When I first Googled ‘what to do in Antalya’ there were more than 30 things that were listed in TripAdvisor. And it was quite messy. Antalya has a really good tram system that works together with the bus, but for some reason, I found it extremely hard to picture an itinerary.
That’s where E Bike really makes a difference. Mind you, this isn’t a tour with a guide that’s going to explain to you in much depth about sites, and you’re not going to spend hours in a museum either. This is a tour that tells you the basic history of a place (there are audio guides provided) and gives you a general idea of where everything is. What’s most important is, while cycling through the coastal are, the tour group stops at many points and you get to see a variety of beaches/cliffs.
This would be a perfect introduction to Antalya, especially if you have a few days to spend here, so you can pick the site that most interests you.
My favorite is Mevlana Cliff, which I wouldn’t have found without using the tour.
Let me give you a basic run down of what happened.
At 9.30am, they picked me up from my hotel ( I asked them to come a little later than the original plan so that I can have breakfast and they did). We picked up the rest of the tour group and went to one of their headquarters.
Here we did the paperworks, got some water, were taught how to use the bike, did a few test runs and off we went! As for safety, two of the E Bike team will be with you at all times, one in front guiding the way and another from the back, keeping sure no one gets left behind. When you leave the bikes and your belongings to enter places, one of them will watch over the bikes for you, while the other heads in with you. In the office itself, you will be given a bright green west and an audio guide. We were then introduced to the bikes and how it works.
What the E Bike does is it gives you a boost every time you pedal. So for minimal effort, you get more speed. We did 30km+ that day, and at no point did I feel tired. The first leg of the journey was probably my favorite. We pedaled along the coast of the beaches and the view coupled with the breeze is AMAZING. It was hot, but the when we were moving, the wind made it cooling.
As for safety, two of the E Bike team will be with you at all times, one in front guiding the way and another from the back, keeping sure no one gets left behind. When you leave the bikes and your belongings to enter places, one of them will watch over the bikes for you, while the other heads in with you. In the office itself, you will be given a bright green west and an audio guide.
Then we headed on to the Old Town, again the E Bikes proved useful on the slopes and inclines. We stopped a few times at a few sites and listened to the audio guide. Sometimes, more explanation was given by the guide. Then we went for lunch! I had apple cinnamon pancakes with cheese toasts and of course tea. We did Antalya Museum the last, but without going in.
Then we cycled a little more to the opposite headquarters and returned our bikes and gears. This is also where payments are made. Water was distributed and we were sent back to our hotels.
The only downside I can think of for this tour is if you’re a photographer. Not the casual kind, but the serious one. I saw so many missed opportunity for beautiful shots, that I told myself I’d come back for later, but of course I didn’t.
If you want to take beautiful shots from just good view points then this is a bonus for you. Because they stop at nice places to take photos.
All in all, I think this is a very useful tour to give you a quick introduction to Antalya, so you don’t miss the story of this city from being to preoccupied in the beach!