Love is in the air. Take it all in.
Once the setting for the legendary romance between Marc Antony and Cleopatra, Turkey’s natural and manmade wonders provide the perfect canvas upon which a storybook of memories can be written.
Imagine looking back over the years and recalling a honeymoon blessed by the gods, where you and love explored the storied bays along the Turquoise Mediterranean in a private gulet, discovered the azure caves in the waters outside of Marmaris, Kalkan, or Alanya, and snorkled amidst the sea’s colorful bounty, only to retire, blissfully exhausted, to the cool breeze of the night air on deck beneath the stars.
For those who’s romance feeds off of adrenaline, there’s nothing like the rush of hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, paragliding above Ölüdeniz, or horseback riding along the beach at Patara. Imagine trekking up along the stark white travertine pools in Pamukkale, followed by a dip in the bubbly of the Sacred Pool surrounded by toppled Roman columns. Pure delight.
For more sybaritic and sedentary gratification, Turkey offers an abundance of guilty pleasures for two. Indeed, sometimes the romance is all about the trimmings. In Cappadocia, couples have an endless selection of romantically lit luxury cave hotels, draped in silks, woven handicrafts and traditional Anatolian flourishes. In the exclusive properties of Bodrum’s Türkbüku, at the thermal springs of Çesme’s Ilica or at a deluxe resort along Antalya’s golden shores, couples can share a combo massage while gazing out onto a sunlit, placid shoreline. Too public? There are plenty of secluded or private spaces just oozing with romance, not least of which may find you in a private pool attached to your room in one of Bodrum, Marmaris, Antalya or Cappadocia’s more sumptuous hotel properties.
Still, at the end of the day, love is all about simplicity, and a romantic experience can be as effortless as sharing a delicious meal on a jetty in a fishing village along the Mediterranean, strolling through the centuries beneath the seagulls circling Istanbul’s moonlit minarets, viewing the twinkling lights of Asia from a park bench along the Bosphorus, or sipping Turkish coffee in the niche of Istanbul’s Hippodrome, in a palatial underground cistern, or in a Medieval tower in Bodrum’s St. Peter’s Castle.
Turkey is undeniably a destination that appeals to the romantic in all of us. But the truth is that when love-struck couples are together, every experience can be a romantic one. So, hand in hand, head off into a brilliant Turkish sunset together to make your own memories.