Turkey Location Guide

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Aegean Region

Bodrum

Bodrum is uniquely diverse holiday resort and town. It effortlessly combines ancient and modern, offering beautiful beaches, water sports, a brand new marina, excellent shopping, traditional bazaars, dining and nightlife alongside its proud cultural and historical heritage.

Turgutries

The second largest town on the Bodrum peninsular, Turgutreis offer the visitor a real glimpse of Turkish life combined with enough water sports and leisure activities to suit everyone’s tastes. It is famous for its long sandy beaches.

Yalikavak

Charming whitewashed houses, cascading in bougainvillea and many small cafes and shops makes Yalikavak desirable; the town centre is traffic free and is a great place for shopping. Yalikavak is popular with Turks who live in cities and is a favourite destination of many Turkish celebrities.

Marmaris

Located on a bay surrounded by mountains and pine forests, Marmaris is where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet. It is a bustling holiday town with modern hotels, shops, lovely beaches and plenty of nightlife.  It is close to Efes and Pamukkale, where you can see the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis and other sites of historical interest Marmaris is and excellent place for water amateurs of all ages. The waters of Pamakkale are said to have restorative properties.

Mediterranean Region

Fethiye

Situated on the hills of mount Mendos, this pretty town sits on Turkey’s turquoise coast.  The coast is named so because as the sun sets, its waters are the clearest turquoise shade imaginable. And Fethiye has more riches  stored for you. There are long hot summers and warm rainy winters, beautiful beaches, sailing on gullets, great shopping and dining traditional bazaars and incredible cultural treasures.

Olu Deniz

Famed for its breathtaking beauty, Olu Deniz has become one of Turkey’s most acclaimed resorts. A popular anchorage for visiting yachts, the beaches are wide arcs of golden sand sheltered by pine clad hills and the town itself has excellent bars, restaurants and nightlife. Sightseeing trips nearby include the Dalyan mud spas and Butterfly Valley, home to the rare and unique Jersey Tiger butterfly.

Ovacik

Nestling at the base of the dramatic Baba Gai Mountains and close to Hisaronnu, this is one of the prettiest spots in Turkey; properties in Ovacik have stunning views over the surrounding pine and almond forests, orange groves and meadows. The village is close to the historical ghost village of Kayakoy, abandoned by its Greek inhabitants in 1923.

Gocek

Gocek lies on the coast next to Fethiye and has developed from a tiny fishing village to an important harbour town and holiday resort. It still maintains its roots in the flower and vine covered old buildings of the village streets and the handsome square dominated by the local mosque gives a real flavour of Turkey. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Kalkan

A peaceful resort and fishing town on the beautiful turquoise coast, Kalkan is largely untouched by mass tourism. Situated on a beautiful bay with narrow twisting streets and whitewashed villas, Kalkan is a heavenly spot.  Gastronomes will be pleased to know that fine dining has always been a way of life in Kalkan and it is said to have the highest number of restaurant and bars per inhabitant on the Turkish coast. Quiet and sleepy by day, at night Kalkan bursts into life with locals and visitors alike thronging the streets.

Dalyan

This charming traditional Turkish fishing town is in an idyllic location. Situated on a river close to the sea, with its wildlife sanctuary, stunning mountain views and one of the most important archaeological sites in Turkey on your doorstep, Dalyan is a pretty special place to live. Jeep safaris are popular here as is white water rafting, mountain biking, trekking, fishing, snorkelling and just sitting around admiring the views!

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Kas

This lovely, quiet village has timeless character with narrow cobbled lanes packed with shops and old Turkish houses festooned with flowering bougainvillea. Kas was known to the ancients as the ‘sponge capital of the world’ and is home to one of the Mediterranean’s best diving schools. You will be introduced to cave diving, sponge diving, the amazing amphora field and even some fascinating shipwrecks. The busy harbour is lined with restaurants and bars and it is a popular spot in the evening.

Antalya

Lying at the foot of a mountain range Antalya is one of the Mediterranean’s most important cities and now Turkey’s hottest holiday destination. A stunning holiday centre, the town boasts quiet palm limned boulevards, parks, excellent restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and a lovely marina.  Antalya airport offers direct flights to the UK all year round.

Alanya

East of Antalya, Alanya is a thriving port city surrounded by orange, lemon and banana groves. Alanya nestles on a rocky cape between two glorious sandy beaches, one of which is named after Cleopatra as this is where the famous Egyptian queen is said to have taken her morning dips. Alanya us a beautiful resort with top class bars, restaurants, excellent shopping and traditional Turkish handicrafts.

Belek

In an area known as the Turkish Riviera, Belek is a favourite destination of Turkey’s jetset crowd. It is a relatively new purpose built resort that has been carefully planned to blend in with its stunning environment of lush green pine and eucalyptus forests. There are five golf courses in the area as well as tennis clubs, swimming pools and athletic clubs.