This particular stretch of the Turkish coastline is breathtakingly beautiful; it’s in the province of Mugla in the Mediterranean region. The Lycian Coast is also referred to as the South Aegean Coast or the Turquoise Coast and is so called due to the Lycian Empire governing the region in the 15th Century.
Known for retaining its traditional rustic charm this area has not been developed as many other resorts along the Turkish coastline have. With its rugged mountains, bays and very pretty coves this is where most of us would love our own holiday home. There are many delightful villages which offer a simple lifestyle in this outstanding area of natural beauty; however most buyers tend to invest in the more well known resorts here, simply because the shops, banks and amenities we need for everyday life can be found here.
The famous Lycian Trek starts at Antalya and ends in Fethiye its 516 km of panoramic vistas it is said to be one of the best 10 walks worldwide a person can do. Although, I have yet to take part in this trek but it is something I plan to do one day. Fethiye is the largest city of this region which as you would expect is filled with shops, bars and restaurants however just a few miles away you will find secluded bays off the beaten track where you can bask in the sunshine on one of the many quiet beaches, you just need to be a tad adventurous and stop at any one of the small villages you have never heard of before.
Property for sale in this area is highly sought after as you would imagine it is also a popular holiday destination especially for walkers who enjoy nothing more than trekking along the coast and up some of the craggy mountains in the area. Visitors enjoy this area more than most in Turkey due to its diversity; also it is quite a central spot to explore more of the Aegean or indeed the Mediterranean.
There are two international airports that serve this area well, Dalaman and Antalya. Dalaman is most used for the Lycian Coast however if you choose to go further East towards Antalya it is an obvious choice to fly into Antalya direct. The climate is typically Mediterranean and the summers get very hot and humid, therefore, ladies, if you care how your hair looks, steer clear in July and August – trust me you will resemble a scarecrow or for those old enough to remember Worzel Gummidge. On my trips there at that time of year you cant even blow dry your hair so if possible just put it up and get on with your evening and everyone is in the same boat so don’t worry about it!
Start your journey at Dalyan, head to Dalaman, onto Gocek, Fethiye and Olu Deniz, Kalkan, Kas and Kemer and the end is Antalya.
Dalyan – has the famous rock tombs cut in to the cliff.
Dalaman – has Roman bridges and is rich in local history. Plus it has the international airport.
Gocek – a yachter’s paradise, it is a charming small resort.
Fethiye – has a wonderful harbour and is popular with tourists.
Olu Deniz – beautiful beaches galore famous for paragliding to take in the picturesque views.
Kalkan – is traditional and alluring, fabulous upmarket restaurants.
Kas – a totally unspoilt village, described by many as “idyllic”
Kemer – has a lovely marina, it’s a modern resort with an array of beaches.
Antalya – a cosmopolitan city it has everything your heart desires.
The Lycian Coast really is the jewel in Turkey’s crown, it is crammed full of golden beaches and some are described as the best in the world especially at Olu Deniz which is a beach worshipper’s paradise. There is local ancient history and historic ruins in plentiful supply which is super for the history buffs amongst you. Butterfly Valley, rock tombs, the ghost town of Kayakoy, Saklikent Gorge (which is the second largest in Europe it is 20km long) the church of Saint Nicholas can be found in Myra and yes I am talking about the figure of Santa Claus. The beaches and marshlands of Dalyan are where Caretta Caretta Turtles lay their eggs, this area is protected but it is a common sight to see the Turtles there. Kabak is overflowing with stunning waterfalls and pine forests. Take a tour around the Lycian Coast this summer, by boat it is magical and once visited never forgotten!