Ancient cities rub shoulders with seaside towns on the remarkable shores of the Aegean Coast. From historic Aphrodisiasto the beaches of Marmaris, luxury holidays in the Aegean Coast offer an abundance of indulgent experiences, with the promise of getting to know Turkey's culture and cuisine never far away either.
Home to some of Turkey's most enthralling treasures, the sparkling Aegean Coast is lined with gorgeous white-sand beaches, pretty seaside towns, and a cavalcade of ancient ruins. Even its bigger, busier locations retain the region's quintessential charm through their bustling bazaars, elegant restaurants, and unspoilt historic sights. The Aegean Coast is where 4,000 years of civilisation meet Turkey's welcoming contemporary culture.
The Roman city of Ephesus is appealing for history buffs wanting to discover a classical metropolis, and learn a little about this region's past. On top of that, it makes for a fantastic insight into the country's culture and history, while Turkey's third-largest city, Izmir, is also awash with fascinating museums and lively promenades.
But wherever you end up on the Aegean Coast, you'll benefit from a Mediterranean climate that is as warm and welcoming as the locals. Such generous hospitality is especially evident at the dinner table, where olive oil-doused vegetables, charcoal grilled meat, and sticky sweet treats will continually tempt the taste buds.
The Aegean Coast has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. During the high season of July and August, temperatures often rise above 30 degrees. So anyone wanting to work on their tan should book during this period.
Travel to the Aegean Coast from October through May and the towns and cities will be quieter, but the weather remains pleasant. These period are especially good for sightseeing: spend as long as you like walking around deserted ancient monuments before tucking into a tasty kebab for lunch.
Seeing as no settlement is far from the coast, cuisine in the Aegean region features a great deal of fresh seafood. Many restaurants in popular destinations like Marmaris and Kuşadası will also serve international dishes alongside vegetarian options including meze.
Because eating out is a time-honoured ritual in Turkey, restaurants are usually busy on Friday and Saturday evenings. So, if you want to indulge in some fine dining, book ahead to avoid disappointment.