Turkish Riviera

Turkey, Riviera Turkish Riviera is the most popular summer holiday region in Turkey. Photo: Dago Vidamann

Turkish Riviera or “Turquoise Coast”: Antalya, Kemer, Alanya, Fethiye and at least 60 large and small resorts are part of one of the most popular holiday regions of Turkey. Located in southern Turkey, mainly on the Mediterranean coast, Turkish Riviera offers over 1600 kilometers of the coastal zone for recreation with its chic and budget beaches, numerous hotels and thousands of villa rentals.

Turkish Riviera: from A to Z

Boundaries of the Turkish Riviera are determined from the Marmaris as the most western point to Alanya as the easternmost. Such resorts as Belek and Kusadasi Turkish Riviera shares with another resort region of the country - the Aegean coast.

Sights of Turkish Riviera

Turkish Riviera is the land of myths, which once could boast of two wonders of the world. There are the Halicarnassus Mausoleum and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. And even taking into account the fact that they are in ruins this in any case does not detract the importance of other attractions in the region. The ancient cities of the Riviera, including Patara, Xanthos and Myra still have a lot of interesting antiquities. In addition, many cities of the Turkish Riviera are famous with legendary personalities and saints, who at various times lived here. For example, in Ephesus you can see the house where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. The city of Myra (also known as Demre) is known as the birthplace of St. Nicholas. Bodrum, one of the major cities of the Riviera, is famous among other things as the birthplace of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.

Weather in the Turkish Riviera

Turkish Riviera is one of the hottest regions of Turkey. August here is considered as the peak month, despite the temperature, which often rises to +40 and more. Swimming season in the Turkish Riviera is one of the longest in Turkey. It starts already in early May and usually ends by early October. The most solar period is from June until the end of September. The average water temperature is from +20 in May to +27 in July and August.

Resorts of the Turkish Riviera

Among several dozen of resorts in the Turkish Riviera we've selected some of the most popular and interesting in our opinion.

Bodrum is one of the largest resorts in the north Turkish Riviera, famous for its beach discos and feudal castles.

Antalya is the resort for all tastes and income levels. It is the capital of the Turkish Riviera and the largest city of the coastal area.

Marmaris is a region of yacht tourism. Here starts one of the most famous cruise routes along the Turkish coast - Blue Voyage.

Kemer is a modern resort in the vicinity of Antalya rebuilt in the 80's. Kemer is famous for its 100-kilometer long beach, which was awarded by the Blue Flag.

Fethiye is one of the luxurious resorts of the Turkish Riviera, with a cozy bay, ancient sarcophagi in the surroundings and gardens and a bustling tourist port.

Alanya is the East resort of the Riviera, known as a summer residence of the Turkish sultans. Alanya inherited a Seljuk fortress, which became a symbol of the resort.

Property in the Turkish Riviera

Turkish Riviera is one of the most saturated markets for real estate buying and renting in Turkey. This concerns both the number of buyers, and the number of proposals. Moreover, since 2000 the number of foreigners, who buy local property, has been steadily increasing. To date, tens of thousands of foreigners have apartments and villas in this picturesque area of Turkey. Antalya occupies the leading position among coastal resorts. As of 2010, the total number of foreigners owning real estate in Antalya has exceeded 25 thousand people.