Mediterranean Coast

The Mediterranean Coast of Turkey stretches from the Antalya region to the Marmaris peninsula. The coast has a variety of holiday resorts, beaches, things to do and places to go. The articles below are my experiences and personal accounts. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or information to add.



Saklikent Gorge : The Hidden City of Turkey

Saklikent Gorge Fethiye Turkey

“Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled” My visit to Saklikent Gorge preys on my mind as a big travel mistake. I had read about it before in guidebooks, that called the 300 meter-high and 18 kilometer-long canyon, one of the deepest in the world; hence its name translates into hidden city. The formation of the canyon walls, means that even in the height of summer, water gushing through it from the … [Read more...]

Seeking out Secluded Beaches of South-West Turkey

Cirali

Jessie is an avid traveller who visits Turkey every year. She has visited many destinations within the country, but prefers the Mediterranean coast, mainly because she is a fan of beaches. However the problem with a beautiful beach is that it does not stay secluded for long, especially in the height of summer, when the kids are off school and families descended en-mass to enjoy sun, sea and … [Read more...]

The Ghost Village Of Kayakoy

Kayakoy

Kayakoy ghost village lies a short distance from the bustling and popular resorts of Fethiye and Olu Deniz. It is deserted, it is lifeless, the houses are crumbling and the streets are empty. However, there is an aura and an overwhelming presence that hovers over the village. Some visitors might not sense it, but I did and it washed over me in waves.I truly believe that because I researched the … [Read more...]

Butterfly Valley

Butterfly-Valley

I handed my fare over to the taxi boat captain and sat down on the wooden seat bench breathing a great sigh of relief. In retrospect, my plans for that day were not complicated. I just wanted to catch the taxi boat from the beach at Olu Deniz to the well-known landmark of Butterfly Valley, a large canyon that is considered to be one of the most picturesque and amazing places in Turkey. In Turkish … [Read more...]

Kas : Mediterranean Delight in Turkey

Kas

Kas is everything that a typical Mediterranean seaside resort in Turkey should be.  White washed houses cascade down the winding mountain roads to show the way to beautiful beaches and a harbor that reminds you that  life is in fact quite good and while in Kas, the best thing to do is to adapt quickly to the Mediterranean lifestyle. Many of the houses in Kas are surrounded with pink bougainvillea … [Read more...]

The Sunken Ruins of Kekova

sunken city of kekova

Visit the Mediterranean resorts of Kas and Kalkan and it will instantly be obvious that every local travel agent is selling boat trips to the sunken ruins of Kekova. Facing the historical village of Simena (Kalekoy), the sunken ruins receive little attention in mainstream travel guides, yet during the height of summer, I estimate that hundreds of people will daily sail past. As well as the daily … [Read more...]

Simena Castle Ruins and a Stunning View

Simena Turkey

I had been to Simena before. In 2010, while touring the southwest coast. It is a pretty and traditional village screaming of simplicity and I wanted to explore and find out more. Unfortunately, I was with a sea kayaking group of whom no-one wanted to see Simena castle. Inevitable I had to go with the group census and we left. This is one of the downfalls of guided tours but I reminded myself that … [Read more...]

Spotting Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Simena

Caretta Turtle Simena

On the second night of our gulet cruise of Mediterranean Turkey, we docked into a small, scenic bay to drop anchor. The evening was much the same as before. A delicious meal followed by copious amounts of alcoholic drinks, good company and a night spent sleeping on the deck, under the stars. The next morning, I was the first to wake up. I did not want to disturb anyone, so just sat on the end of … [Read more...]

Gemiler Island and the Turkish Blue Cruise Scene

Church of Gemiler Island Fethiye Turkey

Gemiler Island, off the coast of Fethiye means “Island of boats” in English, but the other name for it, is Saint Nicholas Island. Saint Nicholas, also known to the Western world as jolly Santa Claus was the patron saint of sailors, hence the connection. In 1993, some archaeologists suggested that Gemiler Island is the original location of Saint Nicholas’s tomb. Apparently it was moved, to Demre … [Read more...]

