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PINARA & THE SAKLIKENT GORGE, TURKEY

Thursday July 2, 2015

Saklikent Gorge, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Pinara, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Pinara, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Saklikent Gorge, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

My favorite daytrips from Oludeniz were to the Saklikent Gorge and ancient Pinara ruins, about an hour’s drive inland from our coastal beach haven. Just as we were starting to feel like beach bums, these Turkish wonders zapped us with a much-needed dose of adventure, channeling our inner-Indiana Jones and inner-Tomb Raider. We spent two days exploring Saklikent and Pinara, but for travelers with tight itineraries, both are doable in one long day trip, as they are located in the same region …

OLUDENIZ, TURKEY

Sunday June 28, 2015

Oludeniz, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Oludeniz, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Kadakoy, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Oludeniz, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Oludeniz, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

From Kas, we traveled north and made the short journey up to our second coastal destination, as we continued our travels along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Oludeniz was a beachgoer’s haven, an idyllic narrow peninsula of pebble sand that stretched into the region’s iconic Blue Lagoon, and turquoise bay. We spent several afternoons sunbathing on the dreamy stretch of beach (it reminded me of a large, tropical sandbar), and swimming out to floating platforms that dotted the sparkling shallows ….

KASTELLORIZO ISLAND, GREECE

Sunday June 21, 2015

Kastellorizo, Greece www.bucketlistbums.com

Kastellorizo Island, Greece www.bucketlistbums.com

Kastellorizo Island, Greece www.bucketlistbums.com

Kastellorizo, Greece www.bucketlistbums.com

Kastellorizo Island, Greece www.bucketlistbums.com
Kastellorizo Island, Greece www.bucketlistbums.com

Located just off Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, a 20-minute ferry ride from Kas, was the Greek island of Kastellorizo. We’d never been to Greece, but after spending just one day on this idyllic gem, we were ready for a proper trip to Turkey’s Mediterranean neighbor. The charming island was home to the most picturesque of fishing villages, natural wonders and swirls of vibrant turquoise. Paradise …