Turkey In 2 Weeks – Day 11: Olympos & Antalya

Before leaving Cirali, we wanted to check out the ruins of Olympos, an important Lycian city taken over by the Romans.  The ruins are scattered throughout a deep valley that follows the Ulupinar Stream and covered with vines and flowers, seemingly undiscovered.  I loved exploring Olympos, the site was so peaceful and wild, I felt like I was in the jungle uncovering this ancient city.

"The monumental tomb of Lyciarh Marcus Aurelius Archepolis" - Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“The monumental tomb of Lyciarh Marcus Aurelius Archepolis” – Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

"The Sarcophagus of Antimachos" - Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“The Sarcophagus of Antimachos” – Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

"Mozaikli Yapi" - Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“Mozaikli Yapi” – Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Temple in Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Temple in Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

"Alkestis Sarcophagus", Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

“Alkestis Sarcophagus”, Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Olympos, Cirali, Turkey

Later that afternoon, our host from Hotel Canada graciously drove us up the mountain and back to civilization.  We hopped on a bus Antalya, the largest city in Turkey.  We only had a few hours to kill before our bus ride to Goreme so we headed straight to the historical main square for dinner.

Famous charcoal grilled chicken from Parlak Restaurant - Antalya, Turkey

Famous charcoal grilled chicken from Parlak Restaurant – Antalya, Turkey

We had a delicious roasted chicken dinner at Parlak (just as good as Swiss Chalet! ;).  The owner was so sweet and gave us a complimentary fruit plate when he heard we were from Canada.

Fruit plate at Parlak, Antalya, Turkey

Fruit plate at Parlak, Antalya, Turkey

Clock tower in Kale Kapisi main square - Antalya, Turkey

Clock tower in Kale Kapisi main square – Antalya, Turkey

Kale Kapisi main square - Antalya, Turkey

Kale Kapisi main square – Antalya, Turkey

Antalya seemed like a bustling, interesting city and I wish we could have spent at least a full day here, but I was also excited to get to Goreme.  As the sunset over this pretty city, we headed back to the main bus terminal to catch our overnight bus.

Election Campaign - Antalya, Turkey

Election Campaign – Antalya, Turkey

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