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An Enchanting Journey through Türkiye’s Aegean Coast

Photo by Deniz Demirci

As the long-awaited summer travel season arrives, why not embark on a journey to the captivating Aegean coast of Türkiye? This picturesque coastal route, from Ayvalık to Datça, is a treasure trove of emerald landscapes, untouched beaches, historical landmarks, fresh seafood, and divine Aegean wines.

The beauty of the North Aegean: Ayvalık

Our first stop is the North Aegean gem, Ayvalık, renowned for its crystalline waters, breathtaking views, and historical edifices. The region’s delectable Aegean-style cuisine provides an ideal backdrop for a tranquil holiday. Must-visit spots include Sarımsaklı beach, Altınova Coast, Patriça Bay, and Ortunç Bay. Don’t miss the opportunity to meander through the centuries-old streets of this enchanting town and savor the region’s famous cheeses, seafood, and herbs over a glass of raki or local wine.

İzmir’s Favourite: Alaçatı

Moving southwards, we arrive at İzmir, the Aegean’s pearl. This coastal city, where the tides of the deep blue sea meet ancient cities, is home to the vibrant town of Alaçatı. Known for its historical windmills, stone houses, intimate boutique hotels, and cozy taverns, Alaçatı is a hub for festivals, nightlife, and beach parties. The region’s most renowned beach, Ilıca Beach, is a haven for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts.

Must-do: Urla, a year-round gastronomy destination with vineyard routes and restaurants led by innovative chefs, is another excellent place to spend time. The area’s culinary scene has attracted the attention of the Michelin Guide, and its viticulture makes it a base where local wines play a leading role. Be sure to make a reservation at your chosen restaurant in advance!

Aegean Attraction Centre: Bodrum

Our journey continues to Bodrum, the crown jewel of Türkiye’s Aegean coastline. Known for its azure waters, this resort town boasts stunning bays, Blue Flag beaches, luxury hotels, and fine-dining restaurants. A ‘premium holiday’ experience awaits you in Bodrum, where you can savor the Aegean lifestyle with delectable seafood.

Must-do: Visit Bodrum Castle, built in the 15th century by the Knights of Rhodes, and the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum is also a gastronomical haven, home to multiple restaurants featured in the Michelin Guide.

In Your Time Zone: Datça

Our final destination is Datça, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet. With its tranquil Blue Flag beaches, fresh air, cobbled streets, and stone houses, Datça is a serene refuge. The local dishes, seafood, thyme, honey, and almonds are a treat for the senses.

Must-do: Enjoy a sunset view of where the Aegean and the Mediterranean meet from the majestic ancient city of Knidos, at the very tip of the peninsula.