10.04.2015 - 16.04.2015 16 °C
We had another quite long drive from Cappadocia to Pamukkale, but we managed to leave at a good time so we arrived in the late afternoon. We could see the giant mountain of white travertine rock as we drove in, and it looked pretty out of place as there was nothing else remotely like it in sight. After settling in to our hotel we took a nice walk around town. We’re here in the offseason, so once we noticed that the town was pretty dead we decided to stay in for the night and just have a couple of drinks with our Australian friend. We woke up the next day to sunshine and warmth, which we were very grateful for after leaving a snowy and cold Cappadocia. Our first activity was to climb the travertine mountain to find all the naturally formed pools staggered throughout the rock. They were quite the sight to see as the water in them was a bright turquoise blue and the view from the mountain was of the town and surrounding white capped mountains. The pools were too shallow to actually swim in but we walked through them with our shoes off even though some of them were very cold. Once you get to the top of the mountain, you reach the ancient Roman city of Hieropolis, which had a good combination of rebuilt and untouched ruins. This town was built in the early second century by the Romans, and was famous for its hot springs. The highlight of the ancient city was the theatre that the Italians are in the process of rebuilding and it was absolutely beautiful. We decided that it was a good place to have a mid afternoon beer. We left Pamukkale after one night as there wasn't much to do there, even though it was a very cool city. It was also Colby’s birthday and we wanted to get somewhere with some nightlife.
We got to Antalya for dinner time and we were very happy to have finally reached the coast. The Mediterranean was a very pleasant site as we drove in. We stayed in old town Antalya which was a typical Mediterranean city with cobblestones and great boutique restaurants and cafes. We decided to get a nice dinner for Colby's birthday and it was well worth it as it was the first good food we’d had in awhile. We went to a pub that had a great live rock band. They sang English songs, but the lead singer hardly knew any English, which we thought was interesting. We met some Turks who took us to a Turkish nightclub, which was super packed and a lot of fun. The next day we just moseyed around Antalya and had a couple of beers on the patio. Before leaving Antalya on our third day there, our Aussie travel mate left us to go to Romania, but we reckon we’ll meet up with him again at some point as we have become very good friends.
Kas (pronounced cash)
The drive to Kas was short but sweet as it was a windy road overlooking the Mediterranean. The city is a small coastal town right on the water. Our hotel balcony had a beautiful view of the city and the ocean. In our one day here, I woke up with some stomach problems (nothing serious) so I opted out of the boat trip we were going to take. Colby went anyway, and once my stomach settled down, I wandered around the town. There's a ton to do in Kas as it is quite an outdoorsy town, including kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing and touring the surrounding islands. I unfortunately did not do any of those, which is probably for the best for my wallet. Our next stop is Bodrum, where we’ll take a ferry to Greece where we finally hope to get some good food!
Our last stop in Turkey was a town called Bodrum. We were only there from about 8pm til 9am as there was an early ferry to Greece the next day and we knew that flavourful food and decent beer was awaiting us! Turkey was great but we definitely had spent enough time there. Next stop is the Greek islands for some sun and gyros!