Aegean Turkey Guide

Turkey’s Aegean coast (maps) 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 – AegeanMore…

Here are the highlights of both the coast and the interior, in alphabetical order:

Afyon

The center of Turkey’s legal opium trade, a dramatic hilltop fortress stands at the center of Afyon. At its feet are some historic buildings and lots of pastry shops serving the region’s renowned clotted creamMore…

Alaçatı

This charming small town west of İzmir nearÇeşme is yet unspoiled, visited by local vacationers in the know, but nearly unknown to foreign visitors except for passionate windsurfersMore…

Aphrodisias

The city of AphroditeRoman goddess of Love, is among Turkey’s most interesting ancient ruins. Detour to it on your way between Pamukkale and EphesusMore…

Assos (Behramkale)

Charming seaside hamlet facing Lesvos in the shadow of a hilltop Temple to Athena—perfect for a getaway. More…

Aydın

Ancient Tralleis, chief city of the Meander River valley, it has little to see today, but you may have to change buses here. More…

Ayvalık

This North Aegean seacoast resort town is popular with Turkish vacationers. More…

Bergama (Pergamum)

Famous for its ancient library and medical center, an attractive farming town with lots to see. More…

Bodrum

Picturesque resort on two small bays divided by a crusader castle, a favorite yachting port noted for its exuberant nightlife (map). More…


4 Reasons Hotel, YalıkavakBodrum

Bozcaada

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 winesMore…

Burdur

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…

Çanakkale

On the Dardanelles, your base for visits to Troy and the Gallipoli battlefields. More…

Çeşme

The peninsula extending westward from İzmirinto 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…

Denizli

This modern city near Pamukkale has all the transport connections (airbusrail) for the warm mineral springs resort. More…

Ephesus (Selçuk)

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…

Eskişehir

Though mainly a center of transport and industry, this is where most of the world’s meerschaum—and pipes—comes from. More…

Euromos

A Greek temple perfect as a Hollywood set, right on the road between EphesusMilas and BodrumMore…

Foça

Ancient Phocaea is now a nice resort town—actually, two resort towns, with swimmingwindsurfing, restauranting and other pleasures. More…

Gallipoli

Momentous battles during World War I, and poignant monument-strewn battlefields today. More…

İzmir

Turkey’s third largest city is mostly modern, with good hotels, great seaside restaurants, an interesting bazaar, a few museums and archeological remains (map). More…

Kuşadası

Bustling seaside resort and cruise ship port near Ephesus (map). More…

Kütahya

Known for its beautiful colored glazed tilesand pottery, this city also has several fine old buildings and, on its outskirts, a well-preserved Roman temple at AizanoiMore…

Milas

A carpet-weaving center with a scale model(in marble) of the grandest tomb of ancient times: the Mausoleum (map). More…

Pamukkale

Hot calcium-laden mineral waters ripple over a cliff to form cascades of gleaming white stone at this spa inland near Denizli. You can even swim in the water! Stop at RomanAphrodisiasCity of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, on the way to Pamukkale from EphesusMore…

Phrygia

North of Afyon among the low hills at Aslankaya and Midas Şehri are remains of King Midas‘s ancient kingdom, 2700 years old. More…

Sardis

An easy ride east of İzmir are these impressive ruins, with a fine Roman gymnasium and synagogue, and ByzantinechurchesMore…

Selçuk

“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…

Şirince

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…

Troy (Truva)

Once thought to exist only in legend, the walls of Troy have been excavated and restored—and made into a movie. More…

Uşak and South

Uşak, ancient Temenouthyrae serves as a base to visit several interesting sites to the south, all of which are worth a look in a picturesque rural setting that became Christianized by the third century. More…

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