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Spring is the perfect time to head to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. A perfect paradise comprising white sandy beaches, azure blue seas and plenty of resorts, this part of the world will appeal to all looking for a summer break in picturesque surroundings, with a healthy dose of culture thrown in for good measure.

In the height of summer it can get unpleasantly hot in this part of the world, but aim for the months of March, April or May and you will be richly rewarded with uncrowded beaches, bargain accommodation and a perfectly delightful climate. Despite the sometimes unwelcome high rises and over-development that characterises some areas of the coast, this is still a lovely pace to visit. Even Marmaris, with its reputation for having been overtaken by concrete, still boasts some delightfully pretty areas - with its lovely natural harbour in the atmospheric old town near the top of the list.

This region of Turkey merges outstanding scenery and holiday amenities within the framework of a history so ancient that it will take your breath away. Fascinating ruins from many eras are to be found on every corner - with everything from Lycian tombs to roman remains and Corinthian temples jostling for space.

To get an idea of how the Turkish people holiday, head through the mountains towards the lovely regions of Kizkalesi and Anamur. Here you will find an almost unbelievable wealth of early remains - many visitors liken it to wandering round a vast, open air gallery of ancient finds.

Then, heading further East, as the mountains recede into the distance you will find yourself of a huge open plain dotted with impressive cities including Iskenderun, Adana and Merlin. This is not a traditionally touristy area by any stretch of the imagination, but, like the rest of the country it is generously strewn with fascinating ancient sites and is an excellent place for anyone interested in the history of turkey to visit.

The Eastern Mediterranean has a unique atmosphere all of its own, particularly when you get past Iskenderun. This is mostly because of this regions nearness to Syria, which adds a whole new level religion, culture and language into the mix. Here you will find a diverse mixture of faiths existing happily side by side, and you may still hear Arabic spoken. It is a mystical, magical place to visit, and provides a thought-provoking contrast to other, more ‘obvious’ areas of Turkey.

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