Ancient Greek and Ottoman ruins, exotic spice-scented bazaars, hundreds of miles of sandy beaches – a Turkish holiday lets you explore an explosion of cultures.
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.
On Turkey’s southwest corner, Antalya is known as the Turkish Riviera. It offers 400 miles of white-sand beaches, hidden coves and cosmopolitan resorts like Belek and Lara Beach.
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Izmir’s put in the hard yards to reinvent itself over the years, and the result’s a city that flits between historic and modern themes. Konak Square’s a bit of a throwback, with a century-old clocktower, the Yali Mosque and an opera house dotted around it. Crowds of people flock here for photos, and there’s a bit of overspill from the whopping Kemeralti market around the corner. The waterfront promenade’s like hitting fast forward, as contemporary restaurants and swish apartment buildings line its sides.
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