Beautiful places Turkey. Starting April the temperatures on the south coast of Turkey regularly rise above 20 ° C. The holiday season in the Mediterranean has begun! What makes the Turkish Riviera, which mainly comprises the provinces of Antalya and Muğla, so attractive?
Not only can you lie on dream beaches here from early in the morning until the late evening and go swimming. The inland is also full of cultural attractions. Here are six beach and cultural tips:
This is one of the most beautiful places and beaches in Turkey, about 14 kilometers from Fethiye. In Oludeniz there is a Blue Lagoon – the water of the Bay shimmers in many shades of blue, from aquamarine to turquoise. All around are vast pine forests and mountains. The beach has been a protected natural area since the end of the 1980’s.
You must pay”for access when you are not staying in one of the hotels close to the beach. Despite that, the beach of Oludeniz is very busy in high season. The water is crystal clear, the quality is very good: the blue flag is blowing in the wind here. Snacks are available, there are also dressing rooms and toilets.
How to get there
A minibus runs to the beach every few minutes from the central Dolmus station in Fethiye. From there it is only a short distance to the lagoon. For a fee you can also park your (rental) car behind the beach.
A paragliding tandem flight over the Oludeniz lagoon. It is best to do this in the morning when it is still quiet on the beach and you can optimally enjoy the view.
Old harbor of Antalya
The historic port of the metropolis is a perfect place to walk and linger. There are many nice restaurants and cafés right by the water. Many boat trips begin in the old port of Antalya, nowadays also used as a marina.
How to get there
It is best to walk through the famous Hadrian’s Gate, which dates back to around 1900, to the old town (Kaleici) and then to walk through the narrow streets to the harbor.
To the west of the old town lies the beach of Konyaalti. Along the seemingly endless pebble beach leads a kilometer-long beautiful promenade with palm trees, restaurants and many recreational facilities.
Olympos Beach in Çirali, one of the most beautiful places Turkey
A dream destination for tourists who like it differently: this natural beach is located on a number of impressive foothills of the Taurus Mountains. The ruins of the famous ancient city of Olympos are virtually untouched in the forests of the Beydaglari Nature Park. On the long beach you will find food stalls and small restaurants. The crystal clear waters of Olympos beach are ideal for snorkeling. One of the most beautiful places in Turkey. Large hotel complexes have never been built in Çirali, as thousands of sea turtles lay their eggs on Olympos beach every year. Together with the World Wide Fund for Nature and other nature conservation organizations, a fairly gentle alternative tourism has developed on this part of the coastline. There are only small guest houses on the spot. The region offers you walks and kayak trips at sea, among other things.
Çirali is approximately 70 kilometers south of Antalya.
In Çirali there are special tree houses where you can spend the night, for example B the Bayrams Tree Houses.
Cleopatrabeach in Alanya
This beach is located in the west of the Alanya peninsula, near the Damlatas cave and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The Cleopatra beach has a perfect infrastructure with hotels and restaurants. The water is crystal clear and clean (blue flag!). And the beach with a length of 2.5 kilometers is spacious enough for everyone to find a quiet place. Great for long beach walks!
The Cleopatra beach is ideal for sports on the beach: there is a fitness trail, there are beach volleyball courts and a basketball court. If you like snorkeling, you can even see turtles laying their eggs on Cleopatra beach.
How to get there
Cleopatra Beach belongs to the most beautiful places in Turkey and is located directly on the western beach promenade of Alanya.
The locals visit the beach in Alanya under the harbor walls of the Red Tower.
Kaputas-beach, between Kaş and Kalkan
This cozy sandy and pebble beach is hidden in a secluded bay in the southwest of the Turkish Riviera. To get to Kaputas Beach, you have to descend 170 rocky steps. There is a kiosk and a restaurant on site. Beach chairs and umbrellas are rented during the high season.
Kaputaş Beach, one of the most beautiful places in Turkey, is just off the D400 motorway, between Kaş and Kalkan, with limited parking. It is best to go there in the morning.
The gorge with the same name starts at Kaputaş Beach. When no water flows, you walk a little way from the beach into the gorge. For thousands of years, the water of the river has created beautiful cream-colored rock formations. You will also see rock climbers there.
The ancient ruins of Termessos, one of the most beautiful places in Turkey
For those who are already familiar with the ancient ruins of Side, we recommend a visit to Termessos. This fortified city was invincible. Even Alexander the Great did not succeed in conquering Termessos. The ruins are located about 30 kilometers northeast of Antalya in the Gulluk Dağı Termessos National Park. They are considered as one of the most beautiful cultural sights in Turkey. The remains of Termessos are scattered in the middle of the wild Taurus Mountains. A quiet, impressive place – which offers an unforgettable view of the bay of Antalya.
How to get there
The entrance to the Termessos National Park is on the E87 highway from Antalya to Denizli. The road to the ruins leads you up the mountain in about half an hour from the entrance to the National Park. It is approximately eight kilometers to the ruins.
Take a seat in the old theater of Termessos on the top row and enjoy the unique view. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes for the walks through the old ruined city.