The Mediterranean Region of Turkey offers an excellent coastline, a range of natural attractions, unique historical and archeological sites, and a splendidly warm Mediterranean climate. The region forms a fast-growing tourism market for all sorts of holiday seekers and their numbers are projected to rise.
One of the most beautiful places in the world, the Mediterranean offers the unique beauty of the sea and every tone of green you can find. One of the oldest settlement areas in the world, the Mediterranean Region is at the forefront with its historical beauties besides its natural beauties.
Popular Holiday Destinations in Mediterranean
The Mediterranean and its environs are among Turkey’s most popular holiday destinations.
Antalya province is the center of Turkey’s tourism industry and is especially known for its seaside, attracting 30% of the foreign tourists visiting Turkey annually.
The favorable climatic conditions along the shore of the region provide natural beauty and historical richness for tourism development. Antalya, Alanya, Side, Kas, Kemer, and Kalkan are the centers where sun-lovers prefer. Burdur and Isparta landscape’s consist of beautiful lakes, mountains, and nature creating great alternative and eco-tourism potentials.
Historic city attractions such as Olympus Patara, which symbolizes the Mediterranean civilization, are important tourist attractions. The karstic formations covering the wide area in the region are especially wonderful with Damlatas and Insuyu and Cennet-Cehennem (Heaven and Hell) caves.
Furthermore, extreme interest in international competitions and festivals with many national parks contributes to the development of tourism.
Lakes In the Mediterranean Region
The lakes are clustered in the western part of the region. The only lake in the east is Amik Lake residing in the middle of the Hatay Plain. The number of lakes in the west is so high that the area is called the Lake District. Four of them are Burdur Lake, Acigol, Egridir Lake and Beysehir Lake.
Must-See Points in the Mediterranean Provinces
The historical places and natural beauties to be seen for the first-time visitors of Mediterranean are listed below.
Archaeological Museum (Seyhan),
Misis Mosaic Museum,
Sar Ancient City (Tufanbeyli),
Stone Bridge (Seyhan),
Antalya Old City,
Temple of Apollo (Side)
Beydagları National Park
Patara (Kas / Kalkan),
Keraitae Ancient City
Kremna Ancient City
Sagalassos Ancient City
Sia (Psidia) Ancient City
Antakya Mosaic Museum,
House of the Virgin Mary,
St Pierre Church,
Aya Baniya Church
Davraz Ski Resort,
Dundar Bey Madrasa,
Red Mountain National Park,
The Grand Bazaar
Kapicam Natural Park
Yaysan Plateau Natural Park
Alahan Monastery (Mut)
Heaven and Hell Caves (Silifke)
Kiz Kalesi – Maiden’s Castle (Erdemli)
Mamuriye Fortress (Anamur)