The Turkish Riviera, also known as the Turquoise Coast, covers south west Turkey, stretching from east of Alanya in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey to Cesme in the Aegean coast of Turkey, to the north of the well known tourist resort of Bodrum. Turkish Riviera crosses several provinces in Turkey, including and mainly, Antalya, Mugla and to a smaller extend, the provinces of Aydin, Izmir and also Mersin to the far east of Antalya.
Turkish Riviera signifies a perfect combination of a favourable climate, warm sea waters, more than 1,000 kilometers of coastline in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, and a very densely populated area in terms of natural and archeological finds.
Some of the main archeological finds are two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the ruins of the Mausoleum of Maussollos in Halicarnassus (Bodrum) and the remains of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, near Kusadasi.
The Turkish Riviera is also home for the internationally known Blue Voyage, where voyagers enjoy a week-long trip on Gulets to ancient cities, hidden harbours, thousands of years old mountainside and underwater tombs, mausolea and unspoilt beaches in the numerous small coves, lush forests and streams that lace the Turquoise Coast.
The coastline is further regarded as a cultural treasure that provides a fascinating mixture of factual and mythological individuals, conflicts and events, and has frequently been referred to in the folklore of various cultures throughout history. As such, it is regarded as the home of scholars, saints, warriors, kings, and heroes, as well as the site of numerous well-known myths. Mark Antony of the Roman Empire is said to have picked the Turkish Riviera as the most beautiful wedding gift for his beloved Cleopatra of Egypt. St. Nicholas, later known as Santa Claus, was born in Demre (ancient Myra), a small town close to present-day Antalya, and only half an hour from beautiful Kas. Herodotus, accepted as the father of History, was born in Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) in 484 BC. The volcanic mountains to the west of Antalya, near Dalyan, are believed to have been the inspiration for the mythical Chimera - the firebreathing monster that Bellerophon slew. A little inland are the trees of the gardens of Daphne, where the nymph was believed to have been turned into a laurel by her father Peneus to escape the amorous advances of Apollo.
In the centre of Turkish Riviera, is the trendy and up-market town of Kemer, Antalya.
Kemer's forests, mountains and sea combine to create a scene of rare natural beauty. The area has been called the Turkish Riviera, and has been known by locals as 'Heaven on Earth' for 2000 years. The historic city is on two sides of a beautiful valley. A sandy beach is found where the town and the valley meet the sea, into which a mountain stream flows. Until recently the area was a quiet, rural district but this has changed as increasing numbers flock to the area to enjoy the striking scenery and warm climate. Travelling just five kilometres south takes you to the small town of Camyuva, known throughout the country for its olive, orange and lemon groves. Until the 1960s Kemer was accessible only by boat. With the building of a coastal road, this beautiful area is now easily reached by anyone keen to experience its natural beauty. The famous myth of Bellerophon, who slayed the Chimera, is said to have taken place in Kemer.
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