Enjoy the great outdoors on the Turkish Riviera


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With a colossal 1,000 km of coastline and around 300 days of sunshine a year, this part of the Mediterranean deserves its nickname of the Turkish Riviera.

Picture sparkling seas and pristine beaches, fragrant pine forests and rugged mountains, and you’ll almost imagine it. But in addition to the best beaches and stunning outdoor environments for hiking, biking, and adrenaline-seeking, the Turkish Mediterranean is packed with historic sites and some of the best golf courses in the country.

Wonder on the water

The Turkish Riviera is famous for its beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, such as the vast expanse of golden sands of Patara. But there are also secluded bays, natural pools and cool streams to explore. And the best way to discover them is from the sea, on a Blue Cruise.

Schooner Cruise

Take the helm of a classic Turkish Gulet for a vacation experience you will never forget. With sails and motor, these elegant ships are an integral part of the Turkish coastal scene. You can sail for a week – or more – visiting some of the most beautiful places on the Riviera. Moor at Demrethe home of the original Saint Nick, or the traditional fishing village of Dalyanwith its waterfront restaurants and cliffside tombs.

Day trips

If the days – and nights – on the water don’t have you floating, you can opt for a day trip from one of the many resorts and ports that dot the Riviera. Take a cruise from Antalya Port to explore some of the ancient sites that litter this coast, including Olympus to Cirali and Side, a favorite with Antony and Cleopatra. Or try an island-hopping picnic or a romantic sunset cruise.

underwater world

If the shimmering Mediterranean calls you, you can go further than a dip in the cool blue. Underwater, there is a whole world of ancient history, flora and fauna to discover. Try snorkelling or opt for a diving lesson to explore below the surface of the sunken city of Kekova or the underwater remains of Phaselis. The ancient ruins are home to all kinds of creatures.

Fun for the whole family

The Turkish Riviera is a wonderful place for a family vacation and you really will find something for everyone here – from babies to teenagers, parents to grandparents.

Family resorts

Families come in many shapes and sizes, as do accommodation options on the Turkish Riviera. There are stylish beachside hotels, all-inclusive resorts with large pools, sprawling water parks, luxurious spas, boutique hotels, and rural retreats. Whether you’re looking for the best kids’ club or a unique activity you can do as a family, this stretch of coastline has you covered.

Be wild in nature

With campsites in pine forests, scenic hiking trails and biking trails, you can easily get off the beaten track and experience a different side of the Turkish Riviera. The Lycian Way (Likya Yolu) is Turkey’s first long-distance hiking trail. You might not cover the 500 km from Fethiye to Antalya, but it’s perfect to immerse yourself in. Enjoy views of azure seas, ancient cities and the towering Taurus Mountains.

Or discover the robust Taurus Mountains on horseback before heading to the beach for an exhilarating gallop on the sand. Many stables are close to the beach and offer mountain hikes with breathtaking views.

Look for a thrill

This region is a paradise for adventurous families. Aside from the slides and rides at countless water parks and theme parks, there’s plenty more to get your heart pumping.

Try rafting on the icy waters of Koprulu Canyonor by canoe on the Xanthos River through Patara National Park. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try paragliding from the hills above Kas, with stunning views of the Cukurbag peninsula. There are also two skydiving centers in this area, in Kas and Side.

And if your nerves are still intact, try rock climbing and caving. The largest developed climbing area in Turkey is in Geyikbayiri, but there are many other routes including Olympos and Karataslar. For caving, head to the magnificent stalactite cave of Damlatas, with temperatures around 22°C throughout the year. Or Karain Cavethe largest cave in the country once inhabited.

Golf getaway

The Turkish Riviera has some of the finest golf courses in the Mediterranean, and they certainly offer spectacular views. Many have been created by world famous golf course designers and some come with their own five star accommodation.

Belek is the place to go if you are traveling with your clubs. It’s a big hitter on the European golf circuit, with 15 courses on a small stretch of the Mediterranean coast. The average temperature here is around 19°C, which means you are on the green all year round.

Company favorites include the Faldo King Course at Cornelia Golf Clubdesigned by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo and the Lykia links type courses. It is the first and only links course in the Mediterranean and offers magnificent views of the aquamarine sea.

There is also the legendary Antalya Golf Club with its two PGA-approved courses to try. And the Original, National Golf Clubwith a magnificent course through mature pines and eucalyptus, with the Taurus mountains in the background.

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If you’re looking forward to exploring the Turkish Riviera, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need an entry visa, but you must Fill in this form no more than 72 hours before travel. Be sure to check out our latest offers and double-check all entry requirements with our live COVID-19 travel map before booking.


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