Aegean CoastThe most westerly of the Turkish coastal resorts is along the Aegean coast, which looks out over a myriad of Greek and Turkish islands. The Northern Aegean region is dotted with olive groves, central Aegean unveils a wealth of heritage and the southern Aegean beckons with fragrant citrus plantations. Don’t miss:
- Ephesus - The iconic Roman site, which used to be the capital of Asia Minor and is today considered one of the best preserved Roman sites in the world. Don’t miss the Temple of Artemis and the nearby House of the Virgin Mary.
- Hierapolis-Pamukkale - The white city of hot springs and travertines, which means ‘cotton castle’ is a must visit and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Dilek Peninsula National Park — Just south of Kusadasi in Guzelcamli is Milli Park, aka Dilek National Park which offers a little bit of paradise. Get away from it all here and hike, swim, sunbathe, picnic and breathe in the fresh air!
Lycian Coast aka Turquoise CoastThe central Turkish coast goes under several names yet remains a popular region on the Turkish Riviera. With crystal clear waters, stunning natural vistas inland and a superb Mediterranean coastline, this area is perfect for diving, yachting, watersports, swimming and hiking. Visitors can also take a gulet day trip or join the world renowned Blue Voyage cruise adventure. Dalaman – Set inland, Dalaman is well-connected and an ideal base to take day trips both inland and at sea. Set sail and head to the untouched island of Sarsala Cove which is brimming with pine trees. Head down to the ancient city of Kaunos and try walking the local hills. Don’t skip either a thermal bath or a mudbath for a unique Turkish experience. And if you want to experience one of the top beaches in Europe for yourself, head to Iztuzu Beach at nearby Dalyan. Icmeler – This well established resort is nestled between soaring pine forested mountains and pretty sand and shingle beaches. While away your days swimming, snorkelling or walking. And spend your evenings strolling along the promenade, sampling delicious Turkish cuisine and sampling the numerous bars on offer. Kemer — The pretty coastal resort city of Kemer is surrounded by the steep Taurus maintains and is suited to couples and families looking for a peaceful laidback atmosphere. Just 40 miles south of Antalya, Kemer is an ideal base to explore the coastline. Wander along the promenade and explore the reconstructed tent city of the Turkish nomads. Nearby Göynük and Beldibi have more in the way of nightlife. Don’t miss a trip up the Tahtali Mountain cable car for an awesome view over the sea. Fethiye — This is a major city along the Lycian coast with a superb marina and buzzing nightlife. There is also plenty in the way of history and activities: climb the surrounding verdant mountains, discover the rich Lycian ruins and splash around in the pristine turquoise sea. Don’t miss the cave tombs, the Lycian sarcophagus and the Hellenic Fethiye Amphitheatre. Mediterranean Coast This long and lush stretch of the Turkish Mediterranean remains a popular hotspot. With ancient minarets, lively bazaars and ancient cities, this is where the mysterious East meets the modern West. Don’t miss:
- Turkish Lake District – Cool off at Göller Yöresi with its myriad of vast and tiny lakes.
- Cilician Plains – Walk the biggest lowland spread in Turkey, hike the rocky hills and gaze in wonder at the Crusader citadels and ancient sites steeped in Biblical importance.
- Cilician Mountains — Climb the rural lush mountains and take in the stunning scenery, which is punctuated with ancient citadels.