Touring through a country and seeing new things is very rewarding but can also be somewhat exhausting. It was no different in Turkey, but we were prepared for it and made sure that we had the right place, and the right amount of time set aside for some rest and relaxation – Antalya!
Antalya is located in the south-west of Turkey on the mediterranean coast, and is one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destination – well-known for it’s lovely beaches and climate. We were not interested in the beaches and therefore picked the Old City part as our destinations. This proved to be an excellent decision and we had a marvellous time. The old city reminded us a bit of Venice (minus the canals) with it’s narrow streets and alleys, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and all sorts of interesting places.
We kept a very low profile for five glorious days and restricted our activities to exploring the old city, sleeping, reading, wining and dining 🙂
Antalya turned out to be a very friendly place and we struck up many a conversation with waiters, shop owners, and passers-by. The general atmosphere was very laid-back and relaxed – exactly what we wanted to experience.
Antalya is also clearly an extremely popular place for weddings and wedding photography. We must’ve witnessed at least 15 different wedding processions and shoots during our short stay, and even got invited to shoot some photographs of the happy couples at some of these – quite amazing really!
Walking around the old city, day or night, was quite an interesting experience. The laid-back atmosphere was clearly palpable.
The harbour is a short walking distance away and quite a popular tourist attraction, offering short excursions at sea.
Our five days of R&R passed only to quickly and we were somewhat reluctant to pack our bags for our return flight. It was the thought that we will definitely return back here for more of the same that somehow consoled us.
It was lovely being here !