Antiquity is juxtaposed against modernity on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. With an enormous inheritance of antiquity often situated along the sea, a day at the beach could be simultaneously a trip back to ancient Greece, to the Roman Empire, or into the crumbling remnants of the Byzantine era. Turkey’s almost 4,500 miles of coastline and 314 beaches meet the stringent Blue Flag criteria.
Turkey’s Mediterranean shore, called the Turquoise Coast is scattered with fine-sand beaches and with classical cities turned to picturesque ruins.
With the bounty of its many gulfs, the sound of the call to prayer, the jasmine and citrus scented air, and delicious cuisine, the Turquoise Coast is a feast for all of the senses. The Taurus Mountains form a dramatic backdrop along much of the coast, often dropping steeply right into the sea.
The stretch of coastline in the South-West from Izmir via Kusadaşi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Kaş to Antalya – is an ideal cruising ground, usually divided into four different yacht charter areas, The Ionian Coast, The Carian Coast, The West Lycian Coast and The East Lycian Coast.
Kuşadası, one of the best and largest harbors in all of Turkey with cosmopolitan resorts, excellent shopping and nightlife also has splendid beaches. The famous archeological site of Ephesus is richly endowed with marble temples, mosaics and a 25,000-seat Theater.
In Bodrum the home of Halicarnassus of Herodotus resides together with Byzantine basilicas, Ottoman era cisterns, tranquil bays and purely cosmopolitan revelry.
The seaside village ports of Torba, Türkbükü, Yalikavak, Yaliçiftlik, Gümüslük, Bitez and Türgüt Reis together comprise what has become known as the St. Tropez of Turkey.
Marmaris is the gateway to one of the most dramatic corners of the Turkish Riviera; the sheltered bays and coves created by a jagged landmass splits the Aegean and Mediterranean seas in two.
In the region of Greater Fethiye, is the captivating harbor of Göcek.
Cruise along the storied bays of Fethiye, Kas, Kalkan and Kekova and to the Gulf of Antalya, where the mountains meet the sea and vast canyons, sweeping stretches of golden sand and gushing waterfalls provide the canvas upon which the ancients chronicled their stories.
Turkey’s Western Mediterranean is charming and romantic; no wonder Marc Anthony gifted Cleopatra this Riviera as a nuptial gift.
HIGHLIGHTS: KUSADASI, BODRUM, MARMARIS, FETHIYE, KALKAN
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