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.
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.
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.
The 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.