WHERE EAST MEETS WEST
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