Visit Turkey's Aegean Coast
The long and chequered history of the Aegean Coast has left an indelible mark on the landscape; from Bodrum to Izmir the coastal beaches are interspersed by haunting ruins. Ancient Ephesus casts the shadow of empty facades and vast columns back across the past, giving a tantalising glimpse into its glory days at the centre of the Holy Roman Empire.
Many visitors to the region today choose to balance their exploration of these ancient sights with a dose of sea and sunshine and the Aegean coast is home to some of Turkeys most luxurious resorts. From the jet set paradise of Bodrum to smaller havens along the coast, there is something for everyone.
To circumvent the crowds venture to the quieter northern beaches or seek out the local hotspot Ayvalik, which although popular with holidaying Turks has kept its cobbled streets and sandy bays a welcome secret from the international tourism set. Alternatively you can take a ferry to the Greek islands from Cesme or visit the Küçük Menderes River valley, where traditional ways of life still hold sway over the landscape.
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Turkey, where east meets west, is renowned for its vibrant culture and as the home of some of Mediterranean Europe's most impressive historical sites. It's also blessed with stunning scenery, over 5,000 miles of spectacular coastline and delicious cuisine.
Straddling the Bosphorus, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the ancient city of Istanbul is one of the world's great destinations. Days spent marvelling at the exquisite architecture of the ornate Ottoman Palaces, or haggling for bargains in the Grand Bazaar are sure to live long in the memory.
Situated at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey is a fascinating, diverse and beautiful country, blessed with a rich history, dramatic landscapes and stunning coastline.
Top places to stay in Aegean Coast
Located on the northern tip of the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula with views of the Aegean Sea, Hilton Bodrum Turkbuku Resort & Spa offers luxury beachfront accommodation just 22 kilometres from Bodrum's historic marina and the vibrant nightlife of the city centre.
Set high up on a hillside on Turkey's stunning Datça Peninsula where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea, D-Hotel Maris offers exclusive accommodation in one of the most breathtaking locations imaginable. Surrounded by lush pine forests, volcanic mountains and the crystal waters this is a peacef…
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Many visitors to Bodrum today are surprised to find that among the modern boulevards of this luxurious city lays one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. The ancient rubble fields that cover the site today are all that remain of this majestic structure, which i…
Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and the first port of call for many flying into the region. However most don't stay to explore the city, instead heading on to resorts in the south. Life in Izmir goes on regardless of the tourist traffic; with men hawking their wares in the bustling bazaar…
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