Southern Turkey: Unspoilt Paradise
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Despite Turkey being a popular holiday destination there remains a certain charm to the south of the country, as though it has been somewhat untouched by the relentless holidaymakers known to infect other European holiday destinations. The South West coast line is largely made up of the Turkish Riviera, otherwise known as the Turquoise Coast on account of its luscious blue clear waters providing for stunning views and, of course, some captivating photographs. It is also home to the ancient Ottoman Empire, once known to be one of the most powerful in the world and the physical remains of which, including the oldest parliament in the world, lay scattered throughout Turkey as ruins and provide for a wonderfully cultural trip. Similarly, the so-called ‘Ghost Town’ of Kayaköy just south of Fethiye reveals the more recent ruins of Turkey, partly left over and partly re-built after an earthquake in 1856 and a major fire in 1885 that affected Fethiye. This town also marks an entry onto the Lycian Walk, a path that has been cut into the hills of the Turkish coastline and opened up for tourists to admire the beauty of the mountains and valleys from a fresh angle. Though beware, the height of summer may not be the ideal time to embark upon this journey. Fortunately though, you are not forced to treck the whole thing and the Oludeniz beach provides a refreshing reatreat just 7km from the town.
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