44 INCREDIBLE VIEWS YOU’LL ONLY FIND ON TURKEY’S TURQUOISE COAST

HOW MANY DIFFERENT HUES OF TURQUOISE CAN THERE BE? I’m not really sure there’s an answer to that question, but I sure wondered while exploring Turkey’s Turquoise Coast — the country’s Mediterranean shoreline running from Çeşme to Alanya.
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St. Peter’s Castle is an iconic medieval fortress smack in the middle of Bodrum. The white buildings that surround this archaeological dream make it a spot that’s not to be missed. The fortress itself was built with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

St. Peter’s Castle is an iconic medieval fortress smack in the middle of Bodrum. The white buildings that surround this archaeological dream make it a spot that’s not to be missed. The fortress itself was built with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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With sweeping views of the coast, Yediburunlar Lighthouse makes for a stunning lookout point.

With sweeping views of the coast, Yediburunlar Lighthouse makes for a stunning lookout point.

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These are the Lycian ruins of Tlos. Settled over 4,000 years ago, Tlos is thought to have been one of the most important religious cities in ancient Lycia.

These are the Lycian ruins of Tlos. Settled over 4,000 years ago, Tlos is thought to have been one of the most important religious cities in ancient Lycia.

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Legend has it that the sand on Sedir Island (Cleopatra Island) was shipped in from Egypt’s Red Sea by Cleopatra herself. Each grain is a perfect sphere, and the beach itself is closed off to protect the sand.

Legend has it that the sand on Sedir Island (Cleopatra Island) was shipped in from Egypt’s Red Sea by Cleopatra herself. Each grain is a perfect sphere, and the beach itself is closed off to protect the sand.

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Colorful boats on even more colorful water are a common sight on the Turquoise Coast.

Colorful boats on even more colorful water are a common sight on the Turquoise Coast.

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A newly named UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ephesus lies just northeast of Kuşadası, with excavated remains that reflect centuries of classical Greek and Roman history.

A newly named UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ephesus lies just northeast of Kuşadası, with excavated remains that reflect centuries of classical Greek and Roman history.

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Alaçatı’s seafood is second to none—fresh octopus, mussels, you name it and these little streets have it.

Alaçatı’s seafood is second to none—fresh octopus, mussels, you name it and these little streets have it.

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Butterfly Valley, just south of Ölüdeniz, is home to some distinct butterfly species, but it’s also home to some truly exceptional views.

Butterfly Valley, just south of Ölüdeniz, is home to some distinct butterfly species, but it’s also home to some truly exceptional views.

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Hidden bays and beaches are waiting behind every bend on the Turquoise Coast. This photo was taken on the outskirts of Akyaka.

Hidden bays and beaches are waiting behind every bend on the Turquoise Coast. This photo was taken on the outskirts of Akyaka.

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