Many people who apply for a Turkey visa go on a beach holiday and book a hotel or resort on the Turkish Riviera, on the south coast of Turkey between Antalya and Alanya. This article is about what you can do in the Turkish Riviera when you want to step away from the pool for a moment. After all, a nice day out completes your journey.
Antalya: the capital of the Turkish Riviera
Antalya is the city where many tourists get off the plane to be taken by taxi bus straight to their hotel on the coast. However, those who want to see the country should definitely pay a little more attention to Antalya. The city is thousands of years old and mentioned as early as in the Bible, but it also has a modern side.
You can find a bus to Antalya from almost every seaside resort on the Turkish Riviera, and in the city itself there are trams and taxis (dolmus).
There is plenty to do in the city. The car-free Kaleiçi district has markets, restaurants and shops that are open until late in the evening. Some buildings date back to Roman times. The most famous attraction of old Antalya is Hadrianʼs Gate, an almost two-thousand-year-old gate. Adjacent to Kaleiçi is the cityʼs old harbour, where you can stroll along the historic city wall and watch the fishermen and ships. In the harbour of Antalya, you can also find several internationally orientated discotheques.
Side open-air museum
In the middle of the Turkish Riviera, you will find the seaside resort Side, surrounded by the most beautiful resorts on the edge of white beaches. Side, too, was founded in ancient times, but unlike Antalya, it has not grown into a metropolis of millions. As a result, the ground where the Roman and Greek ruins stand was not needed for development, so these ruins of temples and theatres can still be seen. If you walk to the peninsula that belongs to Side and get off the main road, chances are you will come across a column, crumbling wall or ancient gate. The centre of Side is very much geared towards tourism, so you will not lack anything and you can also get a nice souvenir. Another special feature of Side is the sandy beach in the centre of the town.
The caves of Myra
The name Myra might ring a bell, but most people who are on holiday in Turkey do not immediately make the link with dark December nights. Saint-Nicholas may live in Spain, but actually he comes from Turkey. There he lived in the third century as Bishop Nicholas of Myra. The ruins of his church are still there and are especially popular among Russian tourists.
Today, Myra is called Demre and is mainly visited for its eerie-looking rock tombs and the adjacent Roman amphitheatre. Close to Demre, there is also the island of Kekova with the sunken city of the same name, the ruins of which lie half in the water and can be visited by boat. The nice thing about all these buildings is that they are in such a state that it is quite easy for visitors to imagine the ancient times in which they were built.
On jeep safari
The jeep safaris are popular day trips for tourists and can be booked from almost every hotel. Those who dare to go on such safaris go into the mountainous interior of the country in a jeep and pass through beautiful nature reserves and small villages. The jeeps drive straight through small rivers and often stop at a waterfall on the way. The literal highlight of the trip is the Taurus Mountains. The views are magnificent, and you will also see the wilder side of Turkey.
Turkey visa no longer necessary for most Europeans
Most tourists with a European nationality no longer need a visa, but citizens of countries outside Europe usually still do. European travellers who travel to Turkey with an identity card instead of a passport also need a visa. Normally, the visa has to be applied for through the consulate, but travellers from countries that are important for the Turkish tourism industry often do not need a visa or can submit their Turkey visa application online to make a holiday more accessible. If you do not possess a passport and also do not want to or cannot apply for one, you can use the online application for a Turkey visa. You should check in advance whether you can get an online visa based on your nationality.
A passport or visa allows you stay in Turkey for up to 90 days. Plenty of time to see all the beautiful places on the south coast and to have a nice, relaxing holiday!