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.
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