WHERE EAST MEETS WEST

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Set at the cross­roads of great civil­i­sa­tions, Turkey of­fers trav­ellers an in­spir­ing choice of city breaks, re­sort towns and ad­ven­ture hol­i­days. With crys­tal clear wa­ters, blue skies, won­der­ful beaches and quaint fish­ing vil­lages, the ru­ins of an­cient em­pires and cosmopolitan cities burst­ing with culture and de­li­cious cui­sine; Turkey is fab­u­lous all-year-round des­ti­na­tion.

WHERE TO STAY

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in Turkey in­cludes ev­ery­thing from camp­sites to ex­clu­sive beach re­sorts and lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels. In Istanbul all the global brands are present, but the city also boasts his­tor­i­cal ho­tels like the Pera Palace Ho­tel 1892. A lav­ish blend of neo-clas­si­cal, art nou­veau and ori­en­tal styles, the ho­tel's past guest list in­cludes King Ed­ward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Em­peror Franz Joseph, as well as Sarah Bern­hardt and Al­fred Hitch­cock.

Beach hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from lav­ish to ba­sic but do check out The Bo­drum by Para­mount Ho­tels & Re­sorts, a lux­ury mod­ern re­sort that de­liv­ers Cal­i­for­nian liv­ing and Mediter­ranean-style.

WHAT TO DO

Turkey has a coast­line with thou­sands of hid­den coves and beaches set against for­ti­fied towns and fish­ing vil­lages.

Take a tra­di­tional gulet cruise where you will ex­pe­ri­ence some of the finest scenery and hos­pi­tal­ity Turkey has to of­fer.

Away from the beach visit An­cient Eph­e­sus, the tow­er­ing col­umns at the Tem­ple of Apollo at Didyma, the Haghia Sophia and the great mosques of Istanbul. Fur­ther afield the mys­te­ri­ous un­der­ground cities of Cap­pado­cia and the great Hit­tite ci­tadel of Hat­tusha await the in­trepid ex­plorer.

WHERE TO EAT

Re­sorts tend to fol­low the global trend of of­fer­ing a mix of in­ter­na­tional com­fort foods and fine din­ing, but step out­side your ho­tel and dis­cover the won­der­ful world of Turk­ish cui­sine. The area around the Black Sea is rich is fish dishes, while Ana­to­lia and the south­east of­fers a va­ri­ety of fa­mous ke­babs, mezes and dough-based desserts. go­turkey­tourism.com

GULET CRUISE BO­DRUM

WHIRLING DERVISH DANCERS

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