Turkish Delights: Where Should Couples Holiday in Turkey?
There are romantic destinations scattered around the globe, but for one that is a bit less traditional, Turkey has a wealth to offer. Whether you’re interested in a sun-soaked vacation where you laze on the beach with your significant other or a more active adventure full of history and culture, Turkey has plenty of great places for couples to explore.
Kalkan, Fethiye and Olu Deniz
Lining the southwestern coast of Turkey, the three resort towns of Fethiye, Olu Deniz and Kalkan draw tourists each year. Fethiye is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the region, so if you’re interested in a cruise it is the perfect spot to start a day trip around the neighbouring islands.
However, there’s more to this gorgeous stretch of sun and sand along the Mediterranean. Not only is it cosy and generally less crowded for a romantic resort break, it also provides access to Kayakoy. This deserted town in the mountains is an intriguing open-air UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring 350 stone cottages, as well as a church and a school. Kayakoy was abandoned in 1923 and the buildings are mostly just shells of their former glory, which makes them seem even more mysterious.
Other interesting things to explore outside of the resorts themselves include the rooftop dining options in Kalkan, the natural, mineral-laden spas at Pamukkale near Olu Deniz and the rock tombs carved into the cliffs close to Fethiye.
Marmaris was originally a fishing town, so the harbour plays a large part in the charm of the area. However, today, the city is primarily known as a resort with a great mixture of old and new to explore.
First among the attractions is the Castle of Marmaris, which was originally built by the Ionians in 1044 BC. Over the years it has seen many renovations and the castle is now in excellent condition, even featuring a museum and art gallery.
Outside, a romantic stroll through the gardens may be in order for couples, who can enjoy views of the harbour, the town and the Turkish Riviera as they stand among fragrant blooms. Lovers of the outdoors can also take a safari and hike into the Marmaris Mountains near the city, rounded off with a candlelit dinner along the harbour. Gaze across the water with your significant other as traditional gulets (Turkish sailboats) and million dollar yachts bob amid the waves.
Located near Marmaris is the stunning Cleopatra Island (also known as Sedir Island). The isle gets its nickname from local lore, which claims that the former ruler of Egypt – Cleopatra – swam in the sultry waters surrounding the island.
If history is exciting to you, the remains of the town of Cedrae will also be of interest. Stroll hand in hand taking in the ruins of the city walls, the theatre and even an agora with preserved epigraphs.
If you and your significant other want to stay close to the beach, Cleopatra Island is the only place in the Mediterranean where visitors can see sandbar sharks. They gather to breed from May to June, so don’t miss this unique natural experience.
Everywhere you look in Cappadocia there’s something awesome to see and do. The area is characterised by an otherworldliness that will only enhance the romance of a couple’s getaway. There are underground cities plus fairy chimneys above ground, which contribute to the feeling that you’ve wandered into an alien landscape. If you’re looking for a truly magical experience, hot air balloon rides are an excellent option for truly experiencing the beauty of this region.
If you’re looking for a place full of magic, history and beauty, visit Turkey and explore this romantic paradise with someone you love!