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9 days driving around Turkey

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9 days driving around Turkey

Hi everyone,

We have 9 days and are renting a car driving from Istanbul - we're thinking of going down the Agean/Mediterranean coast, via Bozcaada, Izmir... to Fethiye and then north back up to Istanbul (maybe via Egirdir?).

Do you think this route is feasible or likely to be too much driving? And does anyone have recommendations for places to stop (ideally off the beaten track with not too many tourists, also camp sites)?,

Any suggestions would be very gratefully received!


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1. Re: 9 days driving around Turkey

Maybe think about flying from Istanbul to Izmir and driving to Antalya for a flight back to Istanbul.

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2. Re: 9 days driving around Turkey

I agree with David..better to fly to Izmir or Antalya and rent a car at the airport and drive around the coastal regions

you also can do this same trip in the reverse direction and fly to Antalya to begin your journey.

both sunexpress and pegasus airlines have direct flights available



you could try these sites for finding flights



as for 7 nights between Izmir and Antalya or vice versa I would do this;

Selcuk ( 1-2 nights )

Pamukkale ( 1 night )

Fethiye ( 1-2 nights )

Cirali ( 2 nights )

As for the amount of days it is up to you. One can easily spend 10 days just exploring the Antalya coastal areas ( Lycian coastline ) with the vast amount of historical and rural villages with lovely beaches..The entire coastline of Antalya ranging from the city of Antalya to Fethiye is a wonderful way to spend a vacation. And some with spendid beaches and historical areas. Here are some great places to visit south west from Antalya - Phaselis, Cirali, Myra, Kekova, Kas, Kalkan, Xanthos, Patara, Telmessos, Fethiye, Oludeniz, and Kayakoy.

A couple of places along the way from Antalya I recommend are Cirali, Kas, Ucagiz ( Kalekoy ), Patara and Kaya Koyu near Fethiye.

Cirali ( Çıralı ) is a very lovely and unspoilt area...with Olimpos Roman ruins scattered in a pine forest, a secluded 4km non-touristy beach, fertile fields, and the Chimaera, the world's oldest and best-known natural "eternal flame". Also a natural nesting-ground for carretta carretta (loggerhead turtles).

You can see my photos and the historicals sights in and around Antalya plus other places in Turkey at these pages;


Kaş is a small fishing, yachting and tourist town, and a district of Antalya Province of Turkey, 168km west of the city of Antalya. As a tourist town it is relatively unspoiled.

Patara (Lycian: Pttara), later renamed Arsinoe was a flourishing maritime and commercial city on the south-west coast of Lycia on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey near the modern small town of Gelemiş, in Antalya Province. It is the birth place of St. Nicholas, who lived most of his life in the nearby town of Myra (Demre).

Kaleköy (literally "Castle's village" in Turkish; ancient Lycian: Simena), is a village of the Kaş district in the Antalya Province of Turkey, located between Kaş and Kale, on the Mediterranean coast. Kaleköy faces the island of Kekova, and can be reached only by sea.

The village lies amidst a Lycian necropolis, which is partially sunken underwater. Kaleköy is overlooked by a Byzantine castle, built in the Middle Ages to fight the pirates which nested in Kekova. The castle contains a small theatre.

Kaya Koyu is an old Greek settlement 13km from the city centre. Kaya or Karmylassos was home to a sizeable Greek community until the population exchange treaty signed in 1923 between Turkey and Greece

have a read here;



I used the helpful pages of the Turkey Travel Planner to map out our journey and printed off the pages of the places I wanted to visit..

Distances & Travel Times from Izmir

Alaçati: (near Çesme): 72 km (45 miles), NW, 45 to 55 minutes by car, 1.25 hours by bus

Ephesus (Selcuk): 80 km (50 miles), 1-1/4 hours

Bodrum: 250 km (155 miles), 4 hours

These distances and travel times are from Selçuk, the town next to Ephesus:

Alaçati (near Çesme): 145 km (90 miles) NW, 2 hours by car, 3 hours by bus

Ephesus: 3 km (2 miles) SW, 10 minutes

Euromos: 105 km (65 miles) S, 1-1/2 hours

Fethiye: 306 km (190 miles) SE, 4.5 hours

Milas: 120 km (75 miles) S, 2.25 hours

Miletus: 62 km (39 miles) S, 1 hour

Mugla: 146 km (91 miles) SE, 2.5 hours

Pamucak Beach: 4 km (2.5 miles) E, 10 minutes

Pamukkale: 215 km (134 miles) E, 3-1/2 hours

Priene: 40 km (25 miles) S, 40 minutes

Here are prehaps a few highlights to stop along the way..and also I highly recommend ...Priene, Miletus, Didyma. We also stopped at the Temple of Zeus at Eurmos, Baffa Lake which both of these are before Didyma on the main highway

Distances & Travel Times from Dalyan;

People come for its setting on the placid Dalyan Çayi (Dalyan Creek), for the dramatic Lycian tombs hewn into the rockfaces that dominate the town on the west bank of the river, for the ruins of ancient Roman city of Caunos, and for broad Iztuzu Beach, a natural nesting-ground for carretta carretta (loggerhead turtles).

Upsteam, on the shore of placid Köycegiz Lake, are the Sultaniye hot springs, with their therapeutic (or at least fun) mud baths.

Antalya (Mountain route via Korkuteli): 260 km (161 miles), 4 hours

Antalya (Shore route via Kas): 371 km (231 miles), 7 hours

Köycegiz: 24 km (15 miles) NE, 35 minutes

Marmaris: 86 km (53 miles) W, 2 hours

Ortaca: 13 km (8 miles) E, 15 minutes

Fethiye: 76 km (47 miles) SE, 2 hours

Köycegiz - Peaceful and quiet, this traditional town sits on the shore of large, placid Köycegiz Lake connected to the Mediterranean by the reedy Dalyan River. Hot springs are nearby.

Göcek - Small, pristine and charming, this is primarily a nice port of call for yachters, but you can stop and enjoy it even if you're only the captain of a Toyota.

Fethiye - Built on the ruins of an ancient city, Fethiye has age-old stone sarcophagi in its streets and gardens, rock-hewn tombs in a cliff above the town, an active yacht harbor, a vast bay dotted with islands, and all tourist services. Also Kaya Koyu.

Ölüdeniz- Over the mountains south of Fethiye, this is perhaps Turkey's most beautiful beach, and also its most popular.

Patara - St. Nicholas ("Santa Claus") was born here, but visitors now come for the spacious, very long, very uncrowded beach as well as the sand-covered ruins of St Nick's Roman town.

Üçagiz/Kale - Close to Kas, Üçagiz is a tiny village on a cove with a sunken Roman city and an island (Kekova) with a Byzantine one.

Demre/Myra - Dramatic cliff tombs loom above a huge Roman theater, and vegetables grow everywhere in the rich alluvial soil. This is where St Nicholas did his good works, and where he is buried.

Finike - Once called Phoenicus, Finike is now a sleepy fishing town with a long pebble beach nearby.

Cirali / Olimpos Roman ruins scattered in a pine forest, a secluded beach, fertile fields, and the Chimaera, the world's oldest and best-known natural "eternal flame".

Phaselis - Once a thriving port shipping timber and rose oil, Phaselis is now a beatiful park backing its three perfect little bays good for a swim.

and then finally Antalya...

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