As the November evenings shorten, and the days get darker and colder, our road trip around the Mediterranean coast and Central Anatolia draws closer each day. The adventure is unbelievably close now, and with two days to go there is a hustle of packing and last minute planning on Steady On Jean. I will be giving you a full round up each day on our journey…..
It starts on the 30th of November, when we leave Fethiye and go along the slightly longer, but more pretty coast road, passing Kalkan, Kas, and Finike to Kemer, a popular Russian tourist destination. With a marina that can have up to 350 yachts, the small town was once an even smaller fishing village. Our accommodation for the first stop is at a campsite in the coastal village of Cirali, a short drive from Kemer. Here there is a long and fascinating amount of history, which dates back to the Ancient Greeks.
As we stick to the coastline, temperatures are meant to soar into high temperatures, over 30 degrees…….well, sort of. Infact, temperatures are meant to plummet down to -1 degrees, all the way along the coastline in Kemer, Side and Alanya, good job we are taking plenty of blankets!
From Kemer, we go to Side. Set on a small peninsula, 75km east of the large and touristic city of Antalya, the popular and charming town of Side features a lovely blend of old and new Turkey. A plethora of historical sites await you, including ampitheatheatres, Temples and baths, which all jostle for attention with the nightlife, ships and the fabulous golden beaches.
Then we go to Alanya, which has in the last few years, progressed into a popular tourist centre. Located on a small peninsular jetting out into the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, it is just under 135km away from the main city in the area, Antalya. On each side of the peninsular, there are some beaches which are located within walking distance from the city centre.
Next on the trip is Konya, where we will witness the whirling dervishes as well as visit the Mosque of Mevlâna, which is all very exciting and interesting. We were worried that we may have left it too late to secure tickets for events and performances- after we believed that they could be booked and bought there, but fortunately, knowing the right people to help is advantageous, and we now have passes for some performances and most importantly the finale on the 17th!
The large city welcomes tourists and enjoys helping and greeting visitors. The ancient city is very important to the Muslim community in Turkey and its surrounding countries. Konya is one of the places we are most looking forward to! The hectic city life is busier as ever during the great festival, but thankfully, we have tickets!
As the trip continues, we enter the Cappadocia area in Aksaray, which was a city on the Silk Road. The town has a long and deep history, coming from the Ottoman period. While we are in Cappadocia, we will get to see snow and will be on the lookout for some bears, wolves and dinosaurs…..not the last one , sorry.
We then go to Goreme, where for 7 days, we stay in the great, Elnazar cave hotel, and also on Christmas Day will go up in the hot air balloons to make a tour of Cappadocia from the sky! Mum has been going on about this place since we first came to Turkey, so this year we hope to make her dream come true.
Nigde is next followed by Mersin, Anamur, and then Antalya, but from there onward we are unsure on our plans……… Finike, Kas and then Fethiye will bring us home but our timing for the last part of the journey may change en route……. Keeping an open mind and schedule about these places the planning and packing continues!
The weather is a strong factor on the trip, because we do have to Be aware of how cold the weather can…or will, be! The Cappadocia area will have temperatures ranging from 12 to -3 degrees Celsius, but on the coast, the temperatures will be ranging from 17 to -1 which will be just okay for camping!?!
We are all looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead, Summer, my sister is joining us for this one, she flies in tonight, and hopefully, you will be able to follow and enjoy it too.