Hotels - Delights on the Turkish Riviera

By: David Collins

When we think of holidaying to coastal resorts, places like Ibiza and Benidorm usually spring to mind.

For those wanting to experience a taste of the East on holiday, the coastal towns of the Aegean Peninsula of Turkey provide something a little different for those looking to holiday in hotels by the sea.

One of the main tourist hotspots on the peninsula is Bodrum, a port town that lies on the coastline of the Aegean Sea. From cultural tours, Turkish baths and a wide variety of water sports and boating tours, the resort has something for everyone.

With a variety of hotels in Bodrum and other towns available to suit all tastes, as well as more marinas being along the coastline, tourism in the region is increasing all the time.

Bodrum has a rich cultural history, from periods in history ranging from ancient Greek to the Ottoman Empire, the town is home to both the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - one of the Seven Wonders Of The World - and Bodrum Castle, and remain a popular tourist hotspot in the town.

Travel down the coast from Bodrum and you'll find the coastal town of Turgetreis. The town is named after a former Turkish admiral - a statue of whom can be found at the entrance to the harbour.

Tourism in the resort has been steadily increasing over the years, providing a retreat for older travellers and water sports enthusiasts alike. And with a growing number of hotels in the region, Turgetreis offers a range of accommodation to suit all tastes.

A far cry from the bustling clubs of Marmaris - which can be found further up the peninsula; Turgetreis offers a more serene and peaceful environment, with a variety of local activities - including excursions to Turkish bath houses and hot springs in the surrounding mountain regions.

Many of the towns along the Aegean peninsula offer boating tours, as well as day trips to the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes, offering the chance to make it a truly Mediterranean holiday experience.

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