East meets west
The sun-soaked Aegean Coast stretches along the middle section of Turkey's western edge, and centres around the historical city of Bodrum. Set by the waterfront, Bodrum is a perfect example of Turkey's blend of old and new, east and west – a grand castle sits next to the sleek marina, and Ottoman mosques and whitewashed houses are offset by stylish bars and pavement cafés.
This part of Turkey is as beautiful as it is historic. Old fishing villages have morphed into thriving resorts, many maintaining pockets of their original charm among the contemporary additions. The Aegean Coast also puts you within easy reach of ancient Roman ruins, Greek temples and one of the best-preserved classical cities in the world: Ephesus.
The coast itself? You’re looking at king-sized beaches with powdery honey-coloured sand, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Aegean and often lined with leafy, palm-edged promenades.