A Day Trip Exploring Antalya + Sunday Reflections link up

June 9, 2019

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya

After a break of a couple of months the Sunday Reflections link up is back 🙂 This week’s instalment is picture heavy, such is the nature of a travel posts. Although it seems like a long time ago now, I’ve finally got around to organising my photos of a day trip exploring Antalya. We were staying at a hotel on Lara Beach, which isn’t far from Antalya. But rather than go it alone, we decided to take a group trip with a guide.

Our first stop was the Lower Duden waterfall, which we saw again on a boat trip later in the week. We definitely chose the right day for sightseeing as it was too cool and overcast for the beach that day. There’s a little park area here with climbing frames and other equipment for children, which Isobel was very happy about. It’s also a nice area to have a picnic when the weather is good.

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Lower Duden waterfall

As soon as you arrive they try their utmost to sell you items of jewellery that cost thousands of pounds.

The second stop (and the one that concerned Pete the most!) was a visit to a jewellery centre. Now while there were many beautiful sparkly things to coo over, the hard sell is rather annoying. As soon as you arrive they try their utmost to sell you items of jewellery that cost thousands of pounds. I’m not sure they realise that most people who go on holiday to Turkey on a package holiday typically don’t have that kind of spare cash to spend on a whim. I wouldn’t call myself a fine jewellery expert, but I do know that the prices at this retailer are hugely inflated. Plenty of other people who’ve left reviews on Tripadvisor are in agreement.

Nevertheless, we stuck to our guns and I asked to see the silver jewellery (which is in a different part of the building). I don’t think they want people to know about that because obviously there’s a huge difference in price. Also, they do expect you to haggle, which I’m not a fan of. Eventually I bought a ring with a Zultanite stone, which they made smaller for me while we waited. I could probably have got it cheaper if I’d driven a harder bargain and had more time. As it was, the rest of the group had to wait for us because there was duty free paperwork to complete.

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, jewellery display

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, jewelled horse

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, jewellery display

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, jewellery display

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, jewellery display

Zultanite is a stone unique to Turkey and changes colour depending on the light.

Despite the hard sell and duty free bureaucracy, I’m very pleased with my holiday souvenir. (Someone was waiting for us at the airport to sign more forms!) Zultanite is a stone unique to Turkey and changes colour depending on the light. I have done a bit of research about it and apparently some unreputable jewellers sell treated glass and pass it off as Zultanite. However, I’m fairly sure that this is the real deal going by photos I’ve seen online of what colour it should be in certain lights. Outdoors the shade varies from rose pink to violet, while under artificial light it can be green, a smoky quartz hue, or both at the same time! Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Zultanite ring

After running the gauntlet of pushy jewellery sales women, we were whisked away to see the Upper Duden waterfalls and have lunch in this very tranquil setting.

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Upper Duden waterfall

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Upper Duden waterfall

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Upper Duden waterfall

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Upper Duden waterfall, camels

Wandering the cobbled streets lined with shops selling spices and handicrafts is a must for visitors.

The final leg of the trip was a couple of hours exploring Kalei̤i, the old part of Antalya. We strolled around the harbour and stopped at a charming cliffside restaurant for a drink, where I had my first Turkish coffee Рperfect for seeing off that afternoon slump!

Wandering the cobbled streets lined with shops selling spices and handicrafts is a must for visitors. There are plenty of leather goods and ceramics, as well as the usual tourist tat. Unfortunately, in this part of the world fake designer goods are sold openly – everything from cheap-looking T-shirts to boutiques selling replica Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags. I would never buy a fake, but then I wouldn’t spend ridiculous amounts of money on the real thing either. It’s just not my bag 😉

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Antalya harbour

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Antalya harbour

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, spices

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, spices

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, shopping in Kaleiçi

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, shopping in Kaleiçi, bags

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, shopping in Kaleiçi

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, shopping in Kaleiçi, ornaments

Sadly, these wouldn’t fit in my suitcase!

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, shopping in Kaleiçi

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, Turkish coffee

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, shopping in Kaleiçi

Antalya’s cats

A Day Trip Exploring Antalya, cat village

My favourite part of the trip has to be the cat village! I think it was Isobel’s too 🙂 The Turkish really seem to love cats as they’re pretty much everywhere. Our hotel had quite a big cat population, and apart from the odd spat, they lived in harmony with each other, as well as hotel staff and guests.

I did see a few with visible injuries – both at the hotel and at the cat village in Kaleiçi. But at least these street cats have little huts to shelter in, food and plenty of passersby to fuss them. I took photos of one cat at our hotel that had a particularly nasty wound and showed them to the duty manager before we left, as nobody seemed to be doing anything about it. I can’t help interfering when it concerns animals!

Antalya cat village

Antalya cat village

Antalya cat village

This cute little kitty climbed onto my lap as soon as I stooped down to stroke her. She even snuggled under my poncho…I was very tempted to put her in my handbag! If you’re a cat lover like me then I’m sure you’d love Antalya 🙂 We loved it and would definitely go back…next time I’ll pack a few packets of cat treats!

 

Antalya cat village

I hope you’ve enjoyed my snaps of Antalya! Hope to see you back here for the Style With a Smile link up on Tuesday!

 

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15 responses to “A Day Trip Exploring Antalya + Sunday Reflections link up”

  1. Laurie says:

    What a beautiful place. And the rings are to die for! xx

  2. darlene says:

    Emma, I can totally relate to the pushy salespeople in turkey! we stopped in Kusadasi on a cruise before we visited Ephesus and got herded into a carpet sales venue. I’m afraid we played the ugly Americans to escape! it was still a wonderful trip as we visited a lovely shop and met the owner, Bella, who sold gorgeous wool shawls. of course, I bought one!

    thanks for sharing your day trip,
    xx Darlene

    forgive any capitalization errors. the all caps is challenging!

  3. Oh Wow, Emma, what a very cool trip! I love all the photos from the beautiful waterfalls to all the cobbled streets lined with wares and the cat village. That ring is stunning, too. What a wonderful souvenir to bring home!

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  4. Suzy Turner says:

    OMG look at those adorable cats! I’d want to take them all home with me! It certainly looks like you had a wonderful time, Emma.
    LOVE the ring!
    Hugs
    Suzy xxx

  5. I would have had to come home with one of those beautiful fabric handbags–did you? Your daughter is adorable, she looks happier with the kitties than being a model-ha! You look stunning in your pink wrap amoung the stalls.

  6. Wow looks like so much fun!!
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  7. Edwige says:

    You look so amazing and these pictures are just gorgeous! Looks like so much fun!

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  8. Jacqui Berry says:

    What a wonderful time you look like you had – love your outfit Emma.. You’re Hope poncho looks very stylish. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  9. Sarah says:

    wow. I love your travel diary. 🙂 awesome photos.

  10. ruth says:

    It looks like so much fun! I love seeing those jewels and the waterfalls are just stunning!

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  11. Jessica says:

    Such a charming place indeed.The view from Lower Duden falls is just breathtaking.

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  12. Vix says:

    I love this! I first visited Turkey in 1988 and went to Antalya a few days after September 11th, against much advice to the contrary. I loved the people, the vegetarian food and the wonderful sights. I’d had loved to visit the cat village and would probably have stolen all of them!
    We never encountered any of the hard sell but I’ve experienced it in India and North Africa. It wears you down, doesn’t it? Like you, I’m not into designer labels, fake or otherwise but I do love a traditional handicraft.
    You look absolutely lovely in your travel outfits and so does your daughter. xxx
    PS Have you seen Kedi? It’s a wonderful feel-good film about the street cats of Turkey.

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