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Why the Turkish Aegean needs to be on your holiday radar

Heavenly beaches, irresistible food and drink, rich history and incredible experiences await you – it’s time to put this beautiful destination on your bucket list

21 February 2022

he Aegean region of Türkiye has a lot to offer – glorious beaches; endless hidden coves and water sports; classy spa and club resorts; excellent wines from the Urla region; and exceptional cuisine.

What’s more, it’s also home to perhaps the richest concentration of archeological sites anywhere in the world.

Time to experience Bodrum

Explore postcard-perfect back streets and immerse yourself in colourful markets

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In Bodrum, the distinctive white and blue architecture and the masts of handsome timber gulets – the signature holiday schooners of the Turkish coast – rise above the pretty harbour.

In the warren of cobbled backstreets, all white but for purple splashes of bougainvillea, boutiques sell fine Turkish fabrics, carpets and hand-made leather sandals. All the shopping you could wish for is here.

Then, if you wish to experience the call of culture, there’s always the great Mausoleum – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, no less – around the corner.

The Turkish Aegean’s wealth of history

With its crystalline waters and blooming bougainvillea, Aegean Türkiye is a feast for the eyes

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From Bodrum, north to the sites of Ephesus, Pergamon and Troy, among the most fabled of ancient cities, the archaeology is rich indeed.

Nor does the digging show any sign of stopping. Ancient wonders are being continuously uncovered across Türkiye’s Aegean region, most recently at Euromos and Mylasa, while new museums have opened at Troy, and restoration works are underway at Didyma, one of Türkiye’s greatest temple sites.

Fantastic food and unforgettable blue voyages

Feast with friends in Instagrammable backdrops and create new memories to treasure

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For overseas visitors, it’s as much the Turks themselves – so welcoming, approachable and family-oriented – who make stays here such a memorably authentic experience. Why not take a legendary blue voyage, boarding in Bodrum, and enjoy the warmest of welcomes from the gulet’s crew.

Leaving Bodrum’s signature castle behind, cross the Gulf of Gökova, for the ancient harbour at Knidos. You may anchor here, giving you the opportunity to swim in the clearest of waters before going ashore to visit the prolific ruins of a once-great city.

Here, you can overnight in classic gulet style, dining al fresco in the still evening. At times like this – with a glass of Aegean wine and a plate of exquisite meze starter dishes, a warm wind and a classical-age theatre at your back, plus the promise of a comfortable cabin after a long day – you simply won’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else.

Discover more about the the Turkish Aegean’s beautiful landscapes, dazzling coastlines, immaculate beaches, pine woods and olive groves here