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TURKEY.: AEGEAN SHORE'S

are amongst the loveliest landscapes in the country. The magnificent coastline, lapped by the clear waters of the Aegean Sea, abounds in vast and pristine beaches surrounded by olive groves, rocky crags and pine woods. Dotted with idyllic fishing harbours, popular holiday villages and the remains of ancient civilisations attesting to the inheritance of more than 5,000 years of history, culture and mythology, this region. offers a holiday with something for everyone - nature lovers, sun worshippers, photographers, sports-enthusiasts, sailors and archaeologists. Along the whole length of the coast, accommodations to suit every   taste and price range can be found.


Main  airports & distances

  • Istanbul airport to Istanbul  city .: 40 minutes  -by car
  • Istanbul airport to Dalaman airport .: 1  hr by plane
  • Istanbul airport to Bodrum airport .: 45 minutes by plane
  • Istanbul airport to Antalya airport .: 1, 20 hrs by plane
  • Izmir airport to Izmir city .: 30 minutes by car
  • Izmir airport to Kusadasi town .: 1 hr by car
  • Izmir airport to Bodrum town .: 2 hrs by car
  • Izmir airport to Marmaris town .: 3 hrs  by car
  • Bodrum airport to Bodrum town .: 45 minutes by car
  • Bodrum airport to Marmaris town .: 2 hrs by car
  • Dalaman airport to Marmaris town .: 1,30 hrs by car
  • Dalaman airport to Göçek town .: 35 minutes by car
  • Dalaman airport to Bodrum town .: 3 hrs by car
  • Antalya airport to Antalya town .: 40 minutes by car


Welcome to TURKEY

Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers the vacationer a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. From April to October, most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquility of mountains and lakes.

Turkey also has a magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Even if you spend only a short time in Turkey, you can see a lot of this great heritage.

There is no doubt that one visit will not be enough, and you will want to come back again and again as you discover one extraordinary place after another. All of them, no matter how different, have one thing in common: the friendly and hospitable people of this unique country.


Beginning from the south of splendid Toros Mountains lies the Mediterranean coast with beautiful sceneries, sandy beaches, secluded coves, tranquil ruin places and attractive holiday facilities...


It will be out of exaggeration to depict Anatolia presenting its utmost spectacles to Agean coasts. As to Heredot's statement "Embracing the most beautiful sky and mildest climate of the world" gulfs and peninsulas, coves and golden beaches line up one after the other among the Agean coast...


Ä°zmir - Birth Place of Homer

Known in Turkish as "Beautiful Izmir", the city lies at the head of a long and narrow gulf furrowed by ships and yachts. The climate is mild and in the summer the constant and refreshing sea breezes temper the sun's heat. Behind the palm-lined promenades and avenues which follow the shoreline, the city, in horizontal terraces, gently ascends the slopes of the surrounding mountains. The third largest city in Turkey, Izmir's port is second only to Istanbul's. A cosmopolitan and lively city all year round, during the International Arts Festival (June/July) and the International Fair (August/Sept), Izmir bursts with an added vibrancy.


AROUND IZMIR


a) FOCA

The ancient Phocaea, Foça once formed part of the lonian Federation. Today it is a modern, lively holiday town on two deep bays. The pleasant accommodations, clean beaches and inviting restaurants make it an attractive  holiday spot. Those seeking the perfect tan can find it on the natural rock terraces of Siren Islands.


B) BERGAMA

Bergama (Pergamon), once a great center of culture, survives as one of Turkey's   finest archaeological sites. In the Acropolis, on a hill above the modern town, are   the remains of the celebrated library, a steep and impressive theatre, the temples of Trajan and Dionysus, the monumental altar of Zeus, the sanctuary of Demeter,  a gymnasium laid out on three terraces and the Agora. The Asclepion, located to the southwest of the lower city, was a sanctuary dedicated to the god of health, Asclepios. In town, visit the Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum; nearby,  is the site of a temple dedicated to Serapis, becoming one of the Seven    Churches of the Apocalypse, and subsequently converted by the Byzantines into a basilica.


c) DIKILI

Dikili, frequented by cruise liners bringing visitors to Pergamon, is Bergama's  harbour town.


d) AYVALIK

Ayvalık is a charming port, situated amid beautiful pine woods. Nearby, the Seytan Sofrasi (Devil's Table) offers a splendid panorama of the archipelago along the Gulf of Ayvalık and the little island of Alibey (Cunda), where there are  pleasant seafood restaurants.


e) Behramkale (ASSOS)

87 km south of Çanakkale in Ayvacik Province is Assos, the famous teaching   center of antiquity. Aristotle, Plato's most famous student, was invited to Assos and spent over three years living and teaching there. He married the niece of  Hermeia, founded a school of philosophy and conducted his early exploratory work in zoology, biology and botany.


f) KĂśTAHYA

KĂĽtahya City is one of the oldest Turkish cities, with Turkish traditions still being practiced today and important Ottoman architectural monuments, including a castle, mosques, medreses, baths, complexes, mausoleums, and mansions. One of the finest mosques is the 14th century Ulu Mosque. You can visit the workshops where skilled artisans produce tiles, plates and bowl renowned for their cobalt blue patterns on a milky white background.

