Turkey is a country of contrasts. Ottoman ruins rub shoulders with Roman temples, spice markets sit alongside designer boutiques, and dramatic mountains sweep down to sun-baked beaches.
Tucked into Turkey’s southwest corner is Antalya. Known as the Turkish Riviera, this cosmopolitan region has a 400-mile sweep of white-sand beaches and secluded coves, and is home to upmarket resorts like Lara Beach and Belek.
Follow the coast eastwards and you’ll reach Dalaman. In resorts like Icmeler and Fethiye, soft sands, beach bars, and watersports are all part of the package. And over in Olu Deniz, you’ll find the famous Blue Lagoon.
Further along the coast is the Bodrum peninsula. The coastline here is packed with top-class beaches and lively resorts like Gumbet and Turgutreis.
Up on the Aegean coast is Izmir. The big name here is Kusadasi – it’s got beaches, bars and a bazaar that was made for retail therapy. Plus, the region puts the ancient city of Ephesus is on your doorstep.
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Slicing into Turkey’s south west coast, the Dalaman area has been attracting visitors since ancient times. Back then, it was the destination of choice for Greek gods like Pegasus and Apollo. Today, the area pulls in more than 2 million tourists a year.
Bodrum’s cap is full of feathers. Stretching out along Turkey’s southern coast, the peninsula earned its first quill on the back of its beaches. As the shoreline sweeps its way alongside the Aegean Sea, it morphs from secluded cove to bustling beach resort and back again.