Have you ever been to Turkey? Yeah, I know. You probably have visited the famous Blue Mosque, taken a cruise on the Bosphorus, dined at Galata Tower, gone shopping in the grand Bazaar and visited the Hagia Sophia. But if you´ve only visited the beautiful Istanbul you´ve seen just a small part of a country full of paradises.
For those travelers hungry for new adventures in exotic places, we present you the Turkish Riviera.
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Located in the Southwest region of the country, the Turquoise Coast as it is also called, includes Mugla and Antalya, as well as some parts of Izmir and Aydın. This beautiful region has countless archaeological and cultural treasures that added to its pleasant Mediterranean weather make the perfect place for your next summer holiday.
Over a thousand kilometers of beach in front of two of the most beautiful seas in the world: the Mediterranean and the Aegean, the Turkish Riviera is a very popular tourist destination, that opens Turkey’s doors to the world. The Turkish Riviera has been blessed to have, among its many attractions, two of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
Because of its peculiar ancestral character, its cosmopolitan environment and its proximity to the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Turkish Riviera. Its white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, green mountains and a relaxed atmosphere are just some of the reasons why this city is the most preferred tourist destination in the region.
Marmaris is a natural harbor, which has everything you´d expect to have on a perfect beach holiday, including activities that will surprise you. With the busiest yachting port in Turkey, the city is the starting point of many sailors who want to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean with their own eyes.
From Marmaris a long peninsula called Datça extends offshore. This peninsula serves as a natural division between the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Aegean to the south. Datça is an ideal town for travelers who want to escape the bustle of big resorts. While there, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the ancient city of Knidos.
A visit to Ölüdeniz, also called the Turkey’s Dead Sea in thanks to its calm waters, is essential when traveling on this coast. The long sandy beach of its shores is the best in the area and attracts tourists from all around the world.
Continuing towards the East, Patara has a beautiful 18-kilometers beach worth visiting. Right there, are the ruins of the city where the famous St. Nicholas was born.
In Demre you’ll find the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Myra, which is the place where St. Nicholas, the famous Christmas symbol, lived and worked during the fourth century. A beautiful church in the center of the city awaits the saint´s remains. There you’ll also find a spectacular stone theater and many classic stone tombs.
There are so many more places to visit in the area but the best ones, are the ones that you’ll discover by yourself. Bon voyage!
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