Travelling Green in Southern Mediterranean Turkey
A magnificent combination of historic sites, seaside resorts and unmistakable scenery makes Turkey a must-visit destination for more and more tourists each year. Fortuitously located at the juncture of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and bordered by the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black seas, Turkey boasts a dynamic mix of cultural influences and unique range of natural landscapes, both in great need of protection.
Kalkan is a beautiful and sophisticated bougainvillea-covered harbour town set in the heart of the Lycian coastal region of southern Turkey. The Taurus Mountains provide a stunning backdrop, whilst the views across the bay are remarkable. Photo courtesy of Unlimited Holidays
In keeping with that, Unlimited Holidays, a young tour operator based in Kalkan, in the southern Mediterranean region of Turkey, has signed on as a local partner of the Green Path Transfers global network of local eco-friendly airport transfer partners and ground transportation operators. This business decision has placed Unlimited Holidays at the forefront of efforts to commit to greener, more environmentally responsible transport options.
Preserving Environmental Resources
For Unlimited Holidays, which launched its operations in 2010, the partnership with Green Path Transfers builds on a commitment to preserve the natural environment and the communities in which it operates.
Since his start more than a decade ago as a professional tour guide in Antalya, Kalkan and Kaş, Mehmet Yildiz, founder and manager of Unlimited Holidays, has always been thinking about responsible travel initiatives in Turkey. According to Yildiz, his interests and the company’s participation in the green transfers industry stem from his commitment to preserving his country’s environment in a balanced fashion that takes into account the economic gains from tourism.
The city of Fethiye (Telmessos) rests easy on a broad Mediterranean bay boasting some of Turkey's best beaches and yachting. Unlimited Holidays provides easy transfers from nearby Dalaman Airport. Photo courtesy of Unlimited Holidays
“Every small and big company has to take care of the environment,” he said. “We have studied this business and l am earning my living in this business, but if it’s so developed and so polluted, who will come to this kind of country in future? I want to attract more people who care for nature and the locals around. It’s not only for us, it’s for the animals, trees, etc. That’s why we are a partner in Green Path Transfers.”
In its turn, “Green Path Transfers looks forward to our future success in Turkey through our partnership with Unlimited Holidays,” commented Adrian Cordiner, the company’s CEO.
Delivering Sustainable Solutions
As an official Green Path Transfers partner, Unlimited Holidays has vowed to reduce its carbon emissions. The company’s current vehicle fleet consists of three-passenger diesel-powered cars and 14-passenger vans run on ‘euro-diesel’, a type of low-sulphur fuel that produces lower emissions than regular diesel fuel.
This VW Caravelle is one of Unlimited Holidays' low-carbon-emissions vehicles used in and around Kalkan, Turkey. The vehicle transports up to seven passengers and runs on Eurodiesel 95. Unlimited Holidays looks forward to moving toward a no-emissions fleet of vehicles in coming years. Photo courtesy Unlimited Holidays
Further to this, the company intends to switch from diesel fuels to low-emission liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for its vehicles. Later on, the company even intends to build an entire fleet of low- and zero-emission cars. “I can promise to use the lowest carbon emissions vehicles for the cars l’ll buy in the future,” Yildiz said.
At the moment, one of the main constraints to going green is the high taxes associated with hybrid vehicles in Turkey. Yildiz is nevertheless confident that with the new government’s stated intention to support hybrid-vehicle use, things will change. “They’ll reduce taxes on hybrid cars,” he said, “but l think it will take at least five more years for companies to start using zero-carbon emissions vehicles.”
Unlimited Holidays’ deep respect for the local environment is reflected in more than just the company’s stance on green transport. Yildiz and his team also use non-toxic, chemical-free cleaning agents and commute to work on mopeds or electrical bicycles.
The staff at Green Path Transfers partner Unlimited Holidays always welcomes visitors and inquiries on transfers, tours and the best sights and places to visit in Kalkan and Antalya, Turkey. Photo courtesy of Unlimited Holidays
Exploring Local Sights
In addition to airport transfers, Unlimited Holidays provides travellers with a range of services, including guided sightseeing, adventure and luxury tours; hotel and villa reservations; and car hires. The regional focus is Kalkan, Kaş and Fethiye, including attractions like the sunken city of Kekova, Fethiye Market and even a lazy but luxurious day at sea via private yacht.
For ecotourists and travellers in search of their next adventure, Yildiz has a list of must-see sights in Turkey. Among his top picks are Kalkan, listed as one of the most romantic European escapes by the British newspaper The Independent; Kaş, a diving resort and site of the oldest known shipwreck in the world; Patara Beach, a long, beautiful beach and a protected habitat for the Caretta turtles who lay their eggs there; and last but not least, the Taurus Mountains, home to the tallest natural-grown cedar forests in the world.