Aegean Coast of Turkey
The Aegean coast encompasses some of the best that Turkey has to offer and its outstanding scenery and rich culture and history provide an alluring backdrop for the region. The most popular coastal cities on the Aegean are just a short flight away from Istanbul, providing easy access to a relaxing seaside experience. The beach resorts of Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye have spectacular natural scenery as well as a seemingly never ending array of leisure, sightseeing and entertainment options.
Kusadasi is a popular Turkish port on the Aegean coast, boasting many beautiful beaches and thermal springs. While Kusadasi is within easy reach of many key historical sites such as the ancient city of Ephesus, many also come here to indulge in the area’s delicious cuisine, lively nightlife and shopping. There are a wide variety of leisure activities in Kusadasi for the more adventurous such as hiking, sailing and waterskiing. Also in the vicinity is Dilek National Park, situated less than 30km from the city centre. This stunningly beautiful wildlife reserve offers a wealth of recreational activities including horseback riding, abseiling, nature oriented tours and more.
With its shimmering turquoise waters, 3000-year history, sunny weather and abundance of entertainment, dining, accommodation and leisure options, Bodrum is a jewel of the Aegean coast. During the hot summer days most visitors head to the sea to enjoy water sports such as swimming, snorkelling and diving, or to go sailing on a Bodrum Blue Voyage. When the sun sets the town really comes alive. There are a wide range of restaurants in Bodrum serving fine Turkish and international cuisine as well as regional specialities. The nightlife in Bodrum is something else, with many bars, pubs and nightclubs staying open till the wee hours.
Marmaris’s spectacular natural beauty and wide range of accommodation options make it one of the most popular holiday spots in the Aegean region. The area is best enjoyed by boat on one of the many Marmaris boat charters, which allow you to explore the beautiful sandy beaches, small coves, caverns and cliffs. The hotels in Marmaris cater to many different budgets and preferences, giving every visitor the chance to make the most of this stunning resort.
Once the ancient city of Lycia, Fethiye and its surroundings are rich in archaeological treasures and natural beauty. Those with an adventurous spirit can take up trekking or paragliding in Fethiye or enjoy kayaking, scuba diving or rafting in the pristine waters. Fethiye daily cruses are a wonderful way of checking out the secluded bays, making for an unforgettable Aegean coast experience.;
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