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Peaceful and pretty Adrasan in Turkey's Antalya province on the Mediterranean coast is a charming holiday destination for anyone looking for relaxation with a dramatic backdrop. With the calm, turquoise waters in front and the imposing pine-covered peaks of the Taurus Mountains behind, Adrasan is one of the most beautiful spots on Turkey's southern coast. The highest peaks in the distance are capped with snow from around November to May, offering a striking contrast to the warm and pleasant beach side life of the town. The coastal resort enjoys excellent year round weather, with hot, dry summers, sunny spring and autumn and mild winters. When researching your holiday in Adrasan it is worth being aware that the town is also referred to as Cavus or Cavus Bay, as a result of official renaming when the village became a town.
The lovely horseshoe-shaped bay is flanked by pine trees and provides visitors with a large stretch of tempting, sandy beach to enjoy. Most visitors to Adrasan will spend at least a few days simply relaxing here and this is a great way to unwind and get into the holiday mood. A lovely way to familiarise yourself with this area of Antalya is to take a boat trip along the coast, which will allow you to really appreciate the dramatic beauty of the region's coastline. You can choose from a wide variety of half and full day tours, most include lunch and drinks, to visit secluded beaches, ancient cities and unpopulated islands. For keen anglers, a number of boats can be hired for fishing trips allowing you and your friends or family to pack up a picnic and some cool beers and head out to sea to soak up the sun and see what you can catch.
The town itself is a charming place in which to spend time and most visitors find the relaxed pace of life in the town quickly becomes contagious. Just wandering through the narrow streets, dipping into the many small souvenir stores and chatting with local shopkeepers or enjoying a strong Turkish coffee under the shade of a parasol is a wonderful way to while away a morning or afternoon. The river running into the eastern side of the bay is lined with cafes and restaurants and the various floating seating areas make a delightfully relaxing spot to enjoy a refreshing drink or snack whilst watching the local bird life.
Although the town is so peaceful and laid back that you may never want to leave, there are some excellent day trips available in the region and it is worth setting aside one or two days of your visit to explore a little more widely. The imposing peaks of the nearby Taurus Mountains are just a short drive away and a self-guided trip or organised jeep safari can take you into the heart of the mountains to explore the magnificent panoramic views, the wildlife and the pretty mountain villages. Although many of the coastal towns in the region have changed considerably in response to rising demand from international tourists, just half an hour inland you can find yourself in the heart of village life, where traditional Turkish life continues as it has for decades.
Nightlife in Adrasan is largely centred on the town's restaurant scene and long evening meals in the many charming family restaurants are a delightful way in which to spend the evening. Most of the restaurants are located towards the southern end of the bay and this is also where most hotels are situated so you should not have to venture far to find a tasty meal. Make sure you try some traditional Turkish delicacies during your visit, especially fresh fish dishes and kebabs. After your meal, there are several bars in the main tourist centre where you can enjoy a drink and perhaps some live music until late into the night, however do not expect a rowdy club scene here; evenings in Adrasan tend to be laid back but fun affairs. If you do fancy a night on the town then head for nearby Kemer, just a taxi ride away, where you can choose from a wide selection of clubs. For a tasty nightcap to round off your evening, try a Turkish brandy.
Most visitors travelling to Adrasan will arrive into Antalya International Airport, situated around two hours' drive north along the coast. The journey from the airport along the main coast road is extremely beautiful and most package holidays will include transfers. If you are organising your own transfer to Adrasan you will find plenty of taxis available at the airport or you can take public transport into Antalya town and connect there for a bus to Adrasan. For those choosing to rent a car during their visit, Antalya airport is a good place to collect your vehicle. Do bear in mind that everywhere in Turkey you drive on the right so take special care when leaving the airport if you are used to driving on the left.
Renting a car is a good idea for those that want to explore Turkey's southern coast more widely and there are a number of interesting day trips that can easily be made from Adrasan. The sandy bays and ancient ruins of Phaselis and lovely Olympos Bay are both popular day trips in the region.
No matter how active or laid back you wish your holiday in Adrasan to be, you will find the people so friendly that you can always be sure of a warm welcome.