A magnificent land full of delights, Turkey boasts fabulous golden beaches, ancient history, and mouthwatering cuisine. Pick a modern beach resort brimming with top-class entertainment, or perhaps a tranquil bay as the base for your Turkey holiday. Alternatively, take to the seas and see Turkey on a relaxing gulet cruise. With a foot in both Asia and Europe, the country brings you the best of both continents, from Istanbul’s 21st century nightlife and fashions, to the mystic Sufi culture in Konya.
The Duden Waterfalls are an impressive part of the Duden River on the south east coast and just a short bus ride or about a 10 minute drive from Lara Beach.
The river flows from the magnificent Taurus Mountains through to the Mediterranean Sea. The cool waters are split into two plateaus, we recommend visiting the Upper Duden falls, as they are more impressive. The Upper Duden falls are 15 metres high and a huge 20 metres wide, set in a gorgeous, green forestry, deep in a pretty valley. Sit in the naturally eroded cave and watch the water fall as a blanket over the cave entrance. Listen to the relaxing sound of the water cascading over the rocks into the warm pool below.
The surrounding area is a lovely place to see the blue water glistening in between the emerald coloured trees, whilst having a picnic on the wooden benches in the botanic gardens.
Experience a part of ancient Antalya in the old town of Kaleiçi. Stroll around the once traditionally Roman town to see attractive, wooden architecture and picturesque stone structures that cast shadows over the narrow cobbled lanes. Wander through the winding streets that are rich in the region’s history. Kaleiçi had huge, thick walls that surrounded the town and safeguarded the harbour, which allowed trade to continue unaffected.
Today it’s now a protected area with the aim to preserve the historical buildings and stop an influx of constructions spoiling the prehistoric skyline. Enter the city through the beautiful, marble arch carving of Hadrian’s Gate that was built in 130AD to commemorate Emperor Hadrian’s visit to the city. Enjoy the calm setting and the traditional food served in the range of restaurants in the town.
Relaxation is key at Pamukkale, pronounced Pah-Mook-Kah-Leh; the natural beauty of the outdoor mineral bath spa is a favourable hotspot for locals and holidaymakers alike. Calcium-laden waters trickle down the cliff’s face leaving behind a white snow-like surface called the cotton fortress, which then flows into warm, shallow springs. It truly is a beautiful display of nature at its best.
In the ancient ruins complex you are given the chance to bath in the cool waters of the Pamukkale Antique Pool, which is sometimes called Cleopatra’s Pool. The delightfully sculpted, columned bath was said to be a gift from Roman politician, Mark Anthony, to Cleopatra and collapsed as a result of an earthquake in the 7th century. The ancient ruins are submerged in thermal, blue water and surrounded by lush, green shrubbery making it feel like you are swimming in wondrous ancient Rome.
Goynuk Canyon is a stunning destination to visit and has lots to keep you entertained. The destination has been a million years in the making and is home to lots of different animals and fresh water pools which are perfect for a cooling dip. The ‘National Park’ status of the Canyon means it’ll be protected so that future generations can enjoy it.
For those who are looking for adventure, you won’t leave disappointed as you’ll get the chance to race across the zip line or go canoeing.
One of the best ways to see the Taurus Mountains is on a jeep safari. It starts at an animal park where you can see some of the animals that live around the canyon. The experienced jeep drivers will take you on a guided tour to see the unspoilt beauty including powerful waterfalls and green valleys that have lots of different plant species.
Lunch is also included and served at a beautiful spot on the mountain. You’ll have the opportunity to swim in the glass like lagoons or just relax and enjoy the sunshine. When it comes to the end of your trip, get ready for one final stop at a breathtaking waterfall.
Beldibi has a rich history and much of this is evident at the Beldibi Cave. The cave has been home to many different civilisations that have left behind lots of clues into their lives, so take a wander through and discover its fascinating interior. Since its discovery in 1959, many artefacts have been found including perfectly preserved tools from the Stone Age. The colourful wall paintings give us a glimpse into the previous inhabitants’ lives, including how they would hunt and depictions of ancient mythology.
You can also explore the caves by boat and see some of the impressive stalagmites and stalactites on show.