Bodrum is one of the most popular Turkish resort on the Aegean coasts. White houses of Bodrum constitute a unique architectural style, strictly persist to this day. Bodrum is a favorite vacation spot of the Turkish elite and bohemian meeting place for artists and patrons, making the city atmosphere indescribably exquisite.
The ancient city of Bodrum has a rich history. In the past the name of Bodrum was Halicarnassus and was founded as the second capital of Caria Greek state. Halicarnassus achieved its greatest prosperity in the IV century BC. At this time, the city invites famous sculptors and architects of the time. Mausoleum erected over the burial place of King Mausolus, is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Bodrum has a reputation as the cultural capital of Turkey.
In the afternoon excellent sandy beaches stretching for several kilometers are waiting for you as well as all kinds of active entertainment like scuba diving, surfing, horseback riding, and tennis.
In the evening, Bodrum restaurants await you with the freshest seafood and the best dishes are not only traditional Turkish, but also Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Thai and European dishes. You will receive a special treat, visit the cozy suburban taverns and restaurants, located on the shore. You can reach them by car, bus or boat.
Marmaris is the pearl of the Aegean Sea in Turkey and this resort is by far the most environmentally clean. Marmaris is a string of beaches, the most beautiful lagoon, arrays of mountains covered by forests and plenty of opportunities for all kinds of recreation.
The first city on the site of modern Marmaris was founded in ancient times, it was called Physkos. Currently there is only a small portion on hilltop left from the ancient city. It is the oldest district of the city and is called Ashartepe, for many years, archaeologists worked here. Today everyone can climb to the top of the hill and see the priceless antiquities, as well as admire the beautiful panorama of the city.
The most important attraction of Marmaris is considered an ancient fortress, which was built during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Powerful fortifications with high stone towers are perfectly preserved to this day, and today are home to the fortress of the two museums – historical and archaeological.
Pay attention to the Old City of Marmaris it is covering the fortress around! Cozy white houses with old design, stony roads and very tiny streets are drowning in flowers and tropical trees. You can find many nice cafes and restaurants, here. It is always calm and fresh here, even in the hottest times of summer, that’s why most of all rich people choose this territory for living. There are many expensive houses standing here! Old city with very different designed houses will impress you till the bottom of your heart!
If all places and all seas were known by a color, Fethiye’s color would be turquoise. The word turquoise, a blue that has more than a hint of green, comes from the blue used in the Turkish tile work. The most beautiful shade of the color blue came and settled on the waters of the Oludeniz (Dead Sea). Towards evening, around sunset, you catch such a wonderful turquoise you can never see on any other seas. If you call it blue you are wrong, if you say it is green it is not that either but both together. It is difficult to put it into words. It is best if you go and see it for yourself and get hit by a lightning bolt!
The harbor town Fethiye is surrounded by pine forests in the Gulf of Fethiye. With its sheltered harbor for yachts, colorful bazaars, numerous beautiful beaches and bays rich coastline, gorgeous, partly uninhabited islands, Fethiye for a long time will be a famous tourist destination.
Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient legendary city Telmesa. In ancient times this place was dedicated to Apollo. To IV century BC the city had close economic relations with the Greek island Rhodes, and after the IV century it was included in the Lycian state by the Romans. In the VIII century BC Telmesa was renamed Anastasiopolis and in the IX century BC was named Macri. Only in 1914 the city got its real name Fethiye – in honor of a military pilot Fethi Bey, who died in the line of duty.
Gocek is a natural harbor lying at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye, on the Turquoise coast of Turkey, just 22 km from Dalaman International Airport. Protected by the wooded foothills of the Taurus Mountains, it looks out over the numerous islands and sheltered bays of this beautiful gulf. It is priceless to be away from the crowd, alone with one’s thoughts, communing with nature spending some time with friends, waves, and wind when you are sailing in Gocek Bays.
