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Beautiful beaches and majestic mountains

Nearly 1600 kilometres long, the Mediterranean Coast boasts beautiful, long stretches of fine-sand beaches gently lapped by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The imposing Taurus Mountains provide a dramatic and beautiful backdrop to the coast, hiding many tranquil villages where you can experience a taste of traditional Turkish life. Historic sites and ruins scattered throughout the countryside amid fantastic natural beauty, make the Mediterranean Coast the ideal place for a fascinating villa holiday.

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Retail therapy in Mediterranean Coast

Shopping on the Mediterranean Coast is a delight whether you would like to browse, or purchase souvenirs of your holiday. You will find an array of interesting and traditional shops and markets all over the region, and especially in the bustling main towns. Many fantastic souvenirs are available in the busier resorts, and if you stroll around the shops and bazaars you will find designer fashions and handbags, as well as local produce and crafts such as wonderful spices, and intricately woven carpets and rugs. Buying anything in Turkey is a fascinating and fun experience, as it often involves haggling with shopkeepers to reduce the asking price!

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Hints of history in Mediterranean Coast

The Mediterranean Coast is packed with sites of ancient civilisations, historic cities and picturesque ruins. Plenty of these fascinating sites are open to visitors, such as the city of Xanthos and its Roman theatre and Acropolis, the Letoon theatre, the rock tombs, and the theatre of Antiphellos. Kekora is also particularly noteworthy, as many centuries ago the city was devastated by an earthquake and left submerged, and only partly visible beneath the sea. Near the popular resort of Dalyan, lies the fascinating archaeological site of Kaunos, which features an acropolis and also a 2000 year-old, wonderfully preserved theatre, which is still used for concerts today.

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On the beach in Mediterranean Coast

This spectacular stretch of coastline features many amazing sand and shingle beaches from well-known watersports centres and lively resorts, to quiet and secluded coves where you can get away from it all. Olu Deniz is regarded as one of the best beaches in all of Turkey, set in a stunning bay. A quieter atmosphere can be enjoyed at the various picturesque coves and pine tree-backed stretches of sand. Only accessible by boat, the breathtaking Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan offers unique opportunities to relax surrounded by an amazing natural environment, and to encounter the rare loggerhead turtles that nest here each September.

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Local cuisine in Mediterranean Coast

Try our some of the wonderful Turkish cuisine at the many traditional restaurants to be found in all the main resorts of the Mediterranean Coast. Typical dishes include stews and casseroles and also ‘mezzes’ – selections of various dishes giving you the chance to try out many different specialities in one meal. The familiar kebabs are also a Turkish speciality, so try out this delicious combination of meat and vegetables either in a pitta bread, or on a skewer. You will also find a variety of international food in the main towns.

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  • Discover the area's rich mountain scenery, with plenty to explore such as the stunning Butterfly valley or the awe inspiring lagoon of Olu Deniz.
  • Visit the colourful Fethiye bazaar where you can choose from a selection of fruits, vegetables, clothing and handcrafts.
  • This region is the heart of ancient Lycia and there are plenty of historic sites to visit, including Kaunos, Tlos, Pinara, Letoon, Xanthos and Patara.
  • Relax on one of the staggering choice of beaches. Some of the best beaches include Olu Deniz, Gemiler beach in Kaya, and Patara beach with its loggerhead turtles.
  • Visit the fascinating ruins of the old Greek settlement at Kaya - the inspiration for the Louis de Bernieres novel "Birds Without Wings."
  • For your evening meal why not purchase freshly caught fish and other seafood from the fish market in Fethiye and have it cooked as you wish at one of the many surrounding local restaurants.

Dalyan

The landscape surrounding Dalyan is breathtakingly beautiful. At the heart of a wide river delta, this charming little town is encircled by perfect, lush countryside naturally irrigated by a honeycomb of reed-lined water channels. A plethora of cosmopolitan bars and traditional restaurants in the town centre serve delicious fresh fish, plucked straight from the Dalyan channels. In this protected conservation area wildlife is abundant, with rare loggerhead turtles seen nesting each September along the five kilometres of beautiful sands at Iztutu beach, only accessible by taking a boat through the winding river channels from Dalyan.

  • 25mins fromDalaman

Gocek

This once small farming village is now transformed in to one of the top yachting destinations in Turkey. Situated in a valley surrounded by hills covered in pine trees, this beautiful resort still enjoys the perfect climate for farming which is evident in the promenades that are lined with orange, tangerine, grapefruit and lemon trees. A wonderful selection of traditional and international restaurants can be found dotted in the pretty streets that lead to Gocek’s four marinas. Often the entire bay can be awash with boats, from dinghies to multimillion dollar yachts. With no public beach available, those wishing to swim in the turquoise waters can take short trips by boat and water taxi to the nearby islands and coves which makes a fabulous day is out.

