What’s On

Whats “Hot” and “Whats Not”…

As the main summer season starts to kick off and the fun filled calendar of events in the local coastal areas will be sure to still keep everyone occupied. Whether you are just visiting or a resident, make sure to “experience” some of the places and events mentioned below not just in the main tourist season but throughout the year……

 

Akbuk

Akbuk means White Bay and is just 70km from Bodrum Airport and 140km from Izmir.
Akbuk is a place to stay for holiday makers who like to take quiet laid back holidays. It is also said to have the highest oxygen ratio and lowest humidity rate in Turkey. Akbuk’s atmosphere is recommended by doctors for people suffering with asthmatic conditions.

From the beach looking north, you have beautiful views of green mountains that cradle the village and bay of Akbuk.

-What’s on throughout 2016-

 

Alanya

Alanya is on Turkey’s southwest coast, with its harbour and castle. These Medieval buildings are perched on a rocky peninsula that splits the town’s sandy beach into two.
A cosmopolitan mix of lively bars runs along the waterfront. With its two Blue Flag beaches are separated by a towering peninsula. Cleopatra Beach, on the western side, is the more popular of the two. It’s a 2-kilometre stretch of sand with a dramatic view of the castle.

-What’s on throughout 2016-

May / June-2016
Portakal (orange) festival is held in June every year in Oba, near Alanya town center. Good food and drinks, many opportunities to buy handicrafts and other things.  The evening concludes with spectacular fireworks!

June / July-2016
Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival have an international participation from opera and ballet performers from several different countries. The festival takes place in the two thousand year old ancient Roman Theatre Aspendos.

August-2016
The International Folklore Festival. This popular event attracts visitors from near and far who come to participate in, or to simply witness, the playing out of local cultures and traditions.

September -2016
ALANYA JAZZ FESTIVAL This popular jazz festival is held at the Red Tower each year. The Jazz Festival is organized by Alanya Municipality, tourist organizations and private companies. The concerts are free and open to the public.

October-2016
Alanya International Culture and Art Festival is a famous Turkish festival.

 

Altinkum

Altinkum is a fun-loving beach resort on Turkey’s southwest coast. It’s grown quickly over the past few years, and has merged with its neighbour, Didim – a town with thousands of years of history. Altinkum means golden sands, and it has 3 magnificent beaches. But the nightlife, the vibrant bazaar, and ancient historical sites are equally big draws.

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August-2016
Annual Peace festival. Aimed at promoting friendship between Greece and Turkey. Music, dancing and firework displays.

September-2016
Olive festival to celebrate the fruits of the region.

 

Antalya

Antalya is the fastest-growing city, where tourists from around the world come together and discover its fabulous mix of great beaches and traditional Turkish culture and  modern shopping centres.
Kids will love the Beach Park, which features Aqua Land (a waterslide-fanatic’s dream) and Dolphin Land (home to dolphins, sea lions and white whales).
Make sure to explore the old town centre and to see Hadrian’s Gate from 133AD or The Archaeological Museum.
This city offers something for everyone.

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April-2016
International Choir Festival (Antalya) – early April sees the arrival of this contemporary music fest, with choirs from all over Europe and the Middle East

June-2016
Aspendos International Opera-Ballet Festival (Antalya) – June and July, held in Antalya’s spectacular Aspendos Amphitheatre. This interesting event sees ballet groups and opera companies from Europe and the Middle East providing a feast of modern-day dance and opera.

 

Belek

Belek is a resort town on the Turkish Riviera, is known for its very clean, white-sand beaches surrounded by pine forests.
History buffs should plan a day trips to the Roman ruins at Perge and the Aspendos amphitheatre.  Or if you’d prefer to be in the centre of town where the mosque stands alongside statues and a waterfall leading to extensive shopping in the tree lined boulevards.
Or maybe what this area is all about that that would be a round of golf, so bring your clubs—there are excellent courses in this area.

-What’s on throughout 2016-

 

Bodrum

Bodrum is located in the Mugla province of Southwest Turkey, on the coast of the stunning Aegean Sea. Bodrum is one of the prettiest regions on Turkey’s Aegean coast with a charming laid back and decidedly sophisticated feel.
With three yacht lined marinas, great restaurants, buzzing nightlife, fabulous shops and numerous hidden bays and beaches, where you will also find some luxury villas, it’s hardly surprising that it’s attracted so many tourists and superstars over the years.

-What’s on throughout 2016-

Middle May-2016
Diving festival at Bodrum Marina Yacht club. Demonstrations, musuc and dance shows.

June 21st-2016
Sunsplash festival Aspat Beach hosts top international artists over 7 days

October-2016
Annual wooden yacht regatta.

 

Dalaman

Dalaman is a small town situated on the south east Aegean Coast of Turkey.
Dalaman is well known for its International Airport, which serves as far as Kalkan to Marmaris,  as well as the central town which offers a lovely array of shops and restaurants .
There are beaches only twenty minutes’ drive from Dalaman, one being the village of Sarigerma where things take a slower laid-back pace, in the village centre you will find a few bars and restaurants, all is very chill in this village.

 -What’s on throughout 2016-

June 5- 2016
Ortaca Culture and Tourism Festival- which represent traditional Turkish culture not only aim to increase the spirit of unity in society, but also to present the cultural wealth of the places where these ceremonies are held.

