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Where in Turkey?

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Where in Turkey?

Hi

I was wondering/hoping if anyone could recommend some nice places in Turkey?

Myself (23) and my boyfriend (28) are looking for a great destination to take a weeks holiday in June.

We are looking for somewhere we can relax during the day but on the evening we can enjoy nice meals and drinks in a picturesque destination with a nice atmosphere (preferably by the sea). We don't know Turkey too well and looking for a little guidance/help.

I have visited places like Marmaris for girls 'party' holidays however we are looking to get away from the loud bars and nightclubs and visit somewhere a little more romantic.

Any tips/information anyone can share on recommended places in Turkey from their own experiences would be really helpful?

Thank you in advance.

Ellie

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1. Re: Where in Turkey?

Hi,

Check out Side, on the Antalya coast (about 1hr's drive from Antalya airport). It's different from Marmaris, even tho it's still obviously commercialised. There's a pictuesque harbour, Roman ruins amidst the restaurants, bars & shops, a lovely long stretch of sandy beach, Saturday markets, a long promenade, along which you can stroll & it's a good base if you want to do trips.

We like the Barut hotel chain & have stayed in the Hemera (about 40 mins walk along the prom, into Side, or catch the regular dolumus bus, near the front entrance) & also the smaller adults only Barut Andiz. The Andiz is only 20 mins (approx) walk into Side. The little town museum is worth a visit. There are bars & shops along the prom as well as the main road & it's lovely to watch the sunset along there, or 'people-watch', or sit at one of the places near the harbour. There are nightclubs but they're not 'in your face'.

The Side Prenses (near the Andiz) is also popular & commands a good position, with good views, around the bay.

Regards

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2. Re: Where in Turkey?

Check out Kalkan..

The UK press regularly feature Kalkan as the jewel in the crown of Turkey’s beautiful south western coastline. Here is a taste of what they have to say…

The Guardian

“Kalkan is like the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs. A few miles away is Patara beach, a spectacular 18km stretch of golden sand consistently voted one of the best beaches in the world. At night, Kalkan is prettier still – candle-lit roof-terrace restaurants look out across the glowing white dome of the mosque and the tiny harbour full of gulets. Kalkan is a little oasis of sophistication.”

Evening Standard

“Kalkan is a bougainvillea-covered harbour village only 20 minutes’ drive from Patara with cobbled, winding streets, chic boutiques and seafood restaurants.”

The Sunday Times

“Turkey’s Lycian coast has turquoise seas, white-sand beaches and spectacular Roman ruins. Kalkan is the most attractive town on the southwest coast. Its narrow, sloping alleyways, filled with elegant shops and bars, lead down to the harbour, where you’ll find good fish restaurants and regular boat trips to nearby Kaputas Beach. Patara is just a 20-minute drive away.”

The Daily Telegraph

“This Lycian coastline is truly spectacular. Rugged cliffs of pine forests plunge into turquoise sea. Between them are small bays of sand and shingle accessible only by boat. Kalkan, with its pretty harbour setting, has retained much of its character.”

Sunday Times Travel Magazine

“The road from Antalya along the coast past Finike and Kas to Kalkan has to be one of the most beautiful & uncluttered in the world. Kalkan is a sweetly sited harbour, in a natural bay.”

Woman

“As promised in the brochure, Kalkan is authentic, undiscovered Turkey – a buzzing little market village which really welcomes tourists. We found the local people generous, charming and honest. Kalkan has shops and restaurants and a village feel and comes alive at night. We ate local food – it seems as if there are 600 ways to cook an aubergine and the fish was so fresh it melted in the mouth.”

Edited: 13 January 2014, 23:30
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3. Re: Where in Turkey?

Have a look on the Bodrum Peninsula, there are some lovely resorts there such as Bitez, Yalikavak, Ortakent, Gundogan, Torba or Gumusluk.

They all have nice restuarants by the beach and are small enough to be romantic without being too quiet.

Have a look over on the Bodrum forums for more information.

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