Turkey – week one

On Saturday we ventured in to Belek, the all day market. Not knowing what to expect, we were dropped by taxi at the main square (round) and started walking.  Basically the market took at a number of streets and was fully covered.. I was hoping to find local produce as well as tourist trap goods, but unfortunately not.  There was a few spice, Halva and Baclava sellers and the smells were fantastic, but in general I was disappointed, everything else was brand name fake goods, such as Rolex, Omega, DC, Chanel etc…

To be honest if you want to see the real Turkey you have to go north, the Gulf of Antalya is a tourist destination, nice but not the real Turkey.  Our little folly in to Belek was to get pressies really, away from the hotel shops (expensive, lavish and aimed at a certain countries citizens, definitely not English). 

Some say why choose Turkey then, if you don’t want to see the country, my answer to that is. ‘I needed a holiday to relax and recharge, this location provides the weather, the hotels and the luxuries to do just that’.  Just put your feet up, watch the world go by.  Basically, eat, drink, worship the sun, drink and eat some more,  sleep and repeat.

We have discussed while resting a short break to Istanbul at some point, but that will be next year… If you want sun and relaxation to the enth degree, Turkey’s south coast is great… 

Happy holidays in 🇹🇷


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