The Central and Southern Aegean Coast

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  • 1. Aphrodisias

    Museum/Gallery

    The city of Aphrodite, goddess of love, is one of the largest and best-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. Though most of what you see...Read More

  • 2. Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Built in the early 15th century by the Knights Hospitaller (Knights of St. John), the Petronion, better known as Bodrum Castle or the Castle...Read More

  • 3. Çeşme Kalesi

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Constructed during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II (ruled 1481–1512) to defend the port, this castle is very picturesque, with its stone walls...Read More

  • 4. Dilek Peninsula National Park

    Beach–Sight

    If you're looking for beaches, either head north from Kuşadası to Pamucak or travel 33 km (20 miles) south to this lovely national park, which...Read More

  • 5. Ephesus Archaeological Site

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The ruins of Ephesus, once the most important Greco-Roman city of the eastern Mediterranean, is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the...Read More

  • 6. Ephesus Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    Recently reopened after major renovations, this small museum has one of the best collections of Roman and Greek artifacts found anywhere in...Read More

  • 7. Kemeraltı

    Market/Bazaar

    Konak Meydanı marks the start of this energetic marketplace that spills into a maze of tiny streets, filled with shops and covered stalls. Wide...Read More

  • 8. Kordon

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    The delightful waterfront promenade is the most fashionable section of town and is perfect for a summer stroll; many locals use the sea breeze...Read More

  • 9. Pırlanta Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The name means "brilliant" or "diamond" and this beach outside Çiftlikköy certainly has seawater that's as clear as glass, gentle and shallow...Read More

  • 10. Sacred Pool

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    There are several reasons visitors flock to the thermal waters of the Sacred Pool at Hierapolis: the bathtub-warm water (a relatively constant...Read More

  • 11. St. John Basilica & Fortress of Ayasuluk

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Step through the impressive, pre-Justinianic marble portal (its huge blocks likely plundered from the nearby Temple of Artemis) to approach...Read More

  • 12. Ahmet Piristina City Archive and Museum

    Library/Archive

    Just south of the Kültür Parkı (Culture Park), the archive and museum chronicles 7,000 years of the city's history through colorful posters...Read More

  • 13. Alaçatı

    Town/Village

    Known for its windmills, trendy cafés, boutiques, and gourmet restaurants, this pretty village lies 10 km (46 miles) south of Ilıca. On summer...Read More

  • 14. Alaçatı Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The sandy beach at Alaçatı, about 6 km (nearly 4 miles) south of town, is ideal for windsurfing, with strong winds and few waves. Unfortunately...Read More

  • 15. Alsancak

    Neighborhood/Street

    Stretching inland from the breezy Kordon waterfront, the trendy, upscale neighborhood now known as Alsancak ("red banner," a reference to the...Read More

  • 16. Altınkum

    Beach–Sight

    For a break after all the history, continue another 5 km (3 miles) from Didyma south to Altınkum, popular for its pale-sand beach. The sand...Read More

  • 17. Altınkum Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The name is Turkish for "golden sand," and this beach has crystal-clear and calm water lapping the silky sand. The area has yet to undergo a...Read More

  • 18. Ancient Theater

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Construction of the magnificent, 5,000-seat ancient theater began during the 4th century BC reign of King Mausolus, back when Bodrum was known...Read More

  • 19. Arkas Art Center

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This late-19th century mansion has been beautifully restored into a small museum, featuring rotating exhibits of painting, glass and textile...Read More

  • 20. Arkeoloji Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    Though badly in need of refurbishing, İzmir's showplace for archaeology holds some notable treasures. Look over the railing in the lobby, down...Read More

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