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A luxury travel guide to the Lycian coast

By Adrianna Johns on 2nd December 2019

Better known as the Turquoise Coast, this spectacular Turkish coastline features some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Due to its astounding beauty and rapidly increasing popularity, the Lycian Coast will undoubtedly become one of the best places to visit in 2020.

New flight routes to this part of the world have made the Lycian coast more accessible than ever before. Understandably, many tourists have taken this opportunity to visit this prime sun-and-sea location, as it is perfect for couples and families wanting to reconnect and explore such a historic place.

From relaxing on sandy beaches and swimming in the jade-coloured waters to exploring ancient cities and hiking between ruins, the Lycian coast has something for everyone to enjoy. To help you plan a luxury getaway to this breathtaking coastline, we have created the perfect guide for you to use — no expenses spared.

What to do

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Better known as the Turquoise Coast, this spectacular Turkish coastline features some of the most beautiful beaches in the country

Perhaps the best time to visit the charming Lycian coast is during the summer, as temperatures soar — perfect for anyone wishing to spend plenty of time on the white-sand beaches — and famous festivals like the Lycian Culture and Art Festival take place, thereby attracting the attention of travellers worldwide.

History-enthusiasts will find much to delve in as a wide variety of ancient archaeological sites and ruins are found in nearly every corner of the coastal area and further inland, as well as several museums that feature collections of local finds and ancient toys — a perfect way to quickly learn about the incredible history of the Lycian coast.

A wonderful way of exploring the coast and enjoying the picturesque views would be to travel using Jeep Safari tours, which begin in Fethiye and take guests on a memorable ride through many of the most vibrant towns, sites and even stopping at several restaurants where you can enjoy the country’s national foods.

For the most adventurous travellers, the Lycian coast offers paragliding for those who are not faint-hearted. With two paragliding centres in the area — one in Ölüdeniz and the other in Kas — many take the opportunity of a lifetime to capture the incredible scenery of this enchanting Turkish coast.

Where to eat

Culinarium is a must-visit upscale restaurant that overlooks the Datça harbour, offering impressive views to diners

When visiting the Lycian coast you will notice the wide range of vintage, well-established eateries, each one offering many of the standard national dishes — think mezes, kebabs, grilled meats and fresh seafood.

If you are visiting the Lycian coast, then you will stumble upon regional delicacies, including mussels stuffed with rice, pine nuts and currants and exquisite salads — as most of Turkeys’ vegetables are grown along the coast, their salads are very fresh and flavoursome.

Culinarium is a must-visit upscale restaurant that overlooks the harbour, offering impressive views to diners. Situated in Datça, this restaurant features blends of European styles combines with indigenous ingredients and flavours. Here, you will find a refined low-key environment that is truly worth experiencing whilst visiting this part of Turkey.

Similarly, paying a visit to Can is a must, as this seafood restaurant is divine. Placed along the busy harbour-side of Göcek lies this exquisite fish restaurant, which is immensely popular with the locals. When visiting here, ensure that you try one of the specialities like fish baked in salt — accompany this with some of the homemade bread and you’ll be more than satisfied.

Where to stay

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Perched above a scenic cove where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean, D Maris Bay is a secluded luxury resort immersed in nature

Located less than half a mile from the lively upmarket village of Kalkan you will find the charming Villa Mahal. This is one of the very best boutique hotels located in this coastline, as it not only offers an excellent friendly service and an extremely stylish environment, but it’s also a perfect base for exploring the picturesque beaches and many of the fabulous ancient sites.

Similarly, D-Maris Bay is an equally beautiful setting for enjoying the glorious views the Lycian coast has to offer. With extensive facilities available for use – a spa with 10 treatments rooms, outdoor and indoor pools and a water ski school – this luxury resort is located in the Datça peninsula and offers some of the best accommodation in the area.

If you are looking for something far more intimate, then choosing a villa would be your best option. Vintage Travel has a variety of exquisite villas, including villa Cape, which is perfect for larger groups. Based in the Kas peninsula, this is an ideal choice as amazing coastal views and private beach access steal the show. Guests here can enjoy the use of their private swimming pool, sun terrace, and proximity to the picturesque town of Kas.

Perfect for four people, Sari is a villa that offers incredibly breathtaking views of the Lycian coast. Featuring a variety of amenities like an indoor heated pool with a jacuzzi function, outdoor seating, a barbecue and much more, this villa appears to be an ideal option if you are wishing to visit this coastline.