12 Places To Visit In and Near Fethiye

Fethiye marina

In the Southwest of Turkey, on the former site of the ancient city of Telmessos, sits the popular coastal city of Fethiye. It is a much-photographed metropolis with a modern appearance that belies its classical origin, and it is highly favourable for domestic and international tourism, as well as Blue Cruise yachting. More exists to the enchanting province than the panoramic Mediterranean sea … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for a Gulet Cruise in Turkey

Gulet Cruising on Turkish coastline

Sitting on the balcony of my hotel room in hilly Kalkan, I stared at the panoramic view of the bay. The sun was slipping down behind the horizon and while I fully appreciated the amazing landscape view in front of me, my thoughts were still firmly focused on memories of my last week on a Turkish gulet boat. I had hooked up with My Blue Cruise, a yachting and gulet company operating on the … [Read more...]

9 of the Best Things to Do in Kalkan

Kalkan Turkey

For many decades, the small town of Kalkan was hardly mentioned in mainstream publications. Other Turkish destinations like cosmopolitan Bodrum or historical Istanbul gained admiration instead. That was until the turn of the century, when the small village attracted attention and respect from outside entities. Why you Should go to Kalkan Travel companies, magazines, and estate agents selling … [Read more...]

Turkish Luxury Boutique Hotels in Kalkan

kalkan hotels

Our girl holidays happen every year and we have strict desires and needs when it comes to choosing the country, company, and hotel. They include… Luxury five-star and quality boutique hotels A user-friendly website Hip and trendy locations that still have traditional vibes Our trip lasted for ten nights and was definitely one of the best holidays we have chosen. At first glance, we … [Read more...]

Marti Hemithea Hotel in Datca, Turkey: Reader’s Review

Hotel hemithea

My heart belongs in Turkey and every year, I visit a different location on the Mediterranean coast. This time, I decided the small, but appealing resort of Datca, would be my preference.  After browsing through the Elixir Holidays website, my interest was captured by the Hotel Hemithea that has 30 luxurious rooms, a cocktail bar, and a restaurant specializing in fine cuisine.  Hemithea herself was … [Read more...]

The Ancient Ruins of Olympos in Turkey

Ancient Ruins of Olympus, Turkey

The Mediterranean coast of Turkey has a marvelous collection of ancient ruins dotted along its jagged coastline. Most belonged to the Lycian empire including the ruins of Olympos, situated next to a hippy village of the same name, which is popular with back packers. I wanted to visit the ruins, so considered an overnight stay in the rustic village boasting of unusual tree house hotels, basic … [Read more...]

Where to See Lycian Rock Tombs in Turkey

Demre rock tombs

Everyone who visits this country should see the Lycian rock tombs of Turkey. They are a reminder of the past, and a previous civilization but more important, they will astonish you, even if you have no interest in history. What are Lycian Tombs? Citizens of Lycia, a previous empire that occupied the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, carved tombs into the sides of hilltops and mountains. They were … [Read more...]

Ruins of Tlos & Lycian Tombs : Home of the Winged Horse, Pegasus

Lycian tombs at Tlos

With a passion for exploring historical sites in Turkey, I always considered myself knowledgeable about most ancient ruins. The Mediterranean coast in particular has plenty, providing Turkey with its most famous walking trail called the Lycian way. Yet, when I discovered an article about the ancient ruins of Tlos, I read it repeatedly because I had never heard of this city. What was its … [Read more...]

Idyllic Phaselis in Turkey : Ancient Ruins and Beautiful Beaches

Phaselis

Phaselis is backed by magnificent mountains and surrounded by the clear waters of the Mediterranean sea. It is an idyllic setting in which to spend the day relaxing on a beach and soaking up the vibes of a Turkish holiday. Phaselis Ruins There is an added bonus though as Phaselis is not just about golden sand beaches. It is also an old sea-port city dating back to the 7th Century BC which … [Read more...]

The Flawless Ruins of Ancient Myra

Lycian League

My eagerness to visit the historical ruins of Myra came about because in its prime, it was one of the  most important cities of the ancient Lycian league. Known as the first democratic union in history, the Lycian league can also take credit for influencing the United States constitution The league left their footprint in history through ancient ruined cities all over the south west coast of … [Read more...]

