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TURKEY

MARMARİS

Marmaris, with its population increasing to 100,000 in the summer months, is now a huge holiday resort city. There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes and entertainment places newly opened up.

Marmaris is one of the rare towns in Turkey where you can swim right in the city centre, despite the increased construction, as environmental and water treatment facilities have been installed. For those who seek cleaner seas and quieter spots there are boats trips that go to other coves or you can get there by land. If you are interested in water sports and nature activities the hotels and travel agencies here provide you with many alternatives.

The most important historic building in the town centre is the castle. The first castle built on this site was constructed up by the Ionians, with the present castle you see being built by the Ottomans in 1522. It was badly damaged by the shelling of a French battleship in 1914. The castle was opened to public in the Republican era and 18 houses and a fountain was constructed during this period. Inside the castle, which was restored in 1980-90, there is now a museum. The entrance of the castle opens right onto a garden. You can get to the top of the walls by staircases going up from either side of the courtyard. You should have a look at the view from the walls.

 

BODRUM

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Once known as Halicarnassus, the popular resort and yachting port of Bodrum, at the southern end of Turkey’s Aegean coast, boasts the ruins of the original Mauseloum, one of the Seven Wonders of The World, as well as the lofty Castle of St Peter, a Crusader fortress which now serves as the world’s foremost Museum of Underwater Archeology.

Two small picture-perfect bays frame the castle, making it particularly attractive to yachters.

The beaches right in town are small and the water not particularly clean, but there are other beaches and towns nearby. In fact, many people choose to make their base in other towns around the Bodrum peninsula, coming to Bodrum proper for visits. 

To get away to a secluded hotel, or rental village or cottage in Bodrum or one of the other towns on the Bodrum peninsula for a week or a fortnight is really a dream-come-true. 

Bodrum is also known for its enthusiastic nightlife. If you like staying up late at loud discos and clubs, you’ll love Bodrum.

 

DALYAN

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The pretty riverbank town of Dalyan, 27 km (17 miles) west of Dalaman Airport, is quite different from other resort towns on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

People come for its setting on the placid Dalyan Çayı (Dalyan Creek), for the dramatic Lycian tombs hewn into the rockfaces that dominate the town on the west bank of the river, for the ruins of ancient Roman city of Caunos, and for broad İztuzu Beach, a natural nesting-ground for carretta carretta (loggerhead turtles).

Upsteam, on the shore of placid Köyceğiz Lake, are the Sultaniye hot springs, with their therapeutic (or at least fun) mud baths.

Many of the fields surrounding this farming town now grow new hotels, and the smooth-flowing creek is often thronged with excursion boats both local and from as far away as Fethiye and Marmaris.

Even so, Dalyan is still an interesting place to stop for one or two days.

To the west of the PTT across a park are the riverside docks from which motor boats leave for İztuzu beach, Köyceğiz Lake, and day excursions that include a river cruise, a swim in the lake, a stop at the Sultaniye hot springs, the ruins of the Roman city of Caunos, and İztuzu Beach.

 

 

FETHİYE

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Fethiye Old Town:  Stroll around shaded Paspatur, the old town of Fethiye and visit the many shops for all your souvenirs. Quench your thirst at bars.
Fethiye Rock Tombs: A bit of a pull, but climb up to the main Lycian Rock Thombs in Fethiye - the tomb of Amyntas - and take in the amazing views of Fethiye marina and the whole of the bay. You can always reward yourself with a beer when you come back down into Fethiye.
Fethiye Beaches: Yes, Fethiye has beaches! Take the Karagözler dolmuş to any of the bays in Fethiye. Aksazlar Bay, Samanlık Bays, Kuleli, Boncuklu. If it’s not too hot, you pass all of these bays on the Fethiye Peninsula trek. Sundays will be very busy with Turkish families.

