The Turquoise Coast

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  • 1. Alanya Kalesi

    Views of the splendid castle or kale, on a mighty crag surrounded on three sides by the sea, dominate all roads into Alanya. The crenellated...Read More

  • 2. İztuzu Beach

    Unspoiled İztuzu Beach stretches for 5.4 km (3.4 miles), with the Mediterranean on one side and a freshwater delta on the other. Caretta caretta (loggerhead)...Read More

  • 3. Kaputaş Beach

    Since neither Kaş nor Kalkan have proper beaches, this pretty spot between the two is quite popular. Set in a narrow, steep-sided inlet, there are...Read More

  • 4. Kastellorizo

    The 25-minute ferry ride to the Greek island of Kastellorizo (called Meis in Turkish) gives you a taste of Greece and lets you imagine what...Read More

  • 5. Mamure Kalesi

    On the eastern edge of town, the highway goes right past Mamure Kalesi—a spectacular castle with 39 towers, first constructed in Roman times to protect...Read More

  • 6. Ölüdeniz-Kıdrak Nature Park

    If you want to take a dip in the iconic sandbar that lies across the mouth of the lagoon, then you must first enter Ölüdeniz...Read More

  • 7. Olympos

    Shaded by tall firs and amid flowering oleander bushes, the ruins are next to a river in a mountain gorge, so they're delightfully cool in...Read More

  • 8. Olympos Beach

    This 3-km (2-mile) swath, with a line of fir trees behind it and an amphitheater of mountains (including the 7,500-foot peak of Mt. Olympos/Tahtalı Dağı)...Read More

  • 9. Patara Beach

    Beyond the ruins of Patara is a superb 18-km (11-mile) sweep of sand dunes, surely one of the finest beaches on the Turquoise Coast. Despite...Read More

  • 10. Phaselis

    The ruins of Phaselis, the ancient port city with a majestic setting at the edge of three smalls bays, are as romantic as the reputation...Read More

  • 11. Sedir Adası (Cleopatra Island)

    Sedir (Cedar) Island, also known as Cleopatra Island, is about a 30-minute drive north of Marmaris, and then a boat ride into the Gulf of...Read More

  • 12. Antalya Oyuncak Müzesi

    With an international collection of nearly 3,000 toys dating from 1870 through 1980, this cheery little museum near the yacht harbor is a favorite with...Read More

  • 13. Chimaera

    At the far southern end of Çıralı, an evening scramble up a sometimes steep path will bring you to the Chimaera (Yanartaş in Turkish), named...Read More

  • 14. Deniz Biyologisi Müzesi

    Just off the yacht harbor is this small and eccentric collection of sea creatures (mostly local) preserved in tanks under spooky blue lights in what's...Read More

  • 15. İçmeler Beach

    Marmaris has its own crowded beach, but many prefer to take a water taxi or minibus to this cleaner, somewhat quieter stretch in the nearby...Read More

  • 16. Karaalioğlu Parkı

    Shady Karaalioğlu Park is a traditional green space with trees, grass, benches, simple cafés, and children's play areas, as well as a dramatic view of...Read More

  • 17. Knidos

    Although a Greek-speaking city called Knidos has existed on the Datça Peninsula since at least the 6th century BC, the Knidos at this site was...Read More

  • 18. Konyaaltı Beach

    For many Turks, Antalya is synonymous with the thick crowds of vacationers on Konyaaltı Beach, and the packed pebble strand is a hot, somewhat off-putting...Read More

  • 19. Lake Köyceğiz

    Boat tours of this large, tranquil lake and its refreshing, sulfurous mud baths can be arranged through tour companies at the riverside dock in Dalyan....Read More

  • 20. Mermerli Beach

    If you didn't know that Mermerli Beach was there, you'd never guess it. This tiny strip of sand and pebbles outside the harbor wall is...Read More

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