July 2nd -2016
Ayata Summer Party Festival-Turkish mythology meets an electronic underground of visionary music – paying homage to the spirit of ancient civilizations of Central Anatolia. Explored by archeologists, historians and anthropologists – it’s a region where shamanism and Tangrism is a practice that is continued even today

 

Fethiye, Çalış, Ovacık, Hisarönü & Olu Deniz

Fethiye is located within the Turquoise Coast in the south western Mediterranean of Turkey.
The whole region excluding Fethiye and Esen lowlands is covered with high mountains forming the south-western peaks of the Taurus mountain range.
Lying at the foot of these mountains, looking out over a sheltered bay is the traditional town of Fethiye that is continued even today. The surrounding holiday towns such as Calis, Oveacuk, Hisaronu and OluDenis are all close by

-What’s on throughout 2016-

May -2016
Tomato Festival (Fethiye)  celebrates the humble tomato along with many other towns and cities in Turkey. People come from all over to pick ripe tomatoes and enjoy the ensuing activities.

May-2016
Cala’ay Carnival – a two-day event with a large parade on day one and an open-air concert on day two. Leading up to the event is a week of activities, including handicrafts and lots of Turkish street food

October -2016
International Air Games – mid-October, Oludeniz’s biggest event involves reams of paragliders descending from Babadag Mountain over four days, landing the main beach. October is the best time of the year to paraglide

October-2016
Mxonfest (Fethiye) – mid-October, with a variety of competitions hosted by the Turkish Motorcycle Federation, including a large rock festival.

 

The Lycian Way

The roots of the ancient Lycian Way go back to the time the Lycian civilization that dwelled in the area during the 4th century B.C. The walking trail is 509 kilometers long and consists of 23 legs, starting from Fethiye and ending in Antalya.

Historic ruins, ancient cities, castles and amphitheaters located on the track are just some of the several hotspots. The trail continues along the Patara Beach, which is the third-longest beach in the world. Moreover, participants have the opportunity to camp near ruins such as the Patara ancient city. Besides its challenging conditions, the Lycian Way track is expected to attract many participants from all around the world to Turkey due to its historic surroundings and challenging track.

Marking the end of the summer season, the annual Oludeniz Air Games runs from 13th – 17th October 2010 and will feature a range of adrenalin pumping attractions high in the sky. Previous years have included base jumping, sky-diving, acrobatic paragliding and live music. The main attraction has been the jaw-dropping Turkish Stars fighter jet team performing acrobatic maneouvers to delight viewers.

Çalış Carnival brings together thousands of residents in this Mediterranean resort ‘hand in hand’ to raise money for local projects and creates a week of fun and harmony along the way and is held annually the last week of May.

 

Göcek

Gocek is located in the south of Turkey at the Gulf of Fethiye between Fethiye and Dalaman. The distance between Dalaman airport and Gocek is only 25km, flights being easily obtainable from the UK .
Gocek was founded on the shores of Göcek Bay located in Gulf of Fethiye. Geographically, Göcek is surrounded by the Taurus Mountains, except to the south where a gateway to the sea provides easy access to calm and well-protected harbour.

-What’s on throughout 2016-

May 16 / 21- 2016
Gocek Race week will be hosted by Gocek Yacht Club GYC at D-Marin Gocek marina.

02 / 06 November -2016
The Race Week in Gocek is an annual yacht regatta organized by Gocek Yacht Club. The primary intention is to promote interest and skill in sailing among the captains and crews of the local charter fleet. It is also a celebration of the ending of each year’s cruising season, a means to bring together in a friendly encounter charter yachts that normally cruise on their own.

 

Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the most amazing cities in the world, it is a fascinating city built on two Continents, divided by the Bosphorus Strait.
You can see a modern western city combined within this traditional eastern city, it’s a melting pot of many civilizations and different people. Istanbul was also announced by the European Union as the 2010 European Capital of Culture.
Throughout this vibrant city, you’ll find centuries-old mosques, churches and markets happily co-existing side by side with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs.

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Kalkan &Kaş

Kalkan, this historic town was once a traditional fishing village and is now an upmarket and cosmopolitan coastal town. It is on Turkey’s south-western coast.
Kalkan is an enchanting place and is one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. With Its long promenade, it is brimming with chic bars and seafood restaurants.
Meanwhile, the traditional old town comes with whitewashed houses cascading with bougainvillea, but still remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.

 -What’s on throughout 2016-

June 3rd -2016
The Lycian Food Festival in Kalkan

July 1st -2016
Kalkan will once again celebrate the Festival of the Sea. It’s a fun day, with lots of water based competitions, down at the Kalkan town beach, and in Kalkan Bay. If you are in Kalkan next week, we highly recommend going along to watch.

 

Kusadasi

Kusadsi is only 4 hours from the UK, Izmir Airport is located just 45 minute drive away from Kusadasi and the added bonus of a second option ; Bodrum International Airport is located a 90 minute drive away, both airports are easily accessible from most European countries.
Located on the south west coast of Turkey on the Aegean Sea overlooking the Greek Island of Samos

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1st April / 31st May-2016
Sarigerme Kite festival

 

Side

Side is a fabulous coastal resort on the Mediterranean. It is approximately 15kms east of Antalya and is located on a small peninsula only 800m in length.
In this pretty town, modern architecture, chic shops and late night bars stand with the ruins of an ancient city.
If you wish to experience the perfect harmony of history and nature you should definitely include Side in your itinerary.

-What’s on throughout 2016-

June & July -2016
For aficionados of opera, ballet, musicals and classical music Aspendos Festival since 1994 has been a “must” place to be in. Aspendos Theatre is the best preserved amphitheatre not only of Anatolia but also the whole of Europe.

5-12 September-2016
Side is housing a culture and art festival in September every year, which can be the best time to coincide your visit to the area.

 

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