Exploring The Beauty of Turkey Beaches and Amazing Sights

We had heard many wonderful things about Turkey – its beautiful beaches, amazing Turkey sights and friendly people – however, only after experiencing a holiday there, did we realize why people keep returning – year after year.

We had made a choice between several cheap international flights and finally decided on one going to Bodrum airport, from where we carried on straight away with a coach to Kusadasi, our final destination.

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Kusadasi Turkey

Turkey Beaches

Turkey Beaches

Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast, popular with day trippers as well as holiday makers.

The streets are bustling with people, and even walking from the beach to your hotel can be an assault to your senses, as the smells and sounds are so different and exotic.

For those who love bargaining, this place is heaven – you can find some amazing handicrafts and jewelry, as well as dirt cheap rip-offs – but one thing is for sure, it’s impossible to leave this place without having bought something..!

We spent most of our days sunbathing at the different beaches, and our favorite was Ladies’ Beach, a very popular beach with an interesting history.

Between the days of sunbathing at the different beaches along the coast and stuffing ourselves with Turkish food in the taverns, we took some day trips to explore the surrounding area…

Ephesus Turkey

Not to far from Kusadasi is Ephesus – it is the best preserved ancient city in the Mediterranean region built on a small hill and one of Turkey’s top sights.

It is hard to describe the feeling while walking along that archaeological site, looking at the remnants of the famous library, the grand theatre and the “Church of Virgin Mary”.

The famous footprint which points in the direction of the brothel is also a classic not to be missed.

Pamukkale Turkey

Going to Turkey without visiting Pamukkale would be a big mistake – you can see pictures of the place, but nothing can be compared to live experience of this unique natural wonder.

It is known for its perfectly white travertines , the ancient city Hierapolis and Cleopatra’s own spa – to have a swim in her own bathroom you have to pay extra, but you can enjoy some beautiful small ponds with clean and slightly blue water for free.

A Quick Tip…

If you decide to visit Kusadasi, or any other city in Turkey, be prepared for a slightly strange traffic jam, where the rules are set by the vehicle with the noisiest honk. Dolmuses or mini buses are the easiest way to get around the city – you just need to wave and they will stop wherever you are.

After spending 11 days in Turkey, we were more than satisfied with our choice but also very aware that Turkey has so much more to offer and that is the reason enough for us to go back again.

Top Activities in Kas, Turkey

Located on the outward southern curve of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Kas is an unspoiled little fishing village.  While tourists visit this charming settlement, it still has not given into the usual tourist frills.  Its lush and lovely mountains are decorated with enchanting houses and winding roads which leads to the gorgeous and crystal clear beach.

Kas, Turkey

Kas, Turkey

With picture postcard scenery, you can often see trailing vines of fuchsia bougainvillea flowers overflowing from market fronts and terraces in homes. Besides its breathtaking views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the village, there are many things to do and see. Here are four activities you won’t want to miss.

Big Pebble Beach

This is actually a smaller beach with very large pebbles. It is about a five minute drive from Kas or 20 minute walk. In the summer there is dolmus service (a minibus and less expensive than a taxi) which runs about every hour.

Kas, Turkey Beaches

Kas, Turkey Beaches

There are many restaurants and plenty of chairs for those wanting to just absorb the turquoise water or let your mind wander and relax.

Ancient Treasures

Going back to the 4th Century BC, the Lions Tomb is the most photographed site in Kas.

Kas, Turkey Lycian

Kas, Turkey Lycian

Located right in the center of this town, this ancient tomb is carved from a single block of stone which reveals rare Lycian inscriptions (one of the few which exists).

Another site to see is the 4000 seat Hellenistic Theater which is 700 years old and often is a site for small concerts by local musicians.

This overlooks the glorious sea and if you climb to the top you will get a photo perfect view.


Be sure to pack your water gear as Kas is probably known as one of the best places for scuba diving and other water sports such as canoeing and paragliding.

Kas, Turkey Diving

Kas, Turkey Diving

With average temperatures and breathtaking blue water, you can easily locate a diving site which range from caves to underwater canyons.

One particular site of interest is the Uluburun shipwreck.  Researchers say this wreck happened about six miles of the coast of Kas and dates back nearly 2500 years!

With more than 25 sites available for diving, you can find locations which provide scuba diving lessons.  There are also plenty of places that rent diving equipment if you can’t fit yours in your luggage.

Kalekoy Harbour

This small harbor is accessible by boat. A must to see, it offers a castle in which when you walk to the top, it offers unimaginable views.

Kas, Turkey Harbor

Kas, Turkey Harbor

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19 Responses to Exploring The Beauty of Turkey Beaches and Amazing Sights

  1. Ktamacina January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Sounds Great but I will never go as the fact that I will probably stay there for a lllllllllllllllllloooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggggg time!!!

    • Polly January 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      That’s so true Ktamacina. And guess what I’m in Turkey right now. So maybe I might see you. Chao!!!

      • Johns6122 April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

        I love this blog
        thanks for sharing such a nice blog its very educational I realy lke it  its very positive and have a very nice
        point of view thanks

    • Tuna January 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      you stink like tuna…
      by tuna ….muhahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa  lool!

  2. Polly January 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    The blog sounded really interesting and i would probably would like to go there some time 

    • Polly January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      also turkey sounds really friendly and i liked the pictures that you took

  3. Jorden January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    my name is unknown its a wonderful place i agree my name means queen in turkey i am going tere soon

  4. Max January 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    i am not a fan of turkey i am in love with turkey they got a lot of turkey in the oven

    • Turkey February 2, 2012 at 2:41 am #

      where were you while god was giving wisdom? eating turkey?? muhahahah

  5. Duke Dillard February 1, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    The Kusadasi – Pamukkale area is beautiful, but you have not really seen Turkey until you have gone inland. Of course, you must see Istanbul but it is a world unto itself. And Cappadocia is amazing- I live here and it never gets old even though the cave churches are ancient! Try to get out east if you are really adventurous and the Black Sea region is fascinating. Next trip stay for a month and see the country.

  6. Mykonos February 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I love Turkey! I wish I will be able to visit soon!

  7. Kel February 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    This looks lovely! We are looking at going to Turkey this summer so going to look into the place more right now! Thanks for sharing, if you have any more recommendations for Turkey, let me know!

  8. Great Himalaya Thru Hiker February 5, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    After reading,It feels like I need to pack and just move to Turkey to feel it personally.I am traveller based in Nepal and in near future I intend  to make so called :Go around the World” trip and such article helps me to list things which i should not miss.
    Thanks for shring.

  9. New York Hotel February 7, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Such a nice blog. I really happy to read this blog. Such a great looks. I want to going to Turkey this summer so going to look into the place more right now! Thanks for sharing, if you have any more recommendations for Turkey, let me know!

  10. Asifsaddiqui February 18, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Kusadasi  is one of the best sites in dubai. Must go to kusadasi when ever you travel to Turkey. It has great sites ,shopping marts etc…!!!

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  11. Alanabie2008 April 27, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    i like this blog…Thanks for sharing….