Bodrum

Guarding the entrance to Bodrum's spectacular turquoise bay, where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, is an imposing castle built by the Knights of Rhodes. While elegant yachts fill the marina, the well known charming town attracts a widely varied population of holidaymakers who promenade the long palm-lined waterfront.

You can swim in completely clear, warm, tideless waters not far from the town. These waters are particularly popular among underwater divers who enjoy exploring the numerous reefs, caves and rock formations. There are octopuses, multicoloured sponges of all sizes and shapes, and an enormous variety of other marine life.

Bodrum has an ancient and reputable history of boat building, and even today craftsmen still build traditional yachts: Tirhandil with a pointed bow and stern, and the Gullets - which have a broad beam and rounded stern - are used today on excursions and pleasure trips and the annual October cup race.

With its dynamic, sociable and Bohemian atmosphere and many small galleries, Bodrum has won the standing as the centre of the Turkish art community, which has encouraged a relaxed daytime life style and nights of excitement. Idly dining on fresh seafood and other Aegean specialties are what the evenings are for, while the night brims with clubs and discos to keep you going until dawn.

Fethiye

The beautiful and historical town of Fethiye is located in an exceptionally attractive setting and is perfect for a holiday on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

The town overlooks Fethiye Bay from the hillside of Mount Mendos. The bay is dotted with twelve small islands that can be explored by boat trip from the enchanting Fethiye Marina. The excursions are easily booked and have stops for sunbathing and swimming. Souvenir shops can be found all through the cobbled streets of old Fethiye town and the harbour area is packed with excellent restaurants. The nightlife in Fethiye revolves around its numerous bars and restaurants, which provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The thriving town has a long and remarkable history with a fort built by the medieval Knights of Rhodes and the far older rock tombs carved into nearby cliffs by the Lycians, some dating back as far as the 4th century BC. Fethiye's closest airport is Dalaman (70km), with transfers taking a little over 1 hour.

Fethiye is the perfect choice for family holidays with small children and beach lovers, with more than three kilometres of natural beaches and Sovalye Island. Across the bay, Calis Beach has a variety of waterfront restaurants and bars and water sports, including windsurfing and kite-surfing. The beach is just a short dolmus (minibus) trip or lift across the bay by water taxi. While in Fethiye, it's worth dropping in to Olu Deniz to visit the famous Blue Lagoon, just 12 km away. Olu Deniz also has one of the most sandy beautiful beaches on the turquoise coast.

Göcek

This idyllic yachting resort town is a short drive from Dalaman airport and sits where crystal clear bays meet the foot of lush green mountains. The views across the turquoise waters are absolutely stunning. This small Lycian settlement, named Kalimche in its early history, can be found between Dalyan and Fethiye.

Göcek offers a variety of excellent bars, restaurants, and shops and is often frequented by world renown celebrities. However, the town and its surroundings are protected by strict development laws so there are not too many hotels and it never over-crowded. It is not only world-class sailing and its many marinas that make this town a unique place; it is also the subtle blend of natural surroundings, culture and relaxed ambience that make this a must on your list of places to visit in Turkey.

Kalkan

When imagining the perfect idyllic Mediterranean harbour, you will have Kalkan in your mind. It has all the necessary ingredients; cobbled streets winding through the town, waterfront restaurants, roof-terrace bars, and beautiful bougainvillea covered white villas. An ideal place for your Premier Villas holiday in Turkey. The town itself lies at the foot of the striking Taurus Mountains and faces out on to crystal clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The views are breathtaking, and while you're eating your freshly caught and cooked fish next to the harbour with your glass of local wine, you'll realise that this is a place you'll never forget - and you'll know that you'll return as do others time and time again.

Kalkan caters for the interests of all, whether they are historical, cultural, water sports or just pure relaxation - you are sure to find what makes a holiday for you. In just a few short years, Kalkan has grown from a small fishing village in to a harbour town with its own modern marina, but still retains its own unique character and remains unspoilt by mass tourism. Those who visit Kalkan for the first time will enjoy its versatility, with the restaurants, hotels, and bars being owned by locals and Istanbul Turks there is a varied and eclectic atmosphere and menus not usually found in these places.

