On a Heliotrope Yoga Holidays week how you spend your time out of the yoga classes is completely up to you - we don't want to dictate that. For some this time is a precious opportunity to do as little as possible away from the bustle and stress of life back home. Having said that you will be staying in close proximity to some beautiful places and fascinating sights. What we do is provide information and organisation so that, if you wish to, you can enjoy some of this part of Turkey inuring your stay with us.
Here are the activities that tend to take place during a week, depending on interest among the participants and availability:
This part of Mediterranean Turkey is known as the turquoise coast - the clear seas are stunning colours. Our boat tours stay near the rugged coastline which, for now at least, is almost completely undeveloped. Explore the beautiful coast with it’s hidden, turquoise bays, dramatic cliffs, and secret beache. Over the course of the day you will stop off several times to swim as well as receiving simple but delicious food and refreshments on the boat. This is the longest of the excursions we organise so on this day we don't have a yoga class in the evening.
Olympos was one of the great Lycian city sites and today it is obvious why they would have chosen such a spectacular location. A steep-sided valley leads down to the picturesque beach. Through the centre of the valley runs a river and to the sides of this are scattered parts of the ruined city that you walk through on your way to the beach.
In Turkish this unique place is called 'Yanartas' (translates as ‘burning stone’). It is a mountain with a rich mythological heritage. Half way up the mountain flames burst from the earth, a result of the escaping gases' reaction with the air. This is a particularly beautiful sight at night and so one evening we set out after dinner to experience one of the quirkiest natural phenomena you’ll ever see. Turkish people tend to bring wine and chat the night away sitting by the fires.
Adrasan is a sleepy spread-out village set next to a long, sweeping bay with a large sandy beach surrounded by evergreen-forested mountains. It is also home to the delightful river-cafe's - a series of cafes built on top of a wide, shallow river in such a way that you are sitting just above the water.
Pine forests and beautiful turquoise bays surround this well-preserved Lycian city. This is a truly peaceful place. Magnificent bays invite a cooling swim, and a clamber to the top of the amphitheatre offers great views. The area is under strict preservation restrictions to protect its clean, bright waters and invigorating air.
The nearby town of Kumluca is well worth visiting on market day – this is a fantastically fertile area for the growing of fresh produce (especially tomatoes, citrus fruits, olives, pomegranates, and a whole gamut of vegetables). On Fridays people come together to sell their produce and, as well as fruits and vegetables, one can find all sorts of locally produced honeys, nuts, tahini, etc.
When the season permits, there are a range of picturesque walks around the area. Local guides are available to take small groups on some of the more challenging ones, such as the mountainous walk from Olympos to Adrasan.
The now popular Lycian Way stretches 480km all the way from Antalya to Fethiye. It takes in the full range of the beauty of the Lycian region from secluded beaches to mountaintops, dramatic gorges to ancient sites. Its path goes right through the area.
A UNESCO World Heritage site which constitutes one of the major examples of 19th century romanticism in the world. The exotic interior features a profusion of architectural styles. Worth a visit in it's own right the surrounding park is over 200 hectares of forested land. It's many exotic trees, huge granite boulders, various small lakes and water features make it magical place to wander around.
Lisbon's cinematic hillsides overlooking the Rio Tejo cradle the postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals – a captivating recipe moulded over the centuries.
In the heart of the picturesque town of Sintra is the Sintra National Palace. With its iconic twin conical chimneys and lavish interior; a mix of Moorish and Manueline styles. Arabesque
courtyards, barley-twist columns and 15th- and 16th-century geometric azulejos (Portugal's infamous artisan tiles) that figure among Portugal’s oldest also feature.
Soaring 412m above sea level, this mist-enshrouded ruined castle looms high above the surrounding forest. When the clouds peel away, the vistas over Sintra’s palace-laden hills, across to the glittering Atlantic are, breathtaking. The 10th-century Moorish castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges and past moss-clad boulders the size of small buses.