Turkey is more than a sandy beach, turquoise sea and all inclusive hotels. This is an ancient history, distinctive culture and traditions, mouth-watering aromas of local dishes and people.
Resorts of the Aegean coast: south, center and north
Aegean Sea Turkey is one of the most sought after tourist destinations. The most famous resorts on the Aegean coast are Bodrum, Kusadasi and Izmir. But this is not all that the fertile Turkish land has to offer. Monuments of ancient settlements, picturesque fishing villages, small resort towns with golden beaches and azure water will delight even a sophisticated tourist.
For lovers of nightlife and beautiful landscapes
The south of the Aegean coast will appeal to those looking for a vivid holiday experience and those who appreciate a relaxed atmosphere.
Popular clubs, trendy hotels, spas, yachts and restaurants - Bodrum is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment for every budget.
Neat white houses among the foliage of Akyaka, olive groves and coniferous forests of Datca will not leave anyone indifferent and are suitable for both family holidays and romantic walks.
For those who are crazy about adrenaline and antiquity
The center of the Aegean coast combines measured beach holidays in cozy guesthouses, dynamic, active holidays in megacities and acquaintance with the ancient world through the ruins of open-air temples.
You can feel the atmosphere of the ancient world in Alacati, Selcuk and Ephesus, where one of the seven wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis, was located. The restored streets, houses, theater buildings and libraries will provide an opportunity to imagine how the life of an ordinary person went more than two thousand years ago.
In addition to its glorious past, the center of the Aegean coast is famous for outdoor activities - surfing and windsurfing. Cesme and Alacati are especially famous for this.
You can improve your health at the thermal springs in Pammukale and Kusadasi. And for a calm, but colorful beach holiday, Foça and Izmir are suitable.
For eco-tourism supporters
The north of the Aegean coast is not the most visited place by tourists. There are no luxury hotels and crazy entertainment here. But there are picturesque bays and the atmosphere of provincial Turkey. This region will appeal to supporters of eco-tourism and lovers of unexplored places.
The best resort towns of the North:
- Assos, where the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle lived and wrote his works.
- Legendary Troy.
- Bozcada Island, with colorful poppy fields and luscious vineyards.
- The seaside town of Bergama (formerly the capital of the Pergamon Kingdom) with bustling colorful markets and ruins of ancient grandeur.
Planning a vacation: when is the best time to go to the Aegean coast
Unlike the Mediterranean coast, the beach season on the Aegean Sea starts somewhat later - in mid-May. And it ends in late August - early September. It is better to book flights Moscow - Istanbul in advance in order to have time to snatch seats from the windows.
Things to do when visiting Turkey
Checklist for those who visit Turkey for the first time or plan to return there next time:
- Visit the folklore evening "Turkish Night".
- Visit hammam - Turkish bath.
- Taste local sweets - baklava, Turkish delight, dates and fruits.
- Go shopping.
- Go on a jeep tour of the local area.
- Spend the day at one of the largest water parks in the world.
- Go diving.
- Sunbathe on Cleopatra's golden sand.
- Go in search of Troy.
- Get in touch with the history of ancient Cyprus.
Why to Turkey with Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines is the flagship among Turkish airlines. Turkish Airlines flies to 120 countries around the world - more than any other airline.
Starting with 5 aircraft in 1933, Turkish Airlines now has a fleet of 328 aircraft, not counting subsidiaries. This allows the airline to operate regular flights to more than 300 destinations around the world.