Ölüdeniz Beaches: No holiday to Fethiye, Turkey is complete without a day on the beach at Ölüdeniz; one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Belcekız Beach has the crashing waves or you can swim in the lagoon. The dolmuş from Fethiye will take you down to the private beaches of the lagoon for free if you ask the driver. We normally go to Sea Horse Beach.

 

 

GÖCEK

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The "real" village of Göcek, lying about 2-3 km uphill from waterfront and north of main highway, is still extant and retains its village atmosphere to some degree, with freely roaming sheepdogs and roosters here and there, and omnipresent mulberry trees casting their deep shadows much needed in this sunny and hot climate—quite a different world from the town centre, in short. However, the village itself is now being slowly engulfed by summer villas of urban dwellers from elsewhere.

Water temperature at the bay is more or less around 25°C on the average during summer.

Yachting: This is, naturally, the best way to explore the coves of Göcek. If you don’t own one, you can rent a yacht in town monthly or weekly. If doing that leaves a hole on your wallet, then you can join hordes of families taking a daily cruise around the Gulf. They depart from the promenade on the coast.

Swimming: While heavy yachting together with little environmental regulations make it unpleasant to swim directly in the town centre, outer coves still (partially) retain their former beauty—well, the land is as beautiful as it could be, but it is not very uncommon that the yachts directly dump their bilge water, especially in the evenings, and even at outer coves. One of the easily accesible coves is İnlice, run by town council, east of the town of Göcek, with dolmuş services from town centre. 

 

 

KALKAN

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A small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Kalkan has not been touched by mass tourism.  More sophisticated than the usual resort town, Kalkan appeals to travelers looking for more than a “sun and sea” holiday. According to the Sunday Times, Kalkan attracts the kind of visitor who would also enjoy Tuscany or the Dordogne.  The Guardian likens the town to “the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs.”

Because of its great charm, Kalkan has a growing number of perennial visitors who say the town is the only holiday destination they would choose to visit repeatedly.  There is simply no other town quite like Kalkan along Turkey’s coast.

Kalkan curls snuggly around a historic harbour sheltered at the foot of the towering Taurus Mountains. The town overlooks a beautiful bay in which islands seem to magically float upon the shimmering sea.

Narrow streets twist down to the harbour, lined with old whitewashed villas with shuttered windows situated alongside small local specialty shops and restaurants in historic buildings.  Overhead hang original carved Ottoman Greek timber balconies garlanded with thick masses of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea cascading to the streets below. It is a very special place with a unique atmosphere.

 

 

KAŞ

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Kaş, once an unspoiled fishing village, is now a relatively unspoiled tourist town on the southern bulge of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast two hours’ drive southeast of Fethiye and three hours’ drive southwest of Antalya.

Another part of its charm comes from Kaş’s unhurried ambience. Because it is hours away from the Mediterranean’s two major airports (Antalya and Dalaman), it gets fewer visitors than towns that are more quickly accessible.

Ruins of the ancient town of Antiphellos mix with modern buildings in Kaş. Across the water to the south lies the Greek island of Megisti (Kastellorizo; Meis Adası in Turkish). You can go there easily for a day trip.

Kaş’s beaches are small, pebbly and apt to be crowded, so visitors in search of a broad, long sand beach drive west to Patara.

Otherwise, visitors to Kaş spend time in waterfront coffee-houses and restaurants, take boat trips to nearby Üçağız and Kaleköy or the Blue Cave, visit the neighboring village of Kalkan, or walk up the mountain to the cliff tombs.

Kaş is also a good base for exploring the plentifulancient Lycian cities and archeological sites such as Demre (Kale), Patara, Xanthos (Kınık), Letoön, Saklıkent and Tlos.

