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Where to go Turkey

ISTANBUL

Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists alongside its youthful exuberance. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country's cultural and business centre.

CAPPADOCIA

Cappadocia generously spreads before visitors an extraordinary and lavish banquet of natural wonders as well elegant man-made works exceeding the wildest imagination of the visitors. The region known in ancient times as Cappadocia is the setting for some of nature's most rare wonders.

KUSADASI

Kuşadası is one of Turkey's largest and most cosmopolitan resorts and a stopping off point for the big cruise-liners. It is a good all round resort, offering great beaches, excellent shopping and some serious nightlife. Today's travelers can find comfort in a full range of accommodation in all categories and of all sizes. Kuşadası's setting also makes it a good base for those wanting to visit Ephesus which is only approximately 30 minutes' drive away.

PAMUKKALE

The stunning white terraces of Pamukkale and the neighbouring site of Hierapolis are situated inland, close to the town of Denizli. They can be reached from most of the coastal resorts on a one or two day trip but Kuşadası is the closest - approximately 4 hours drive away. KONYA Konya is one of the first inhabited cities in the history of mankind, and still contains traces of many ancient civilisations which gives it the atmosphere of a museum city. Because of its locations in the middle of the barren Anatolian steppe, it used to be one of the most important trading centres on the Silk Road. Today it is still a centre of Sufic practice and teaching, and one of the highlights for visitors is the Mevlana Museum, the former lodge of the dervishes.

ANTALYA

Also known as the Turkish Riviera Antalya, where the pine-clad Toros (Taurus) Mountains sweep down to the sparkling clear sea, is the tourism capital of Turkey. The region, bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year, is a paradise for sunbathing, swimming, and sports activities like windsurfing, waterskiing, sailing, mountain climbing and spelunking.

MARMARIS

Marmaris is one of Turkey's most popular resorts, which attracts many British holidaymakers, many of whom return year after year. It is in a stunning setting; its geography remarkably similar to that of the fjords, with pine-clad hills dropping steeply to the sea, jagged inlets and tiny rocky islets off the coast.

BODRUM

Situated on a beautiful peninsula, Bodrum is one of the most spectacular resorts in Turkey with its charm residing in its blend of relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, historical architecture and its proximity to a vast array of fantastic beaches, fishing villages and trendy nightclubs.

CANAKKALE

The city of Çanakkale lies at the narrow Dardanelles that connects the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean. Historic National Park of Gelibolu Peninsula was established to honor the 500,000 soldiers who lost their lives on Gelibolu, also known as Gallipoli. Homer immortalized Troy in his stories of King Priam, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. A symbolic wooden Trojan horse commemorates the legendary war. The ancient harbor of Alexandria-Troas was built in the 3rd century BC. St. Paul passed through twice, and then on his third missionary journey, he continued on to Assos.