Wednesday 21st September begins very sunny and warm (mid 20s) but we do have some wind and rain in the late evening. We spend half a day exploring the town. We begin by walking around the small peninsula headland again to see it in the daylight (passing a rare survivor, an Orthodox church, sadly closed) and then along the causeway, popping into the outdoor centre to pick up information on the St Paul trail. We then have a look at the remains of the castle and walk up onto its walls to overlook the town. We manage to go inside the town’s main mosque (Hizir Bey Camii) although I have to go to the small upstairs balcony with curtains around it while Paul gets a personal tour by one of the elderly locals. It has wooden pillars inside and a minaret on the side courtyard wall. There is a lovely stone portal over the entrance.
We continue through the busy Ataturk square and walk along the Isparta road that runs along the side of the lake. Along the way I have a look inside the tomb of Baba Sultan near the lakeshore. We return to the peninsula the same way and have lunch at a restaurant with a beachside balcony near the Iskele park (the only customers, super views across the lake).
We return to Choo Choo where we relax by the lakeshore for a few hours and have an evening meal at another restaurant on the peninsula, the Big Apple (more lovely food but very filling), the end to a relaxing day.