Alanya, Turkey

Mediterranean Coast

This turquoise coast is littered with picture-perfect fishing villages, idyllic islands, pebble coves and spectacular ruins – the perfect mix of relaxation and history.

The Taurus (Toros) Mountains form a dramatic backdrop along much of the coast often dropping steeply right into the Sea, these mountains offer a little-visited wilderness making for some wonderful trekking.

One of the most relaxing and dramatic ways to experience this coastline is a sailing holiday to Turkey on board a Gulet, a traditional wooden yacht, where you can anchor in secluded bays surrounded by the smell of thyme and pine. Historical sites on this coastline include the amazingly-preserved Roman theatre of Aspendos, the underwater rooms at Kekova and the impressive cliff side Lycian tombs of ancient Kaunos at Dalyan.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Turkish Gulet, Turkey

Board a Traditional Gulet

Access remote coves and bays, unreachable by the masses, onboard a traditional gulet.

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Fethiye Coast, Turkey

Self-Drive the Mediterranean Coast

Hire a car for real freedom to explore the dramatic mountains, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan ports and rustic villages.

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Iztuzu Beach, Delta of Dalyan, Turkey

The Dalyan Delta

Explore the Dalyan Delta by river boat.

Kas beach view, Turkey

Kas Town

Wander the winding cobbled streets and soak up the local atmosphere in the harbour town of Kas.

Ruins of Knidos, Datca, Turkey

Knidos Ruins

Explore the Datça peninsula with its pretty harbour town and ancient ruins at Knidos.

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Ecce Navigo Gulet, Gocek, Turkey
Gocek Marina, Turkey

What to see and do

Exploring this coastline by gulet has to be hard to beat; but another hidden gem, should you prefer to be land-based, is the peninsula of Bozburun, which remains un-crowded and peaceful with a feel of what a holiday to Turkey must have been like some 50 years ago.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Gulet Nikola £££££

  • Europe

Nikola is a fully-crewed luxury sailing gulet cruising along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.  This is a fantastic opportunity for any first-time sailors to test the water in the world of cruising holidays. 

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D Maris Bay £££££

  • Turkey
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The D Maris Bay is a contemporary hotel set high on a cliff on the rugged Datca Peninsula in southwest Turkey. Crystal clear waters stretch out in front of the hotel, which has exclusive use of five unspoilt sandy beaches that can be accessed by funicular or water taxi.  The 196 spacious guestrooms include 36 suites on the upper floors and an exclusive villa, with beautiful mountain or sea views. The hotel has a number of swimming pools, an indoor spa and a good range of restaurant options.

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My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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