The Turkish Coast of Turkey — why is it called “The Turquoise Coast”?

Did you know that he word “turquoise" comes from the French word for Turkish, as it relates to this very popular gemstone... the origin of which, way back in the middle ages, was Turkey.

Interestingly, the colour of the waters found around the coast of Turkey is also turquoise. We call the whole area the “Turquoise Coast” because of the brilliant turquoise blues and greens that abound in the shallows off the coast. These colours simply must be experienced in a lifetime, and this is one good reason to cast all doubts about not having enough time — or enough group members together, as the case may be — to one side and dive in!


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