When I came back from Turkey at the beginning of July, I was full of great ideas of writing a holiday diary in this blog, but for various reasons this never happened.
We flew out on 25th June and returned on 2nd July. We went with Tapestry Holidays who, since our return have gone bust, so I’m very grateful that they waited until after we got back!
We stayed in the resort of Kalkan which was very nce, although, like so many others is becoming increasingly commercialised. Lots of wide screen TVs to cater for the tourists in the bars and less traditional shops selling Turkish goods at decent prices.
Having said that though, our hotel was excellent. We stayed at the Kalkan Elite, which also will not be there next year, Tapestry or no Tapestry. It is being converted into apartments which is a crying shame.
We spent the week relaxing during the day and eating out in the evenings which was a welcome break for us both.
In my opinion, the best restaurants in Kalkan are 7, Aubergine (although a little more expensive than some), and the Ottoman House. The Blues Bar is one definitely to avoid, not least because they don’t even play blues there as such any more.
We spent a couple of very nice days at a local beach whose name for the moment escapes me. I’ll check it out and post it at a later date. This was a short Dolmush ride away from Kalkan. The Dolmush is a local minibus service and something definitely to be experienced. I believe that the word Dolmush means ‘squashed’ in Turkish, and they literally do pack you in! But its very cheap and reliable.
Unfortunately, a lasting feeling I have of Turkey is that I would never travel there again with just one other woman. I’d be sure to travel with a group which included at least some men, or of course, with a man if I get one!! Most of the people who work in the resorts are men who mainly leave their families in the city for the summer. They make it obvious that they are out for what they can get and they consider female tourists easy pickings.