East meets west

Straddling two continents, Turkey is where east and west collide in spectacular fashion. Along the coast you’ll find big-name ruins, superleague sands and bazaars hawking all things Turkish – from rugs to sticky sweets.

Izmir area

First up is Izmir on the Aegean Coast. Kusadasi is the big-hitter here, with an impressive white-sand beach and a treasure-trove Turkish bazaar. It’s also got the ancient Roman city of Ephesus – home to the Temple of Artemis – on its doorstep.

Bodrum area

Head south from Izmir and you’ll reach the Bodrum peninsula. There are dozens of beaches here, and lively resorts like Gumbet, Turgutreis and Bodrum.

Dalaman area

Follow the curve of the coastline and you’ll discover Dalaman. Here, you can head for Olu Deniz’s famous Blue Lagoon, or party ‘til dawn in Marmaris’ clubs.

Antalya Area

Finally, there’s Antalya, the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. This region has 400 miles’ worth of beach to its name, and is home to resorts like Side and Belek.

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Dalaman Area

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.

Antalya Area

With super-sized hotels popping up left, right and centre, Antalya has become a bit of a favourite among holidaymakers. It’s no wonder really. You can’t move here for golden beaches, dramatic waterfalls and age-old sights, not to mention a whopping 21 of the country’s total golf courses.

Bodrum Area

The Bodrum peninsula is where old meets new and the pair get along famously. On the one hand, this region – at the southern end of Turkey’s Aegean coast – is home to the battlegrounds, palaces and castles of past empires. On the other, it’s the stomping ground of Turkey’s fashionable set, who can’t get enough of its sleek marinas and boutiques.

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