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An Izmir city guide – bustling bazaars, Aegean cuisine, ancient ruins and a medieval castle

An Izmir city break is a failsafe way to awaken the senses. From exploring medieval castles to practicing water sports and shopping in bustling bazaars, there’s always something to do in this buzzing and beautiful metropolis, also known as the ‘Pearl of Turkey’. Indulge yourself in exquisite seafood while watching the sun set behind the sea, escape to a secluded peaceful beach or live it up in a nightclub until the early hours. 

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A Bodrum city guide – historical wonders, peaceful coves and Turkish delights

The stunning Bodrum Peninsula caters for all manner of travelers which is why millions flood to the region each year. For those holidaymakers looking for a subdued and relaxing atmosphere amongst enchanting villages and quiet bays, to those looking for a vibrant nightlife, Bodrum is sure to impress. The area is built on ancient relics meaning it’s steeped in deep history. Its international marinas, famous sites and delicious dining make it the tourist hub of the Aegean Coast.

An Antalya city guide – Roman ruins, sandy beaches and family fun

With a bustling blend of ancient Roman ruins, luxury beach resorts and natural beauty, Antalya offers travelers a diverse holiday experience. Dating back to 133BC, Antalya is named after the founder Attalos II, King of Pergamon, who built the city to act as his naval base for his fleet.

A city guide to Kusadasi: culture, climbing and carpets

Kusadasi is a seaside district on the west coast of Turkey, lined by the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. The town of Kusadasi was originally a fishing village and although it has since embraced the modern cosmopolitan trends it has managed to maintain a trace of its traditional atmosphere.

Where to stay in Istanbul – a neighborhood guide

The main areas to stay in Istanbul are undoubtedly the Taksim area in New City and Sultanahmet on the western side of the city. Sultanahmet is better for sightseeing but New City has the best of Istanbul’s nightlife; if you’re looking for a bit of both then the Golden Horn district might be the best area for you as it is between the two. As a general rule, the closer you are to the districts by the coast, the better.

Istanbul city guide – what you can expect from each area

Istanbul has been a focal point for travelers from east and west for years. As the former center of many empires and formerly known as Constantinople, Istanbul has long since been a prosperous part of the Mediterranean and a key checkpoint for trade. The subsequent fusion of east and west has given a modern-day Istanbul with huge variety; from the hustle and bustle of Galata and sightseeing dreams of Sultanahmet to the green and rural haven of Princes’ Islands, Istanbul will not disappoint.

A Fethiye city guide – 2,400 years of history, paradise beaches, and Turkish delights

Ancient rock tombs, sandy beaches and mouthwatering seafood lie in wait on a Fethiye city break. With a wonderful marina and lively nightlife, Fethiye is a haven for sun-lovers from around the world. However, this town is also home to pre-Roman Lycian relics and is the only city in the world where you’ll find sarcophagus in the streets. From the yachting town of Gocek to the beach resort of Calis, there is fun, mystery, adventure and cultural delights for everyone.

A Turkey travel guide – Byzantine frescoes, buzzing bazaars and endless coastline

Holidays in Turkey can include centuries-old Ottoman and Byzantine history, diving the Mediterranean or losing yourself in labyrinthine bazaars. Book a hotel in Turkey to feast like a sultan on ancient and modern delights.

A Istanbul travel guide – Ottoman splendours, colourful markets and rooftop nightlife.

An Istanbul city break means days spent exploring opulent palaces and teeming markets, before evening drinks in rooftop bars overlooking the Bosphorus. After booking your Istanbul hotel, travel through centuries of the city’s convoluted history at Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches.

Where to stay in Izmir – a regional guide

Whether you want to tour Izmir’s bustling city center or practice water sports in a seaside resort, this guide to Izmir’s hotels by neighborhood will help you find the right area for you. From budget, family-run or luxury accommodation, there are hotels to please every kind of traveler, but the number of choices might overwhelm you. While Izmir’s waterfront is lined by large sophisticated hotels, inland there are more budget and midrange options, especially around Kemeralti Bazaar and Basmane train station.  