Paragliding in Turkey : Thrilling Experience or Safety Hazard?

Paragliding in turkey

Veske  is a confident man with an addictive passion for paragliding. He does not just do it at the weekends or when he has opportunity to go on holiday. No, he is a professional paragliding pilot who runs off the side of a mountain every day of his working week. Veske first jumped out of an airplane with a parachute when he was 16 years old, later he worked as a paragliding instructor for the … [Read more...]

Patara-Four Reasons Why I Will Not Go Back

Patara Beach

Here is the thing about Patara. I actually liked this small quaint village that is part of the Lycian way trekking route but a series of events forced me to wonder if Patara did not want me on its doorstep. I am a great believer in the sixth sense, paying heed to our intuition and after a disastrous three days in the small village, I really did wonder if a supernatural force was trying to tell me … [Read more...]

Kalkan : Solo Holidays in Turkey

Holiday In Kalkan

At first glance, Kalkan on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey resembles a carbon copy of its neighbouring town called Kas. Both are seaside holiday resorts that are visited by thousands of holiday makers every year. Both towns have white washed houses covered with bougainvillea flowers that spill down the steep hillside to reach the traditional fishing boats that crowd the coastline. The history … [Read more...]

Mount Tahtali – To the Sky in a Cable Car

Cable Car System Mt Tahtali

Mount Tahtali was the first thing that I wanted to do while in Kemer. Reviews from the internet promised "amazing landscape views from this tall mountain of Turkey that stands 2365 meters above sea level" During the months of Jan to April, it is said that you can go skiing on Mount Tahtali in the morning, descend to the resort of Kemer and swim in the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon. I was … [Read more...]

Adventure Rope Climbing In Kemer, Turkey

Kemer activity sports

On my first day in Kemer, I was feeling brave and confident  enough to attempt Adventure Rope Climbing. The website described the Adventure Park as … "A place to prove your courage and skills. This adventure will bring about a rush of adrenaline which will result in a sense of achievement" About the Adventure Park in Kemer, Turkey The Adventure Rope Park covers 15, 000 square meters and … [Read more...]

Elixir Holidays – Doing Turkey in Luxurious Style

likya-pavilion-villas-turkey

This is a guest post by writer Zeynep Simsek It is often said that Turkey has re-defined the luxury holiday market and has taken accommodation and transport to a new level, but I suggest that one holiday company is almost solely responsible for this higher profile. Elixir Holidays had one clear goal in mind: Provide accommodation to rival the best five star resorts in Tuscany and the French … [Read more...]

Photo Post: Reasons to Visit Fethiye on the Med Coast of Turkey

Tlos

Fethiye on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is surprisingly adorable even though it is jam packed with British expats and tourists.  They obviously have good reasons to flock there in the thousands and a British newspaper called The Guardian named it as a top tourist spot in the world. Especially people looking for discount rates while savouring the amenities of all inclusive holidays may … [Read more...]

The Blue Cave of Meis

Blue-cave

My excitement of being inside the Blue Cave was probably heightened due to the fact that as I set out on the path that led me there, I had never heard of the cave and had no idea of the pure beauty of Mother Nature that I was about to witness with my very own eyes. My story of how I ended up in the Blue Cave has to start with my journey to the Greek island of Meis and my chance meeting with Kostos … [Read more...]

Setting Off On My South Western Tour

Mount Tahtali Kemer

For most of the summer I have been feverishly working seven days a week in order to top up my traveling fund which I had previously emptied down to the last penny. I can finally say that with much delight, I have saved up enough money for another trip. Well done me and I am giving myself a pat on the back as it did not take me as long as I thought it would. So tomorrow morning, with my bags … [Read more...]

The Simplicity of Simena and My Desire to Return

Simena Turkey

My visit to Simena was brief but one that left me with regret. We had arrived into the harbor, having just explored the sunken, underwater ruins of Kekova. The first stop was a crowded restaurant for cold refreshments and homemade ice cream, and then we were swiftly on our way returning to Ucagiz. Also known as, Kaleköy, Simena is a small traditional village and a favorite destination on the … [Read more...]

