Even an earthquake back in the Fifties couldn’t stop Fethiye. It dusted itself off and built its way up to become a thriving holiday resort on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. You’ll still see a few Roman ruins around the place, but it’s the quaint old quarter and yacht-filled harbour that draw people in. The markets are a top draw, too.
As resorts go, Hisaronu is a bit of a newcomer. About 30 years ago it was just another sleepy village, but when neighbouring Olu Deniz needed more tourist accommodation, Hisaronu stepped up to the plate. Since then, this spot just inland on Turkey’s south-west coast has become a major player in its own right. It’s got up-all-hours nightlife and one of the Med’s most photographed beaches on its doorstep.
This place slams a tick in all of the essential holiday boxes, but goes one better with its scenery. Cast an eye beyond the thatched parasols and hotels that huddle around Icmeler Beach, and the hilly backdrop’s a real eye-popper. Green-splashed slopes tuck together to form a big letter V on the horizon, and the island-speckled bay looks more like South-east Asia than Turkey.
Marmaris doesn’t know the meaning of half-pace, and the atmosphere here’s got a constant buzz. Restaurants and bars are ladled on thick by the waterfront, and the palm-poked sands switch from sun-kissed to neon-lit when evening rolls around. Dedicated partygoers know all about Bar Street, which has clubs that are as bold and to-the-point as its name.
As far as resorts go, Olu Deniz is the big shot of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast – or Dalaman Area. This place looks sharp and knows it. And who can blame the town, when it’s got a top-drawer lagoon, a Blue Flag beach and a mammoth mountain in the bank.
This tiny hillside village is curled up like a cat at the foot of Turkey’s Babadag Mountain. But things move at a tortoise’s pace. Peaceful package holidays are the name of the game here, but you’ve got the other Turquoise Coast resorts of Hisaronu and Olu Deniz just down the road.
You’ll find Sarigerme on Turkey’s south-western coast, and its laidback village vibes match its small size. Head into the centre and you’ll find a mixture of bars and restaurants – just the ticket for trying out regional grub, like kebabs cooked in traditional clay pots. The locals flock here, too, so you’ll know you’re getting the real deal.