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Ephesus: House of the Virgin Mary

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Ephesus - Virgin Mary - Selcuk

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During much of the Antiquity, the city of Ephesus in what is now western Turkey was one of the half-dozen most important cities in the world outside of China and India.  Abandoned since around the time that Constantinople fell to the Ottomans, its remains sit outside of Selçuk in Turkey's İzmir Province.  In this drone video by jesus_tr, you'll get an aerial view of these famous ruins, as well as those of the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, believed by many to be the final home of the mother of Jesus.

Lake Bafa

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Bafa Lake Cinematic

tntrmedia

Lake Bafa is located in southwestern Turkey and provides a basis for a variety of local industries, including tourism, fishing, and agriculture (including picturesque olive groves).  It sits across the provinces of Muğla and Aydın, both of which are part of the Aegean region.  Here, drone pilot Tntrmedia, leans on the warm hues of the lake's environs to showcase the beauty of the waterway both in twilight and midday, producing a video that was nominated for Drone Video of the Week in October 2018.

Ancient Sardis, Capital of Lydia

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Ancient City of Sardes - 4K

jesus_tr

Here's a fantastic aerial view of one of the most important ancient ruins sights in Turkey, compliments of top contributor jesus_tr.  It's from the ruins of the ancient city of Sardis in Manisa, one of the (inland) provinces which makes up the Aegean Region of western Turkey.  Sardis was said to be founded by the sons of Hercules.  Later it was the capital of the kingdom of Lydia, one of the most important of the Antiquity.  Still later, the great city earned frequent mention in the New Testament.  

The Coast of Muğla Province

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Muğla- Great spot to see in Turkey

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Check out this stunning drone video of southwestern Turkey, compliments of contributor fatihyedikardes.  It was shot on the Aegean Sea coastline of Muğla, one of the provinces which makes up Turkey's Aegean Region.  The province is home to some of the country's top beach destinations.  In addition to its spectacular beaches, the province features a treasure trove of ancient ruins.  For example, at about the :40 mark in the video, you'll see the famous Tomb of Amyntas in the city of Fethiye. 

Flamingos Near İzmir

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Flying with Flamingos Near Izmir, Turkey

Alp Karagulle

In this mesmerizing video, contributor Burak Buyukbayrakt managed to use a drone to film a rather large group of flamingoes on a glass-smooth body of water near Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey and the largest in its Aegean (western) Region.  Flamingoes are wading birds which are found natively around South America, Africa, and the Middle East.  The aerial footage of these graceful creatures flying over the reflective and glass-smooth water is truly epic! 

Ancient Ephesus

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The Ancient City of Ephesus

Alp Karagulle

Turkish aerial videographer and contributor Alp Karagulle brought his drone to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus which is located a few km inland from Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in the İzmir Province. The city, which was built in the 10th century BC, is one of the world's most well-preserved ancient metropolises.  One of the top tourist destinations in Turkey's Aegean Region, Ephesus is particularly known for being the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  

Kütahya Province: Aizanoi

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Aizanoi - Ancient Greek City in Kütahya

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Aizanoi is an ancient city in the Kütahya province of western Turkey.  It was built by the Greeks and continued to be an important administrative center into Roman times.  Due to its well preserved ruins of a temple and a stadium complex, the city has been submitted to UNESCO for designation as a World Heritage site.  In this Drone Video of the Week nominee, contributor Iskenderfilm gives us a bird's eye view of this ancient city, which sits on the Penkalas River.

Football Celebration in İzmir

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Football Celebration in Ismir, Turkey (Director's Cut)

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Contributor Elci Creative created this epic drone video of a massive celebration of a Turkish football team in the Guztepe section of the city of Izmir.  Izmir is situated in the middle of the Aegean coast of western Turkey, and is the capital of the province of the same name.  It is the third largest city in the country, after Istanbul and the capital city Ankara.  As you will appreciate from this video, the football fans of Guztepe LOVE their professional team; this celebration included 1 million flares!

İzmir Clock Tower

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Birds Dancing with İzmir's Clock Tower

jesus_tr

Contributor jesus_tr created this beautiful drone video from one of the most recognized landmarks in İzmir, Turkey's third largest city.  The tower is located in the city's Konak district, the core of its downtown zone.  Standing 25 meters (just over 80 ft.) tall, the tower was completed at the turn of the 20th century to commemorate the silver jubilee of the reigning Ottoman Emperor.  It was a gift from Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was pursuing a policy of alignment with Turkey.  

