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Turquoise Coasts of Turkey

Turkey travel guides. Turquoise coasts of Turkey.

The Turquoise Coast is as beautiful as its name implies. At lonely coves and some of the country’s most iconic beaches, such as Ölüdeniz, Patara, and İztuzu, luminous blue waves in that trademark shade (the word “turquoise” really comes from the French for “Turkish“) lap. Spectacular archaeological ruins of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine provenance are never far away in this city that has been inhabited for millennia. The ancient theater in Apsendos rivals the Colosseum in Rome, while Termessos is supposed to have resisted Alexander the Great because of its height.

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The Datça Peninsula, to the northwest, is a Mediterranean environment with undulating hills, almond and olive trees, and a sea dotted with Greek islands. The Lycian coast, east of Marmaris, a more popular town, is home to a diverse collection of ruins and photo-worthy beaches. Each Lycian shore location has its own personality: busy Ölüdeniz with its beautiful lagoon; laid-back, alternative Kabak; low-key Patara; upmarket, ex-pat haven Kalkan; lively Kaş; and the green and relaxing Olympos area.

Antalya, the largest city along this region, boasts lengthy beaches bordered with resorts and a historic district, Kaleiçi, that is often devoid of tourists and filled with historic homes (many now converted into boutique hotels). Antalya also contains some of the top museums and archaeological sites on the coast, including Aspendos. The landscape becomes rugged east of the beach cities of Side and Alanya, with fewer tourists and lower costs. However, ruins, castles, and beaches are still abounding, and the flavor of “true Turkey” becomes more apparent.

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