Discover Turkey and long North Aegean coast
The North Aegean coast of Turkey is beautiful, historic and agriculturally rich. The coastline offers the long stretches of lovely, sandy and child friendly beaches surrounded by pine and olive clad hills.
Izmir is the third largest city of Turkey. Known in ancient times as Smyrna, Izmir has a reputation as a relaxed, cosmopolitan city and cultural centre.
The city is good for shopping and there are plenty of cultural and historical interests including the superb Archaeological Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the Ethnography Museum. Some of the best views of the city are to be enjoyed from the vantage point of the Kadifekale, the ruined castle which stands high above the city and was built during the reign of Alexander the Great. The Agora is a remnant of the Roman city, and there are a number of significant Ottoman buildings including; the Konak Clock Tower which has become a symbol of the city, the Kizlaragasi Inn, which is now a craft market, and the Asansor, a working elevator.
Cesme is a charming, luxury resort town, dominated by the 14th century castle of St. Peter. It has two main streets, where shops, restaurants and a couple of bars are situated. Ilica is one of the most impressive beaches with its fine and white sand, and Altinkum beach is also renowned. The peninsula has excellent conditions for windsurfing and Alacati beach is one of the best spots for this.
The resort of Foca is popular with Turkish holidaymakers living in nearby Izmir. Its historic sites include a Genoese castle and a small ancient theatre. The resort is split into two bays with beaches in each. Yenifoca is just 23 km away by boat and has even better, and more secluded beaches.
Kusadasi is one of Turkey's largest and most cosmopolitan resorts and a stopping off point for the big cruise liners. It is a good all round resort, offering great beaches, excellent shopping and some serious nightlife. The town takes its name from the tiny islet known as Pigeon Island, which is attached to the mainland by a causeway and boasts a 14th century Genoese fort. There are a number of sandy beaches in the area. Travelers can find comfort in a full range of accommodation in all categories and of all sizes.
Didim is a relaxed holiday resort with its beautiful golden sandy beaches. Popular for families it has a range of accommodation and plenty of restaurants and bars for entertainment. There are lots of shops and an attractive street market in the centre. It is popular with both Turkish and international holidaymakers.
Ayvalik is an attractive port, surrounded by pine forests, with charming stone houses and cobbled streets. It is popular with local Turkish holidaymakers and a great place for those who want to escape the crowds and soak up the authentic atmosphere. There are good sandy beaches approx. 6 km south of the town in the area of Sarimsakli.