Sitting pretty above Bodrum on Turkey’s Aegean Coast is the exciting region of Izmir.
These parts of Turkey are big on beaches and bars, so seaside fun is definitely on the cards. You can expect a taste of tradition too, with old town walls hiding Turkish tavernas and bustling bazaars, plus some epic ancient sites on your doorstep.
If you’re looking to mix beach days with a good dash of culture, this is the perfect cocktail.
- History lovers – You can’t get more ‘bucket list’ than the ancient city of Ephesus. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a short drive from Izmir’s main coastal towns, so it’s good day-tripping territory. You’re also well placed to enjoy the hot springs of Pamukkale.
- Shoppers – Haggle a bargain or two in old town Kusadasi or head to one of Izmir's many shopping malls.
- Families – Wide sands, shallow waters and three waterparks to choose from.