Gocek mostly caters for yachtsmen and women; consequently there is very little night life in the town, apart from one or two very pleasant bars and a music/dance bar. As sailors generally wake early, sail during the day, and sleep early, the most active time in Gocek is between 19:00 and 22:00, during when many bars and restaurants are buzzing with clients. As is usual in most seaside towns, there is a delightful esplanade along which you can see and be seen.
Stunning, picturesque town of Antalya will surprise you!
The Antalya Region, offering all the mysticism of past in our day, is now called the “Turkish Riviera” due to its archaeological and natural beauties. Antalya is the place where sea, sun, history and nature constitute a perfect harmony and which also includes the most beautiful and clearest coast along the Mediterranean. The city still preserves its importance as a center throughout history in the south coast of the country, in addition to its wonderful natural beauties. The mythological city which housed the Gods and Goddesses now exhibits all its secrets and marvels to mankind.
This is one of the most popular resorts in Turkey. In this cultural center, the most ancient monuments coexists with the developed entertainment industry. Antalya has famous shopping centers, restaurants, museums, theaters, water parks, as well as one of the largest aquariums in Europe (where you can take a walk under the water). There are many parks and children’s entertainment centers, as well as a huge zoo entrance to the town and four very large, stunningly beautiful waterfalls (Kursunlu Waterfall, Duden Waterfall (2), Manavgat Waterfall).
KOS ISLAND DEPARTURE
Be ready to be surprised and prepare your camera! You will get great pleasure from walking in its wide streets, green parks and blossoming gardens.
The huge ancient (XV Century) Castle Of Knights will meet the sea travelers on the entrance of harbor. Near the port is an extensive archaeological area with ruins of buildings of the Hellenistic and Roman Eras – Gymnasia, the Odeon, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Hercules, Roman baths and Roman villas with mosaic fragments. Aqueduct joins castle with a small area on which stands the ancient Sycamore, according to legend, planted by Hippocrates. In the central square Elevterias (Liberty) is the Archaeological museum, which gathered interesting exposition artifacts that illustrate the rich history of the island.
One of the most interesting attractions of the Kos are the ruins of an ancient temple Asklepios (God of Medicine), where Hippocrates studied. His life was closely connected with Kos Island. Ruins of a temple Asklepios are 4 kilometers from the capital of the island. It will take around 20-25 minutes to reach the Asklepios by car and about 30 Minutes by bike. Perhaps the best option to get a tour and see the city at the same time is auto locomotive, which runs on a schedule from the parking area near the port of Kos.
RHODES ISLAND DEPARTURE
This is the one of that beautiful places in the world where ancient is adjacent to the civilization, the sea to the mountains, with the slow pace of temperament. Rhodes is an island where together with beach vacation there are extensive excursion program. During the walk you will visit the main sights of the city of Rhodes Palace of the Grand Masters, an ancient hospital, numerous residences, street knights. Also it`s necessary to visit the hill of Monte Smith, with a breathtaking view of the old and the new cities, the ruins of the temple of Apollo, the ancient stadium and theater.
The island is really rich about magnificent beaches located on the east coast of Rhodes. The long sandy beach Tsambika is 26 km south-east of the island’s capital. Anyone can take part in water sports. Very close to beach nearby monastery of Panagia Tsambika, a small church is located. It can be reached by walking on the stone road to the top of the hill. There are some legends that this place helps to people who want to have a child or family. On the other side of a small hill in the east on the character is a gorgeous beach – Agate Beach. Golden sand and shallow waters make this beach ideal for those who go to holiday together with children.
MYKONOS ISLAND DEPARTURE
Mykonos Island is the most cosmopolitan of all the islands in the Greek archipelago. This feature is explained by the nature of the island geography Mykonos: the island is located at the intersection of all the major shipping lanes of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is one of the most expensive comparing to the rest of the Greek islands. It is the best place of nightlife, picturesque Greek houses, high-end hotels and magnificent sandy beaches.
