As the bridge between Asia and Europe, Turkey has always been a strategically important and much prized land. So it’s no surprise to discover that the country boasts a fascinating past. Home to 13 successive civilisations spanning 10,000 years, the country is packed with historic treasures and is one of the world’s great store houses of ancient relics.
The earliest human settlements date back to the Paleolithic era (8,000 BC) and the evidence for mankind’s continuous progress can be traced across the face of this country, from the Neolithic and Calcolithic periods to the Bronze and Iron ages. The remains of great cultures – including the Hittites, Phrigians , Urartians, Lydians, Persions and Achaeans – have been unearthed in countless excavations from every corner this fascinating country.
With 5,000 miles of coastline, Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides – by the Black Sea in the north, the Mediterranean in the south and the Aegean in the west.
The country even has an important internal sea (the Sea of Marmara) between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.
The Aegean Coast in the west of Turkey is a real-life slice of heaven. With beautiful skies, clear warm waters and a superb climate, this corner of Turkey boasts everything you could want from your dream location: soft sandy beaches, majestic peaks, and fragrant pine forests surrounding crystal waters teeming with exotic reefs and a rich marine life. Extending from Bodrum to Ephesus, this glorious coastline is also home to the remnants of ancient civilisations dating back over 5,000 years.