperatures hit 38 degree celsius during my visit to Kaş in Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, that is exactly what I had!
As the weather gets cooler and cooler in Vancouver, I honestly wouldn’t mind going back to that moment right about now. Now that is my happy place.
After our day cruising around the Mediterranean Sea, we headed over to Kaş, another pretty town on the Mediterranean coast, 45 minutes west of Demre.
My friend Ryan and I started exploring Kaş, a town that, despite being on the Mediterranean, seems to be less touched by the masses of tourism. The pretty streets of the town are adorned with bright bougainvillaea flowers, and its streets have many small cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. The city also has a beautiful sea-side walkway with stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
Within 15-minutes of exploring, Ryan and I could not take the heat anymore. Despite having spent the last three days by the coast, under the sun, Kaş proved to be unmanageable at 38 degrees celsius, and so we had to seek shelter in a so-called “beach club,” a multi-level wooden deck with sun loungers and beach umbrellas, and full bar service. Although sand-less, the “beach club” did have direct access to the sea, which was all we needed!
At the “beach club,” we ran into our friend Dacia from the tour, and the three of us proceeded to spend the entire afternoon hiding under an umbrella hanging out and drinking beers, taking a break from the heat every half hour of so to jump into the immaculate sea for a refreshing swim – in other words, another perfect, relaxing afternoon in Turkey.
When the sun set and the temperatures dropped to a manageable high 20s, we headed out for a delicious seafood dinner, and then went on to explore the town’s streets once more, including checking out some of the ancient Lycian Tombs which are spread out throughout the town, and the markets which came to life at night. We had a couple of casual drinks, and to combat the heat of the night, ended up with a Turkish ice-cream instead of a night cap.
Despite the unbearable heat during our visit, I can see Kaş would be great as a destination, as it’s a good starting point for a trip to Kekova Island and overnight cruise expeditions around the Mediterranean Sea, and the town itself is pleasant and has good nightlife. Worse case scenario, if the heat gets too bad, there is always the “beach club” to hide away from the sun!
If you’re going to cruise around the Mediterranean Sea, you might as well do it wearing short shorts and a tight neon pink Jack Daniels sleeveless top. Just saying.
Have you ever cruised the Mediterranean?
After exploring Antalya, we continued on our Turkey adventure by going Southwest to the sea-side town of Demre to embark on another great experience.
We only stopped in Demre for a couple of hours in the afternoon, mainly to grab a hearty lunch in the small town’s centre. After we finished eating our lunch, we walked up the main street towards a central square to check out a seemingly unusual sight: a statue of St. Nicholas (aka my famous namesake Santa Claus).
Why did I find it so unusual? Well, considering that the population of Turkey is over 98% Muslim according to statistics, it seems a little out-of-place to have a statue honouring a Christian Saint.
However, St Nicholas (or average person Nicholas, at the time), was a real person, who happens to be Turkish. Not only that, but he lived most of his life in this small town and was even the bishop of the area’s Orthodox Church.
Kekova Island & Mediterranean Sea
Ok, so we learned an unexpected fact about Father Christmas and had another great lunch, but the reason why we visited Demre was to participate on yet another amazing adventure: cruising the Mediterranean Sea!
Cruising along the Mediterranean was one of the coolest experiences we had in Turkey –I know, I know, I keep saying that about everything… can’t help it! But in all honesty, the cruise was a really cool experience that is going to be one of my top travel memories of all time.
Our group of 14 (plus our guide) boarded our private boat in Demre and took off into the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean, along with our Captain and a young handsome (but not very friendly) deckhand.
Our boat was basic (but not a shack!), consisting of two levels. The bottom level had a long table in the centre and two benches stretching the length of the boat on either side, a fully stocked bar and a bathroom, as well as the captain’s room, and a small outside deck. The second level, which was reached by a staircase on the first level’s deck, was simply a large rooftop open terrace.
During the day, we cruised around the Mediterranean, often without any other boats in sight in any direction. Every so often, our captain set anchor so we could jump into the refreshing sea and swim around its azure waters. When on the boat, we spent time enjoying the sun with cold Efes beers on hand.
