In recent times Turkey has cemented its place among the best and most popular beach destinations in the Mediterranean - and with good reason. Turkey enjoys a huge western coastline that reaches from the east Aegean to the south Mediterranean. It incorporates a dazzling array of sandy beaches, backed by beautiful landscapes of rugged mountains, deep forests, shimmering lagoons and vast plateaus and prairies.
Add to that a sunny climate the year round and modern resorts with lots going on and you have a fabulous base for a memorable beach break in the Med.
Land of Empires...
Turkey, the gateway to the East, has an incredibly rich historical legacy, having been part of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and remnants of these ancient civilisations are strewn across the countryside, while Istanbul remains one of the world's most impressive cities.
The Turkish Riviera...
Known variously as the 'Turquoise Coast' or 'Turkish Riviera', Turkey's Mediterranean coastline stretches for over 1,000 exceptionally beautiful miles. Showered with sun rays, this region of Turkey is famously picturesque with dramatic mountain backdrops, powdery beaches, rolling forests and lush national parks, scattered with ruins of civilisations long consigned to history.
Izmir to Bodrum...
The region of Izmir on the west coast is home to numerous stunning beach resorts such as Kusadasi, which enjoys vast golden beaches that slope gently into the clear, warm waters of the Aegean. The city of Izmir itself is often lauded as the 'Pearl of the Aegean'.
On the sun kissed southwest coast, Bodrum has long been a favourite with families, couples and friends looking to enjoy a fun beach holiday in Turkey. Bodrum town iself enjoys a lively atmosphere in the summer months and offers plenty of fun family activities and a wealth of historic attractions, while Gumbet has the best beaches in the region.
Just east lies the famous party town of Marmaris, which is definitely the place to go for nocturnal fun on a holiday to Turkey. Nearby Icmeler is an idyllic resort and home to a gorgeous Blue Flag awarded beach backed with rolling pines.
Dalaman to Antalya...
Without a doubt, the most beautiful area of Dalaman is the celebrated resort of Olu Deniz, which is home to a breathtakingly sublime lagoon - one of the most stunning sights in Europe. This is also a great place to go for adventure activity enthusiasts.
Tucked away on the south coast, the golden beaches and historic towns of the region of Antalya, have proved very popular with holidaymakers in recent years, with Side offering the best of both worlds, and vibrant Kemer providing the nightlife!
Straddling both the European and Asian continents, magnificent Istanbul - the historic gateway to the East is one of the world's greatest cities. If you plan on visiting a city on your Turkey holiday, none can compete with Istanbul. An attractive, cosmopolitan city, Istanbul is home to a lifetime's worth of historic treasure, world-class shopping and dining, as well as a glamorous nightlife.
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