For all tastes: history, relax and bazars
The Turkish coastline is synonymous of turquoise sea, sun and blue sky: a land rich in culture and archaeological finds. You will have the possibility to visit this wonderful region, originally colonized by the Greeks and later on controlled by the Romans, full of well-preserved classical ruins. The coasts offer glimpses of poetic beauty and one of the ways to fully enjoy them is to travel on a sailboat or a caique, which will allow you to visit the most beautiful and evocative sites from the sea.
The treasures of the Aegean Coastline: Marmaris, Fethiye and Cesme
Turkey, also known as “the land where the sun rises", is considered to be the bridge between Europe and Asia. The activities that the country offers are countless: water sports, hiking, archaeological visits, rafting… there is also a lively nightlife and you can find many events, conferences, cultural festivals, concerts with international artists, sport events... Turkey has also a strong cultural identity, having been a crossroad of populations where history and nature come together to create a unique place. Turkish cuisine takes up the legacy of Ottoman cuisine and represents the perfect fusion between the Mediterranean and Asia, with a mix of balance and originality. Come and discover the magnificent city of Istanbul with its history, archaeological remains and engineering masterpieces: Byzantine mosaics and mosques, Orthodox churches and colorful bazaars and, last but not least, its shopping venues. Also worth discovering are Turkey's beautiful coasts, bathed by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea.
The most beautiful beaches are located along the Turquoise Coast, which stretches from the Aegean to the Mediterranean to the southwest of the country and characterized by unforgettable beaches and waters, unspoiled nature, historical ruins and beautiful caves. Before returning home, don’t forget to find some special souvenirs, such as an amulet or a beautiful carpet.
Between history and turkish traditions
Marmaris, the biggest harbour of Turkey, is a small town with a crowded city and a quiet and undiscovered zone, surrounded by mountains, jagged bays and turquoise water.
Orhaniye is a touristic centre, its bays are connected to a legendary romantic affair. It is divided between the ancient and classic city, with restaurants, typical houses, little shops and a touristic harbour. The city suites with the needs of tranquillity but also for a holiday full of comfort.
Caunus, during the past was between two civilizations, is a fundamental destination for the ones who want to discover the ancient Turkish culture, guaranteeing a visit to the ancient acropolis, the theatre, the rupestrian tombs and other ruins all around the city. Famous also for the fishermen’s houses along the coastline. The Knidos Peninsula was an important commercial centre, and now it is possible to visit some well-kept archaeological sites, for example the acropolis, the theatre, religious temples, like the Aphrodite temple.
Nature and Turquoise Coast (Turkish Riviera)
Gocek is a green island surrounded by some minor islets, well-known for the little harbour along the coastline, for the marvellous beach in Oludeniz and for the touristic hinterland. Not so far away, there is the Gulf of Fethiye, an old and quiet town, where it is possible to walk around, totally immersed in the tranquillity. Ince Burun is the lighthouse, that rises over the promontory, a typical tourist attraction. From here it is possible to enjoy the view over the Black Sea, unforgettable sunsets and landscapes immersed in the tranquillity and silence.
Bodrum is divided between tradition and modernity: white houses, the castle of the Cavalieri di San Giovanni over the coast, the crowded old town characterised by artisan’s shops, the old harbour full of typical houses, the ancient theatre and some old archaeological sites. Bodrum is also the ideal spot where to experience an amazing view over the turquoise water and uncontaminated beaches: wild bays, desert little beaches, colourful sea surrounded by rocks. Another touristic harbour, full of luxuriant vegetation, is Antalya, with the unmissable excursion to the Düden waterfalls, the rocky beaches where you could find some ancient ruins and natural parks where it is possible to venture along excursions, also to the Natural Reservation of Koprulu Canyon. Beaches, rocks and Caretta-Caretta turtles are the ingredients that give origin to one of the most marvellous beaches in the world, the Patara’s one.