Most of our cruising was done around the pretty Kekova Island, a small uninhabited island which has remains of an ancient Byzantine empire-era town crumbling on its hills. Most impressively, we were also able to admire under the sea below us the remains of buildings and pottery from an even older settlement, which sank into the sea during an earthquake back in the 2nd Century AD.
At sunset, we stopped at a pier in the small village of Kaleköy on the mainland and climbed to the top of a hill, which is home to the ancient Simena Castle. The views from above were fantastic, and the remains of the castle itself quite cool!
As the sun set and night approached, we returned to our boat and set anchor along the coast. Our captain and the handsome-but-not-very-friendly deckhand built a fire on land and barbecued an amazing dinner consisting of fish and chicken, stuffed peppers, rice, and salads. We had our dinner and then sat around the fire, enjoying more drinks and talking for a few hours until the fire burned out.
Before going to sleep, we lay on the rooftop terrace of the boat in comfy make-shift beds, and looked at the night sky. Without any artificial light anywhere around us, the sky looked spectacular, pitch black and illuminated by thousands of shinning stars… we stared at the night sky in awe, which was made even more magical by constant shooting stars!
We woke up the next morning floating on incredibly still waters for a light breakfast of Turkish tea and fruit. As we ate, we noticed that the spot where we had anchored the boat was home to a family of wild goats, which sheepishly (pun intended) came to say good morning – or “baaaa,” anyways – to us.
Saying goodbye to our goat friends, we sailed off back towards Demre, taking in one more refreshing dip in the sea, and one more long look at the stunning scenery of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
Remember the good old days of plane travel? Those days when you used to get food on your flights (but no on-demand entertainment systems) and passengers dressed up for their flight?
Well, I found this little gem, a photograph of me (on the left) with my brothers Michael and Andres flying from Vancouver to Mexico City in Summer 1989!
I’ve been flying since I was a baby, but as far as I know, this photo of me only weeks before turning six years old is the oldest photographic evidence that I was destined for a life of travel.
When was your first flight?
After a week of exploring Turkey’s interior, we arrived in Antalya, a sea-side city which has some of the most beautiful vistas I’ve ever seen.
Although lacking public beaches in the city itself (there are some on the outskirts, but we didn’t bother making the trek), Antalya has some private beach clubs that are available for a charge. We found the beach clubs overcrowded, so instead satisfied our lust for being by the seaside by strolling around the beautiful harbour.
Raised above on the cliffs surrounding the harbour, flower-filled parks and pedestrian plazas offer stunning views over the entire bay, which glittered under the sun during our visit. These pubic spaces are home to a number of rotating art exhibits and permanent statues, the expected Atatürk monument, and the 2nd Century Roman-era Hıdırlık Tower, a small fortress. Near the parks and plazas, a couple of nice bars and cafes hanging from the cliffside offer some of the best views in the city.
Antalya is best enjoyed by the sea, but there is much more to this seaside city than its Mediterranean setting. Antalya has a beautifully restored old city, which is now home to fancy hotels, delicious restaurants and lively bars, and various shops selling clothing and souvenirs. The old part of the city is surrounded by a Roman Empire-period wall and its streets are largely car-free; although quite touristy nowadays, it’s a charming little place to hang out in.
Outside the wall surrounding the old city, the modern development of Antalya is a chaotic, busy mess of traffic and people, but it’s still worth visiting for great shopping at the street-side markets, yummy food along its busy streets – many of which are also pedestrian-only, and less-touristy nightlife options. The “new” part of the city is also home to some colourful parks with views of the bay.
Other sites worth checking out include Hadrian’s Gate, a beautifully preserved Roman triumph arch which now serves as the gate between the old and new parts of the city; the Ottoman-era clock tower; Yivliminare Mosque, the city’s main Mosque; and Kesik Minare, a Roman-temple-turned-church-turned-mosque which now lays in partial ruins. All sites are found within a quick walk from each other, so it’s easy to visit them all on a stroll.
Antalya is the biggest Turkish city in the Mediterranean coast and one of the country’s most visited resorts, but it never felt overwhelmingly busy, and despite walking around all day and night, it still felt like a relaxing break on our trip.
If you, like me, are the kind of person that enjoys being by the sea but having things to keep you busy, Antalya is a city you would probably enjoy visiting!