5 Unbelievable Places in Turkey for the Tragically Unhip

Ephesos Ephesus Turkey

Turkey’s stunning landscapes, ancient ruins and crystal clear water continue to enchant sailors, sun worshipers and other travelers as they have for thousands of years. We at Zizoo, a leader in online boat rentals in Turkey and beyond, believe that sailing along the Turquoise Coastline is the best way to discover the country’s many wonders and is an experience not to forget.

Turkey’s long summer and good winds make traveling by boat a fun and relaxing way to admire incredible archaeological sites, historic castles, hidden coves and sleepy fishing villages. Here are some of the most unbelievable places in Turkey you can visit while sailing the coast.

#1. Butterfly Valley Beach

Butterfly Valley Beach
Image by Stijn Nieuwendijk

Butterfly Valley is a spectacular preservation area which is home to over 100 species of butterflies and a rich variety of local flora. The beautiful beach, situated between two steep cliffs, is located along the famous Lycian Way and can only be accessed by boat, making a perfect place for rest and relaxation.

#2. Oludeniz

Oludeniz Turkey
Image by Sevtap Ön

The gorgeous Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz is a place not to be missed. The calm waters, white sandy beaches framed by the mountainous landscape behind the village makes Blue Lagoon a paradise on earth and one of the world’s best beaches. Take a seat at one of the cafes on the lovely promenade that surrounds the beach after a swim in the crystal clear waters.

#3. Iasos

Iasos Turkey
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Iasos, also known as Asin Liman is an ancient city filled with impressive ruins that serve as testimony to many diverse civilizations that settled in this marvellous place. Located on Turkey’s Aegean coast, Iasos is positioned opposite of the modern city of Gulluk. The ruins date back to 1900 BC but most of the archaeological heritage you see today is from the 2nd century AD and later.

#4. Ephesus

Ephesos Ephesus Turkey

Another ancient town worthy of exploration is Ephesus. The Hellenistic and Roman settlements are extremely well preserved, earning Ephesus a spot on the UNESCO List of World Heritage. Ephesus was an important Roman harbor town and also one of the chief Greek cities in Asia Minor. It is also is home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Unfortunately today, the only part of this prestigious temple is a column standing in a swamp.

#5. Gemiler Island

This photo of Gemiler Island is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Located off the coast near the city of Fethiye, is the small uninhabited island of Gemilier. The island is full of intriguing ruins from the 4th-6th centuries. Not much is known about the island, but it is famous as the place where St. Nicholas (now known as Santa Claus) escaped persecution. The mysterious island remains to be a main draw for sailors who tie up their boats at the island’s ancient quays.

About Zizoo:

Zizoo enables its customers to experience a boat holiday in a way that suits them. We cater to those looking discover hidden gems off the beaten track as well as those wishing to party or seeking luxury and style. We make sailing accessible and easy to organise for everyone, whether an experienced sailor or a newbie. With 6,000 boats across 200 locations in 25 countries to choose from, Zizoo is the number one destination for boat rentals in the world.

About the Author

Ellyn Matta graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and minors in Art History with a focus on history of architecture, Italian Studies and International Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. In 2015, she earned her Masters Degree in World Heritage Studies in Germany. She has gained experience in the management, promotion and nomination of cultural heritage in Scotland, Italy, Germany, and Pennsylvania. Her love of travel and all things nautical brought her to Zizoo where she shares tips and stories of sailing adventures.

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