Five pearls of the Turkish Riviera
Kemer – the birthplace of St. Nicholas a Thick pine forest covered with white snow, the slopes of the mountains, numerous coves and pebble beaches, the sea water is an unusual shade of green so your eyes will be opened Kemer. Today, this region is distinguished by high-class hotels and clubs, but for lovers of excursions there are also many attractions. Not everyone knows that St. Nicholas, the prototype of our Santa Claus, was born and lived in the small town of Demre (near Kemer). Here is a Church founded by him, on the ancient walls of which are visible ancient frescoes. December 6, the estimated day of the death of Nicholas, this Museum turns into a functioning temple. Orthodox priests and thousands of believers come to demra to hold Church services in honor of the most beloved Saint in the world. The best souvenir will be the icon purchased here, which can be bought in the icon shop located near the Church and which can become your amulet, it is not for nothing that Nicholas was called a miracle Worker. For those who love sailing, the main point will be the island of Kekova – one of the most mysterious places in Turkey. Sailing around this relatively small quiet island, look at the amazingly clear blue sea – you will see stone stairs, sidewalks, walls of houses, the promenade. These are the remains of an ancient Byzantine city, which was flooded after one of the earthquakes. From here you can see the famous Lycian tombs. Lycians – the ancestors of the ancient Greeks living in Asia Minor. Their carved stone sarcophagi are very well preserved to this day. Antalya – two persons of the same city Antalya is called the capital of the Turkish Riviera. And if you get tired of basking on the beach – take a walk through the old part of it to feel the flavor of the ancient Eastern city, breathe in the aroma of Turkish coffee and spices sold in each shop. Take a look at the ancient minaret, which has already become a symbol of this city, and go down to the promenade to climb on the deck of one of the many yachts moored here and sail on a short journey, during which you will look at Antalya from the sea and visit the famous Antalya waterfalls. Another part of Antalya is the embodiment of the modern Eastern city. Walk through its streets is no less interesting than the ancient winding alleys. Shops, offices, urban institutions… There are few tourists and so you can learn much more about the life of modern Turks. It is characteristic that the same Souvenirs and spices can be purchased here at lower prices than in the shops located in the vicinity of tourist routes. Although the range here will not be so rich and diverse. Belek – representation in the Roman amphitheatre the City of fashionable rest – Belek. All hotels located here – only five-star level. Clean sea, Golden sandy beaches and mild climate make Belek an ideal place to relax. In the local hotels you can spend two weeks without going anywhere. Moreover, you will be offered a Turkish bath and SPA treatments, and many other pleasant for body and soul entertainment. But if you still find the strength to cope with the rolling laziness and get out of the hotel, you will learn a lot of new and interesting things about this familiar Turkey. The city of Belek does not hide anything special in its quiet streets. But once in these places was located the ancient city of Perge, its main street, Roman baths, columns of administrative buildings are still visible through the grass. From the glorious historical era to the present day preserved the walls of Aspendos – Roman amphitheater, which is used for its intended purpose in our days. “Lights of Anatolia” – one of the local popular shows. Great acoustics, ancient theater scene, the spirit of history – all this will not leave anyone indifferent, and memories of the time spent in Aspendos, can become one of the brightest in your life. Side river, mountains and a boat trip is a Good city side with its unique architecture of houses, romantic promenade and the temple of Apollo. From the temple, unfortunately, there are very few – only a few columns, but the very place where it was built, makes the heart beat faster. The ancient Greeks knew how to choose places for the construction of temples, and the temple of Apollo is no exception. However, the path of those who wish to fully enjoy the beauty of nature, lies in the direction of the river Manavgat, flowing between the picturesque banks and famous for a small but beautiful waterfall. Climbing up into the mountains, paving the way along the winding serpentine road, the bravest will get to the Green canyon. This place is an amazing synthesis of the forces of nature and human engineering genius. Water is a unique shade of green, which reflects a fir-tree covered mountain slopes, all the power which is constrained by a powerful dam. Yacht tour, fishing and lunch, fresh and charcoal-grilled trout – a more peaceful stay are hard to find. Alanya – Cleopatra beach and youth party City, where he prefers to relax “Golden youth”. The former pirate capital is now a vibrant city, with a developed infrastructure of shops, clubs and cafes. According to legend, Cleopatra herself loved to come to this shore, where now stretches a large modern city, one of its beaches is still called “Cleopatra beach”. The main attraction of Alanya is the oldest, but very well preserved fortress. Its walls offer a wonderful view of the city, as it is the highest point.