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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dave-in-Turkey, Dec 29, 2008.
MY RIDES AROUND TURKEY and EUROPE on a HONDA TRANSALP mostly.
Been to this town quite a few times, it gets so busy in Fethiye during the tourist season in summer, so we tend to go in the quieter times, just a hour away from where I live.
It's a great ride between dalaman and Fethiye over the hills between the two towns.
At the far end of Fethiye town are the 2500 year old rock tombs carved into the hill side.
They were started by the Lycian Kings but when Alexandre The Great came this way and conqured this part of Turkey he had one carved out for one of his deceast Generals, I dont remember which tomb it is but one of them is newer than the others,only 2000 years old.
It's quite a climb up to the top tomb, well if you smoke 30 a day it is !!
When the Crusaders got bored fighting in the holy Lands some Centuaries ago they came back this way and broke into most of the Tombs looking for treasure.
The Tombs must be 10 metres high and very impresive when your up close to them.
There was 3 beds carved inside the Tomb.
The view from infront of the Tomb looking out over Fethiye and the bay.
It takes about 20 minutes or so to walk down from the Tombs to Fethiye harbour and marina.
This old fishing boat is tied up here nearly every time we have been here - I love it.
I quite often share some bread with the harbour fish.
The ride back over the hills, we often stop for a fag break in the same beautiful spot.
Great pics! Keep them coming!
Cheers man, will do but it takes ages loading all the pics up.....still nothing else to do this winter...
What a nice view! The pictures of Turkey like nice as well!
wow - keep it coming please!!! - this is wicked!
DALYAN and KAUNOS
We love this pretty little town, only half an hour away by bike, probably come here 20 times a year. All my friends are into football, except me, but Dalyan has many big screen sports bars so when are friends visit from UK we always come here so they can still watch their team play and then go for a nice meal afterwards.
Dalyan is situated on a river that runs from the sea to a huge lake about 5 miles up-river.
Out of season we have rented a boat for ourselves, only 20 pounds for half a day.
High on the cliff face above the river are some rock tombs that are visable from almost anywhere in town, at night they are light up and look truely beautiful.
Dalyan river and Iztuzu beach 4 or 5 miles away are a spawning ground for Turtles.
As the river meanders towards the lake it becomes narrower and more shallow, becomeing a waren of reed beds, this is the place that parts of the film African Queen were made, any of you over 40 years old will know this classic Bogart film.
The boat ties up near the Rock Tombs where a small road meanders up over the hill about a mile or so walk, quite a difficult walk in the summer heat but once you are at the top there is a ruined city called Kaunos. 5lira enterance charge, if you carry on walking/climbing up, the views from the ruined fort are simply stunning.
Below the old fort is the city Kaunos.
This was Adelphi Temple 2000 years old, the site is actually being slowly cleared and some rebuilding takes place every winter.
The Roman bath house pictured above is going to be restored and used as a museum in the future they told us.
From the Ampitheatre you can see down to the Temple.
Back to the town.
The resturant above by the waters edge is my favorite in town but a little pricey, meal for two and a couple of beers will see off the best part of 20 pounds, sometimes though its worth it for a rare glimpse of the baby Turtles.
Heading out of town about 5 miles or so along narrow lanes brings you to the beach, the beach must be 2 miles long nearly but it is sectioned off, Human part and Turtle part, so crowded down here in high summer but the rest of the year we have it to ourselves.
......and lastly the Tombs at night.
Thanks for taking your time and sharing those lovely pics with us.
I have been to all and reminded there again.Keep riding,you will see much more.
Cheers sinan, I tried to post another tonight but there is a storm here today and it keeps cutting the electric :eek1
MARMARIS AND RHODES - GREECE (part 1)
The road to Marmaris is about 70% complete from the road widening project, the ride time from my home is now only 90 minutes. The port where you catch the ferry over to Rhodes is on the very edge of town past all the marinas.
The summer ferry is the high speed one, taking only 80 minutes to cross from Turkey to Greece, the all year round small car ferry takes amost 3 hour to complete the same journey.
When you aproach Rhodes harbour the most dominent feature is the castles and fortifications. Rhodes has been fought over for thousands of years years, Roman,Greeks,Persians,Turks,French,Germans,British,Crusaders to list just a few. During WW2 Rhodes was captured by the Germans and Italians but unlike most occupying forces the Italians under the orders of Musolini renevated so much of the ancient parts of Rhodes which is why it is so well preserved today.
The photos above are of THE PALACE OF THE GRAND MASTERS, so well preserved.
Fantastic! Glad you were finally able to post these pics! I kicked the server for you, it seems to have helped!
MARMARIS AND RHODES - GREECE (part 2)
The inside of the fortifications is a maze of narrow streets and small ally ways full of shops,cafes and bars. Although very crowded with American and European tourists you can find quite courtyards here and there away from the throbing hordes.
We also like some of the architectual detail that has survived all these centuaries.
The castles and fortifications must measure something like 2 miles by 1 mile and takes quite some time to walk around, the ancient harbour at Rhodes is also interesting because this is the site of one of THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, The giant bronze statue of Collosus once stood here astride the enterence to the harbour.
The giant bronze statue was toppled by an Earthquake some Centuaries ago blocking the enterence to the harbour, the statue was cut up and melted down to make canons.
Heading back to the ferry there is time for a nap before a quick visit to Marmaris castle, I try to never drive at night in Turkey so the visit to the castle was very quick indeed.
this is great! Thanks so far.
Keep 'em coming Dave. You've been to places I've yet to see after four years over here.
It is chilling here now. Thank you for those warm updates.
Cheers, I have been here 4 years also,how strange is that,wish I had been to more parts of Turkey but untill this year we did'nt have a bike capable or comfortable enough
Too true, ı tried to go up my local mountain for pictures of the snow but the wind up there was so strong and sooooooo cold I had to turn back after 1000meters, but I will try again in a few days.
PATARA AND KALKAN
We have been to Patara several times, it is a 2500 archialogical site that is only 15% excavated, the ruined city of Patara is close to the sea and sand dunes, because the sand has covered most of the city the state of preservation is very good, it is also fairly unknown so is not on the tourist trail and we can wander around with no crowds.
This is my second Chines bike and its a copy of the Yamaha Virago, a near identical copy but a quarter of the price.
Every year we come here a little more sand has been removed.
Nearby Patara beach is 4km of sand without the throngs of tourists because hardly anyone knows its here so if you read this RR dont tell anyone !!
The little town of Kalkan is only about 30 minutes further on from Patara, total ride time from home is around 3 hours each way, we could do it quicker but we have a fag stop every half hour.
kalkan has some quaint narrow little streets aswell as a marina.
Heading back home it is a beautifull ride as always......
We stopped in a laybye after a couple of hours that had a kebab van parcked in it...happy days..
Great pix! Here in Germany Turkey has a bad reputation, but I think I ought to try it out. I'm already in Germany and its not too far of a flight. Thanks for the report!