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Known as one of the most idyllic places on the Mediterranean, Turquie’s turquoise coast is becoming more and more popular with tourists from all over the world. Last year saw a record number of U.S. visitors to Turkey and the trend shows no signs of slowing down.
Turkiye’s southern coast, also known as the Turkish Riviera, has more than 150 kilometers of beaches ranging from white sands to cool pebbles with crystal clear waters. Combined with the fact that Americans can stay for up to 90 days, Turkiye is becoming increasingly popular among American travelers and digital nomads. The turquoise waters of its namesake, the beautiful winding coastline that hugs the cliffs, the lovely towns and cities where you can stop and spend time are endless.
Known as one of the best locations along Turkiye’s Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye is a great place to start your trip along Turkiye’s Turquoise Coast. From harbors to ruins, there is so much to enjoy. For those flying into nearby Dalaman Airport, it is the most logical town to start your trip.
Explore the Kayakoy ruins in the morning and enjoy a cruise around the islands in the afternoon. For a little more action, you can hike the towering cliffs of the Saklikent Valley about 30 kilometers away.
If Oludeniz is famous for two things, it’s the stunning blue lagoon and the hundreds of paragliders that dot the sky. While some may know it’s just another UK tourist attraction (and for good reason), you can learn a lot while visiting Oludeniz.
The nearby Babadag Mountain is a must-see. Take the cable car or drive up. Those brave enough can go back for the 2000m paragliding trip. Oludeniz’s turquoise coast also has some of the best nightlife, but it’s not just the land. No shortage of boats here for his party. If you prefer something a little less noisy, a relaxing boat tour to the nearby Butterfly Valley is also a good option.
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Strolling through the picturesque old town, strolling through silversmith shops and endless cozy pebble beaches, Kas is a dream destination. Soak up the nightlife he scene at one of his many vibrant bars and restaurants open until the early hours of the morning, or savor a wide variety of Turkish breakfast options.
Kas is a great place to learn to dive, from downed fighter planes and tanks to turtles and caves to explore. Adventure seekers can also try canyoneering, climbing a cliff and then jumping off and swimming to the next cliff. A day trip to the nearby Greek island of Meis is also an option, and you can explore the submerged ruins on a popular boat trip to Kekova.
You can find this peaceful paradise nestled along the coast an hour from Kaş. Cirali is not yet overrun with tourists. This ancient Lycian district of Anatolia is perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds.
Cirali is considered the Thailand of Turkiye, and you’ll find out why as you wander among the bamboo treehouse guesthouses. This laid-back backpacking paradise offers visitors many attractions, including the ancient city of Olympus. These ruins are vast, and it’s easy to spend a day wandering among them and imagining life in Lycian times. Next to the ruins is the Eternal Flame of Chimera, where you can take guided hikes day or night.
There are many reasons why Antalya is the perfect summer destination. Of all these on this list, Antalya is the largest and most populous city easily included. Antalya offers endless shopping and dining options, from beaches to ancient old towns.
This is the end point for hikers of the famous Lycian Trail. Head northeast of the city to hike Duden Falls or walk through Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya has something for everyone’s style.
If Antalya is a history buff’s dream, neighboring Alanya is for surfers. Catch the waves in this coastal town and explore the nearby Taurus Mountains. Alanya is still relatively unknown to tourists as many finish their turquoise coast journey in Antalya.
Go to Alanya and you will find both culture and beach life. From Alanya Castle to the Red Tower, we’ve got you covered for culture seekers. Explore nearby Damratas Cave and Dark Grotto, and visit one of the city’s many markets.
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