Where to look for unusual Turkey
Turkey is much more than the resorts of Antalya. The country can offer its guests not only azure beaches, excellent service and modern hotels, but also the brightest natural diversity, ancient cities with rich history and extreme adventures.
Statistics show that eight out of ten Russian tourists, thinking about holidays in Turkey, are called Antalya and nearby resorts. On the one hand, this is understandable, on the other – at least strange. After all, this country offers guests not only sun-drenched beaches and modern resorts, but also mountains buried in stormy vegetation, ancient cities with a rich history and real furious extreme adventures. To understand all this diversity, we’ll dwell on the top 7 alternatives to the usual rest in Antalya.
Marmaris is known to the mass tourist as a lively youth resort with an incredibly noisy atmosphere and vibrant nightlife. But not many people know that there are many cultural and historical heritage sites preserved here. Rising from the more modern quarters of the city to the nearby hills, you will find yourself in the castle of Marmaris. It was built in the XVI century on the site of an ancient fortress. The historic landmark is open to tourists and offers to get acquainted with amazing artifacts in the museum located here. Marmaris is a popular place from which cruises start along the coast. A number of charter boats are “parked” in its harbor. After dark on the streets of the resort, countless bars, open-air clubs and music venues open up. During the day, visitors can relax on a pebble beach and stroll along the beautiful promenade. 75 km to the east of Marmaris is located the quiet village of Koychegiz and the lake striking with its natural beauty. On the islands in the middle of the reservoir are mud baths. We recommend renting a boat and be sure to swim to this highlight of Koychegiz.
Where to look for an unusual Turkey? 7 alternatives to Antalya
The city of Pamukkale, located in the western part of Turkey, is largely known for its white limestone terraces. Its name in Turkish means “cotton castle” and it really fits this place. Baths flickering under three-kilometer chalk rocks, filled with waters of hot springs, contain healing minerals. Add to this the countless waterfalls connecting all the pools together. This natural creation has arisen as a result of an earthquake and has a truly magical power. This is a place with an ancient history in the middle of the modern region. Believe me, you will remember such a fantastic landscape for the rest of your life. The temperature of the water coming from 17 sources usually ranges from 30 ° C to 100 ° C. Visitors are allowed to swim in almost all of them. According to legend, Cleopatra herself took baths here. Among other attractions of Pamukkale, we note the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapol of the Roman Empire and the Ancient Theater. In addition to walking, vacationers can see the sights from the height of bird flight, taking a flight in a balloon or paraglider. Be sure to try in one of the local open-air restaurants Turkish pancakes, known as “borek”, washed down with ayran. Despite the fact that the city has no access to the sea, it will give you a lot of vivid impressions. Perhaps even more than any of the Mediterranean resorts.
180 kilometers from Antalya is the Kas resort, sandwiched between the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the soaring Lycia mountains. This place is considered to be an adventure center in Turkey. The picturesque former Greek fishing village has been preserved almost in authentic form due to its hidden location and the absence of large beaches. As a result, prices in modest restaurants and shops remain acceptable, the locals are friendly, and the atmosphere is idyllically relaxing. All this makes Kas an ideal place for a family holiday with an interesting leisure. Take for example the Exodus Turquoise Coast Adventure tour. It includes various types of activities: from shopping in the local market to sea kayaking over the ancient sunken city near the island of Kekova and the rope course in the Saklykent canyon. Kas is also considered one of the best diving sites in Turkey.
Oludeniz is a small beach resort on the turquoise coast of Turkey, known for its stunning blue lagoon and very popular with water sports and paragliding. Five kilometers from it is the abandoned village of Kayakoy, in which life was in full swing until the 20s of the last century.