Back along the coast, Kuşadası, or Bird Island, is a lovely port built along the shores of a glittering bay. The terraced town overlooks the most beautiful inlet of the Aegean and seems to have been created purely for the delight of the holiday-maker. Be sure to visit the famous and popular Kus shopping center in the Kaleiçi quarter, where there is nightlong entertainment. A large, modern marina facilitates life for visiting yachters.


AROUND KUSADASI


a) EPHESUS ( EFFESUS )   ( 20 min. from Kusadasi )

A visit to Efes (Ephesus) - once the, commercial center of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported  its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her  enormous temple, once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient  World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The ruins also include a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as  the Library of Celsius.


b) SELÇUK ( 30  min.from Kusadasi  / 1 hr. from   Izmir airport )

The nearby town of Selçuk is dominated by a Byzantine citadel which stands   close to the 6th century basilica of St. John built on the site of the Apostle's tomb. The 14th century Is Bey Mosque, next to the basilica is accessed through   its typical Seljuk portal. The Archaeological Museum houses an impressive collection of statues and other finds recovered during the excavations of Ephesus.


e) House of VIRGIN MARY ( 15 min from Selçuk )

It is recorded that St. John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus. after the death of Christ and that she spent her last days in a small house (Meryemana Evi) built for  her on Bülbüldagi .


f) SIRINCE / mountain village ( 25 min from Selçuk )

Known for its traditional 19th-century village houses, some of which have been converted into guest-houses. Wine produced in this small hillside Turkish village,  which itself resembles an open-air museum. 18 km from Selçuk are wine-houses, for  tasting the wines.


g) Milet + Priene

Milet (Miletos), like Priene, was a great lonian port and the birthplace of several  philosophers and sages. The theatre justifies a visit, and be sure to see the well preserved ruins of the Faustina baths and the Archaeological museum.


h) Didim (Didyma)

Although Didim (Didyma) can only boast of a single monument, it is nevertheless  a marvellous site. The Temple of Apollo was one of antiquity's most sacred places.


DENÄ°ZLÄ°

Nestled against high mountains near the Büyük (Meander) River is Denizli. Surrounded by the natural beauty of a verdant valley, the area is also rich in culture and history. The Luvians were the first inhabitants, followed centuries later by the Hittites. Throughout centuries, the fertile plain nourished other civilisations: The Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and the Ottomans. Modern Denizli is a city of wide streets, parks and hotels. The Atatürk Ethnography Museum in the city center displays folk art and ethnic artifacts. While shopping in the Kaleiçi Çarsisi look for souvenirs of copper, jewellery, towels and silk blouses. You can choose among Çamlik, Incilipinar or Gökpinar Parks for a rest, picnic, or simply a walk through the forest in the shade of pine trees. The fresh water springs and thermal baths attract many visitors.


NEAR DENIZLI


a) PAMUKKALE & HIERAPOLIS

A magical and spectacular natural site, unique in the world, Pamukkale (Hierapolis) is a fairyland of dazzling white, petrified castles. Thermal spring waters laden with calcareous salts running off the plateau's edge have create this fantastic formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The hot springs have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Both the thermal center with its motels and thermal pools, and the ruins of the ancient city of  Hierapolis, are situated on the plateau.


b) KARAHAYIT

Another thermal center northwest of Pamukkale, Karahayit is known for its water's high-iron content. Honaz Dagi National Park is 20 km east of Denizli, near the town of Honaz. Mt. Honaz is one of the most beautiful and highest peaks (2.528 m) in the Aegean region. It is covered with a gorgeous alpine forest. Early Christians settled on the northern slope; the name of this ancient site is Colossae,  and remains of the settlement can be seen.


