Where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean
As the bridge between Asia and Europe, Turkey has always been a strategically important and much prized land. So it’s no surprise to discover that the country boasts a fascinating past. Home to 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years, the country is packed with historic treasures and is one of the world’s great store houses of ancient relics.
The earliest human settlements date back to the Paleolithic era (8,000 BC) and the evidence for mankind’s continuous progress can be traced across the face of this country, from the Neolithic and Calcolithic periods to the Bronze and Iron ages. The remains of great cultures – including the Hittites, Phrigians, Urartians, Lydian’s, Persians’ and Achaeans – has been unearthed in countless excavations from every corner of this fascinating country.
With 5,000 miles of coastline, Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides – by the Black Sea in the north, the Mediterranean in the south and the Aegean in the west. The country even has an important internal sea (the Sea of Marmara) between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.
The Aegean Coast in the west of Turkey is a real-life slice of heaven. With beautiful skies, clear warm waters and a superb climate, this corner of Turkey boasts everything you could want from your dream location: soft sandy beaches, majestic peaks, and fragrant pine forests surrounding crystal waters teeming with exotic reefs and a rich marine life. Extending from Bodrum to Ephesus, this glorious coastline is also home to the remnants of ancient civilizations dating back over 5,000 years.
Climate – A country for all seasons
With a house in Turkey you could enjoy long, sizzling summers and mild winters that make all-year-round outdoor living a reality. The Aegean coast basks in hot, moderately dry summers and balmy winters. The Mediterranean and Marmara regions also enjoy fine weather all year round, sheltered from more extreme weather by the Beþparmak Mountains which run along the coastline to the south.
Along the Marmara and Northern Aegean coast the swimming season lasts from June to September and grows longer as you move towards the Mediterranean, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the sparkling blue waters from April to October.
Real Estate in turkey has increased over the years with people flocking to buy bargain turkish homes for sale, in particular in the regions of Altinkum didim and Akbuk, which offer a good selection of apartments, flats, villas & penthouses at a fraction of the cost of some of the other turkish holiday resorts
Turkish cuisine is one of the true glories of the country. Yet Turkey has no real ‘signature’ theme such as the Italian ‘pasta’ or the Spanish ‘Paella’. Instead, you’ll find a rich and diverse array of dishes, all combined in feast-like meals.
Perhaps the most famous of Turkey’s cuisine is meze, the famous selection of h’ors douvres offering a huge choice of delicious dishes from spicy meatballs, feta cheese, olives and air-dried anchovies to phyllo pies, baked figs with oregano, small egg dishes and garlicky yogurt with dried apricots. All washed down with some great Turkish wine. Another favorite export is the kebab, a succulent combination of grilled lamb and vegetables usually served with Turkish bread pilafs and ayran (a buttermilk drink).
Then there are the deserts. Most puddings are pastry-based and sweet and sticky with lashings of syrup, honey and sprinkled with nuts. Look out for Baklava, Lokma, Tulumba Tatlýsý, Kadayýf and Künefe.