 

GREECE

CRETE

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Crete island is the largest greek island of Greece, located in the southern side of the Aegean Sea. Among the most popular holiday destinations of the country, Crete island is visited by millions of tourists every summer. However, despite the tourist development in some places, Crete Greece also keeps intact its unique character. Its long history has left evident marks on the greek island: Minoan palaces, Venetian towns, Medieval Castles, Ottoman mosques and Byzantine monasteries constitute the most important sightseeing. And of course the most distinctive characteristic of the island are the beaches: organized or secluded, sandy or pebbled, all beaches are magnificent. The beaches of Crete are world famous for their crystal water and the relaxing atmosphere. No matter which region of the island you are visiting, you will certainly find the best beach for yor holiday. Organized or secluded, easy or tricky to reach, sandy or pebbled, all beaches have something special. Particularly impressive will be the trips to Balos, Elafonissi, Falassarna, Preveli and Vai, where you will be amazed by the natural beauty and the exotic water of these beaches.  

  

CORFU

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Corfu is among the most beautiful and popular islands of Greece. Due to its strong historical connection with Europe, this was among the first Greek islands to open to tourism. Located on the north western side of the country, Corfu island has a cosmopolitan feeling combined with a special traditional character. Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Kassiopi and Acharavi are nice tourist places on the northern side of the island, while the inland is dotted with lovely villages and many sightseeings. Apart from the wonderful beaches, the highlight of the island is Corfu Old Town with the characteristic Venetian style. Corfu Greece can be nicely combined for holidays with other Ionian islands, such as Paxi. The Old Town is a gem for sightseeing, with the two Venetian fortresses, the interesting museums, Spianada Square and Liston Street, the wonderful paved street that is a copy of Rue de Rivoli in Paris. In a street beside Liston, there is the church of Agios Spyridon, protector of the island. Very interesting are also the Jewish quarters. On a hill above the town, there is the spot Kanoni with wonderful view to the small church of Vlacherna and the famous Mouse Island.  

 

 

MYKONOS

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Among the most Greek islands, Mykonos island is located almost in the centre of the Cyclades complex. It is particularly famous for the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the exciting nightlife, the picturesque Cycladic architecture and the magnificent beaches. There are many things to do in Mykonos Greece, an island perfect for people of all ages: walk along the narrow streets of Chora, see the sunset from Little Venice, stay in luxurious hotels and swim in exotic beaches. Super Paradise, Paradise and Platis Gialos are fabulous places to swim and spend a day under the hot sun. In the evenings, head to Mykonos Town and enjoy a night out in the many bars and clubs. The most fabulous beaches are located on the southern side of Mykonos island. Super Paradise, Paradise, Platis Gialos and Lia amaze visitors with the soft sand and the crystal water. Beach bars are open all day and attract many visitors. In the evening, people head to Mykonos Town, where there are also many bars for gays and lesbians. A nice trip is a boat trip to Delos, a small island that is considered an open archaeological site. According to mythology, Delos is the island where god Apollo was born and this is why there is an entire sanctuary dedicated to this god. This was among the most sacred sanctuaries in ancient Greece. 

 

 

RHODES

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Rhodes is the largest and most popular island of Dodecanese. With 300 days of sunshine per year, the island is mostly famous for the romantic Old Town and the amazing beach resorts. The Old Town of Rhodes island is among the best-preserved Medieval Towns of Europe, with strong walls, an impressive castle, paved paths and elegant stone mansions. A drive around Rhodes Greece will bring you to magnificent beaches, impressive sightseeing and picturesque villages. Apart from the Town, a lovely place is the village of Lindos with the Acropolis on top. The most tourist places of the island are located close to Town, but due to the large size visitors can also find many secluded places for total privacy. The Old Town of Rhodes are among the best-preserved Medieval towns in Europe and impresses visitors with the romantic atmosphere. Walk along the narrow paved streets, visit the Venetian Castle and the Byzantine churches, stroll around the old port and you will have the feeling that the Knights of Saint John will appear at the next corner. Interesting places to visit on the island are also the Acropolis of Lindos, the Aquarium, the Monastery of Filerimos and the Valley of Butterflies.