The Best of the Lycian Coast in Pictures

Incredible things to see and do along the Lycian Coast of Turkey

The Lycian coast is paradise for people who love nature, hiking, yachting, swimming, scuba diving, paragliding, water spots, archaeology, history, fishing or simply relaxing in the sunshine. There's something for everyone in this diverse section of coastline running from Fethiye to Antalya, Turkey.

Getting around the Lycian Coast

The coastline can be explored by vehicle (a well-maintained, but curvy, highway runs parallel to the coast), by foot (the Lycian Way runs from Ölüdeniz to Antalya), or by boat. Gulet cruises (often called Blue Cruises or Blue Voyages) are a popular way for visitors to explore the coastline from the comfort of a  floating hotel.

Destinations to visit along the Lycian Coast

Cities along the coast are rich with history - providing visitors with ample opportunity to explore ruins and archaeological sites at their leisure. My favourite historic sites along the coast include Gemiler Island, the Kekova region featuring Sunken City and the nearby castle at Kaleköy (also called Simena or Castle Village), the ancient theatre in the upscale resort town of Kaş, and the St. Nicholas Church at Demre. (And I'm pretty happy to call Fethiye home!)

What to do and what to see

As far as water sports and adventure activities, the incredibly clear water around Kaş is famed for scuba diving and the sea-side resort town of Ölüdeniz is "the" place for paragliding in Turkey. The Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz is reputed to be one of the most photographed beaches in the world. I'm sure the paragliding companies and their customers account for at least half of the pictures - taken from high above sea level.

The coastal water is home to plenty of sea life. Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) and dolphins can be spotted on a regular basis in the coastal waters. Diverse species of fish populate the Mediterranean, making it a popular destination for day-time fishermen.

The area is popular with tourists, but most of the towns have retained much of their "small world charm" and don't feel as crowded as cities further west along the coast. This may be because airports servicing the area (Dalaman and Antalya) are not close-by.

I am fortunate to spend 6 months of the year exploring the Lycian Coast with visitors from all over the world. It's a rare day that I don't discover something new about this little piece of paradise!