Eclectic, mystical, and fascinating: Turkey has been a meeting place for cultures and has enormous regions that preserve natural treasures.
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1. Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon – Fethiye
Ölüdeniz (the Dead Sea, in Turkish) is a small town located in the Fethiye district, Mugla province. Its coastline, bathed by the Aegean Sea, is known for its Blue Lagoon: a natural reserve with beaches of crystal clear water and shades of turquoise blue that is reminiscent of Caribbean beaches.
2. Pamukkale – Denizli
In the province of Denizli, there is Pamukkale (cotton castle in Turkish), an unexpected geological formation product of tectonic movements that caused the appearance of copious sources of hot springs. Along with Hierapolis, the ancient Hellenistic city that was made on top of this “castle”, Pamukkale, has been declared a World Heritage Site since 1988. Definitely, a must if you are visiting Turkey.
3. Kaputas beach – Kas and Kalkan
In southwestern Turkey, between the cities of Kas and Kalkan, is Kaputas Beach: a magnet for visitors to the region because of the beauty of its waters. Do not miss the opportunity to organize some excursions and activities such as kayaking, rafting, boat routes, and through the mountains.
4. Ephesus Izmir – Smyrna
Ephesus, named after one of the queens of the Amazons, was a major port city, religious, cultural, and commercial center. Currently, there are Greco – Roman ruins of the city and early Christian and Byzantine remain. The city was famed for the temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and we find in it the library of Celsus, the door of Augustus, or the tomb of the apostle John.
5. Aspendos – Antalya
About 45 km east of present-day Antalya is Aspendos: a Greco-Roman city that played no influential role in ancient times as a political force but is nonetheless famous for having one of the best-preserved theaters in the Roman world. , which was built under the emperor Marco Aurelio by the architect Zeno.