The second leg – Çıralı, Patara and Saklikent

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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.

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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.

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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!

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7 responses to “The second leg – Çıralı, Patara and Saklikent

  1. As always a great read.

  2. . . bikes are way better than cars . . I wish!

  3. I could do with a walk on a sand dune at Patara now – we are being blown about and frozen in Bodrum this evening.

    • I doubt it’s much warmer there now – a friend was in Antalya last week and there was snow on the mountains. We’ve just got back from walking on Boz Dağ where the snow was knee deep.

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