Turkey is such a huge country, that it would be a crime not to explore it. The southern coast is rich in history, culture, and of course, stunning natural sights, so really, if you’re there on holiday, why wouldn’t you want to get out and explore a little? You would be seriously missing out if you didn’t.
It’s easy to get around the country anyway, with long-distance buses regular and plentiful between major towns and cities. It’s quite cheap to travel this way too, and you don’t need to be fluent in Turkish to get around.
The Dalaman region is where most people tend to head for summer holidays, because this is the area that encompasses resorts such as Marmaris, Icmeler and Dalyan. A little further east along the coast however, you will find the Antalya region, and this is where the resorts of Alanya and Side are situated. Somewhere in the middle you will find beautiful Olu Deniz. Put simply, this part of the world is laid-back, charming, beautiful, and perfect for sailing.
It’s for this reason that you’ll find plentiful charter sailing trips, and a really popular one is the Fethiye to Olympos blue cruise. Don’t get this area of the world confused with the Greek mountain, as Olympos is actually an ancient Lycian city, situated in the Antalya Province of Turkey. A cruise of this kind will take you from Fethiye, a beautiful place in itself, through places such as Gocek, Marmaris, Olu Deniz, and Demre, where you will find Olympos. Camera holiday? Definitely!
You can do this kind of tour within a few days, leaving you to enjoy land-based activities for the rest of it. It is the best of both worlds and then some. You can also find out which area you prefer more, the Dalaman area, or the Antalya region. Maybe you enjoy both!
Turkey should definitely be explored. I’ve been countless times, and this is the realisation I’ve come to. The beaches may be amazing, but there is something to be said for checking out what is around your resort. The major tourist areas don’t showcase Turkish culture much, as obviously it’s all about tourism, so getting out and sightseeing a little inland, or to different towns on the coast, will show you Turkish way of life. Turkish people are hospitable, kind, and enjoy showing tourists their culture, language, and life. Throw in a few Turkish words, even just “hello”, to show you’re trying, and you will be rewarded with a smile and plenty of Turkish hospitality.
Warm, kind, beautiful, and of course, extremely sunny. What more could you want?