The largest of Turkey’s Mediterranean coastal resorts makes a strategic starting point for exploring the Turkish Riviera and whether you want to try white water rafting or marvel over the fabled Pamphylian cities, there are plenty of choices for day trips from Antalya. Here are some of the best.
With its milky white sands hemmed in by thick pine forests and glassy blue waters lapping at the shore, Cleopatra Island offers a good impression of paradise, and it’s easy to see why its namesake was besotted with the Mediterranean island. Today, visiting Cleopatra Island from Marmaris makes a popular choice for a day trip, with boats running from the nearby Gelibolu Bay the island draws a steady stream of tourists to admire its unique sands and ancient ruins.
With its long, golden sands, picturesque hillside villas and jagged coastal cliffs, Alanya ranks among Turkey’s most attractive Mediterranean resorts, and its lively nightlife, historic sights and close proximity to the Taurus Mountains means there’s never a shortage of things to do. Whether you fancy hiking to a hilltop castle, diving to a sunken city or zipping along the coast on a quad bike, here are our top five things to do in Alanya.
Turkey’s public baths date back to ancient Roman times, but the traditional Turkish bath, or hamam, was made famous by the Ottomans, initially the lavish baths of the sultans and, later, public bathhouses. Today, the traditional hamam still lives on, not just for tourists, but for local women to meet and catch up on gossip, men to cleanse prior to prayer or pre-wedding or christening bathing. For visitors, it’s an unmissable attraction, offering the chance to not only take part in an age-old Turkish tradition, but relax and unwind after a busy day’s sightseeing.
With its mix of traditional bazaars and modern shopping malls, ardent shoppers will find both big-name designers and quality handicrafts in the Turkish capital. Whether you’re hoping to snag a bargain or searching for unique souvenirs, here’s the lowdown on shopping in Ankara.
With over 40 kilometers of sandy coastline, a smattering of Greek islands and azure waters teeming with tropical fish, Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast is a worthwhile alternative to the busy resorts of the Mediterranean coast, with many great beaches around Kusadasi.
Whether you’re taking a shore excursion while cruising the coast or holidaying in the Turkish Riviera, the sun-soaked port town of Fethiye makes an ideal base for exploring the highlights of the Turquoise Coast. From visiting an ancient Greek city to hiking through Turkey’s longest gorge, here are a few of the best day trips from Fethiye.
Right in the heart of the old town, stretching east of Konak Square, Izmir’s Kemeraltı district offers a vibrant introduction to Turkish life, with its 17th-century shopfronts, vaulted alleyways and traditional street bazaar. The maze of small streets are ideal for a walking tour, and the district is dotted with significant buildings, including the Hisar Camii, the city’s largest mosque, as well as the landmark Saat Kulesi clock tower.
As one of the most popular cruise destinations along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Fethiye sees many visitors who often have only a day or half-day to explore, and it can be difficult to see more than the top attractions on a whistle-stop tour. Once you’ve explored the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos and topped up your tan at the beaches of Fethiye, add another dimension to your trip with one of these four local experiences in Fethiye.
One of the most popular destinations along Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast, Marmaris makes a strategic basecamp for exploring the region’s top attractions. Whether you want to spot loggerhead turtles in their natural habitats, discover some of Turkey’s best beaches or spend the day on a Greek island – here are some of the best day trips from Marmaris.