Province of MuÄźla

The province of Muğla includes the famous holiday cities of Bodrum, Marmaris, Datça, Köycegiz and Fethiye. Beautiful resorts, comfortable hotels and motels, cozy guest houses, impressive ruins of past civilisations and magnificent ok here landscapes offer holidaymakers plenty of choice. Muğla, the province's capital, lies inland and is known for its traditional vernacular architecture. In the village of Özlüce, a veritable open-air museum east of Muğla, is Turolian Park, where you can find fossils that are from 5 - 9 million years old.


AROUND MUGLA


a) BODRUM ( The St. Tropez of Turkey )

An impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the  entrance to Bodrum's dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet. The town's charm is well-known, attracting a  diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined   waterfront, while elegant yachts crowd the marina.

The reputation of Bodrum's boat yards date back to ancient times, and today, craftsmen still build the traditional yachts: the tirhandil with a pointed  bow and stern, and the gulette with a broad beam and rounded stern. The latter, especially, are used on excursions and pleasure trips, and in the annual October Cup Race.

The evenings in Bodrum are for sitting idly in one of the many restaurants, dining on fresh seafood and other Aegean specialities. Afterwards nightclubs (some with cabaret) and superb discos keep you going until dawn. Bodrum, known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolus's Tomb (4th century B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the harbour, the Bodrum castle,  or the medieval castle of St. Peter, is a fine example of 15th century Crusader architecture, and has been converted into the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, with remains dating as far back as the Bronze Age..


b) MARMARIS

Situated on a bay, backed by rugged pine-clad mountains, Marmaris is one of the most attractive maritime parklands, ideal for water sports and sailing. It makes an excellent starting point for the "Blue Voyage" tour of the Aegean coastline. In May, the Marmaris Yacht Charter Show provides an opportunity to meet the yachts' captains and crews. With plenty of provisions aboard, you set sail in the craft of your choice and languidly explore the spectacular beauty of southern Turkey. Ancient Marmaris, Physkos, was an important stage on the Anatolia-Rhodes-Egypt trade route. In the 16th century SĂĽleyman the Magnificent had a citadel built on a hill, the remains of which can still be seen today.


c) DATÇA

The Datça Peninsula provides a natural boundary between the Aegean Sea, the Gulf of Gökova to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Hisarönü to the south. bay. Relaxing over a pre-dinner drink and then a delicious meal in a welcoming restaurant is a popular way to spend the evening hours.


AROUND  DATÇA


a) KNIDOS

At the end of the peninsula (38 km from Datça) stands the ancient Carian city of Knidos, described by Strabo as " a city that was built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas." Famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth century B.C. the city had two harbours: one on the Aegean and the other on the Mediterranean. The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love overlook the two harbours; the arcaded way was built of white marble, heart-shape columns. The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles' statue, one of the most beautiful sculptures of antiquity, once graced this temple.


BETWEEN  MARMARIS &  FETHIYE


DALYAN  &  CAUNOS

The town of Köycegiz lies at the northern end of a lake of the same name and Is joined to the Mediterranean by a natural channel.

The maze of channels is easily explored by  “ fishing boat  “  as you immerse yourself in this tranquil dream world. The restaurants which line the waterways specialise in delicious meals of fresh fish. High on the cliff face, at a bend in the river, above the fascinating ancient harbour city of Caunos, magnificent tombs were carved into the rock. The Dalyan Delta, with a long, golden sandy beach at its mouth, is a nature conservation area and a refuge for sea turtles (Caretta Caretta) and blue crabs. At Ekincik, a delightful yacht mooring, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this area.


FETHIYE

The popular resort Fethiye, 135 km southeast of Marmaris, boasts an important marina at the head of a beautiful bay strewn with islands. A hill crowned by the ruins of the crusader fortress built by the Knights of Rhodes overlooks the little port. Above the town, (called Telmessos in antiquity), numerous Lycian rock tombs, reproducing the facades of ancient buildings, were cut into the cliff face. The Tomb of Amyntas, which probably dates from the fourth century B.C. is the most remarkable.

a) KAYAKOY is a picturesque ghost town of old houses and churches - all empty.

b) ÖLÜDENIZ (BLUE LAGOON) where the calm, crystal clear water is ideal for swimming   and other water sports.

c) At Mt. Baba (1,969 m), you can PARAGLYDE  into the Blue Lagoon.

d) YAKAKOY (Tlos)south of Fethiye  .:  is the Oldest city in the Lycian region

e) PINARA 49 km south of Fethiye, is another ancient mountain city; it is ideal for trekking and visitors can see the remains of a theatre, agora, rock tomb, baths.

f) About 65 km from Fethiye, to the southeast, near Kinik, are the ruins of  XANTOS , an  important Lycian capital in a splendid natural setting.  LETOON , nearby, was former  important religious cult center where three temples dedicated to Leto, Artemis and Apollo  stood in ancient times.