An Izmir shopping guide – where to shop and what to buy

Hardcore shoppers are in for a blast in Izmir. Whether your passion is fashion, shoes, accessories, homeware, or local items, the city boasts a huge collection of shops selling every item imaginable. Walk down the streets to discover designer boutiques, antique establishments and local crafts or come across street sellers that wander from corner to corner.

Where to eat in Izmir – a food and dining guide

Fussy eaters won’t go hungry in Izmir. From traditional Turkish cuisine to exotic dishes and hearty British food, the city is awash with dining establishments that satisfy the most whimsical cravings. A locals’ favorite is the scrumptious Aegean cuisine served in seaside resorts: freshly caught fish and seafood served with a crunchy salad and washed down with a traditional glass of Raki. 

What to see and do in Izmir – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

Ancient constructions, bazaars, wildlife, water sports… things to pique a traveler’s interest never end in Izmir. As the beating heart of the Aegean coast, Izmir stands in the midst of ancient history, art, culture and Mediterranean sandy beaches. For an unforgettable view of the city, watch the sunset from the city’s castle, get lost in time as you stroll around one of the best-preserved ancient Greek cities, and set your pulse racing as you surf the sea with the wind brushing you by.   

Where to stay in Bodrum – a neighborhood guide

The Bodrum peninsula offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit all travelers. From traditional pensions, private apartments or luxury five star hotels, all budgets and preferences can be catered for. Despite earning the moniker ‘Turkey’s Cote d’Azur’, the Bodrum Peninsula has managed to retain its peaceful and unassuming charm. Those looking to enjoy the simple things; sea views, seafood and wine will not be disappointed.

Bodrum shopping guide – where and what to shop

Many of the towns and villages on the peninsula have weekly open-air markets which sell a variety of goods from fresh fruit and veg, textiles, tourist trinkets and fake designer clothes.  From souvenir shops to luxury boutiques along the marina, shopping hungry travelers will find a whole host of ways to spend their money and the colourful wares and delicious fragrances along the way will make shopping a delight.

Where to eat in Bodrum – a food and dining guide

Bodrum’s dining scene offers a plethora of choice that caters for nearly all food preferences from traditional to international dishes. The traditional Turkish cuisine is exceptional in the region, with travelers able to sample kebabs, traditional mezes and sweet pastries from a huge number of restaurants and stalls along the promenade. A Turkish trip wouldn’t be complete without sampling some delicious Turkish delight at a local café or tavern.

What to see and do in Bodrum – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

Whilst Bodrum is seen by many as a relaxing summer getaway, with perfectly clear waters and sunshine, the area also boasts an incredibly deep history and even plays host to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visitors can explore the ancient relics at Bodrum Castle, watch the yachts come in, or meander through a peaceful cove to keep busy.

Where to stay in Antalya – a neighborhood guide

The sight of stunning rocky hillside scenery merging with the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean will lure anyone and everyone to Antalya. Fortunately, the city is well equipped to handle the heavy waves of tourist who come here year after year in search of sun, beach and relaxation.

An Antalya shopping guide – where and what to shop and buy

The coastal provincial town of Antalya boasts an amazing range of retail products, setting the scene for the perfect shopaholic's paradise. Shopping can be both a peaceful therapy session or an exhilarating adrenaline rush depending on where you go. The modern malls that are scattered across the city should provide a similar shopping experience to that of home.

Where to eat in Antalya – a food and dining guide

Dining in Antalya is no ordinary experience. The surrounding environment plays as much as an important role as the delicious local cuisine. In Antalya, you can enjoy a meal either along the relaxing beachside or amongst nature in the mountains. Whether it’s in a renowned five star resort or a traditional homely local restaurant, Antalya's food scene won't disappoint.

What to see and do in Antalya – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

Set against the backdrop of clear blue waters hugging the coastal shores, Antalya is adorned with ancient relics scattered across its lands. What was once seen as a simple costal town that lead to the Turkish Riviera is now the largest city on the western coast of the Mediterranean.