DVOW Nominee - Lake Bafa

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Bafa - Relaxation Series

tntrmedia

Find relaxation and inspiration in this beautiful video of Lake Bafa Nature Park by tntrmedia. Lake Bafa is a lake and nature reserve in southwestern Turkey; centuries ago the lake was a gulf of the Aegean Sea until the passage was gradually closed. The southern shore is near a highway that can take travelers from town to town, while the northern shore of the lake is bordered by steep slopes covered with wild olive trees. This video was a DVOW finalist in October, 2019.

Sailing in İzmir

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İzmir Arkas Sailing Race

Burak BÜYÜKBAYRAKTAR

Izmir is the largest city in Turkey's Aegean region and the third largest city in the country overall.   Among other roles, it is the epicenter of the world of Turkish sailing, which is one of the largest in the world.  Contributor Burak BÜYÜKBAYRAKT used a drone to film the Arkas sailing race, which is held off the city's coastline.  It's a major event in the sailing world, and his video does an outstanding job of capturing the excitement which surrounds the competition.

Kitesurfing in Ayvalik

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Kitesurfing in Ayvalik, Turkey

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Contributor Pascha used a drone to capture some epic kitesurfing action off the coast of Western Turkey.  Ayvalik is a coastal town in the Balıkesir Province on the Aegean Sea, on the northern end of the Aegean Region.  It's surrounded by a number of smaller islands.  As you'll see in the video, the area has caught the attention of the world's kitesurfers.  Prepare to be amazed not only by the kitesurfing but the incredible camera work capturing these fast-moving targets! 

İzmir Bird Paradise

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Flying with Flamingos - 4K

jesus_tr

Contributor jesus_tr created this amazing drone video of the İzmir Bird Paradise, located on the Çiğli Çamaltı Salt Marsh northwest of the city of İzmir.  It's a bird sanctuary that is home to nearly 300 feathered species, including Flamingos, Dalmatian Pelicans, Small White Herons, Grey Herons, Storks, Reed Harries, Kestrels, Eurasian Coots, House Swallows, Rural Swallows, Sparrows, Magpies, Rural Pipits, Kingfishers, Poyraz Birds, Eurasian Thick-knees, Silver Seagulls, Little Terns, Owlets, Calandra Larks, and more.

Volcanic Rock Formations near Kula

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Kula Fairy Chimneys - 4K

jesus_tr

Here's an amazing aerial view of some stunning rock formations in western Turkey, compliments of top contributor jesus_tr.  It's called Yanıkyöre (translated, "burnt land"), and it's a family of volcanic cones near the town of Kula in the Manisa Province.  Once virtually unknown, the area has been "discovered" recently and is increasingly seen as a western (Turkey) version of the famous Cappadocia chimneys in Central Anatolia.  The area is now part of a geopark which has been certified by UNESCO.  

Flamingos in Turkish Wetlands

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Flying with Flamingos

Burak BÜYÜKBAYRAKTAR

Western Turkey sits astride some of the most important bird migration routes in the Eastern Hemisphere.  That's because of its extensive wetlands and lakes that support countless feathered creatures as they make their seasonal journeys from Europe to Africa and back again .  In this drone video by Burak BÜYÜKBAYRAKTAR, you'll get a marvelous view of a flock of flamingos in a bird sanctuary just west of İzmir, the largest city on Turkey's western (Aegean) coast.  

Muğla Province: Bodrum

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Unique Bodrum

ozzy0512

Contributor Ozzy0512 created this beautiful drone video of the Turkish Aegean Sea coast in the area of Bodrum.  Bodrum, which is part of the Muğla Province of southwestern Turkey, is home to some of Turkey's greatest cultural treasurers.  The area has been inhabited for many millennia and was the site of the Tomb of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Nowadays, Bodrum is probably at least as well known being home to some of the world's best sailing waters.  

The Ancient Stadium of Afrodisias

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Afrodisias Stadium / Ancient Footage

IlkerCagatayAsik

Check out this amazing drone videos of one of the best-preserved ancient stadiums, compliments of contributor IlkerCagatayAsik.  The stadium is part of the ruins of Aphrodisias, which was an ancient Greek settlement in western Turkey.  It's situated in the province of Aydin, one of the southernmost provinces which makes up the country's Aegean region.  It's believed that the stadium once seated 30,000 spectators; larger than the better-known stadium ruins at the stadium ruins of Delphi in Greece.

