Known for its elegant hotels and amenities that elevate it out of the realms of the traditional seaside town, Bodrum is a boutique holidaymaker's dream.
Small enough to have its own intimate atmosphere but big enough to have plenty to do, it's the perfect place to enjoy a long weekend or a more extended trip. Convenience, fresh sea air and a distinct friendly atmosphere - what more could you want from your next holiday?
To get your bearings, a trip to the city's Friday market is an early must. Stop for a sesame simit (a cross between a bagel and a pretzel) or enjoy a slice of peynirli borek - layers of flaky pastry, spinach and cheese that make for a deceptively filling snack. Haggling is more than acceptable in Bodrum - remain courteous and friendly, and the stallholders will certainly consider a tourist discount.
For the best way to see the city, consider a boat trip. Sail from Bodrum to Fethiye and back, taking in the rugged geography, clear blue water and abundant marine life. Relax after a hard day's exploring with a trip the Turkish baths, or keep the fun going by visiting Dedeman Aquapark, with packages available that include transport to and from your hotel.
Fancy a swim? Antalya has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Turkey. Dive into the clear blue for a surfing class, dine at a waterside restaurant or snap a family photograph under the Duden waterfalls.
If you favour a relaxed holiday cut off from the world, Dalaman may well be the place for you. Enjoy the ease of brilliant infrastructure, delicious food, sun loungers, spa days and great rounds of golf.
Head to the Aegean Coast and find the mesmerizing port city of Izmir. Rebuilt by Alexander the Great himself, it's now a special spot for sun-seekers.