Urla Vineyards - photo by Merve Göral

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

The enchanting lands of Urla have a direct effect on the people who traverse these blessed landscapes. Here, folks are merry; nature evokes a feeling of sanctuary, which invokes inspirational prose, most literary. Residents of Urla are gentle and at ease and spending a few days here turns visitors...

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Sound pool, Alaçatı

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

An increased interest of Istanbulites’ in the Çeşme peninsula in recent years is undeniable. As a result of this rising popularity, plenty of restaurants, bars, beach clubs, and other venues have opened in the coastal town of İzmir – and continue to open around the region. Although we think the...

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Bozburun Yatch

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

It never fails. The weather gets hot, and the lure of the sea is hard to resist. Explore the secrets of the Turkish coast by boat, rocked gently by the Aegean and cooled by its blessed breezes. Here are some of the best routes to take. The cruising coast of Turkey is universally acknowledged to be...

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Dikencik

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

It is a charmed air that surrounds Dikecik Cottages. Located along a country lane that connects the pint-sized community of Yeşilüzümlü with the even smaller one of Ortaköy, a journey here leaves Turkey’s coastal tourism far behind. Instead, the landscape is ensconced in swaths of pine forests and...

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From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

*/ Boasting a cuisine developed on unique ingredients and award-winning wine, Izmir is the starting point of a memorable journey sprawling from resort towns like Alaçatı to the ancient sites such as Ephesus. Known as Smyrna in ancient times, İzmir is a metropolitan city on the west coast of...

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Alaçatı

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

Çeşme is one of those seaside towns that really deserve to be discovered off-season. From golden sands to regional tastes, experience Çeşme on its own terms. Çeşme is getting a lot of attention lately, with its culinary scene and natural beauty, even being included in the New York Times “52 places...

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Beğendik Abi, Urla, photo by Merve Göral

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

At The Guide Istanbul, we appreciate the celebration of natural products, so we visited the 2nd International Urla Artichoke Festival in 2016. The third edition of the festival is taking place from April 28–30 this year, and if you are planning to go, here is what you can expect from this culinary...

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From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

Undiscovered by holiday goers until a few years ago, Bozcaada floats peacefully off the western coast of Turkey, located in the Dardanelles Strait that connects the Marmara to the Aegean. Bozcaada offers an enchantingly breezy and fuss-free alternative to the traditional, tourism-stricken holiday...

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From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

As the end of the summer nears, tourism hotspots are emptying out, presenting holidaymakers who are looking for some peace and quiet with the chance to store up on vitamin D before cardigan season arrives. For those who are heading in the direction of Bodrum anytime soon, here are some tips and...

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From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

Enjoy Yalıkavak under the shade of gazebos: With the opening of Palmarina, a lot of jetsetting names from all around the world began to flock to Yalıkavak. However, we also wanted to highlight the more local, Aegean, favorites… Homemade Börek at Asmalı Çardak Owner Mehmet Sarıkaya turned his family...

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Biking by the Bosphorus or finding a sports club, The Guide Istanbul knows where to go. Learn about the latest classes from Suadiye windsurfing to Cihangir yoga.

DIVING For beginners, the first few breaths taken underwater have to be one of the weirdest sensations ever. But once we get past that initial surprise, a whole other world opens up to us. Gliding weightlessly through crystal clear waters, observing a myriad of sea creatures in their natural...

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From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

Bodrum was merely a stop for sailors until the 1980s, when it was discovered and inundated by the tourism wave. However, 35 years later, the seaside town always offers something new to discover for the July-August rush. The Regulars at Musto You could easily transport Musto to the streets of Buenos...

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Biking by the Bosphorus or finding a sports club, The Guide Istanbul knows where to go. Learn about the latest classes from Suadiye windsurfing to Cihangir yoga.

CLIMBING Perhaps the most rock ‘n’ roll of all the adventure sports, climbing attracts old-school daredevils, fuelled by the thrill of the climb and the sense of satisfaction at having reached the top. Scaling rock faces may be the name of the game, but there are many different disciplines of...

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