A couple of years ago we wrote about our trip to Boz Dağ with Zirve Club. On that occasion we hoped to find snow but failed. This time we found rather a lot of snow. We think we arrived in the village later than anticipated partly because we stopped off for breakfast before we even got to Tire and partly because the road was snowy and slippery. After a brief stop in the village we headed up the mountain. Knee deep in snow much of the way. One group stopped just below the tree line. We went up quite a bit further and a third group went right to one of the lower peaks.
Going up was easier than coming down. Hilary needed a lot of help and still fell over (snow makes for a soft landing). There was then a longish stop to appreciate the snowman, fail to light a fire and to wait for the final group to rejoin us.
There was another break in the village for lunch (and warming up by the tea room soba) before we headed back for the bus. We were supposed to go to Gölçük but that part of the trip was cancelled, due to a combination of the late hour and the poor road conditions (not to mention the traffic jam) and we headed down to Birgi where we had a wander for half an hour before heading home.
We have seen a travel site that insists that Turkey always has ‘bikini weather’. Beautiful this was, but…. not bikini weather.
We left Eğidir after breakfast and headed South past Lake Kovada. This road has now been made (we’ve got covered in tar on it in previous years) and is quite spectacular. It must be one of the best bike rides in the world though it is quite technical in places.
After winding above crevasses and through wonderful gorges full of pines, it comes out on the main road to Antalya. Which is not quite so interesting. Having passed through Antalya we broke our journey in Çıralı, which was enough riding for the day. We’ve written about Çıralı before. There was nothing much there the first time we visited but it’s become quite ‘developed’. Still beautiful, but packed with hotels and restaurants.
We stayed in a pleasant hotel with love birds and grey parrots in cages in the garden. We had an evening meal and left after breakfast the next morning.
We rode on to Patara, or, rather the village of Gelemiş. We have stayed there quite a few times before and have our favourite Pansyion where we are recognised, welcomed and given our usual room. We walked down through the dunes and back along the beach. All of which we have done before. All of which is spectacular.
Next day we headed for Saklikent Gorge… That’s for walking. Or wading. Depending on the time of year. This time we got the time of year right and were able to walk all the way. It was crowded, but still mindblowingly beautiful.
And, finally, the archaeological site at Pattara. This was not our first visit but the archaelogists and restoration people have been working very hard.
We stood and watched this lintel being lowered carefully into its proper place.
Finally came the long ride home…. But this was a trip worth repeating!