The Turquoise Coast is an ancient land full of history and culture... Read more
Besides lying on the gorgeous beaches, a typical day might include visiting Bodrum Castle, the Amphitheatre at Xanthos, the Lycian tombs, and then going to see the loggerhead turtles in Dalyan.
The mountainous backdrop of the Turquoise Coast provides the perfect setting for an array of leisure activities and adventurous pursuits with the lovely wafting smell of orange groves as the background note. You can explore the Blue Lagoon from a para-glider at Olu Deniz or lie on the warming sands at Patara Beach as the sound of the waves envelops you. There are also partially submerged Roman ruins at Patara Beach, so you will be surrounded by ancient history. Browse the markets at Kas, or try water sports and yachting at Fethiye. For family-friendly beaches and lazy beach days, Ataturk Park is the place to be.
Many people visit the Lycian tombs in Dalyan and Myra and go to see the underwater treasures in the museum at Bodrum Castle. The amphitheatre at Xanthos should also not be missed. There is a spectacular canyon, Saklikent Gorge, which is 12 miles long and a beautiful sight to see. Your trip will not be complete without trekking along the Kapda Peninsula to the ancient ruins at Lydia, Lissia and Kyra.
You could take a boat trip to Rhodes for an overnight stay or drive to Ephesus to see the Artemis Temple and whilst there travel to Selluk to see the Library of Celsius. Exploring the Roman town of Caumus, Pammukale thermal springs and some Turkish baths are also other ways to spend a day out. Why not also visit the Besparrnak Mountains to see the nature reserve, or drive along the coast to see the Sunken City at Kekova?
Many people take a white-water rafting trip down the Dalaman River, a river boat cruise on the Dalyan River or go scuba diving to view amphora and other pottery. Other options include horse riding and rock climbing in Gokova. Another popular outing is to trek along the Lycian Way, where you will see the breath-taking coastline between Fethiye and Antalya.
You can view the eternal flame of Olympos and trek along the many paths and trails that radiate from Dalaman. Take a trip to Riza Cavus to experience thermal baths and mud masks, or spend time with the loggerhead turtles on Iztuzu Beach. You will find countless ancient ruins in this area.
If you eat at your hotel or resort, you will generally find standard English fare. If you want to try a variety of Ottoman and traditional Turkish foods such as meze, Dalaman is the place to go. As fish, vegetables and lamb are abundant in this region, you will find many of the dishes consist of these ingredients. Turkish coffee and teas will make a delightful finish with a serving of baklava.
Dalaman and Marmaris are full of music and laughter after dark and there are many clubs and bars. Further afield, Turkbuku, north of Bodrum, is becoming increasingly popular with celebrities, so is worth a visit if you enjoy celebrity spotting.
There are many markets and shops where you can haggle for carpets, evil-eye amulets, items of jewellery and leather goods. Marmaris bazaars and shops are definitely worth visiting, or try Koycegiz for its Monday market day and Dalyan's large Sunday market.
The temperatures in the summer can vary between 20-40C, with the cooler weather along the coast, so this period is better suited to water-related activities. The winter months are generally between 10-15C, so can be better for outdoor pursuits.