Alaçatı: Turkish Aegean Port Town

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Port Alaçatı 2018

afterfifty50

Alaçatı is considered one of the most traditional well preserved towns in western Turkey.  It is situated near the arrow-shaped western tip of the Çeşme Peninsula, a large extension of mainland Turkey into the Aegean Sea.  Alaçatı is near the heart of the substantial Turkish yachting scene which lines its western (Aegean) coastline, and its marina is one of the most well known in the region.  You can check out this beautiful Turkish port town from above in this drone video from contributor Afterfifty50.

Pedasa: Ancient Ionian City

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Pedesa Ancient City, Bodrum, Turkey

Aykut Akyuz

Contributor Aykut Akyuz created this beautiful drone video of an ancient ruins site in southwestern Turkey.  Pedasa was a city in the historical region of Caria, which covered a portion of Western Anatolia (now, the Aegean Region of Turkey).  The site is near the modern-day town of  Gökçeler, in the Muğla Province which covers the southwestern "corner" of Turkey.  Pedasa was one of the cities which rebelled against the ruling Persian Empire during the Ionian Revolt of the 5th century BC. 

Muğla Province: Akyaka

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Akyaka / Muğla - Turkey

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While most of the best-known spots in Western Turkey are on the sea, the interior of the region offers some spectacular scenery.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of Muğla province, which has a tiny bit of coastline along the Aegean but is mostly inland.  It's a land of beautiful lakes, marshes, and spectacular mountains.  While some of the provinces most popular resorts are on the seaside, as you'll see from the video the province's hinterlands are simply spectacular. 

İzmir: Turkey's Third Largest City

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İZMİR City TURKEY

Serdar SEN

İzmir is Turkey's third largest city and the largest in its Aegean Region.  The city is situated on the Gulf of İzmir just north of Çeşme, a giant peninsula which extends westward into the Aegean Sea.  The city was known as Smyrna for centuries, its name changing only in 1930, shortly after the formation of the Turkish Republic.  It has long been one of the most important cities of the eastern Mediterranean Sea; only Athens (Greece) is larger and not by much.  

Bodrum: Hapimag Resort

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Bodrum Hapimag Resort Sea Garden drone footage in 4K

dronesantana007

Hapimag Resort Bodrum is an upscale vacation getaway on Turkey's famed Aegean Sea coastline. The unique venue, which can be seen in this drone video by dronesantana007, boasts 5 pools, 3 beaches, 12 restaurants, and even a little village for guests nestled between the turqoise waters of the Aegean Sea and an evergreen pine grove. Bodrum is one of the prime beach towns in Turkey's Aegean Region; it's situated in the province of Muğla near the southwestern "corner" of the country.  

Göcek: Ancient Town of Fethiye

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Flight over the sea Göcek II Muğla II Turkey

TerranGoruntu

Check out this stunning drone video from a small town in the Muğla Province of southwestern Turkey, compliments of contributor TerranGoruntu.  It was shot around the town of Göcek, in the Fethiyet district of the province.  The ancient town is tied to the legend of Icarus; it's said he landed here after his famous flight.  Today, it's in the heart of the Torquoise Coast of modern-day Turkey and near the epicenter of the region's yachting scene, one of the most well-known in the world.  

Kayaköy: Muğla's Ghost Town

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KAYAKÖY FETHİYE-TÜRKİYE

dedefuat

Check out this fascinating drone video of an abandoned village in the hills of western Turkey, compliments of dedefuat.  It's called Kayaköy, and it's just a few km/mi from the town of Fethiye in the Muğla Province.  Much of the town was built in the 18th century, and it had a population of about 6k at the beginning of 20th century.  During the ethnic violence that erupted during and immediately after World War I, the town was completely abandoned.  It remains what you see today - a ghost town.

Alaçatı: Turkey's Windsurfing Paradise

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Windsurfing in Alaçatı, Turkey

jesus_tr

Western Turkey has long been closely connected with the world of sailing; some of the world's best sailing waters lie off its Aegean Sea coastline.  In recent decades, the same conditions have led to a very large windsurfing culture.  The steady winds and generally calm but always beautiful torquoise waters represent ideal conditions for windsurfers.  And so they have come.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of Alacati, one of the epicenters of the Aegean Turkey windsurfing scene.  

