The purpose of our time in Turkey was not to visit any certain place, undertake any certain activity, or try any certain food. Instead, we were on a hunt for a color: turquoise. We found it.

Turkey’s Turquoise Coast comprises the country’s southwest border with the Mediterranean, stretching from Çeşme to Alanya, and encompassing important cities like Bodrum, Marmaris, and Antalya.

Also along the route are countless colorful villages, ancient ruins, and inland detours that show a different side of Turkey from the glitzy coast and the fast pace of life in Istanbul.

But really, this region is all about the beaches, the sea, and all those epic views.

Summer pinks of Marmaris. @turkey_home #TurquoiseHunt

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Way out there. #turkey #travelstoke #matadorN

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And, of course, the turquoise. It colored our time in Turkey, and made for trips we won’t soon forget.