The Aegean region extends from the Gulf of Edremit in the north along Turkey’s western coasts as far as Fethiye in the south. It encompasses the regions of Izmir, Manisa, Aydın and Muğla, sweeping inland to include Denizli, Uşak and Afyon. The Aegean coast is perhaps best known for its dramatic scenery, shimmering turquoise waters and wide choice of holiday resorts from the bustling yaching centre of Marmaris, and busy cruise port Kusadasi to more serene, traditional fishing villages such as those that dot the Bodrum and Loryma Peninsulas.
Highlights: Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Assos, Alaxandria Troas, Philadelphia, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Ephesus, (Kütahya’daki yeni yer) Didim, Milet, Priene, Aphrodisias, Colossae, Caunos, Kayakoy, Lycian Towns.
Ephesus is the areas most prominent attraction. Known as Efes locally, the site is quite probably the best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean and Turkey’s most visited place after Istanbul. The majestic Library of Celsus and the 25,000-seater Great Theatre are among its most memorable attractions. The city also housed the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World though unfortunately, little remains of the once-impressive marble structure. The Blue Cruise – surely the most relaxing way to spend a holiday. Leisurely days cruising and lounging aboard a luxury Turkish gulet.
Pergamum the breathtaking ancient Greek city perched precariously atop a plunging promontory. Located near the city of Bergama, in the North of the region.
Ölüdeniz Arguably the finest beach in Turkey, a spectacular natural lagoon backed by magnificent maountain and forest scenery. Thrill-seekers will delight at the opportunity to tandem paraglide from the 2km-high summit of Mt. Babadağ.