The Mediterranean coast of Turkey, known as the Turquoise Coast, is 1600 km long, with many fine sandy beaches and ancient ruins, all set to the dramatic back-drop of the Toros Mountains, whose rocky cliffs plunge into the pure turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Further west, you reach the Aegean Sea Coast. To the north is Central Anatolia and going east you reach Syria in the Middle East. There are very few places on the globe with such breathtaking scenery. The coastline has much to offer, unspoilt beaches, timeless fishing villages, virgin forests, ancient ruins, bustling towns and luxury villas in Turkey’s finest resorts.
There are many magnificent resorts along the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey, and Antalya, the main city on the coast provides a magnificent base to explore the coast, Roman ruins, caves and waterfalls or take to the waters on a Mediterranean Coast sailing holiday.
Kemer is a purpose built resort town, designed to get the most out of a beach holiday on the Turquoise Coast. It is situated under the mountains in a forested valley, and day trips to neighbouring Antalya and Beldibi are good value.
The incredible lagoon at Oludeniz is often pictured on the front cover of Turkish travel guides, and for good reason. A holiday villa here on the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey is a lively place to spend a few weeks, and the nearby town of Hisaronu is packed with bars and nightclubs. Paragliding is an international attraction here, as is diving, and a holiday here would not be complete without a trip to the ghost town of Kayakoyu.
Some of the best beaches of the Turquoise Coast are to be found at Torba, Yalikavak, Turgutries, Turunc and Bitez, all easily accessible from properties in Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast. The lagoon and long white beach of Olu Deniz is one of Turkey’s most awe inspiring natural areas.
The Mediterranean Coast of Turkey is also famed for its perfect conditions for sailing.
Away from the magnificent beaches of the ‘Turkish Riviera’, the ancient cities built by Greek, Roman, Arab and Crusaders are magnificent. The Roman amphitheatre of Aspendos is often suggested as a rival to the Colosseum in Rome. The archaeological sites of Asar Tepe, Kaunos, Patara, Pinara and Xanthos are remarkable, and must be seen by any lover of history and culture on a Turkish Coast holiday. The eternal flames of Chimaera on the rocky slopes above Olympos have been the base for legends across many centuries, and will conjure the imagination.
Turkey has hot dry summers, and mild but wet winters lasting from October until April. Summer temperatures reach 33°C, and winters dip to 6°C in January.
Antalya is the Airport on the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey, and British Airways, easyJet, Lufthansa and Monarch all offer cheap flights from the UK . Many have to change at Istanbul, but flights and prices vary, so it is best to shop around for cheap flights to Turkey.