Good looks are in the Antalya area’s genes. This region, in Turkey’s south-west corner, boasts a 400-mile sweep of white-sand beaches and secluded coves. And the coast is backed by olive groves, avocado plantations and the pine-clad Taurus Mountains.
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.
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.
The Izmir area, which curves along the west coast of Turkey, is starting to make its mark on the country’s tourism industry. The beaches alone make it worth the visit – they range from vacant stretches of sand hugged by parkland, to windsurfing hubs packed with cafés and volleyball courts.