Although only a few hours to Antalya for our next stopover the drive was full of incredible sites. Thankfully the ruins of ancient Perge was the main one but the scary antics of many drivers along the way will remain in our memories for a long time to come. They were crazy.
With temperatures of 41C we had reservations of visiting the Perge Archeological site but fortunately our decision to do so was extremely well rewarded. That place was definitely the best ancient site we have explored to date. Covering a huge area it contains the remains of a stadium, a theatre, bath houses, avenues, bazaars, towers and at its entrance, a Roman Gate.
A truly remarkable site which dates back to 3000BC.
Fortunately for us our Antalya hotel was a bit more modern and the air-conditioning worked. Not only that but it was positioned near the old town so walking to explore Hadrian's Gate was easy. It was built in 132 AD in time for the Emperor's visit and remains in exceptional condition.
As temperatures hovered around 39-41 C we tended to spend more time around the hotel pool than wandering the old streets.
Antalya's old harbour area was one of the prettiest we have seen and certainly justifies being part of Turkey's 'Turquoise Coast'.
A visit to Aspendos to see the ancient theatre built in 161AD as well as ruins of the old city was extremely worthwhile. The theatre's acoustics are so good that the place is used today for live shows and can seat around 15,000 people. It is in amazing condition.
On the hill behind the theatre are the remains of city gates, an aqueduct, market hall, temples, graves and cisterns. It was another hot day but we were glad we made the effort.
The nearby Aspendos Bridge was itself a little disappointing but the setting and the river running under it made the visit worthwhile.
Our next stop was inland to visit some thermal springs as if we were not hot enough already.