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The Turquoise Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your Turquoise Coast Vacation

The Turquoise Coast is just as stunning as its name suggests. Luminous blue waves in that signature shade (the word "turquoise" actually comes from the French for "Turkish") lap at isolated coves and some of the country’s most iconic beaches—including Ölüdeniz, Patara, and İztuzu. Inhabited for millennia, spectacular archaeological ruins of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine origin

are never far away. Termessos is said to have defied Alexander the Great because he was daunted by its height, and the antique theater in Apsendos rivals the Colosseum in Rome.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Appreciate the landscape Pine-covered mountains plunge into a turquoise sea that's broken by romantic coves and remote peninsulas.
  2. Relax on beaches Some of the Mediterranean's most blissful beaches are here; lie on your sun bed or dive in from a floating platform.
  3. Sleep in one-of-a-kind lodgings Bed down in an Ottoman mansion-turned-hotel on the Datça Peninsula or an old stone house in the winding streets of Antalya’s Kaleici.
  4. See spectacular ruins Explore remains of ancient cities—from mountaintop Termessos and overgrown Olympos to the extraordinarily intact Roman theater at Aspendos.
  5. Take a Blue Cruise Sail away on your own chartered yacht, perhaps dropping anchor en route to take a swim or catch a fish for dinner.
  6. Trek the Lycian Way Choose a one-day or multiday hike along the legendary trail that runs parallel to much of the Turquoise Coast.

When To Go

When to Go

The ideal months on the Turquoise Coast are May and June and September and October. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in July and August; tha...

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