Göcek –Sophistication that is Not Part of My World

Gocek Marina

I would love to write that Göcek is my top recommended place to go. I would love to express excited admiration for its untold beauty. Truth be told though, I found this Turkish resort to be unwelcoming. I said it was pretentious. Hubby said it was upmarket. Either way, we knew it was just not for us. About Göcek on the south west coast of Turkey I heard about its reputation before I went. A … [Read more...]

Memories Are Everything. Remembering Alacin River

Rivers of Turkey

I have fond memories of Alacin River, a place of natural beauty on the south west coast of  Turkey. I think back to the flawless and scenic landscape, and the sound of water rushing down over ragged rocks. It was peaceful. I felt calm and relaxed. Alacin river was not just about beauty though, but enjoyment as well. We cooked fresh fish on the BBQ by the river and, served it with a … [Read more...]

Welcome to Cirali

Cirali

My next destination on my South Western tour of Turkey was the small coastal resort of Cirali and I had high expectations after the disappointment I had felt with Kemer. However after one day of exploring Cirali and the surrounding areas,  I decided I was hopelessly in love with this small, unspoilt destination. About Cirali Cirali has one main street in the village, no ATM machine, no local … [Read more...]

Santa Claus and His Life in Turkey : Six Facts You Never Knew

Facts About Turkey

Every year around Christmas time, millions of parents across the world take part in the biggest deception concerning Santa Claus.  It starts in the early years of a child’s life when the parents promise an abundance of presents from Santa for good behavior. They tell stories of the North Pole, the fat man who lives there and the elves who  make presents of all shapes and sizes. Some parents even … [Read more...]

The Colourful Greek Island of Meis

Harbour boat

The Greek island of Meis is colourful, quiet and full of bizarre locals. The one reason why I went there was simply because I was not forced into doing it. You see, when I first came to Turkey, visa runs across to any Greek island were a necessity. Many expats did it and still do it now. At first, it was a novelty, but after a while, it became boring and I constantly thought about better things … [Read more...]

Uzumlu and Traditional Turkish Life. A Photo Post

Turkish women

Here is the problem with the village of Uzumlu which is in  the South west of Turkey near Fethiye. It lacks energy. The people are old, the houses are crumbling and even the animals did not look that healthy. Where were the young people? Where were the vibes that scream optimism for the future? My Thoughts about Uzumlu I went there in search of traditional Turkish life and unspoilt … [Read more...]

Sea Kayaking in Turkey : A Personal Challenge to Conquer

Sea kayaker

 “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” Quote by The Water Rat from Wind In the Willows Typically, my idea of messing around on boats has always been a relaxing pleasure cruise along the coastline. However, when I was faced with the opportunity to do something quite extraordinary and out of habit, I decided to … [Read more...]

The Burning Flames of Chimaera

Chimeara burning stones

Travel websites describe the burning flames of Chimaera as "fascinating". They recommend the eternal fire of Lycia is a “must visit” when in the Antalya region. One travel writer even went as far to describe a mystical presence which mesmerized her. The flames burn from crevices in the rocks of the Cirali Mountains and ancient beliefs credit this location as the source of the myth of the Chimera, … [Read more...]

Olu Deniz – Forgiving the None Traditional Vibes

Olu Deniz Mountains

One of my favourite destinations on my solo tour was Olu Deniz. Located on the south western coast of Turkey, it is a popular holiday destination for many Brits. Flights to Dalaman Airport are frequent during the summer months and the transfer time is roughly just an hour. Now, I am not going to give you the spiel that Olu Deniz is the perfect introduction to Turkey, because it is not. It is far … [Read more...]

Kemer : Area Info on this Small Resort in Antalya

Antalya Kemer

Kemer is typical of most of the coastal resorts in Turkey. It pampers to the needs of tourists with crowded beaches, masses of five star luxury hotels and enough shops to empty your purse in the flash of an eye. However, I was not looking for the typical tourist experience. I wanted to find the face of Kemer that was not hungry for money and made it obvious at every opportunity. It was easy to … [Read more...]