My girlfriend and I are planning on going to Turkey for two weeks, the south coast to be more precise. We have read about the salt baths and cappadocia, but aren't really decided on what to do once we reach the coast. Does anyone have a few tips or recommendations? Btw we are more of the adventure type, so any active suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Cappadocia is a unique and interesting location to visit, unlike anything else. It is not on the coast and besides driving or by bus (a long way), you can fly on domestic Turkish airlines from Istanbul. I would fly to Cappadocia and back to Istanbul, and fly right out of the Domestic Terminal to Dalaman. I really like the little village of Kas. You may want to rent a car at the Dalaman Airport and drive to Kas, which is about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive, so that you have a car available to explore the area. Kas has nice tavernas on the harbor, a nice selection of more artisan shops, rather than bazaar ware and is close to a long sandy beach (not walking distance from Kas). Also around Kas are 3 very important archeological sites, again accessed by driving from Kas, of Xanthos-Letoon (Xanthos, Letoon), and Patara (Patara), (Links are to blogs I have written from my visits to these sites). At Patara, there is also a very long wide sandy beach to enjoy, which is a national park to protect the nesting locations on the beach of the Carretta Carretta, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Kas is a very nice little village, surrounded by archeological sites and great beaches, a little of everything southern Turkey has to offer.
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Cappadocia is a really really nice place and perfect if you are the adventurous type.
Just be ware that it is not by the coast and requires a fairly long drive by car or bus, but it is worth it and the place is great for hiking, quad biking, hot air ballooning and so.
On the south coast you might wanna give Olympos a go. It is a very different beach with a very bohemian hippie sort of vibe and most guest houses there are up in the trees and the place is quite unique.
If you are in to water sports then the resort town Side is probably your best choice on the south coast and it has some nice archaeological ruins to it aswell.