Perge, Aspendos & Kursunlu: Turkey

Perge, Aspendos & Kursunlu:

A Cultural Day Out from Antalya, SW Turkey

Ruins of the Ancient Town of Perge
Ruins of the ancient town of Perge

In the wake of the recent attacks in Istanbul, I can’t help but reminisce on the time I spent in Turkey 10 years ago.

Now this was before ownership of a digital camera, so I had to hunt out and scan these piccies and the quality isn’t the best, but hopefully they’ll show you the beauty of a country now hitting the media for all the wrong reasons.

The Mediterranean city of Antalya and the neighbouring resorts along the coast are a haven for sun-seekers and many never venture away from their resorts. Indeed the girls I was on in holiday with in Turkey were happy with exactly that, wanting only to chill out on sun-loungers by the pool, sunbathing, eating, drinking, reading and sleeping. I get rather too bored only doing this, and with a completely different culture at my fingertips I wanted to experience what Turkey had to offer, so I headed out by myself on a coach tour run by the travel company. And deliver they did…

En route back towards Antalya from our resort we passed this beautiful mosque, the first traditional mosque I’d ever seen with 4 minarets.

Mosque situated South East of Antalya
Mosque situated South East of Antalya


Our first stop was the ancient Anatolian city of Perge, the chief city of the ancient Pamphylia region situated between the 2 rivers Catarrhactes and Cestrus.  Now an archaeological site with fabulous and extensive ruins, Perge features a Roman theatre, a Palaestra, 2 churches and a temple dedicated to Artemis which is located just outside the old town.

The Ancient Ruins of Perge
The ancient ruins of Perge
Sun-drenched Perge Ruins
Sun-drenched Perge ruins


The second stop of the day was to see the massive amphitheatre at Aspendos. The exterior did not prepare you for the site that met your eyes on entering…

The Imposing Entrance to Aspendos Theatre
The imposing entrance to Aspendos theatre

The site was huge, with the ability to hold 7000 people. Aspendos is known for being the best preserved amphitheatre of its time; built in 155 into the hill behind, in keeping with Hellenistic traditions.

Unfortunately my limited camera capabilities at the time did not show this place off to its best, but it really was a sight to see. If only I could see it again with my panoramic camera to hand! Boy, would I have fun!

Aspendos Amphitheatre
Aspendos amphitheatre
Aspendos Amphitheatre
Aspendos amphitheatre


After a fabulous traditional Turkish lunch laid on for us at a restaurant nearby, our final stop of the day was to the famous waterfalls of Kursunlu… infamous for their appearance in a certain 80’s TV commercial for…..yes you guessed it – Timotei! Unfortunately they don’t allow you to take a dip, let alone fling your hair back with reckless abandon, spraying all nearby!

Waterfalls at Kursunlu
Waterfalls at Kursunlu

Have you visited any of these places? What did you think to these ancient sites?

I hope you have better photos than me!

And for those of you heading to the Turkish Med – I recommend you venture out beyond the environs of your resort! Check out what tours your travel company provides and book onto one! It’s well worth it!

Check out this similar tour to the one I did, detailed on Trip Advisor

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