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Luxury Aegean Coast Holidays

Quintessential Turkey, with labrynthine bazaars, ancient ruins, and miles of white-sand beaches.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Aegean Coast

Croatia lays claim to 1,244 islands, and each has its own distinctive personality. Such as the enchanting Korcula, an island of woodlands, vineyards, olive groves, beaches and fishing villages. Its main town is frequently dubbed 'Little Dubrovnik' and with its imposing medieval walls and Gothic-Renaissance style architecture the comparison is indeed apt. The island also produces a fabulous crisp white wine made from the posip grape. A winetasting, anyone? Meanwhile, Hvar has earned something of a hedonistic reputation and yes, it's the go-to party island if you're looking to crank up the volume and enjoy the nightlife. But that's only half the story: away from the chic clubs and restaurants, is the island's historical heart, the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain, which is home to rolling vineyards and sun-splashed olive groves, and has remained virtually unchanged since the 4th century BC. Then there is the beautiful Losinj, which has earned the tag 'the island of wellness and vitality'. Its reputation attracts visitors intent on rediscovering their mojo in the many spas and therapy clinics that dot the isle. Some hotels offer exclusive therapeutic holidays and the feel-good factor extends to the flora - over 1,000 varieties of wild herbs grow on Losinj.

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.
British passport holders need to get an e-Visa online before travelling to Turkey. You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. More information about visas and entry requirements can be found on GOV.UK.
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.
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