Kalkan is frequented mostly by British holiday makers who are drawn by its authenticity mixed with its refined atmosphere. There are many ancient sites to visit in the area such as Patara, Xanthos, Pinara, Letoon, and Tlos. During the day Kalkan is very quiet with most of its visitors heading off to the beaches and beach clubs nearby. From the town centre a dolmus (minibus) takes only ten minutes to get to the hidden Kaputas beach, a small sandy cove beach set at the base of a striking mountain gorge. If you're looking for something a little bigger, the world famous Patara beach is approximately 30 minutes away (by dolmus or car) and boasts an 18 kilometre stretch of white sand.

Kas

One of our favourites! The original town of Kas was founded on the remains of ancient Antiphellos and, as with Kalkan, has the striking Taurus Mountains as a backdrop and faces the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. The little port town has developed over the years and has become the region's main tourist attraction, boasting a brand new state-of-the-art marina opened in 2011. The town itself is bigger than Kalkan but retains its idyllic ambience, providing an eclectic mix of ancient history and sophisticated refinement.

Historically, Kas was a small port located at the southern tip of Lycia. In ancient times the town was known as Habesos, with it being renamed Antiphellos in later years. It is said to be one of Lycia's oldest settlements and protected by a breakwater served the ancient cities of Pinarbasi and Phellos.

Naturally, because of the town's historical location, there are many ancient treasures to be explored. Right in the centre of the old town is a five-meter tall rock-carved Lycian sarcophagus dating from the 4th century BC. There are Lycian tombs nearby, an ancient shipwreck, the still used Greek amphitheatre, and more. One of the main activities in Kas is scuba diving. Divers from all around the world visit this area to explore the beautiful waters and visit the ancient sunken sites along with the varied marine life.

Stroll around the town's attractions and charming shops during the day, and have enjoyable nightlife after the sun goes down. A range of restaurants and bars are within seconds of one another and the promenade by the old harbour is idyllic.

Marmaris

Marmaris remains one of Turkey's best known Mediterranean port town resorts, offering great nightlife, excellent beaches and the renowned Dalyan mud baths.

The majority of nightlife in Marmaris is centred in and around the well-named Bar Street, where there are clubs, restaurants, cafes, and bars with open doors until the early hours of the morning. There are also plenty of places to go in the old town away from the main nightlife; here you will also find good bars, shops, and restaurants.

As with most towns along the south west coast of Turkey, Marmaris has its roots deep in history. Take some time to explore Marmaris Castle ruins. The castle was rebuilt in 1522 by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, with Marmaris being used as a base for his navy. There is also a museum with many interesting artefacts.

There are some good shopping opportunities in Marmaris, where you can pick up some bargains to take home with you, especially in the markets where bartering is the key to getting the price down.

Marmaris' main beach is a long strip of dark sand which adjoins the nearby resort of Icemeler. The sea is crystal clear, turquoise, and warm - absolutely perfect for swimming and very safe. There are water taxis to take you further along the coastline to neighbouring towns and resorts.

Olu Deniz

If you're looking for a mix of white sandy beaches, restaurants, bars, shops, but without the hustle and bustle of a major resort, then Olu Deniz is the place. It is situated in a breathtaking bay and is surrounded by tree lined mountains. The atmosphere in Olu Deniz is relaxed and has a romantic air about it - a perfect holiday location for couples and families.

While Olu Deniz has its own shops, local markets, waterfront restaurants, bars, and discos, it is close to the larger towns of Hisaronu and Fethiye should you feel you're missing the buzz of city life. The natural environment around Olu Deniz is great for walking, horse riding, and cycling. For those extra thrills, you can also take part in paragliding and hang-gliding.

There's no mistaking why people travel to Olu Deniz - it's the fantastic Belcekiz Beach; an extended length of white sand which gently slopes into the warm crystal waters of the Mediterranean. There are well tended gardens along the length of the waterfront promenade. The beach is known as one of the best in Turkey. At the far end of the beach is a protected beauty spot with a blue lagoon and many hidden beaches. The sand spit is home to the indigenous loggerhead turtles and is a registered national park. Outside of the protected areas Olu Deniz offers a wide array of water sports, including jet-ski rental, scuba diving, and snorkelling.