Antalya, Turkey: Relaxing Gulet Cruise

Antalya, Turkey: Relaxing Gulet Cruise

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A scenic drive south
from Konya takes us over more of
the Taurus Mountains toward the
Mediterranean coast. And sprawling out
from those mountains spreads the metropolis
of Antalya. Antalya, with
two million people, has long been
an important port. Its idyllic harbor was founded
in ancient Roman times. These days it deals mostly in
good living as tourism is the town’s
main industry. A once-imposing wall
fortifies the old town. Today, a gate dedicated to
the emperor Hadrian still leads into
a delightful collection of Ottoman era houses that cater to
the tourists — shops and boutique hotels that
fill the historic center. And above it all is a thriving
modern Turkish city. Its people-friendly
promenade, like so many
public spaces here, comes complete with
the requisite statue of the father of
the Turkish Republic, Ataturk. Strolling here,
it feels to me like anywhere else
in Mediterranean Europe. The people just seem to be
in love with life. A popular excursion
from Antalya is a cruise on a gulet, the traditional
Turkish sailboat. These boats, which are designed
to suit all tastes, keep the harbor busy. After so much
sightseeing, simply luxuriating for
a day at sea puts me truly
on vacation. Meeting the captain and crew,
I know I’m in for a wonderful
and relaxing experience. Sailing away, we marvel at
the dramatic shoreline under snowcapped peaks. Resorts… parklike beaches… and ancient ruins
clinging to cliffs are all tucked into this
rugged yet accessible Riviera playground. While the rowdier party boats
take one side of the bay… we drop the hook
in a more peaceful corner. Ya! Even in April
the water is inviting, and our boat serves as
a handy swimming platform. While the crew is busy
putting together an impressive feast
for lunch, we enjoy an
invigorating swim. Having worked up an appetite,
we’re served a feast. Enjoying our meal at sea provides a great chance to
both eat some fresh fish and get to know
the crew. Well-fed, refreshed
from our swim, and peacefully anchored in this
scenic corner of Turkey, we take a moment
to appreciate what traveling
here offers.

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