The Turkish Riviera has a wealth of natural and archaeological places of interest and today is a very popular destination with both national and international tourists. This coastline is a cultural treasure trove, mixing fascinating facts with mythological sites, individuals and creatures.
Borders of Turkish RivieraThe Turkish Riviera is also known as the Turquoise Coast and is an appropriate name to describe this area in the southwest of Turkey that contains the provinces of Antalya and Mugla , parts of Aydin , the west of Mersin and the south of Izmir , and is a blend of wonderful climate, beautiful blue warm sea and has over a 1,000 km of coastline along the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.
Blue Voyage in Turkish RivieraThe Turkish Riviera is also very popular with the internationally known Blue Voyage cruises where locally built wooden gulet boats and yachts bring passengers
History of Turkish RivieraIt has been host to many wars and events, and throughout history, has been referred to in folklore of various cultures, along with being home to kings, heroes, warriors, saints and scholars. It is the location that Emperor Mark Antony chose as a wedding present for his lover Cleopatra; St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) was born in Demre (ancient Myra) a small town close to Antalya; Herodotus, the great historian, was born in 484 BC in ancient Halicarnassus, that is today Bodrum; and the volcanic mountains near to Dalyan in western Antalya are thought to have been the inspiration for the mythical fire breathing monster, the Chimera, that was slain by Bellerophon.
The two major archaeological places of interest in the region are the ruins of King Mausolus II mausoleum in Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus both belonging to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.