A sun-soaked coastal holiday on the Turkish Riviera

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.

Coastline near Bodrum, Turkey

Coastline near Bodrum, Turkey

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.

Bodrum castle in Turkey

Bodrum castle in Turkey

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.

Marmaris in Turkey

Marmaris in Turkey

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.

Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

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.

Photo credits: Coastline near Bodrum Turkey by bazylek100, Bodrum castle in Turkey by bazylek100, Marmaris in Turkey by Eladesor’s, Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia by Alaskan Dude on flickr.

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  • Reply
    Mark H
    March 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Turkey is very high on my bucket list. Magic coastline, great history, rich culture.

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    April 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I never knew there WAS a Turkish riviera. Turkey is high on my list, so I’ve now added this the things to do there. Thanks!

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    Sherry Ott
    April 2, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Bodrum was the first place I ever went internationally 10 years ago! It’s near and dear to my heart! However – Since I was traveling with locals – we did none of these tourists things. I never even recall seeing a market (I travel very differently these days!). However I can attest to the vibrancy of the Bodrum nightlife. I’m pretty sure I was out until 4AM every night…it was like the Las Vegas of Turkey!

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    April 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

    All beautiful places, I spend many summers at those spots when I was growing up.

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    Migration Mark
    April 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I would absolutely love to take a boat tour around the Turkish Riviera while sampling those freshly picked olives market delights! Interesting place, hope I can make it there sometime.

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    Blue cruise
    July 6, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Take plenty of sunshine and mix them throughly with chrystal clear waters of the mediterranean in all colors of the green and blue from turquoise to emerald, put a little soft breeze, few shaded beaches with pine trees, add some lonely bays and some some rugged coastlines, stir them with exotic islands and generously add, lush green olives, figs and lemon trees . Then, serve generously with bright blue skies, romantic sunsets and enchanting starry nights. How did you like it so far ? Well, if yes then how about a trip called “blue Cruise”

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    Antalya Tourism
    August 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    i think everybody should see there because antalya is very beautifull

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    Jerome Boone
    October 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I really enjoyed this article. That is nice when you read something that is not only informative but entertaining. Outstanding!

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