Known as one of the most idyllic places to visit in the Mediterranean, Turkiye’s Turquoise coast has been becoming increasingly popular with tourists from all over the world. Visitor arrivals from the U.S. to Turkey were at an all-time high last year, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down.
Also referred to as the Turkish Riviera, The south coast of Turkiye offers more than 150km of beaches, from white sand to cool pebbles with crystal clear waters. Coupled with the fact that Americans can stay up to 90 days, Turkiye is becoming more and more popular with U.S. travelers and digital nomads. From the namesake turquoise waters, and beautiful winding coastline hugging the cliffs, and no end of nice towns and cities to stop and spend time in, here are 6 Must Visit Towns Along Turkiye’s Turquoise Coast.
Known as having one of the best locations along Turkiye’s Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye is the perfect place to launch your trip along Turkiye’s Turquoise Coast. From its harbor to its ruins, there is a lot to enjoy, and for those flying into nearby Dalaman airport, it’s the most logical town to begin your trip.
Spend the morning exploring the Ruins of Kayaköy and your afternoon on a cruise among the islands. Those who are looking for a bit more action can head about 30km away to and hike among the soaring cliffs of the Saklikent Gorge.
If Ölüdeniz is famous for two things, it’s the stunning blue lagoon and the hundreds of paragliders dotting the sky. While it might be known to some as not much more than just another British tourist hotspot (and for good reason), there is a lot to take in while visiting Ölüdeniz.
The nearby Babadag Mountain is a must-visit, and you take the cable car or drive up. Those who are brave enough can make the 2000 meter paragliding trip back down. Ölüdeniz also offers some of the best nightlife along the turquoise coast, and this doesn’t just apply to the land. There is no shortage of boat parties here, or a relaxing boat trip to the nearby Butterfly Valley is also a nice choice if you prefer something a bit less noisy.
With a picturesque old town to wander, silversmith shops to stroll, and no end of cozy pebble beaches to lounge on, Kas is a dream destination. Indulge in the nightlife scene at one of the many vibrant bars and restaurants that keep going until the early hours, or savor the vast collection of Turkish breakfast options.
Kas is a great place to learn to dive, from downed warplanes and tanks to turtles and caves to explore. Adventure seekers can also try canyoneering, scaling the bluffs before jumping off and swimming to the next one. A day trip to the nearby Greek island of Meis is also an option, as are the popular boat trips to Kekova to explore the submerged ruins.
Nestled along the coast an hour past Kas, you can find this quiet paradise. Cirali has not been overrun with tourism yet, and this ancient Lycian district of Anatolia is a great option for those looking to get away from the crowds.
Cirali has been considered the Thailand of Turkiye and wandering among the bamboo treehouse guesthouses, you can see why. This laid-back backpacking paradise offers visitors many things to see, including the ancient city of Olympus. These ruins are extensive, and it’s easy to spend a whole day wandering among them and imagining life in Lycian times. Next to the ruins, you can also find the eternal flame of Chimera and take a guided hike up in both day and evening.
There are many reasons why Antalya is the perfect summer destination, as this city offers something for everyone. Out of all of these on this list, Antalya is easily the biggest and most populous city included. Antalya has everything from beaches to ancient old towns, with no end to shopping and dining options.
For those hiking the famed Lycian trail, this will be your stopping point. Head northeast of the city to hike the Duden waterfalls or walk through Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya has got something for everyone’s style.
If Antalya is a history buff’s dream, then neighboring Alanya is for surfers. Catch a wave at this coastal town and explore the nearby Taurus mountains. Alanya is still a bit undiscovered by tourists, as many people end their Turquoise Coast journey in Antalya.
Those who venture to Alanya will find both culture and beach life. From Alanya Castle to the Red Tower, those looking for culture are covered. Explore the nearby Damlatas and Dim Caves, and then hit one of the city’s many markets.
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