A Trip Through Time Along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast at Half the Price

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Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, along the south west of the country, is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations with Bodrum recently identified as the most searched for resort in winter 2010. Plus, right now it is possible to get low fares from Jet2.com in their Big Flight Sale. Jet2.com fly to Bodrum and Dalaman which are both ideal for visits to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.

Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, along the south west of the country, is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations with Bodrum recently identified as the most searched for resort in winter 2010.

Plus, right now it is possible to get low fares from Jet2.com in their Big Flight Sale. Jet2.com fly to Bodrum and Dalaman which are both ideal for visits to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.

Beginning in Busy Bodrum

A mix of white and golden soft sand beaches, thought to be amongst the softest sand in the world, lapped by mesmerising clear wateflights.jet2.com/crs that gives the area its name, is enough to convince people to visit.

However, away from the picturesque and alluring beaches is a veritable collection of ancient buildings, ruins and museums that give an insight into Turkey’s fragmented yet vastly rich history. The influences of different cultures have imposed a patchwork of architecture on the country to give it a unique landscape.
The best place to start traversing the Turquoise Coast and discovering this history is in Bodrum. This is a treasure trove of ancient monuments and ruins with much of the town dominated by the 15th Century Castle of St Peter.

This was built by the Crusaders and remains in good condition today. Whilst marvelling at its external beauty it is worth popping inside to visit the modern Underwater Archaeology Museum too. Bodrum was also the location for the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which was razed to the ground by earthquakes in the 1400s but you can still visit the site and its foundations.

Soft Sand Fit for an Egyptian Queen

Leaving behind Bodrum’s thick forestry and iconic landmarks and heading east sees Cleopatra’s Island emerge on the horizon. Officially known as Sedir Island it coined this favourable nickname due to Mark Antony’s purported love of its fine soft sand, a love so grand that he had it imported specifically for Cleopatra.    

After relaxing on the same sand once deemed perfect enough for an Egyptian queen, it is time to visit Marmaris. Along the way, keep an eye out for the Bay of Sixty Six Inlets and behind it the ruined city of Knidos. Despite its ruined status it is still possible to appreciate the beauty of a city designed in appreciation of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love.

Next stop is Marmaris and the only way to enjoy time here is relaxing on the glitzy marina. This is the Turkish playground for the rich and famous but one thing money cannot buy is the arresting beauty of the views from the marina. Vibrant patches of green, white and turquoise merge and stretch as far as the eye can see.

Unlocking the Lycian Remains

With the batteries fully recharged from a salubrious sojourn in Marmaris the final stretch of the Turquoise Coast awaits. Fethiye has a reputation for three things – great beaches, excellent nightlife and access to Lycian ruins. These ruins are best appreciated with a visit to the Lycian rock tombs in the cliffs just behind the town.

Jet2.com’s offer of regular cheap flights to both Bodrum and Dalaman with great savings means holidaymakers can get to one of 2011’s hot spots for even less.

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