Advice on Turkish Mediterranean

Apr 10th, 2000, 01:38 PM
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Advice on Turkish Mediterranean

I posted this note originally on the European forum, but I'm not getting answers. Maybe someone here can help me.

While planning a trip to Greece in September, we decided to take a detour and spend a week along the Turkish coast. At this point, we're thinking of taking a ferry from Rhodes to Marmaris and going south from there. Does anyone have any travel experience in that area? We won't be renting a car and we're looking at more inexpensive accommodation. We don't like to be constantly on the move, but prefer to stay 2 - 3 days in one spot - I'm thinking we may go as far as Kalkan or Kas. Any comments, recommendations or advice? (We know we should visit Istanbul - we're leaving that for another trip!) Thanks.
Apr 10th, 2000, 04:43 PM
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Several years ago we took a trip to Turkey that included a cruise around the coast. How I wish we had had the time to stop and stay at the many charming towns. My memory is hazy, but I think Marmaris is rather large and busy and Kas was very lovely. You won't have a problem with inexpensive (under $100) as there were many. If you haven't done a search on this or the European forum, I would do so as I recall a lot of more specific information than my memory can summons. Also, we went with Sporades tours and they have a website. It's a good place to check for itineraries as it is quite detailed; especially the coast. Hope this helps a little.
Apr 11th, 2000, 10:39 AM
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Ferry from Rhodes to Marmaris is good trip. Buy your ticket the day before and the travel agent makes a copy of your passport data. You show up the next am at the harbor. It's not really a ferry but a hydrofoil. Rhodes is great place to visit, spend a day or two there. `I would consider spending my time in Kalkan and Kas. Kalkan is a small fishing village; no beach but a great location. Lots of cheap, clean hotels. Kas is an older town with some Roman ruins, nice place to spend some time. Have fun.
Apr 11th, 2000, 01:28 PM
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Thanks so much for the information. I've done lots of reading and checked out this forum (as well as others). Most people seem to start off in Istanbul or go north from Marmaris or Budrum. At this point, we're going to fly from Toronto to Athens and then directly to Rhodes. We'll probably spend 2 or 3 days there (partly to recover from the jet lag) and then head over to Turkey. I thought of spending a couple of nights in Fethiye to see that area and then down to Kalkan or Kas.

Kalkan and Kas seem to be located not too far from one another. Mike, would it be possible to stay in one town and visit the other on a day trip? If so, which would you recommend? If you have any cheap hotel or pension recommendations, please pass them on.

Thanks again - I'm really looking forward to this trip.

Apr 12th, 2000, 08:47 AM
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Susan-I stayed in kalkan for 10 days about 3 years ago. It was a good place to stay with numerous hotels but remained mostly uncomercialised.The main attraction was its proximity to the beach at Patara which in my humble oppinion must be one of the best beaches in europe,and about 15 minutes from Kalkan in a doLmus(local mini bus taxi -cheap and convenient).Also nearby is a gorge called something like sasskilient also worthy of a visit.There are ruins aplenty all over this area,but there is no beach at Kalkan other than man made ones with concrete .The roads were poor but gave a dramatic view along the coast in about a 30 minute drive from Kalkan to Kas.Public transport was surprisingly good.There seemed to be less to do in Kas but it would be good for one or two nights.Very hot in August.Hope this helps.Mike

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