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The most beautiful insider tips on the Turkish Riviera

The dreamy holiday destination inspires with hidden places where you can relax wonderfully!

23 August 2021

Turkey is particularly known for its coasts. Whether Kemer, Side, or Alanya: There are numerous popular places for a relaxing holiday the Turkish Riviera. Away from the well-known destinations, however, there are also many secret spots. The flight attendants of SunExpress, the main holiday airline to Turkey, have put together five places for the popular holiday region that are particularly close to their hearts. 

Lonely bay Maden Koyu

One of the favourites is certainly Maden Koyu Bay, north of the alternative resort of Cirali. The crescent-shaped beach is located away from major tourist routes, is usually rather lightly frequented and is characterized by clear, turquoise water. It is surrounded by dense pine forests. A nearby campsite is the only accommodation at Maden Koyu.

Discover the beauty of the Turkish Riviera away from the crowds. Credit: Ricardo Resende / Unsplash

Postcard idyll Adrasan Koyu

Somewhat larger in size, but just as idyllic, visitors will find Adrasan Koyu beach. It is located on the south side of Cirali almost at the southern end of the Riviera, widely curved and lined with forests. The high peaks of the Taurus Mountains form an impressive backdrop. Hikers often stop at this bay as it is not far from the Lycian Way, a pilgrimage route. Unlike Maden Koyu, this beach has a number of small hotels, guesthouses and typical Turkish tavernas.

Sand, sea and forests: All combined at Adrasan Koyu beach. Credit: Shutterstock

Freshwater reservoir with canyon character

Away from the coast, at the height of the well-known resort of Sides, lies the Oymapinar Dam. This dam is connected to the Manavgat River, which holidaymakers often know from the boat trips to the waterfalls of the same name. Behind the dam stretches an impressively branched canyon landscape with a freshwater reservoir, which is ideal for a leisurely tour on a traditional boat.

It's often worth exploring the area behind well-known places, too. Credit: Shutterstock

Rustic hinterland not far from Alanya

Another canyon is the Sapadere Canyon south of Alanya. Unlike the canyon near the Oymapinar Dam, however, this is a natural landscape with narrow gorges, raging rivers and steep waterfalls - a great contrast to the sweeping coastlines and flat landscapes along the Turkish Riviera.

The hinterland also shines with numerous beauties! Credit: Waterfall

Natural seawater pool south of Gazipasa

South of Gazipasa, at the eastern end of the Riviera, lies Kral Koyu - the King's Bay - and it is absolutely worth a visit. Here, in the middle of a nature reserve, a kind of circular pool has formed, which is connected to the open sea by a kind of gate in a rock face. It is surrounded by rocks and Mediterranean vegetation and is best reached with sturdy water shoes. Adjacent excavations from ancient times give the bay an additional charm.

A highlight of the Turkish Riviera: the Bay of Kings. Credit: Shutterstock

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