About Zoe S
Lives in Vendee, France
Since Feb 2009
25-34 year old female
I'm a freelance travel writer and guidebook updater for the Rough Guides, who splits her time between London and rural France, but am happiest when I'm on the road. I've spent a lot of time traveling in Turkey - in particular, Goreme & Cappadocia, Istanbul and Antalya - while writing and updating for the Rough Guide to Turkey and the Rough Guide to Istanbul, as well as writing for Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman and blogging about Turkey for World Nomads. Another favourite spot is South America, where I lived and worked in Buenos Aires, traveled extensively through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, and volunteered in Lima, Peru and Quito, Ecuador. Traveling for me is about the journey- about venturing into the unknown, connecting with locals and experiencing everything a destination has to offer. I'm passionate about sustainable and eco-friendly travel, and am most inspired by natural landscapes, often choosing to explore on foot, by bike or on horseback.
National Parks, Canyons
Speciality Museums, Castles
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Caverns & Caves
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Canyons
My top choice for a day hike from Antalya is Termessos, an ancient Pisidian city perched on a hilltop more than 1,000m above sea level. It's a steep but manageable hike to the top, where you'll be rewarded with impressive views over the hilltop amphitheater, but take time to explore the many other ruins along the way too.
This dramatic tree-lined gorge is the centerpiece of the Köprülü Canyon National Park and the top activity here is white water rafting. The gentle rapids offer plenty of fun for first-time rafters, but it can get busy during the summer months, so if you want to escape the crowds, hire a car and seek out a secluded spot to swim or hike.
Unless you have a particular interest in archeology, the ancient city of Selge is probably not at the top of your itinerary, but the little visited site is a worthwhile alternative to the tourist honeypots of Perge and Aspendos. The ruins are scattered around a 900-meter hill and while the standout attraction is the 10,000-seat hilltop amphitheater, the real highlight is the journey, a winding drive full of startling panoramic views.
A fun way to journey around Turkey's top attractions without leaving Antalya, the MiniCity exhibition features dozens of the country's most famous mosques, monuments and historic sites recreated in miniature. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, Pamukkale, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne and Aspendos theater are among the many highlights.
Antalya's bazaar is everything you'd expect from a traditional Turkish bazaar – a riot of color, crammed with everything from cheap clothing and fake designer goods, to quality handicrafts and carpet stalls. Best of all is the food – lokum (Turkish Delight) in a myriad of flavors; heaps of dried fruits, nuts and spices; and freshly baked pastries and baklava.
With most tourists heading to the closer Duden Falls, the Kursunlu Waterfalls are ideal for escaping the noise of the city – a serene pocket of greenery, laced with scenic hiking trails.
Karain Cave is already on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status, so it's worth visiting before the masses find out about it. Inhabited in ancient times, the caves have a fascinating history, and the honeycomb of underground rooms are sure to ignite your imagination.
Taking the prize for Antalya's quirkiest museum, this unexpected gem will get you feeling nostalgic. The small but surprisingly varied collection of toys include old wood-carved artefacts and antique toys, as well as plenty of Barbie dolls, tin cars and figurines.
Escape the city for the nearby Lara Beach, an idyllic stretch of sand, hemmed in by soaring cliffs. Be sure to stop at the Duden Waterfalls en-route too.
Whether you want to go zip-lining through the forest, rafting down the river or swimming beneath waterfalls, Goynuk National Park has plenty of options for an adventure, as well as ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and canyoning.