About the Turkish Turquoise Coast
Turquoise coast or Turkish Riviera are names of the Mediterranean coastal strip between Izmir in the North and Antalya in the South. This strip of coast has a 10,000 year history and was colonised by the Greek around 700BC. The Persians and Romans occupied these areas and later the Ottomans. This area has many historical sites, for instance in Ephesus, Termessos and Aspendos (see Historic Sites in Turkey).
Not only has Turkey a long and distinquished historical past and a rich cultural landscape at present, the area also has one of the most attractive sailing areas in the Mediterranean. Apart from marina prices, the day-to-day living in Turkey is quite affordable.
The sailing in Turkey is quite different from sailing the Greek islands. In general, the anchorages are shorter sails apart, and there are many restaurants with their own pontoons, free if you have dinner there. The wind is a bit less then in the Cyclades and even the Meltimi winds in summer are milder.
What are the best times to visit?
As with Greece, it is hard to answer that question asit depends where you want to be and what you want to do. Some indication for the (subtropical) climate of the Mugla region (central Turquoise coast): max. day temperature over 20°C between mid-April and mid-October. Water temperature (see blue graph below) over 20°C between mid-May and end of October, peaking at almost 28°C around August.
Between mid-July and early September most of the regions are very busy making money in tourism and day temperatures can hit the lower-thirties. It just takes a bit more effort to find the quiet out-of-the-way bays.
Turkey is a majority Muslim country, but the touristy coastal strip caters for all (albeit for a small price). Where we can, we learn about the implications of the Muslim culture to adapt our own behaviour in public.
Tourism in Turkey is probably a bit less outrageous then on some of the Greek holiday islands, but the more enjoyable for it.
In our experience, it is quite easy to get around in Turkey, even if much less English is spoken than in Greece, apart from the people working in the tourist industry. The people we have met would go out of their way to help us.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) is a central figure in Turkey. He brought the declining Ottoman Empire (1299-1922, see Ottoman Empire) into the modern age, took it out of the hands of the military and transformed it into a secular nation.
"Teachers are the one and only people who save nations."
“Our true mentor in life is science.”Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
He is revered throughout Turkey (Atatürk means "Father of the Turks") and it would be unwise to show him disrespect in public.