A view of historic Antalya from Yuvam Çay BahçesiThis is the view of Antalya harbour, the castle walls and Kaleiçi (Antalya old city) from Yuvam Çay Bahçesi (Yuvam Tea Garden). We've chosen this photo today because it's one of our favourite views in the centre of Antalya and we spent a good few hours in this tea garden over the 4 days we were in the city at the beginning of this month.
Antalya is filled with higher-end hotels and restaurants, all aimed at the more wealthy of this world and a good tip for anyone attempting survival on a budget in this city is to head straight for these tea gardens. There are quite a few along the coast, going towards Antalya museum and most of them are situated in these fantastic elevated positions, giving beautiful views along Konyaaltı Beach, over the Mediterranean and, as in this case, the harbour and Kaleiçi.
Quite often, when you come across a tea garden in Turkey, they serve hot drinks, limited soft drinks and basic snacks. However, in Western Turkey, tea gardens along the coast quite often serve an icy cold Efes Pilsen as well - and it is highly likely to be cheaper than elsewhere, as are other non-alcoholic drinks. This particular tea garden also had a decent food menu with very reasonable prices.
When in Antalya, what could be better than spending an afternoon sipping a cheaper-than-everywhere-else-we-found Efes Pilsen, in the sunshine, overlooking the sea, an old city nestling within the castle walls, and a historic Mediterranean harbour? For us, not much!
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