Turkey, open your face!
Imagine our tourists without Turkey, just like Turkey without our compatriots, for several years now simply impossible. Our people have thoroughly mastered the Mediterranean coast: from May to October on the Turkish Riviera (Kemer, Antalya, Belek, Side, Alanya), Russian dialect drowns out all others. But this is not the whole beach Turkey …
Get to all of these resorts from Antalya Airport (3 hours of summer from Kiev). The cheapest holiday is in Alanya. There are two-star hotels and pebble beaches. The most expensive is in Belek, the hotels of which do not fall below the level of 4 stars, and the sea is exclusively velvet sand. In Kemer, a lot of greenery, and Antalya, on the contrary, is not very suitable for spending time outdoors – city hotels prevail here and you will have to go down to the sea from a high embankment or even go by bus.
But Turkey is not only Antalya. The territory of the state is not limited to the Black and Mediterranean coasts. Resort places located on the Aegean Sea are still “far” away from us, and local hotels are filled mainly by tourists from Germany, England, Norway, Finland and Israel.
Although Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum, Kusadasi and Focha undoubtedly belong to Turkey, they are largely different in nature from the already familiar resorts of this sea power, and here the influence of neighboring Greece is felt throughout.
Marmaris is especially fond of beach lovers from Norway. As the Norwegians themselves explain, the local mountains and fjords very much remind them of their home country. Marmaris (110 km from Dalaman airport, flight to Dalaman – 3 hours) – a very picturesque corner, is a cozy bay, surrounded by mountains covered with pine forests. Low 35% humidity, healing mountain air saturated with essential oils – all this creates a unique microclimate in Marmaris. It is considered to be the most European of all Turkish resorts.
You can stay in Marmaris in a hotel of almost any category, from modest economical campgrounds to chic “holiday village”. The most expensive and prestigious are located 8 kilometers from the city center in Icmeler, which is connected to Marmaris embankment. And all the entertainment places and restaurants are located on the so-called “Bar Street”.
Fethiye, located 60 kilometers on the other side of Dalaman Airport, is considered to be an even more expensive resort. The beaches here are sandy and sandy and pebbly, and the cost of hotels is 15–20% higher than in Marmaris. The main attraction of the Fethiye area is the sandy lagoon of Olya Deniz, and simply the Dead Sea. In the lagoon, separated from the open sea by a 4-kilometer oblique, there are never waves.
Bodrum, another tourist destination in Turkey, is located 226 kilometers north of Dalaman. A small fishing village that once appeared on the site of the ancient city of Helikarnas, then grew into a bohemian resort corner of Turkey, the historical center of which still retains the charm of antiquity in its narrow streets, where shops and souvenir shops have not stolen. All the attributes of a modern resort are located closer to the waterfront. The main attractions of the city are the port that made Bodrum a sailing center, and the castle of the 15th century Crusaders towering above it. Hotels in Bodrum – for every taste: from quite old to the most modern. If you live in close proximity to the city, then for swimming it is better to choose one of the neighboring bays, where windsurfers, divers and tourists who prefer clean sandy beaches and clear sea have moved. A port filled with yachts does not contribute to the purity of coastal waters. But the nightlife of the city is concentrated just in the harbor area.
Vacationers in Bodrum will certainly visit the nearby Black Island with hot springs, beating out of the ground in a picturesque grotto, and the small cove Aquarium, so named because of its crystal-clear water, in which every fish is visible. At 3-4 hours drive from Bodrum are Ephesus and Pamukkale.
Over the past 20 years, Kusadasi (flight to Izmir – 3 hours), located on the shores of a beautiful bay 90 km from Izmir, has turned into a prestigious resort with luxury hotels and wide sandy beaches. The symbol of the city and its main decoration is an ancient fortress, towering on Pigeon Island, connected to the city by a dam. Kusadasi attracts tourists not only for its beaches and clear sea water, but also for its proximity to ancient cities: Ephesus, Didim, Milet, Selcuk.
In Cheshme (flight to Izmir), once an inconspicuous small fishing village in the most western point of the Asian part of Turkey (80 km from Izmir), holidaymakers are now flooded. It is believed that off the coast of Cesme is the cleanest water in the Aegean Sea, and the local hot springs have healing properties. The north coast of the cape is an ideal place for surfing. From here there is a ferry to the Greek islands of Kos, Samos and Chios.