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The wonders of the Mediterranean coast at a glance

 

The Aegean Sea & the Mediterranean Sea meet at the Datca peninsula. The Datça & Bozburun peninsulas remain one of the most preserved and unspoilt regions of Turkey. You’ll explore picturesque landscapes, isolated villages, ancient sites and uninhabited bays.

 

Further along the coast, allow at least a day for a trip along the Dalyan River to see the mysterious Lycian tombs carved into the cliff, to walk on the beautiful beach of Iztuzu where the Caretta Caretta turtles lay their eggs and visit the ruins of Caunos.

 
The region of Fethiye is one of the most enchanting places of the Mediterranean. Near the marina is the city of Telmessos, and the ancient streets of the city are welcoming andhas plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. Nearby, the beach of Oludeniz, a beautiful blue lagoon, which gave its name to the region and the abandoned Greek village of Kayakoy.
 
A great area also for nature lovers. The unspoiled Valley of the Butterflies, an ecological sanctuary, is accessible only by sea. The Saklikent Gorge is another wonder, with icy rivers and a path carved into the cliff. Finally the surroundings harbor an abundance of sites such as TlosXanthosPatara and Letoon, which has one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey.
 
A little further east, Kalkan is a charming village at the foot of the Taurus MountainsKas is a small town, with several Lycian tombs and a bunch of nice little shops. It’s a good base for lovers of active holidays: kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning and diving are offered as well as boat trips to the sunken city of Kekova.
 
Further along the coast lies the town of Demre whose bishop became the famous St. Nicolas, the forerunner of Santa Claus. The tombs of the site of Myra are impressive, carved in a cliff.
 
Then come Olympos and Cirali, close to Chimera, Yanartaş in Turkish, which means "stones that burn". Surprisingly, flames emanate out of the ground due to layers of methane. It was believed to be the breath of the dragon Chimera.
 
Antalya is the biggest Mediterranean  harbour and a major spot for seaside resorts in Turkey.  The old city is surrounded by ramparts and most houses have been restored in an Ottoman-style to welcome tourists a few steps from the marina.
 
Antalya is a good base for  visiting  TermessosPerge and Aspendos,  perhaps  the most beautiful ancient cities in Turkey.

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