  • 20mins fromDalaman

Hisaronu

Similar to the neighbouring village of Ovacik, Hisaronu is situated amid beautiful scenery at the bottom of a mountain. Alongside beautiful views and some wonderful countryside, Hisaronu has a lively atmosphere, full of shops bars and restaurants, offering a selection of traditional and international cuisine. Being close to Olu Deniz beach, there is the opportunity to swim in the beautiful waters or get involved with the range of activities that are on offer.

  • 45mins fromDalaman

Kalkan

Smaller and quieter than neighbouring Kas, Kalkan is a small resort and fishing village, set on the hillside at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. The architecture here is unique – narrow streets are lined with whitewashed villas, their carved timber balconies interwoven with colourful bougainvillea. A small pebble beach provides access to the azure waters, and boat trips are an ideal way to check out the nearby sandy bays of Patara and Kapatus. The locals are warm and hospitable, and prepare delicious, locally caught fish which can be sampled some at one of their many roof-terraced restaurants whilst enjoying the magnificent sea views.

  • 2hrs fromDalaman

Kas

This Mediterranean seaside resort is framed by pine-covered mountains and a dramatic, rocky coastline, spilling into clear blue waters. This area is known for its fantastic range of watersports, whilst boat trips are a popular way to explore nearby coves, as well as the sunken cities of ancient civilisations through a glass-bottomed boat. Built on the ancient city of Antiphellos, Kas has a wonderful sense of history. Ruins scattered across the town are intermingled with narrow, cobbled streets, whilst a fantastic range of shops, boutiques and restaurants serve excellent local and international dishes.

  • 2hrs 45mins fromDalaman

Kaya

Kaya is a unique place, steeped in history. An unspoilt, picturesque area surrounded by farmland and mountains, the landscape includes a deserted, late-medieval village. Wander around and take in the sense of Greek history which permeates the ruins and enjoy stunning views at night when they are beautifully lit up. Visitors can enjoy a traditional meal in one of the local restaurants, or take a trip to one of the quieter local beaches.

  • 55mins fromDalaman

Loryma Resort

A unique aspect of the Loryma Holiday resort is its dedication to using spa treatments and especially the ancient arts of Ayurveda medicine which is practised in the Ayurveda centre. Ayurveda medicines are an 800 years old series of diagnoses and cures that put an emphasis on de-stressing, de-toxing and uses yoga to give a different perspective on health and life/ work balence. Loryma Resort itself lies on a verdant hillside overlooking Turunc Bay with magnificent views of coastal and pine covered mountain scenery, a perfect choice for those wishing to enjoy the beautiful Turkish landscapes , get outdoors and try exciting new activities . This resort is green-minded with a lot of its produce sourced from the hotel's own herb and vegetable garden and milk and cheese from the farm and they are also available to buy though is in-house store. Children will never get bored here, with a fun-filled kids animation club with daily activity plans, playground and children’s pool. There are two restaurants offering both European and authentic tasting Turkish dishes and two bars to choose from with delightful panoramic views. The sun terrace with swimming pool, loungers, parasols and poolside bar is just the place to relax and while away the hours. The inner complex offers an indoor pool, a spa pool, a sauna and a gym. The Ayurveda centre offers treatments to include detox, anti-ageing, stress-management, which include massages and alternative treatments. A trained specialist can offer an individual assessment and suggest a series of treatments based on the centuries old therapies For outdoors enthusiasts, there is plenty to keep busy, not least, a tennis court available to all comers. Trying something new is part of the appeal and an Outdoor team can provide nature walks, cycling and hiking. The Loryma Resort offers a variety of experiences; a holistic healing experience, a selection of outdoor activities, a relaxing time spent around the pools, all in a magnificent setting, with charming Turunc bay below.

  • 2hrs 30mins fromDalaman

Ovacik

Set amid beautiful countryside and boasting amazing scenic views, the lively resort of Ovacik is nestled on a plateau at the foot of Mount Babadag. Enjoying superb views of the surrounding pine clad mountains, Ovacik is a great destination for a villa holiday. Just a short drive from the fabulous Olu Deniz beach, the village provides a perfect holiday spot for lazing on the beach, as well as the possibility of a more active break.

  • 45mins fromDalaman

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