Aegean Region

The Aegean region is one of the most beautiful regions in Turkey. Long sandy beaches, green olive trees, rocks and pine forests surround crystal waters. The climate is mild and a fresh sea breeze cools the hottest summer days.

The Aegean region offers something for everybody: idyllic fishing harbours and beautiful nature, sunny beaches and popular holiday villages, modern activities and historical sights as well as good restaurants and oriental bazaars.

Izmir is the third biggest city in Turkey and has the second biggest harbour. Izmir is an international city and a lively business centre. The city was established around 2000 B.C. In the first millennium -then called Smyrna- it was an important Ionian city and it is believed that Homer lived there. In the 600s B.C. Lydians destroyed the city and it was just a poor village until Alexander the Great reconstructed it. The city rises upwards towards the hills behind the palm boulevards. Alti Carsisi bazaar has a huge variety of goods to sell.

Marmaris, Fethiye, Dalyan, Gökova and Bodrum are attractive small towns on glittering bays. The great and modern marinas offer modern services for yacht owners and you can make profitable shopping and enjoy the colourful nightlife evrywhere.

Not by the seaside, but very intersting too, are the province capital Mugla and Milas, with has the most interesting archaeological sites.

You can also visit the Greek islands Kos and Rhodes by boat from Bodrum or Marmaris. Beach Boulevards presents you with today's Turkey. In the little streets off the touristic parts you will still find local people, children playing football and old people drinking their tea in front of the houses.

Historical sights like Efesus and Virgin Mary's home, Pamukkale, the good harbours and sunny climate make the Aegean an excellent holiday resort.

sea and blue sky

sea and blue sky and little villages

marmaris and sea and blue sky

boats in marmaris