Happily, it’s a boon for the tourist industry, which welcomes a steady stream to the famous ancient cities of Ephesus, Pergamon, Aphrodisias, Assos, Troy, and Hierapolis, among many others. Sixty miles east of Bodrum, in the upper Marsyas Valley, excavations are underway on yet another ancient city, Stratonikeia, exposing the marble to the sun after centuries under the earth.
Perhaps the only place to escape the persistent rib-cage pounding disco beats of Kusadasi’s raging summer nightlife is at the nearly 70,000-acre peninsular Dilek National Park (also called Milli Park) jutting into the Aegean 15 miles south of the city.
Not a weekend goes by in Istanbul without boatloads of locals and tourists making the approximately one-hour Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul or Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul. In summer, it quickly turns into droves. Far fewer (especially tourists) make the longer six-hour trip to the more distant archipelago consisting of four of the other Marmara islands: Marmara, Avşa, Paşalimani, and Ekinlik.
When King Mausolus died, his wife and sister, Artemisia, directed her inconsolable grief into building a tomb so splendid that it became permanently imprinted on language itself — the mausoleum. Erected on a hill overlooking the Aegean city of Halicarnassus, the structure employed the best architects and artists of its day, all drawn from the reaches […]
When Colonel Mustafa Kemal famously ordered his men to fix bayonets after their ammunition ran out on the heights of Gallipoli in 1915, as the far better equipped Anzac troops attacked their position, it was a desperate gamble.
In summer, the estimated 11 million visitors to Antalya tilt their faces to the sky both to enjoy the warmth of the sun and watch the skies fill with hang gliders, paragliders and other small aircraft.