Mykonos is the most popular resort on the island, it is rich for taverns, restaurants, bars and shops. In countless nightclubs guests spend the night away. During the day, guests relax on the beautiful sandy beaches, which is not typical for most islands. The island’s capital city is located on the plain of Chora. The town itself is incredibly cozy and beautiful: the traditional Greek houses are shining white, brightly painted wooden balconies and windows are decorated with geraniums. Capital of the island, the town of Chora, has famous colorful architecture, which attracts artists to Mykonos. White houses with colorful shutters and doors are located on the narrow, winding streets, reminiscent of the maze. In Chora there are picturesque ancient windmills and several interesting churches. There are many bars and nightclubs, the most fashionable of which are located in a picturesque area of Little Venice.
SANTORINI ISLAND DEPARTURE
One of the most famous islands (and in fact, about 5 large and 12 small islands) form a ring around the cozy bay. This is Santorini (Thira). Thousands of tourist visit this place with Yacht Charter Greece every year. The island’s population is about 13 402 people (2001). The administrative center of the island is located in Fira, with a population of about 1,500 people .This is one of the oldest centers of civilization, and it was inhabited by people in the 5th – 6th centuries BC. It formed one of the centers of the Minoan culture, but about 1647-1628 on the island there was a devastating volcanic explosion that resulted in the tsunami. Center Island failed and formed a few islands around the lagoon .Thus, it is an explosion of Santorini caused the gradual extinction of a mighty civilization and perhaps became the basis of the legend of Atlantis, and the island for centuries was abandoned by people. But now this popular geological and historical monument is a unique document of existence of many cultures and it is a much picturesque island and rather densely populated.
Traditional colors of Santorini – blue, white and ocher. The blue color symbolizes the sky – home of the gods, white – faith, justice, beauty and justice of people, and red ocher – the color of the earth and the volcano – the natural strength and power. These colors are painted not only at home, but also at the churches. Each church has a bell tower. Morning and evening carillon is spread along all the villages and towns.
DODECANESE ISLANDS DEPARTURE
The name “Dodecanese”, meaning “The Twelve Islands”, denotes today an island group in the southeastern Aegean Sea, comprising fifteen major islands —Agathonisi, Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Leipsoi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos and Chalki—and 93 smaller islets. Since Antiquity, these islands formed part of the group known as the Southern Sporades. The name Dōdekanēsos first appears in Byzantine sources in the 8th century. However it was not applied to the current island group, but to the twelve Cyclades islands clustered around Delos. The name may indeed be of far earlier date, and modern historians suggest that a list of 12 islands given by Strabo was the origin of the term. The term remained in use throughout the medieval period and was still used for the Cyclades in both colloquial usage and scholarly Greek-language literature until the 18th century. The transfer of the name to the present-day Dodecanese has its roots in the Ottoman period. Following the Ottoman conquest in 1522, the two larger islands, Rhodes and Kos, came under direct Ottoman rule, while the others, of which the twelve main islands were usually named, enjoyed extensive privileges pertaining to taxation and self-government. Concerted attempts to abolish these privileges were made after 1869, as the Ottoman Empire attempted to modernize and centralize its administrative structure, and the last vestiges of the old privileges were finally abolished after the Young Turks took power in 1909.
CYCLADES ISLANDS DEPARTURE
The significant Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic culture is best known for its schematic, flat idols carved out of the islands’ pure white marble centuries before the great Middle Bronze Age (“Minoan”) culture arose in Crete, to the south: these figures have been looted from burials to satisfy a thriving Cycladic antiquities market since the early 20th century. A distinctive Neolithic culture amalgamating Anatolian and mainland Greek elements arose in the western Aegean before 4000 BCE, based on emmer wheat and wild-type barley, sheep and goats, pigs, and tuna that were apparently speared from small boats (Rutter). Excavated sites include Saliagos and Kephala (on Keos) with signs of copper-working, Each of the small Cycladic islands could support no more than a few thousand people, though Late Cycladic boat models show that fifty oarsmen could be assembled from the scattered communities (Rutter), and when the highly organized palace-culture of Crete arose, the islands faded into insignificance, with the exception of Delos, which retained its archaic reputation as a sanctuary throughout antiquity and until the emergence of Christianity.