East meets west
Ancient Ottoman and Greek ruins along the coastline, scent-filled bazaars, miles of sandy beaches – east meets west head-on in Turkey, the land that straddles two continents. Mosques set against blue skies, round-the-clock nightlife and endless sunshine, experience an explosion of cultures in Turkey.
Set on the Aegean Coast, Izmir is home to Kusadasi, with its white-sand beaches and impressive bazaar. From here you’ll also be able to explore the nearby ancient Roman city of Ephesus and its Temple of Artemis.
The Bodrum peninsula sits to the south of Izmir and features lively resorts like Turgutreis, Bodrum and Gumbet, as well as plenty of sandy beaches.
Head eastwards along the coast and you’ll come to Dalaman. Here you can enjoy round-the-clock nightlife in the clubs of Marmaris or check out Olu Deniz’s famous Blue Lagoon.
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If anywhere puts Turkey on the travel map, Dalaman does. This stretch, also known as the Turquoise Coast, is all serene coves, white sands, and blue-green waters – hence the nickname. Nudge your way inland, meanwhile, and you can’t move for sights including the Caunos tombs, Pamukkale and Turkey’s biggest crowd-puller – Ephesus.
lThe list of reasons to visit this corner of Turkey is a long one, but there’s one must-see that tends to come out tops. Ephesus – one of the best-preserved ancient cities on earth – is the big draw in this neck of the woods, and no wonder. All marble temples and amphitheatres, it gave Rome a run for its money in its heyday. Not only that, but the remains of the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – are just down the road.
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