Another month, another destination…
I could’t resist not to visit Turkey again. It was an extremely spontaneous decision and definitely a good one. I’ve promised to my mom that we’ll go on a vacation together this month, so I couldn’t escape…and I have to admit that I really missed a #girlstrip with my cool mommy. All my friends love her and probably enjoy their presence more than they enjoy mine (*laughing) but I couldn’t be luckier, she’s an awesome traveling companion.
When we chose the destination we were searching for comfort, sun, sea and nice places to visit. The final decision was made between Greece – Zakinthos & Turkey – Antalya. Because we have decided to book our tickets so last minute and there were not many accommodation options left to fulfill our expectations, we chose to visit Atalya for the first time.
I may start with a recommendation:
Do not travel to Antalya in July or August
only if you love high temperatures and high level of humidity…
We have arrived on 20th of July and left on 27th. During those 8 canicular days, the temperatures during the day were above 45 celsius degrees and over 32 during the night ( and a 90% humidity), which felt like a traditional turkish bath but without foam.
First 2 days were quite difficult because we had to get used to the weather. We couldn’t resist without the AC we had in the room…so if you are not a heat lover, plan your trip to Antalya in May/June or September/October.
After 2 days we mostly got used to temperatures, but only with liters of water, sunglasses, hat and tones of sun protection. The water in the pool was mostly boiling, so that was not a cooling option. We’ve spent every day on the beach, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. The water is great, but salty, so it might be useful to have some swimming glasses with you. This way you can also make divings and see the multicolor fishes. You should also pack some water shoes, because their beaches have rocky sand and, also, there are many rocks in the water, so it’s safer and comfortable to use them.
After few hours of swimming and sunbathing we used to eat and rest in the room or in the hotel for some hours. It was mostly impossible to stay outside between 12 to 5 p.m. so we took our time to visit the spa or to relax into the air conditioned room. We’ve also spend some afternoons in the mall or in the traditional bazaars for shopping and eating their incredibly food and tasty ice-cream (dondurma).
About the hotels and resorts, I have to warn you that 5 stars in Antalya are, most of the time, 3 to 4 stars in other countries, so try to make a detailed research before you make the reservations. They may look good in the photos, but you should also check about their food and about the quality of their services.
As I’m an extremely active person, I couldn’t stay in one place for too much time, so we have planned some trips to some of the most beautiful destinations in or around Antalya. Here are my recommendations:
WHAT TO VISIT IN ANTALYA
- Duden Waterfalls
The Düden Waterfalls are actually two separate natural attractions within the City of Antalya. The Upper Düden Waterfalls are a series of small cascades in a tranquil municipal park and the Lower Düden Waterfall is a spectacular cascade that occurs as the Düden River spills off the Antalya City cliffs into the sea.
We saw the waterfalls while we took a boat trip ( actually it was a boat party on a yacht named Harem). It was a great atmosphere, good food, amazing views and a cool party. A cool combination of visiting, partying, swimming next to the waterfall. Definitely a must try.
- Pamukkale tour
I’ve always wanted to visit Pamukkale, that beautiful, completely white region, who looks like a winter scenery. A must see place, but be aware that the distance between Pamukkale and Antalya is about 5 h driving (back & forth).
- Sunken City Kekova, Demre, and Myra Day Tour
- Antalya Museum
- Karaalioglu Park
- Antalya Bazaar
ACTIVITIES IN ANTALYA
- Boat parties
Here are some useful tips for those who travel during these torrid days:
- Make sure you take all the necessary pills with you
- Drink a lot of water
- Use sun protection
- Hydrate your skin with suitable products (cream or gel)
- Eat many fruits and vegetables
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Don’t forget your sunglasses and hat/cap at home
Boat trip with the Carraibean Pirates
The Marble Stairs of Heaven on Earth: Pamukkale
The Mediterranean Sea and Taurus Mountains
My daily activities
My summer beauty tools: lash extensions
No more make-up needed
One of my beauty routine is to hydrate my skin at least once a day.
While I’m on vacation I choose a moisturizing spray, for a more rapid absorption. This one from Roge Cavailles has become my favorite product, because it’s easy to apply and it’s being absorbed in only a few second after you have sprayed it on your skin. No more greasy hands after moisturizing!
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