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May 21st, 2012, 08:22 AM
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Help! - where to spend a few nights between Olimpos and Goreme

Hi,
we are travelling through Turkey for 2 1/2 weeks. Here is our itinerary:

- Kas (3 nights)
- Olimpos (3 nights)
- ??? (3 nights)
- Gorème (3 nights)
- Istanbul (5 nights)
*2 spare nights

I am still wondering where to stay between Olimpos and Gorème. We'd like a town that offers a bit of variety in our trip. This is why we'd like to go a bit towards the East, but Antakya would be the farthest we'd be willing to go. The town doesn't have to be on the sea. Here is our options so far:
- Anamur
- Sifike
- Antakya
- Side/Manavgat
- Mersin

Please, if you have any recommandations, plase share them!
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May 21st, 2012, 08:57 AM
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I would say Silifke or Anamur.

Antakya is too far and too much time will be lost on buses. Side/Manavgat is much too touristy and crowded.

Anamur and Silifke have only local tourists. They are more laid back, and have some interesting historic and natural sites within reach.

Anamur has a huge antique city, Anemurium where you can have a picnic and swim also. Nearby there are fabulous mountains and some interesting but rather difficult caves.
The hotels are more or less within the city, are small and reasonably priced, but you may need to reserve as there are not too many. Anamur is famous for its bananas.

Silifke has hotels at Kizkalesi, Tasucu and a few other locations to the East and West of the city as well as B&Bs. Has more historic and natural sites for some of which like Olba and Adam rocks you may need a rental car or a tour. The very interesting sink holes heaven and hell and the asthma caverns can be reached by minibus, as well as the coastal ruins like the castle. The city is also quite pleasant. Their yoghurt is supposed to be famous because it is in a popular folk song, but we saw mostly lemons and lemon trees. If you like salty pickles try "kaya kavrugu"

Mersin is very close to Silifke and is an industrial city. You can visit its sites from Silifke if you wish.

Silifke-Goreme is an easy drive mostly on either motorway or divided highway. However, if you're driving beware the multiple speed traps on this route.

This whole trip will be extremely scenic. If you go all the way to Silifke, do not miss the mosaic of Aydincik port, and a small pirate settlement at a little cove on the way.
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May 23rd, 2012, 06:33 AM
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Thank you!
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May 23rd, 2012, 11:56 AM
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Mersin coast Kiskalayci (I am sure I did not spell that correctly, but the same town the otherchelebi mentioned) Adana is a nice little city and the home of the 'Adana Kebab'
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