İzmir Çamlık Railway Museum

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Steam Power Trains Museum

Alp Karagulle

Contributor and drone pilot Alp Karagulle created this awesome aerial of one of the world's most well known outdoor train museums.  The Çamlık Railway Museum is located near Izmir, Turkey's third largest city and the largest in its Aegean (western) region.  It maintains one of the largest collections of steam trains in the world.  About half of the museum's locomotives are exhibited in a turntable.  The museum's collection includes a locomotive which was involved in Turkey's deadliest train accident, in 1957.

Dalyan: Aegean Resort Town

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Muğla Dalyan / TURKEY Teaser With İnspire

Oset Medya

Check out this stunning drone video from southwestern Turkey, compliments of contributor Oset Medya.  It was shot with a DJI Inspire 1 drone.  Dalyan is a small town in the Muğla Province.  The town was the center of a controversy in the 1980's when developers proposed a resort that would have impinged on the breeding ground for a rare type of sea turtle.  The project was eventually shelved following an international outcry, and the area is now protected under Turkish law.  

Karaburun Peninsula: Nardlidere

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Narlıdere - Izmir Mavic Pro bird's-eye shot

mystnami

Check out this beautiful drone video from Narlıdere, a city on Turkey's western coastline.  The city sits on the north side of Karaburun, a giant peninsula which juts into the Aegean Sea.  It's located just to the west of İzmir, Turkey's third largest city after Istanbul and Ankara. Narlıdere is considered part of Greater İzmir; it's one of the nine districts which make up the city.  The video was created by contributor mystnami, who used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create it.  

Urla District, Çeşme Peninsula

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PENINSULA

Burak BÜYÜKBAYRAKTAR

Check out this beautiful drone video from a prominent landmass known as the Çeşme Peninsula in western Turkey.  The giant appendage to the mainland juts out westward into the Aegean Sea just south of the city of İzmir, Turkey's third-largest city and the largest in its Aegean Region.  The spot in the video is near the town of Demircili Koyu.  It's situated in the Urla District, on the southern end of an isthmus which connects the eastern and western ends of the great peninsula.  

Dalyan's Marshy Wetlands

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Dalyan Turkey Aerial @ Hyperdrone

yucelozel

Dalyan is amongst the top natural treasures of Turkey.  Located in the Muğla Province in the southwestern parts of the country, between Marmaris and Fethiye (among Turkey's best-known beach towns) Dalyan is home to a vast wetland area just interior from the Aegean coastline.  As is often the case with coastal wetlands, it's a haven for numerous bird species, and considered one of the best bird-watching destinations.  You can see this area and its many attractions in this drone video by yucelozel.  

The Datça Peninsula

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Datca Peninsula 2017

tahiragaoglu

The geography of western Turkey is distinguised by a series of peninsulas which jut out westwards into the Aegean Sea. The best known of these is the Çeşme Peninsula, which sits just south of the city of İzmir.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Datça Peninsula, which lies well to the south of its more well known "cousin".  Also called the Reşadiye Peninsula, it extends about 80 km (around 50 mi.) from the "mainland" in the Muğla Province.  

Kiteboarding in Turkey's Aegean Region

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Kitesurf in Alaçatı

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Turkey's Aegean Region has become one of the world's top spots for sailing and yachting, so it's perhaps not surprising that the area has also emerged as one of the world's hottest spots for kiteboarding (also known as kitesurfing).  The steady winds and relatively calm waters have captured the attention of the growing worldwide kitesurfing community, and if you watch this droone video by contributor secoko you'll see why.  It was shot off the coast of Alaçatı, on the north side of the Çeşme Peninsula.  

Göcek: Heart of Turkey's Yachting Country

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Göcek marine Turkey

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Check out this stunning drone video of a port village on Turkey's western (Aegean Sea) coast, compliments of contributor secoko.  It's called Göcek, and it's situated in the Muğla Province near the better-known town of Fethiye, near the southwestern "corner" of the country.  The town, which features prominently in the ancient legend of Icarus, is now associated with yachting.  It is home to six marina's and is in the heart of Turkey's "yachting country".  

Cargo Ship near İzmir

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Lonely Ship with İzmir View - 4K

jesus_tr

Contributor jesus_tr created this phenomenal drone video of a containership off the coast of İzmir in western Turkey.  One of Turkey's oldest cities, İzmir has been one of the most important eastern Mediterranean ports for milennia.  Turkey's third largest city and the largest in the country's Aegean Region, it's also the country's largest container port.  The city sits at the head of the Gulf of Izmir and features one of the region's finest natural harbors. 

