|Ataturk's Yacht on Bosphorus Strait|
With 4454 miles of coastline at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey has long been a popular spot for traders and conquerors. Today, tourists are the newest invited invaders who are taking advantage of this now stable democracy. On a recent trip, we discovered it has some of the most beautiful waters in the world to be enjoyed on both land and sea.
|View of Antalya harbor|
|View of water and mountains|
Antalya, a city of three million, lies on the edge of the Turquoise Coast along Southwest Turkey. Originally a small town with a safe harbor, Antalya has grown exponentially with the advent of tourist resorts. The Russian crowd particularly enjoys vacationing here. On the rooftop terrace of our pension in the old section of town, we could see the advance of the new condominiums and resorts as the lights extended around the crescent shore. Despite this boom in building, the city’s perfect view over the waters with the Taurus mountains in the distance has not changed from Roman times.
|View of Kas from Plateau above|
|2400 year old Lycian tombs in Dalyan|
|Beach at mouth of Dalyan River|
The ferry boats of Istanbul are another rich source of “on the water” experiences. In a city of 15 million (give or take five million), only 2 four lane bridges link the European and Asian sides of the city. This means ferry boats must transport thousands to and from work every day.
|Ferry on Marmara Sea, near Istanbul|
|Yali or shore mansion|
Most of Turkey is inland, without access to the seas or rivers. But it is the country’s waters that attract the growing international crowd. After exploring the shores of Turkey, it is easy to understand why Troy, the Hittities, Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks wanted to control these beautiful waters. We’re just grateful the Turks have opened their world for all who now want to enjoy it.
|On Bosphorus Strait|