The Turquoise Coast of Turkey
The Turquoise coast of Turkey is nothing but admirable, scenic and of stunning beauty that will impress even the most hard core cynics of the country. Known as the long, jugged coastline that stretches between the rustic peninsula of Datca and the cosmopolitan region of Antalya, it also belongs to the Turkish Riviera that does not receive as much fame as its counterpart of France but is equally important, for it is the centre of a multi-millionaire industry of sailing enthusiasts and Blue voyage cruises.
Blue Voyage Cruise of the Turquoise Coast
1n 1925, Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, a Turkish writer was exiled to the coastal resort of Bodrum for unethical style of writing towards politics and issues of the day. Distraught at first, his exile turned into a blessing of disguise as he set to work exploring the coastline by hiring small fishing boats.
Nearly 50 years later, his explorations had been documented and his name was famous throughout Turkey for introducing the concept of the Turkish Riviera and Blue Voyage sailing routes.
The sailing routes visited small unknown villages of which some at that time were inaccessible by road. Also highlighted were historical sites and sandy beaches as well as water activities like scuba diving. These days, one of the most popular Blue voyage routes is the four day cruise from Fethiye to Olympos.
Passengers board a traditional gulet boat that is crafted by hand by craftsmen in small resorts like Bozburun. From there, life is pretty much about sailing, swimming, dinner on board and nights of sleeping under the stars.
Prominent Places of the Turquoise Coast
The broad and diverse centre of Fethiye has a knack of attracting all types of holiday-makers and expats. From the budget backpackers who drift there for a four day shared cabin cruise of the Turquoise coast, to the luxury holidaymakers who prefer the five-star hotels and private yacht rentals.
The region has established a firm reputation as a centre of excellence for sailing in Turkey, but it has boasts of many other attributes including its close distance to significant historical landmarks and its natural beauty landscapes like Saklikent Gorge.
On an even par with Fethiye, is Antalya. This region has not only established itself in terms of tourism and expat living but also as a major centre of business and transport. Antalya airport was previously named the best in Europe and annually it serves more than 25 million people. The city centre lures people in terms of shopping, but the smaller surrounding resorts are preferred for their beaches, laidback village style of life and specific themes such as Belek, that has become the golfing mecca of Turkey.
Although small, the resort of Kas has much admired respect from many nationalities. Despite being a popular tourist hub, its village appearance and ambiance is particularly appealing and it is highly commended by many for its hassle-free attitude towards holidaymakers, a concept that has earned other touristic places in Turkey, a bad name. Locals and expats enjoy a variety of attributes including the daytime ferry to the Greek island of Meis, scuba diving, paragliding and simply pure, Mediterranean cuisine at its best i.e., fish and seafood delicacies.