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article imagePhoto Essay: Sunset cruise in Antalya Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Mar 13, 2013 in World
Antalya - The best bargain for tourists or locals is a cruise from Antalya's ancient harbor past waterfall-covered cliffs, sea caves, and castle towers.
In southern Turkey, Antalya nestles like a queen atop a castle by the Mediterranean Sea. Mountains surround this ancient port city where the Apostle Paul landed in the First Century A.D. The historic old city rises on castle walls above a harbor. You can climb down wide stone steps and see pirate ships moored at the dock. Deck hands offer hour-long cruises out of the harbor and along the cliffs on both sides. The going rate is only 5 TL (about $3), and it's a great deal for weary tourists or bored locals.
I went at sunset with my Turkish husband, and we relaxed on an upper deck while drinking tea and listening to traditional Turkish music. Sooner or later some Turks would get up, hold hands and a handkerchief, and kick up their legs in a Black Sea dance. Salty wind blew into our faces, and we stood by the rail to see waterfalls and sea caves as the captain sailed near the cliffs. We glided past old castle towers and modern hotels with steps leading down from the cliff tops to swimming coves nestled among sea rocks. Our captain headed out briefly toward the open sea before returning, past the lighthouse, to the harbor.
Castle walls and old steps rise above Antalya harbor
Castle walls and old steps rise above Antalya harbor
Boats line up in the harbour.
Boats line up in the harbour.
Sail past the lighthouse
Sail past the lighthouse
And a cliff-top restaurant
And a cliff-top restaurant
Head to westward cliffs where a man perches atop the rocks
Head to westward cliffs where a man perches atop the rocks
The captain of a smaller boat will cruise inside a sea cave
The captain of a smaller boat will cruise inside a sea cave
You can sail past a waterfall that cascades over the sea cliffs
You can sail past a waterfall that cascades over the sea cliffs
Lean over the boat rails and look closely at the clear Mediterranean water
Lean over the boat rails and look closely at the clear Mediterranean water
The boat turns westward in the wide Antalya bay which is surrounded by mountains
The boat turns westward in the wide Antalya bay which is surrounded by mountains
Sail past a cliff-top restaurant
Sail past a cliff-top restaurant
A castle tower above the sea
A castle tower above the sea
A fancy hotel has stairs going down cliffs to a swimming cove
A fancy hotel has stairs going down cliffs to a swimming cove
Head back out to sea
Head back out to sea
Relax like this sailor
Relax like this sailor
Enjoy a cup of tea
Enjoy a cup of tea
And watch the sunset
And watch the sunset
And the sunburst
And the sunburst
Before heading home to Antalya s harbor
Before heading home to Antalya's harbor
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