Discover the Turkish Riviera, encompassing a picturesque coastline, popular holiday resorts and ancient historical sites, for a relaxing holiday in the sun with something to please everyone. The region enjoys a temperate climate all through the summer, and has a number of popular tourist resorts, including Dalaman, Turgutreis and Antalya, as well as more traditional market towns such as Bodrum.
Landscapes of the Turkish Riviera
The Turkish Riviera has a vast and varied landscape – from miles of picturesque coastline to lush forests further inland. The area is served by three main airports at Dalaman, Bodrum-Milas and Antalya, which can be reached from a number of UK airports.
Indeed, many who visit the region choose to explore the region as part of their holidays in Turkey by boat, giving you the opportunity to visit a number of beautiful beaches, picturesque islands and ancient ruins along the way.
A boat cruise on the Turkish Riviera
The famous Blue Cruise is one of the best ways to see some of the main sights along what is known as the Turquoise Coast, thanks largely to the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea. There are also day trips available by boat over to the island of Rhodes, where you can shop and explore in this ancient city.
The city of Antalya
The city of Antalya is one of the most popular destinations in the region, described by many as the ‘gateway to the Turkish Riviera’ and has a number beach resorts and one of the largest concentrations of five-star hotels anywhere in the world.
The port town of Bodrum
The port town of Bodrum is famous for its ancient architecture – including the ruins of the Mausoleum of Mausolus and Bodrum Castle, which overlooks the main marina – and as being base for a wide variety of excursions and water sports, including yachting and coastal cruises.
Indeed, taking a boat tour during your visit can be one of the best ways to view many of the main sights and relax on white sandy beaches along the way. Further inland there are opportunities to take tours of ancient ruins, as well as indulging in a relaxing massage at many of the Turkish baths around the region.
Bodrum is a popular draw for those who are looking to experience a bustling marketplace and pick up a bargain. The town plays host to weekly markets, which range from clothing markets to food markets which allow you to sample the local produce – including freshly picked olives and a wide range of spices.
The coastal city of Marmaris
The coastal city of Marmaris has grown as a resort in recent years, having evolved from the sleepy fishing village of decades ago, into a bustling cosmopolitan resort and remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkish Riviera.
With picturesque beaches and mountainous regions surrounding the town, giving those who like outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking and scuba diving the opportunity to explore and enjoy all that the resort has to offer.
The varied terrain means there is plenty to suit all kinds of visitors – whether you’re looking to take a walk around ancient areas such as Cappadocia or simply relax on the beach, there’s something for everyone in this vast and varied region of Turkey.
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