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Turkish Riviera

Map depicting the Turkish Riviera in blue, highlighting, from east to west, the major settlements of Alanya, Antalya, Kemer, Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum, Kuşadası, and Çeşme
Beaches of Marmaris
Beach and marina in Kemer

The Turkish Riviera (Turkish: Türk Rivierası), also known popularly as the Turquoise Coast, is an area of southwest Turkey encompassing the provinces of Antalya and Muğla, and to a lesser extent Aydın, southern İzmir and western Mersin. The combination of a favorable climate, warm sea, mountainous scenery, fine beaches along more than a thousand kilometers of shoreline along the Aegean and Mediterranean waters, and abundant natural and archaeological points of interest makes this stretch of Turkey's coastline a popular national and international tourist destination.

Among the archaeological points of interest are two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The ruins of the Mausoleum of Maussollos in Halicarnassus; and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus.[1]

The Turkish Riviera is also the home of the internationally known Blue Voyage (a.k.a. Carian Cruise), which allows participants to take a week-long trip aboard the local gulet schooners to ancient cities, harbors, tombs, mausolea, and beaches in the small coves, forests, and streams that are on the Turquoise Coast.[citation needed]

The coastline is further regarded as a cultural trove that provides background on a fascinating mixture of factual and mythological individuals, conflicts and events, and has frequently been referred to in the folklore of various cultures throughout history. As such, it is regarded as the home of scholars, saints, warriors, kings, and heroes, as well as the site of numerous well-known myths. Mark Antony of the Roman Empire is said to have picked the Turkish Riviera as the most beautiful wedding gift for his beloved Cleopatra of Egypt.[2] St. Nicholas, who later became the basis of the Santa Claus legend, was born in Patara, a small town close to present-day Demre.[3] Herodotus, regarded as the "father of History", was born in Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) in c. 484 BC.[4] The volcanic mountains to the west of Antalya, near Dalyan, are believed to have been the inspiration for the mythical Chimera — the fire-breathing monster that Bellerophon slew.[2]

Communities and settlements

Many cities, towns and villages in the area are internationally known, such as Alanya, Antalya, Bodrum, Çeşme, Fethiye, Kalkan, Kaş, Kemer, Kuşadası, Marmaris, and Side.

Places on the Turkish Riviera include:

Image gallery

Panoramic view of Alanya, inhabited since the Hittites and the medieval homeport of the Seljuk naval forces, famous today for its natural environment and historic monuments.
Paradise Bay in Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, the city of Herodotus and the home of the Mausoleum of Maussollos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

See also


  1. ^ "Seven Wonders of Ancient Times". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b The Mediterranean Region of Turkey ; archived copy at Archived November 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Herodotus". Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2017.