[info] Top Ten Holiday Resorts and Destinations in Turkey
Top Ten Holiday Resorts and Destinations in Turkey from toptenturkey.com
1. Bodrum - Halicarnassus
Bodrum, is probably the best resort in Turkey. It is a peninsula in the southwest of Turkey and about 25 minutes drive from Bodrum-Milas International Airport. Bodrum peninsula incorporates Bodrum-center and the small villages of Turgutreis, Bitez, Yalikavak, Gümüslük and Gümbet.
The history of Bodrum goes back to the 6th century BC. It used to be known as
Halicarnassus and was one of the important cities of the Caria region. The father of history, Herodotus was born in Halicarnassus around the 5th C BC. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum, tomb of King Mausolus was also built in this city. Today, its foundations are well-preserved. Bodrum's other important historical attraction, St. Peter's Castle was built by the knights of St. John in the 14th C.
Bodrum is famous for its night life and has something to offer everyone from dancing shopping, sunbathing, sailing, sightseeing and feasting.
Marmaris is a well-established and organized resort. It has an excellent yacht marina and the beautiful coastline is surrounded by pine-clad mountains. An Ottoman castle built in the 14th C now overlooks the marina and is the main
historical attraction of the city. The Atatürk National Park is a very popular spot for picnics. Marmaris town, Içmeler and Turunç have beautiful beaches for sunbathers and swimmers.
Marmaris is the place for shoppers. Leather, jewelry and many other souvenir stores are available. Shopkeepers are very welcoming and provide you with apple tea and a friendly atmosphere.
3. Fethiye - Ölüdeniz
Fethiye is one of the popular resorts in Turkey. It is located in the southwest of Turkey and is about an hour drive from Dalaman International Airport. It is surrounded by high mountains and pine forests.
Fethiye, once known as Telmessos dates back to the 6th C BC. It was one of the major cities of the Lycian region in ancient times. Today there is a very well preserved theater with 10,000 seating capacity. The other main attraction is the tomb of Amyntas, a Lycian noble.
Ölüdeniz is probably the most famous beach in Turkey. The blue lagoon sweeps around on its seaward side into a vast crescent shaped sand and pebble beach, all framed by a spectacular backdrop of pine forests and mountains.
Fethiye and Oludeniz together offer their visitors wonderful scenery and holiday atmosphere.
4. Altinkum - Didim
Altinkum or Golden Beach in English is a popular resort for beach lovers. It is located on the West coast of Turkey, 1.5 hour drive from Izmir and Bodrum Airports.
Very close to Altinkum, there is the temple of Apollo which is one of the largest temples of Asia Minor built around 8th C. BC. In ancient times, there was an oracle in the temple who gave prophesies to people. It is a must-see place for history and archaeology lovers!
Today Altinkum offers beautiful beaches, water sports, good restaurants, bars and a good value holiday!
5. Dalyan - Caunos
Dalyan, meaning fishing village in Turkish is a small and unspoiled little town on the Southwest coast of Turkey. It is about 35 minutes drive from Dalaman International Airport.
In ancient times, there was a harbour and a city named Caunos that was founded in the 6th C BC. Caunos was an important city of the Caria region. There are also 4th C BC rock-cut tombs in Dalyan which you can see while
cruising the river by boat.
The main feature of Dalyan is the river with the rustling reeds, home to a variety of fish and birds. The popular mud baths containing sulphur are said to make you look younger and more beautiful. Dalyan is the meeting place of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. It has a long and sandy beach. It is one of the few beaches left on the Mediterranean coastline where Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs.
Part of the famous movie, African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart was also filmed here.
6. Kas - Antalya
Kas is situated in a beautiful bay where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean Sea. It is about 3 hours drive from Antalya Intl Airport. The turquoise water and small white beaches make it an attractive holiday destination.
In ancient times, Kas was known as Antiphellus. The 5m high Lycian Tomb is very impressive and worth visiting. It dates from the 4th C BC and is now the symbol of the town.
The small town of Kas is still largely unspoiled and a great place to enjoy the authentic atmosphere in the local cafes and restaurants.
7. Kemer - Antalya
It is about 40 mins drive from Antalya Intl. Airport.
Kemer is an excellent base for exploring the ancient city of Olympus. Although very little of the city remains it is well-known for its "eternal flame" where burning methane gas escapes from deep underground. In ancient times this natural phenomenon gave rise to the Greek legend of the Chimaera, a fire-
breathing creature said to live in the area.
Today, Kemer is a well organized and modern resort and offers a great value
Kusadasi has an international harbor for cruise liners. The world famous ancient city of Ephesus is very close to Kuþadasý and every year thousands of tourists stop over to visit this magnificent city. In the old quarter of Kusadasi, you can stroll on cobbled streets and see interesting houses built in the Ottoman architectural style.
Kusadasi offers its visitors beautiful beaches such as Ladies Beach, Kustur Beach and Milli Park. There is a great variety of shops and a bustling weekly market, extensive dining options including pubs, bars and cafes.
Alanya played an important role during the 11th and 12th C as a primary port and naval base of the Seljuk Turks. Several well preserved and fascinating buildings remain. The Red Tower, Fortress and the medieval shipyards are well worth a visit.
Today, Alanya has a great deal to offer any visitor, beaches and water sports, history and culture, restaurants, bars and shopping.
This popular seaside town has a unique atmosphere as ancient ruins and quaint cottages stand side by side.
Side offers something for everyone. The magnificent and well preserved ancient theater dates from the the 2nd C AD. It is one of the largest in Turkey and seats over 14,000 people.
Side has a number of beaches and while some offer a variety of water sports others are quieter and provide an ideal getaway. The town's winding alleyways and harbor offer a wide selection of restaurants, bars and small shops packed with beautiful souvenirs.