The region, bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year, is a paradise of sunbathing, swimming, and sporting activities like windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, mountain climbing and caving. If you come to Antalya in March and April, you can ski in the mornings and in the afternoons swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Important historical sites and beautiful mosques await your discovery, amid a landscape of pine forests, olive and citrus groves and palm, avocado and banana plantations.


ANTALYA

An attractive city with shady palm-lined boulevards and a prize-winning marina. In the picturesque old quarter, Kaleiçi, narrow, winding streets and old wooden houses abut the ancient city walls. Since its founding in the second century B.C. by Attalos II, a king of Pergamon, who named the city Attaleia after himself, Antalya has been continuously inhabited. The Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks successively occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule.

When Emperor Hadrian visited Antalya in 130 A.D. a beautifully decorated three-arched gate was built into the city walls in his honour. Near the marina the two towers flanking the gate and other sections of the walls still stand. The clock tower in Kalekapisi Square was also part of the old city's fortifications.

The Archaeological Museum, with remains from the Paleolithic Age to Ottoman times, offers a glimpse of the area's rich history. The AtatĂĽrk Museum displays objects used by the founder of the Turkish Republic. (Both open weekdays except Monday)

The National Golf Club located in Belek features a wide variety of water sports as well as a championship 18-hole golf course and 9 hole academy course


AROUND ANTALYA


a) KEMER (42 km out of Antalya)

A fully equipped Kemer marina has facilities for all activities so that yachtsmen can enjoy the unspoilt bays and beaches south of the town. Shoppers will delight in the wonderful range of high quality souvenirs.


b) OLYMPUS

The ancient city of Olympos is situated on the southern side of Mt. Tahtali. Oleander and laurel bushes shade the Olympos Valley, which you can approach by land and sea.  A temple gate and theatre also remain from antiquity. The outer walls  and towers around the bay date from the Middle Ages.


c) DEMRE ( MYRA )

At Demre (Kale), the ancient Myra, (25 km west of Finike), many splendidly carved rock tombs overlook the magnificent Roman theatre. St. Nicholas was the bishop of this Mediterranean city during the fourth century, and died here in 342.


d) KEKOVA

Kekova is an island an hour from Dalyanagzi by sea as well as the name of a whole ensemble of picturesque islands, numerous bays and ancient cities. These bays provide natural harbours in all seasons, and yachtsmen particularly enjoy exploring the unspoilt landscape. Along the northern shore of Kekova Island at Apollonia, earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink under the clear water, creating a sunken yachts sailing peacefully on the glassy water.


e) KAS ( KAĹž )

Continuing west out of Kekova, you come to Kas, a lovely spot surrounded on three sides by mountains. The swimming and diving are excellent in the clear cool water around Kas.Of ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once nown,only the Lycian rock cut tombs and sarcophagi are left. But the charm of the town remains, and it is a  pleasure to wander through the streets, stopping to examine souvenir shops that offer Turkish handicrafts, leather goods, copper and silver items, cotton clothing and the inevitable handmade carpet.


f) KALKAN

A little distance to the west is Kalkan, a lovely small hilltop town that overlooks a tiny bay. Its quaint, traditional, white-washed houses, shuttered windows and balconies garlanded with brilliant flowers that cascade to the streets below, make it the ultimate in a peaceful holiday town. Narrow winding streets lined with souvenir shops lead down to the charming marina.


g) PATARA

A principal harbour of ancient Lycia, Patara is reached by following a winding  mountain road before descending to the site. Here, according to mythology, Apollo was born. More concrete history reveals that this town was the birthplace of St. Nicholas. The ruins are, of course, numerous and interesting. But Patara is also a place for beach lovers. Its 22 km of pure white sand stretches as far as the eye can see, making it a natural choice for all types of beach sports. The remoteness of this undiscovered corner makes it feel like  your own private getaway.


h) XANTHOS

The ancient Lycian capital of Xanthos, today in the Turkish village Kinik, lies 8  km north of Patara. The theatre, Tomb of the Harpies, Nereid Monument, agora, and Inscribed Pillar, among a mixture of ruins from Lycian, Roman and Byzantine times, create the special atmosphere of this site. At the holy Lycian   center of Letoon, six km farther, three temples dedicated to Leto, Apollo and Artemis, familiar gods of mythology, await the exploring tourist.


Come as a foreigner , leave as a friend

 

we organize , you relax ..

 

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