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Help deciding on coastal vacation

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Help deciding on coastal vacation

Looking for a good coastal spot in Turkey for a couple for 4-5 nights in July, and we're having trouble deciding what location is best for us!

We'll be flying from Istanbul and would like a hotel within approximately 30 minutes from an airport.

Couple in mid 20s looking for a beautiful area and hotel that is does not feel like a giant cruise ship or amusement park. We care about natural beauty and having a decent beach but also would appreciate a wonderful pool with a breathtaking view. Restaurants, shopping, and culture would also be nice but we don't need a major commercial area. We also do not need night life/clubs and prefer a more chill environment. Are all these coastal spots equally hot?

When I look at hotels in Bodrum City, they look great. But concerned about the lack of a real beach. Maybe we could do without a real beach if we had an amazing pool/view. Antalya sounds nice for beach, shopping, etc - but all these big resorts with water slides really don't appeal to us. Marmaris seems too crazy for us. Kas looks amazing but not close enough to an airport.

Would greatly appreciate any advice!! Thank you so much!!

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1. Re: Help deciding on coastal vacation

Look on the Cirali forum. That is how we found out about Cirali. Canmom on the forum graciously answers all questions. It is 1.5 hours from Antalya airport and my guess is it will tick all your boxes. We are going in June to both Kas and Cirali.

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2. Re: Help deciding on coastal vacation

Thank you Alison!! 1.5 hours is a bit far (we'll be flying to Tel Aviv to Istanbul to the coast), but it's a good option to look into! Do you think Bodrum would fit us? I seem to find so much mixed info online.

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3. Re: Help deciding on coastal vacation

hi Jacob G,

welcome to the forums. The biggest problem is usually the most built up areas are the closest to the airports with large resorts catering for all-inclusive holidays. so to find those quieter places one must travel a bit further afield away from the large resorts

plenty of great beaches on the med.




a few places come to mind...perhaps Dalyan, Cirali, Patara , Olu Deniz, and Side just to mention a few.

many beaches in Turkey are shingle beaches with mixes of sand and pebbles. There are only a few real sandy beaches..like Patara, Lara beach, Belek and Side..but for beautiful scenery and clear beaches many shingle beaches are better in my opinion.

some of the best beaches are from Antalya - Fethiye



many factors will determine which resort you wish to visit first being which airport to fly into. Dalaman, Antalya, or Bodrum

<<< we don't need a major commercial area. We also do not need night life/clubs and prefer a more chill environment.<<<

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).

This is the Chimaera or Yanartaş as it is know in Turkish .....Yanartaş - The mystical flames at the Chimaera. The Chimaera, a series of flames issuing out of cracks in the bare hillside, is one of the most unusual sites in the whole of Lycia.


check out these photos here; http://tinyurl.com/mo7fr6r

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




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4. Re: Help deciding on coastal vacation

If you fancy the Bodrum area you could look at somewhere like Bitez, it is about 45 minutes from the airport and about 15 minutes drive from Bodrum. The beach is much nicer there than the one in Bodrum but you are still within easy reach. Bitez is a nice resort to stay in too, not too busy but with some good restaurants and a few shops

Alternatively you could stay in Bodrum and then jump on the bus to go to the beach.

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Thank you everyone! My understanding after doing a bit more research is that Sky Airlines used to offer DIRECT flights to Antalya but they just went out of business? Can someone confirm that the only airport one can fly to is Istanbul if coming from Tel Aviv? We're starting to lean toward Cappadocia rather than the coast if we'd have to drive far from an airport to get to a serene location.

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6. Re: Help deciding on coastal vacation

One more question! Would 4 nights in Istanbul then 4 nights in Cappadocia be good, or 3 in one and 5 in the other? We're hoping for a more relaxing trip than chaotic, and we have to head to istanbul first with the flight options and layovers etc. Thanks so much.

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