Western and Southern Turkey road trip, with special focus on historical places.
Bergama (Pergamon ancient city ruins)
Ephesus ancient city ruins & Selcuk
Miletus ancient city ruins
Perge ancient city ruins
We rented a car from Ankara for the trip. Petrol is quite expensive in Turkey (4.5 Turkish Liras per liter), therfore it’s wise to get a car with low fuel consumption. Otherwise a diesel car may be a better option.
The roads, specially the motorways are exceptional. Road signage is also very good. We used Google maps extensively where we weren’t sure about our way, specially in small towns and when locating hotels or restaurants. The GPS option of Google maps is specially helpful where the “Google Maps lady” takes you step by step wherever you want to go. Google Maps is such a great convenience! Buying a local mobile phone sim with at least 4 GB of internet data (Available in August 2016 for 40 Turkish Liras) is highly recommended as Google Maps eats up a lot of MBs/GBs.
Booking hotels through Booking.com or Trip Advisor is cheaper than walking in or phone bookings. We were under the impression that directly calling the hotel up and reserving in cash may get us discounts. But it was always more expensive.
Parking is a huge issue everywhere, there are paid car parks. Average fee is 10 Turkish Liras.
More to come…