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. Amyntas Kaya Mezarları

    Sometimes called the "king's graveyard," these impressive ancient Lycian rock tombs are carved into the cliff that looms above town. These can be admired from...Read More

  • 3. Antalya Müzesi

    The province of Antalya has a rich array of archaeological sites and their assembled finds means a first-rate collection at the Antalya Müzesi. The star...Read More

  • 4. Aspendos Archaeological Site

    Although there are many Roman theaters still standing, none are quite as perfect as the one at Aspendos, built by a local architect named Xenon...Read More

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  • 5. Butterfly Valley

    Established as a preserve in 1981 to protect the habitat of some 100 species of butterfly, including the Jersey Tiger, this area was opened for...Read More

  • 6. Cleopatra Beach

    The crown jewel of Alanya is this beach that's right next to the city center. In fact, its main draws are its central location, making...Read More

  • 7. Hatay Arkeoloji Müzesi

    The highlights of this huge, impressive museum are its dozens of Roman mosaics, which hint at the glorious past of old Antioch. Experts consider works...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Limanağzı

    This tiny bay across from the main harbor in Kaş is only accessible by boat (or by hiking), which makes it the perfect retreat from...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Ovabükü Plajl

    On the Datça Peninsula, this quiet, escape-from-it-all beach—a mix of sand and pebbles—is one of the region's best. The rolling landscape of pine-crowned hills and...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Termessos

    Over 1,000 meters (3,500 feet) above sea level, this compelling site is nestled inside the Mount Güllük-Termessos National Park, where golden eagles and fallow deer...Read More

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