Muğla: Marmaris, İçmeler and Datça

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MUĞLA ( Marmaris , İçmeler, Datça ) Dji Mavic Pro 2

Burak Arslan

Check out this beautiful aerial tour of a trio of spots along the Turkish Riviera coastline on the Aegean Sea, compliments of contributor Barak Arslan.  All three lie on the Datça Peninsula, which extends out from the Muğla Province.  The first two spots (Marmaris and İçmeler) lie towards the base of the peninsula, while the third (Datça) lies about halfway out its length.  The Turkish Riviera isn't precisely defined but generally includes the southern Aegean and western Mediterranean coastlines.  

Bademli, Province of İzmir

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Bademli drone footage

kastore25

Cehck out this stunning drone video from the Aegean Sea coastline of western Turkey, compliments of contributor kastore25.  It was filmed around the town of Bademli, which lies on an inlet of the Aegean in the Dikili District of the İzmir Province, the most populous of Turkey's Aegean provinces.    Like so much of western Turkey, this area is extremely popular with boaters, of both the sailing and powered varieties.  The video does a terrific job of bringing out the deep blue colors of the Aegean waters.  

September 9 Independence Day, İzmir

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September 9 Independence Day of Izmir

jesus_tr

Top contributor jesus_tr created this excellent drone video of the celebration of İzmir Independence Day in Turkey's #3 city.  On September 9, 1922, the Turkish Army ejected the Greek forces that had been occupying what was called the Zone of Smyrna (a large portion of the modern-day Aegean Region) following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.  The Turkish victory led to the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, which paved the way for international recognition of the Turkish Republic.

The Nature of the Ege Region

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Nature Trip - Ege

tntrmedia

Ege is the Turkish word for "Aegean", and it refers specifically to the Aegean region of this great country.  The Aegean Region includes some of Turkey's most famous beach areas, as well as some spectacular scenes of natural beauty in the inland areas.  In this drone video by top contributor tntrmedia, you'll get a nice aerial overview of the Ege region.  It includes footage of some of the world's most popular sailing areas as well as the mountains, salt marshes, and other natural wonders of the Ege interior.  

The Island of Kekova

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Lagune in Turkey

Serdar SEN

Turkey's long Mediterranean (southern) coastline is almost totally devoid of islands.  The few islands which do exist are off the Kas region, a modest size peninsula just west of the city of Antalya.  In this drone video by Serdar SEN, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of these islands: Kekova.  The tiny island, which covers just a few square km/mi, faces the village of Kaleköy near the flattish "tip" of the peninsula.  While the island is uninhabited now, numerous ruins sites testify that it hasn't always been so.

Kuşadası and Güvercinada, Aydin Province

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Kuşadası Güvercinada Opening Ceramony

emreaybars

Kuşadası is one of the premiere resort towns on Turkey's Aegean coastline.  It's part of the Province of Aydın Province, a bit over an hour's drive south of the city of İzmir.  A major cruise ship port of call, one of its major attractions is the island-cum peninsula (via a narrow, 350 meter or 1.15k ft. causeway) called Güvercinada.  The island is home to a walled castle which dates to the 15th-16th centuries.  In this drone video by emreaybars, you'll get a bird's eye view of Kuşadası as well as its tiny islet. 

High End Resort in Bodrum

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Cleopatra Beach by Rixos

anilelci

The Turkish Riviera is replete with high end lodging and resort options.  One of the best is the Cleopatra Beach resort.  Operated by Rixos, it's located near the town of Bodrum, which sits on the south side of the Bodrum Peninsula in the Muğla Province. A premium property, Cleopatra Beach offers secluded beach access and all manner of creature comforts.  It lies in the heart of the Turkish Riviera, which covers the southern part of the country's Aegean coastline and the western part of its Mediterranean coast.  

Lake Bafa

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Bafa Lake - Cinematic v2

tntrmedia

Prepare to be blown away by this stunning drone video from one of Turkey's largest lakes.  Bafa Lake is located in the southwestern part of the country, in the Muğla Province.  It's part of the Lake Bafa Nature Park, one of the largest parks in Turkey's Aegean region.  Bafa is a saltwater lake, and at one time was not a lake at all - until some time in the first millennium BC, it was a gulf in the Aegean Sea.  During that time, sediment from the Büyük Menderes River closed it off from the sea.

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