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Along the south western side of Turkey lies the wonderful Aegean Coast where you will find superb coastal views as well as long sandy beaches and several of Turkey's most popular holiday resorts are also located along this stretch of coast. This area is also home to several of the spectacular historical sites which illustrate the legacies the vast country of Turkey has gained culturally from such civilisations as the early Greeks, Romans and Ottomans. The northern part of the Aegean coast is an area popular with the Turkish people to take their holidays and the more you travel in a southerly direction, the more development you will discover.
Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport is the airport serving this particular part of Turkey and you will find most of the major airlines operate flights from the UK to this destination, including Turkish Airlines, Thomas Cook and easyJet. There is another airport at Bodrum and your arrival airport will obviously depend on which part of the Aegean Coast you are visiting. The actual flying time from the UK to Turkey depends a great deal on the airport you are departing from but varies between four and five hours.
For entry into Turkey, UK visitors must hold a passport valid for at least three months prior to their journey. Transfer to your chosen accommodation is quite straight forward as there are always taxis and coaches for hire at the airport, however, if your chosen destination is some considerable distance from the airport, do negotiate a price with the drivers before you set off. Representatives from the tour company they are travelling with will meet package holidaymakers at the airport and accompany them on the coach trip to their final destinations.
You are spoilt for choice along this coast as the area really does have something for everyone from the lively resorts of Bodrum, Cesme, Kusadasi and Altinkum to the quiet yet extremely popular fishing villages such as Ozdere. The range of accommodation here is also quite varied from luxurious all inclusive hotels to smaller pensions and there are an ever increasing number of villas and apartments to rent.
Where ever you stay in Turkey, you will find an excellent choice of bars and restaurants with the larger resorts hosting restaurants offering international cuisine as well as traditional Turkish fare. Most of the resort bars have live music but intrepid night owls will find buzzing nightlife and clubs offering discos until the early hours in the busier resorts such as Bodrum and Gumbet. Do try the local wines whilst you are here as they are very good and Turkish Raki is an aniseed flavoured local drink which is also popular with both holidaymakers and locals.
The beaches along the Aegean Coast are varied with long stretches of golden sand at some resorts whilst others have pebbly beaches but there are a variety of water sports available at the resorts. Turkey's climate is marvellous for relaxing on one of the many sun beds for hire and is a wonderful way to unwind and chill out with maybe an occasional dip in the clear blue waters of the Aegean.
Historical and archaeological sites abound in this area of Turkey and include such marvels as the well preserved remains of Ephesus which illustrate how life was lived in the days of ancient Rome. Other interesting sites in this area include Pergamon, Aphrodisius and Troy. The incredible Pamukkale is also situated in this area and really is a fascinating place to visit. The layers of calcium deposits rise from the earth at different levels each of which contain pools of various sizes which are all full of thermal waters. Do bring your swimming things with you as it is possible to clamber from one level to another taking a refreshing dip in the waters along the way to the top.
Turkey is a large country with several mountainous areas, most of which are clad with pine trees, fruit orchards, olive trees and many areas grow herbs and produce spices as well. You will see some very scenic and picturesque villages and towns whilst travelling around the Aegean Coast.
Gulet cruises are extremely popular and an idyllic way to see several different areas along the Aegean coast. The gulet is a sailing boat built in the traditional Turkish style using wood and they are available in a variety of sizes ranging from three or four cabins to the larger models accommodating eight or nine cabins. It is possible to charter a gulet for your own private party or to book a cabin and meet your fellow sailors on board. Experienced crews man these boats and they really do look after their travellers.
There are different standards of gullets available from the basic to the outstandingly luxurious. Sailing is usually carried out during the morning and gives visitors the chance to discover really quiet bays with outstanding beaches where they can take the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear Aegean Sea. Many friendships have been formed on a gulet cruise with the same group returning year after year for another cruise to a different area.
The Aegean coast has a variety of places to stay and things to do and see and as such it draws holidaymakers on a regular basis to enjoy all that this delightful coast has to offer.