Where to stay in Kusadasi - from peaceful villas to buzzing hotels

For those with a tight budget to those with an unlimited one, Kusadasi has accommodation to suit everyone. With an abundance of hotels, apartments and all-inclusive resorts, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Where to shop in Kusadasi: carpets, gold and a fake Gucci bag

When it comes to shopping in Kusadasi, you can spend all your money in high-end stores, or stick to your budget and haggle like a pro at the local markets. It’s up to you. Either way, there’s a great selection of things to buy and they’re often cheaper than at home. So if you’re looking for some souvenirs for the family, a gift for yourself or the ideal interiors for your home, get out in the streets and get bargaining.

Where to eat in Kusadasi - from kofta to kebabs and everything in between

Turkish cuisine has become a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan influences. The Aegean region has inherited the style of Ottoman Court cuisine, with lighter spices, the use of rice over bulgur wheat and lots of seafood due to its proximity to the coast. However, if Turkish doesn’t tickle your fancy, Mediterranean cuisine is also popular and the region caters for a wide range of international menus too.

Things to see and do in Kusadasi’s historical hub

Aside from the glorious beaches, months of sunny weather and wealth of bars and restaurants to relax in, Kusadasi is a hotbed of culture with a rich historical background. As a result, there is much more to do on your visit than you might think.

Istanbul shopping guide – where to shop and what to buy

As the historical and geographical connection between the Eastern and Western worlds, Istanbul has long since been a buzzing site for trading. This was one of the main reasons for Istanbul’s founding – the city is built on shopping. From malls to bazaars, Istanbul has the complete selection of retail attraction. And shopper or not, no trip to Istanbul would be complete without a wander round the iconic Grand Bazaar.

Where to eat in Istanbul – a food and dining guide

Istanbul is a city that was established because of its location and its links to the sea. Naturally, the locals here have developed a love for seafood and share this taste though their countless restaurants along the seafront. For more traditional Turkish cuisine, the best restaurants are further inland, particularly in Galata and Sultanahmet.

What to see and do – a guide to some of the main attractions in Istanbul

Istanbul is a colorful and historically rich city. As the center point of many former empires, the city is full of historical sites and monuments, most of which can be found in the Old City in the south. Or, to see Istanbul’s modern edge, head to New City to see the skyscrapers and shopping malls.

Where to stay in Fethiye – a neighborhood guide

There is a hotel for every kind of traveler in Fethiye. From low-priced lodges to luxury suites and from self-catered hotels to bed and breakfast, the city caters to all sorts of budgets and preferences. While top-class hotels near Fethiye marina will suit the more refined traveler, the beachside hotels in Cali are ideal for sun lovers. Whether you prefer the traditional pensions of Göcek or the all-inclusive hotels of Oludeniz, Fethiye won’t disappoint you.

Where to shop in Fethiye – where to go and what to buy

With an abundance of shops selling all sorts of goods from brand name clothes to basic home textiles, Fethiye is an authentic shopper’s paradise. No trip to Fethiye would be complete without browsing for bargains in the local open-air markets or for souvenirs in the shops that line the beachfront. If you enjoy shopping in open markets, Fethiye is the place for you as there are one or two every single day of the week.

Where to eat in Fethiye – a food and dining guide

Fethiye’s dining scene is much more than Turkish cuisine. From traditional to international dishes, the coastal city offers a variety of culinary delights that caters to all food preferences. When it comes to cuisine, Turkish people only settle for the best. Treat yourself to fresh seafood or traditional mezze while sipping on a refreshing Efes Pilsen near the beach. In the afternoon, join locals in some of the cosmopolitan cafes serving sweet pastries.

What to see and do in Fethiye – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

Although Fethiye is known as a summer paradise boasting turquoise beaches and sunshine, the city is also an ancient Lycian town with relics that date back to the 4th century BC. From lazing on the sand to exploring one of the deepest canyons in the world, and flying over the Blue Lagoon to exploring an ancient rock tomb, Fethiye has a wealth of attractions to keep you busy.

Top 10 alternative sports in the world

Oil-drenched wrestlers in Turkey or thundering hooves in Pakistan’s mountain villages – get some inspiration before booking your hotel with these top 10 alternative sports in the world.

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