Once a small fishing village, Kusadasi now finds itself a major destination for Irish tourists and Aegean cruise ships. Nestled amid splendid coastal scenery and several significant archaeological sites, there are good hotels and restaurants aplenty. The islands of Samos and Mykonos are reachable by ferry.
On Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, today’s tourist is drawn to Alanya for much the same reasons as the Seljuk Turks 800 years ago; warm calm seas, beaches stretching for miles backed by the pine-forested Taurus Mountains. There is also a cultural side with the Damlatas Caves, Alanya Castle and the Red Tower to visit. Just a short drive inland, life goes on in the rural villages heedless of the tourist trade.
Once known as Halicarnassus, Bodrum was described by Homer as ‘the land of eternal blue’, where the twin harbours offer shelter for the many visiting vessels.
Visit the Museum of Underwater Archaeology or the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Although a purpose-built beach resort, it’s as though a giant hand scooped the calm bay from the wooded mountains where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas join. While it has lively bars, restaurants and shops, those wanting lively nightlife might want to consider its near neighbour, Marmaris.
Whichever resort in Turkey suits you, let Garda Holiday and Travel Club tailor your holiday to your needs.