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Antalya vs. Istanbul

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Antalya vs. Istanbul

We have 6 available nights and want advice on how to split them between Antalya and Istanbul. Any thoughts?

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1. Re: Antalya vs. Istanbul

Hi gutzdog,

And first of all welcome to the forums and congrats on your up an coming honeymoon.

I have already answered your question on the Istanbul forum but I though I would add it as well here.

You have already had some great suggestions from the other members already..however I do want to say that Antalya does have some great beaches..with many of them Blue Flag beaches and resorts..

however yes it is a large city not only catering to mass tourism but also as a year-round holiday destintation with many large 5 star hotels ( if that is your style )

In Antalya you can also visit the many historical area or Perge, Aspendos, or the local sights inside the city of the Kaleiçi.

and if you click on this link in the antalya forums " Antalya Forum: Excursions and day trips " I have provided numerous suggestions for things to do in Antalya


It is easy enough to get from Istanbul to Antalya with domestic flights..and not very expensive depending if you book in advance or not.

Domestic airline carriers in Turkey






However just over an hour's drive from the city of Antalya you will find my favorite place of Cirali..a lovely area to escape the holiday crowds of the touristic resorts..

Everyone will have their favorite places in Turkey..

Mine is that of Cirali..about 90 minutes drive from the Antalya airport...and it has been compared in contrast with exotic places like Goa or Thailand..in regards to the scenery.

also if you read this article "Turkey's hidden treasures"


and I quote ;

"You don't have to go to the Black Sea to escape the package-tour hordes. There are still plenty of spots along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts that have escaped the onslaught of concrete, such as the tiny beachside villages of Adrasan and Çirali, either side of the ruined Roman city of Olympos, about 1 hours' drive west of Antalya.

Inch-for-inch, the stretch of coast between Adrasan and Olympos must be one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, with hidden bays and unbelievable water clarity."

also another article..From the Sunday Times...This article gives an overall impression of the Cirali and Olympos area including the beach, scenery and history..along with transportation and accommodations details.

Five secret holiday spots in the Med..to read the article just follow the links.



If you want to see a place were time has stood still in Turkey and experience what Turkey used to be like about 15 to 20 yrs ago before the influx of all-inclusive and package holidays of the last decade, then Cirali is the place for this..

Cirali is a great little village, nice clean beach and a mix of sand and pebbles, ruins of Olympos and the flames of "Chimaera" the world''s oldest and best-known natural "eternal flame".

No mass tourism or 5 star hotels. Just nice family own hotels and pansiyons. Small shops, quiet bars, restaurants, and no discos. It is more of a place for nature lovers and chilling out. It can be too quiet for some if you are looking for more in the way of a very active nightlife..

my photos ;


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