Discover Turkey and charming Turkish riviera
The Turkish Riviera is an area of southwest Turkey, the most stunning part of Turkey's Mediterranean and Aegean coasts with its perfect sun, clean beaches, ultra luxury resorts, charming nature, ancient history, good entertainment and nightlife.
Antalya, the main city of this region is the largest city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey with its charming harbour.
It is typical of Turkey, a thriving modern city, with a historic heart in the centre of Kaleici, within the old city walls. The symbol of Antalya is the Yivli Minaret built by the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century. Culture lovers will find plenty of interest in the Archaeological Museum which has artefacts from the Paleolithic Age right through to Ottoman times.
Antalya has a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery, and the city is set high on cliffs, with many of its grandest hotels overlooking the sea on the outskirts of the town. The beach area of Lara, approximately 12 kms to the east is home to the best beach in the area, known for its golden sand, which is rapidly becoming a resort in its own right. To the west, the long pebble beach of Konyaalti is also popular. Heading up into the mountains, you can make the most of the beautiful scenery by visiting the spectacular Duden or Kursunlu Waterfalls to see a completely different side to the Turkish landscape.
Belek is Turkey's premier golf resort. The setting is spectacular with long, golden sandy beaches, and a backdrop of mountains. It has won awards for environmentally friendly development and there are many rare species of plant and wildlife indigenous to the area.
Alanya is a modern holiday resort, famed for its beautiful sandy beaches. Its harbour is dominated by the Red Tower, which protected the dockyards in Seljuk times, the remains of which can still be seen in the waters. Alanya has lots of blue flag beaches, unusual sights, options for accommodation, good shops, restaurants and lively nightlife.
Kemer is one of Turkey's first multipurpose resorts, carefully planned to blend in with the surrounding scenery. At its heart is the attractive marina, a stopping off point for gulets on the blue cruise. Surrounded by pine forests, Kemer offers a full range of accommodation including five star hotels, all designed to blend into the natural environment.
Olympos: Olympos is a charming spot set on a 5 km long beach amidst unspoilt nature. The ancient ruins of Olympos include baths, a temple, Roman theatre and necropolis.
Cirali: To the north of Olympos, past the attractive beachfront hamlet of Cirali, high on the hillside is the legendary burning flame of Yanartas, literally burning stone.
Phaselis: The three harbours of this Lycian port city were once a major commercial centre. In the shelter of Mount Tahtali, it is a popular stopping off point for yachts, and its clear waters and sandy beaches are popular with sun-seekers. The remains of Phaselis are mostly Roman and include a theatre, baths, aqueducts, Hadrian's Gate, an agora and an acropolis.
Side is set on a peninsula with sandy beaches to either side, surrounded still by the ancient city walls. It boasts an impressive ancient Hellenistic theatre, the largest in the area, with seating for 17.000, overlooking the sea; a charming museum and the stunning Temple of Apollo, a romantic spot at sunset. Side has something for everyone; great beaches, history, an abundance of shops, lively nightlife and a good choice of restaurants.