is beautiful, historic and
agriculturally rich. If you plan to visit any of this historic region's ancient-city archeological sites or museums, consider buying a Museum Pass - Aegean. More...
Here are the
highlights of both the coast and the
interior, in alphabetical order:
center of Turkey's legal opium
trade, a dramatic hilltop
fortress stands at the center of
Afyon. At its feet are some historic
lots of pastry shops serving
the region's renowned clotted
This charming small town west of İzmir near
Çeşme is yet
unspoiled, visited by local vacationers in the know,
but nearly unknown to foreign visitors except for passionate windsurfers. More...
of Aphrodite, Roman
is among Turkey's most interesting ancient
ruins. Detour to it on your way between
Pamukkale and Ephesus.
Charming seaside hamlet facing lesvos
in the shadow of a hilltop Temple
to Athena—perfect for a getaway. More...
chief city of the Meander River valley,
it has little to see today, but you
may have to change buses here. More...
Aegean seacoast resort town
is popular with Turkish vacationers. More...
for its ancient library and
medical center, an attractive
farming town with lots to see. More...
resort on two small bays divided
by a crusader castle, a favorite yachting port
noted for its exuberant nightlife (map). More...
A visit to this island near the southern mouth of the Dardanelles strait is like a step back in time: relaxed days of hiking and swimming, unhurried al fresco dinners with friends, sipping the island's own wines. More...
An ancient town with a fine old Great Mosque (1300), a beautiful broad lake and a big sugar beet factory, Burdur is a possible lunch stop for those passing through. More...
your base for visits to Troy and
the Gallipoli battlefields. More...
The peninsula extending westward from İzmir into
the Aegean is a traditional summer vacation land for
İzmirlis, but in recent years it has begun to attract
visitors from around the world. More...
This modern city near Pamukkale has
all the transport
bus, rail) for the warm mineral springs
The best-preserved classical city on
the Mediterranean, a must-see (map).
The town of Selçuk makes
a good base for exploring lots of other
ancient cities, as well as hill towns
and beaches. More...
mainly a center of transport and
industry, this is where most of the
world's meerschaum—and pipes—comes
Greek temple perfect as a Hollywood
set, right on the road between Ephesus, Milas and Bodrum. More...
Ancient Phocaea is
now a nice resort town—actually,
two resort towns, with swimming, windsurfing,
restauranting and other pleasures.
battles during World War I, and poignant
monument-strewn battlefields today. More...
largest city is mostly modern,
with good hotels, great seaside restaurants,
an interesting bazaar,
a few museums and archeological
remains (map). More...
resort and cruise ship port near
Ephesus (map). More...
for its beautiful colored
glazed tiles and pottery,
this city also has several fine old
buildings and, on its outskirts,
Roman temple at Aizanoi. More...
carpet-weaving center with a scale
model (in marble) of the grandest
tomb of ancient times: the Mausoleum (map). More...
calcium-laden mineral waters ripple
over a cliff to form cascades of gleaming
white stone at this spa inland
You can even swim in the water! Stop
at Roman Aphrodisias, City
of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love,
on the way to Pamukkale from Ephesus. More...
of Afyon among
the low hills at Aslankaya and Midas
Şehri are remains of King
Midas's ancient kingdom,
2700 years old. More...
easy ride east of İzmir are
these impressive ruins, with a fine
Roman gymnasium and synagogue,
and Byzantine churches. More...
"The town next to Ephesus" has
the district's important bus station,
several good hotels and pensions, numerous
restaurants and, in the warm months,
a large population of storks. More...
This little hill town close to Selçuk and Ephesus, surrounded by vineyards
and olive groves, is straight out of Tuscany...or
the Turkish equivalent. More...
thought to exist only in legend,
the walls of Troy have
been excavated and restored—and
made into a movie. More...
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