The Turquoise Coast Travel Guide

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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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The Turquoise Coast Hotels

Swaths of this coveted coast have long been dominated by large "could be anywhere" concrete resorts that are inhabited by... read more

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The Turquoise Coast Restaurants

This coast has been serving tourists for a long time, and you will find a rich choice of restaurants. There’s no... read more

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Things To Do in The Turquoise Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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The Turquoise Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Appreciate the landscape: Pine-covered mountains plunge into a turquoise sea that's broken by romantic coves and remote... Read more

  • Seafood on the Turkish Coast

    The kebab might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Turkish food, but in Istanbul and along Turkey's Aegean,... Read more

  • The Lycian Way

    Until the 1950s, the only way to reach the Lycian coast was by boat or via bone-rattling trips through the mountains in antiquated motor... Read more

  • Blue Cruising

    The most charming way to visit the Turquoise Coast, or the Aegean coast, is by taking a Blue Cruise aboard a gulet—a wooden motor... Read more

  • Ancient Cultures of Lycia and Its Neighbors

    Turkey's Mediterranean coast is steeped in 5,000 years of history—so much so that in Side the hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs are... Read more

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