You can’t ignore the antiquity of the Turkey, nor its endless coastline of quaint villages, beautiful beaches and lively resorts. A car is simply a must! By car you can explore Gallipoli, Trop, Bodrum, Antalya and the south coast, as well as Cappadocia.
North of Istanbul, the Gallipoli battlefields feature in modern history, particularly if you an ANZAC (Australian or New Zealand national) paying your respects to the WWII massacre victims.
Across the sea of Mamara is the excavated site of Troy, revealing nine ancient cities, one on top of another dating back to 3000 BC. Ephesus, further south, is the grandest and best preserved with its Temple of Diana – counted among the Seven Wonders of the World. Several pretty coastal towns are found on the western coast, and Bodrum is without a doubt the prettiest resort in the area and comes complete with a large and lovely yacht harbor.
Antalya is Turkey’s main resort town and commands an important tourist place on the south coast. There are better, more peaceful, beach side spots, but Antalya makes a good base for exploring the countryside and coastline, it also has some fine history to boot. In central Turkey a worthwhile trip is to the many intriguing Cappadocian valleys with their strange volcanic cones, and cave dwelling people, near Ankara.
Ankara is the government-dominated capital with only a few redeeming features such as the Hisar, a Byzantine citadel, the Museum of Anatolian Civilsations and Kemel Atatürk’s mausoleum. The Presidential Mansion is well preserved and the ancient Roman ruins, dotted about the city, are interesting. Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved ancient Turkish city, including Ionia’s Temple of Diana, Grotto of the Seven Sleepers the enormous Harbour Gymnasium; the striking Arcadian Way that is paved with marble to add an extra decadent touch, the mighty Temple of Hadrian and several fountains, pools and much more.