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Top Highlights of Turkey and How to Get There

The Historical Town of Kalkan

The enchanting town of Kalkan is located along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. From the airport of Dalaman to Kalkan takes around 2 hours. From Dalaman airport, you could also hop on a Havas bus (around 15 Turkish Liras) to Feithiye bus station and get a bus to Kalkan from there. There are also direct buses operating from Istanbul, Izmir, Afyon, Fethiye and Antalya to Kalkan. Once in Kalkan, you will be presented with crystal clear blue sea, which remains charming and unspoiled.

The town is built largely on hills that look down on an almost perfect bay. It also consist of many historic architecture, ancient history and you can enjoy the warm traditional Turkish hospitality too.


The Ancient City of Ephesus

Being the capital of Roman Asia, Ephesus is now the second largest ancient city in the whole world with mighty colossal monuments and marble-columned roads. It is still pretty well preserved and it is a place to visit if you want to experience what life could have been like during the Roman Empire’s golden age. Be sure to cover all major ancient ruins like the Temple of Artemis, the theatre, library and gymnasium. Planning half a day or more would be recommended.

You could take a bus, train or airplane to Izmir. There is a bus from Izmir central bus station to Selcuk, which is 4KM away from the site of Ephesus.


The “Cotton Palace” Pamukkale

The dazzling white travertine terraces of Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s most famous natural wonders. It cascade down the slope looking like a snowfield palace sitting on a piece of green land. At the summit of Pamukkale sits the ruins of Roman Hierapolis, an ancient spa town with a magnificent theater. Pamukkale is best visit during sunset, as the travertines would glow while the sun falls down the horizon.

There is no direct flight or bus to Pamukkale, but a bus to Denizli could be found in almost all cities in Turkey. From the bus terminal in Denizli, mini buses called Dolmus leaves for Pamukkale from berth #75 and cost no more than 5 Turkish Liras. Alternatively you could take a plane to Denizli Airport and then a shuttle to Pamukkale.


The Beautiful Cappadocia

The infamous Cappadocia is the most photographic town in Turkey and it is also the world’s top destinations to take a hot air balloon ride. The volcanic like rock landscape will take away your breath on your arrival. Be sure to stay in one of the cave accommodation and experience life since the Bronze Age. The city is easily accessible by an affordable Red or Green Tour, with an included lunch and beautiful sunset views.


All major bus companies have bus services from Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Izmir, Konya, Antalya or Canakkale to either Nevesehir or Goreme. You could also arrive by plane from any major airport in Turkey to Kayseri Erkilet Airport or Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport, from there you could take a shuttle outside the airports to Cappadocia region.



The Blue Oludeniz

Lush green forest extending down the cliffs finding its base on the white sandy beach of Oludeniz. Not forgetting its turquoise blue water, making it Turkey’s most famous beach, which is also only a short distance from the town of Fethiye. You could spend the whole day relaxing on the beach with a drink or simply reading a book. If you are up for some adventure, Oludeniz is also a popular destination for a tandem paragliding dive. You will take the sky off from the summit of Babadag Mountain and mesmerized by the stunning aerial views of the whole area.

You could take a flight from major cities in Turkey to Dalaman Airport, then take a Havas shuttle (around 15 Turkish Liras) from the airport to Fethiye central bus station. Alternatively you could get a long distance bus to Fethiye central bus station and there are frequent connections from the bus station to Oludeniz are available. Cruise operators such as Alaturka Turkey organize 4 day routes that stop at Oludeniz and other incredible sights along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.


Written for Alaturka Turkey by Danick Ong