8th May 2016
We have just had a great four day break to one of our favourite places – Cirali, on the way to Antalya(sometimes known as Olympos). It is a small village which can only be reached down a small road winding through a deep ravine until it gets to the village and a glorious beach (home to loggerhead turtles in the season).
This was our sixth visit to Hotel Canada just on the outskirts of the village and, as always, we had a warm welcome from the owner Saban and his staff.
On our first full day,we decided to drive to the other side of Antalya, to an archaeological site called Perge,which we hadn’t visited before. This entailed driving through the city of Antalya but with satnav we were confident we could do it. Wrong!!! Antalya is hosting a huge Expo this year and lots of new roads are being built. Being Turkey, the diversion signs leave a lot to be desired and the satnav just heaved a huge sigh and decided to give us any old directions it fancied. We finally got through Antalya to within 3km of Perge (we even saw the sign) but again half hour of wrong directions made us decide to give up. Luckily we then saw a sign to Kursunlu waterfalls which turned out to be well worth the visit even though we had the most expensive glasses of Ayran we have ever had – 12TL for 2!!
The following day, after a leisurely breakfast we decided to walk down to the beach and see if there was anything new in the ruins of Olympos, the ancient city a few minutes walk away. Although, like many of these sites, we have visited it several times before, you never know what extra excavations have been made and this time, we struck lucky. A whole new area has been opened up around a necropolis which was extremely interesting. In all we spend 3 hours on our walk, which those who know me will realise is absolutely extraordinary for me!!
As usual, Hotel Canada provided a superb base for our mini-holiday. The pool looked very inviting although we didn’t venture in. The food, as always, was delicious. An enormous buffet-style breakfast and an four-course dinner which we never manage to finish. The staff are always attentive and the accommodation is clean and comfortable. If any of you are interested, have a look at their website www.canadahotel.net. It is just the place for a relaxing few days, and they even have hammocks in the gardens!