Olympus/Olympis, Turkey

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Olympos is everything: a one-street town where every building is a cafe, bar or guesthouse; a cheap spot for young, urban holiday-makers; a laid-back vacation destination for families who want to be in walking distance of the beach; an archaeological excavation site; a gözleme lover’s paradise; another check off the list for twenty-something Euro-trippers and world-travelers; an ancient city; a calm sea for snorkeling.
We stayed again at Orange Pansion, which is slightly more expensive than last year (when we came ten days later, and thus just after tourist season ended), but still reasonable at 60 Lira (about $27) a day per person for breakfast, dinner and stay in a little wooden bungalow – that is, if you don’t mind being kept up half the night by music from five competing cafes.
There is and there isn’t much to do – there’s the sea; there are Lycian (and Roman?) ruins – a temple, a church, houses, tombs all dotting the hills and harbor; and there are a few dozen pansions with cushioned seats set out under the shade of Palm trees and grape vine trellises. It’s hard to remember how we spent our days – it seems most of our days were spent at the beach, alternatively swimming, sunning, and heading over to beachside restaurants to eat gözleme (a flat bread made in a tandoor-type oven and hen filled with cheese, eggs or spinach) and drinking ayran (a light kefir-like drink). Never a bad start to a vacation, especially after the traffic and rush of Ankara.

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