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Exploring The Aegean Region
 of Turkey

13th August 2015

Turkey is split into 7 distinctive regions, there’s some similarities between them all and in some place they overlap, but they all have their own character and charms. The 7 regions are: Eastern Anatolian, Central Anatolia, the Black Sea, Mediterranean, Marmara, South-eastern Anatolia and the Aegean region.

I’ll be taking a look at the Aegean region, this region is one of the smallest of the seven covering nearly 33,000 square miles.

The Aegean region is split into 8 provinces and features some of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole of Turkey. The 8 provinces are called: Afyon, Aydin, Denizli, Izmir, Kutahya, Manisa, Mugla and Usak. The coast of the Aegean Sea is a spectacular site to behold and the coastline abounds into beautiful and pristine beaches.


Explore Turkey’s History
One of the main draws of the Aegean region is the many ancient ruin sites you’ll find dotted around the region. You can explore more than 5000 years of history, culture and mythology in the Aegean region and see some wondrous examples of Ancient Turkish architecture.

The ancient city of Aphrodisias found in the small town of Geyre in the Aydin province, the ruins of Assos found in the Ayvacık district above the charming fishing village of Behramkale. And the ruins of the city of Ephesus are found in the town of Selçuk in İzmir province.

These just three of the more popular ancient ruin sites you can explore. Budding archaeologists will literally be spoilt for choice there’s that many to see and explore. Check out Ali's Turkey here

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[Ephesus pictured above]


Catching the rays
Another good perk to visiting the Aegean region is its exceptional weather, the Aegean coastal plain has an exceptional climate, with soft springs, hot summers and even warm and sunny autumns and winters.

The Aegean regions famed mountains are perpendicular to its shores so the sea climate reaches even inner parts of the region. The Aegean region is also the perfect place to escape to if you want to avoid the northern winter. Even in the coldest months of January and February the weather is usually quite sunny.

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[Icemeler Beach pictured above]


Enjoying the costal life
Being the literal home of the Aegean coast you can imagine that the beautiful beaches, breath taking views and simply the chance to enjoy the coastal life is one of the main reasons why tourists love the Aegean region so much.

You can enjoy catching some sun on the beach, enjoy some water sports and if you feel like a real sea bearing experience you could even go yachting around the Aegean Sea. If you get bored of the beach but still want to relax you could also visit some of the little villages around the Aegean coast.

These lovely quite little spots will give you a whole new perspective on Turkey and you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

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[KayaKoy Village pictured above]


There’s something for everyone
The Aegean region is so popular because there really is something for everyone, nature lovers and budding photographers will love the natural untouched beauty of the Aegean landscapes while history buffs will marvel at the many ancient ruin sites.

Fans of the Turkey’s famous beaches will be spoilt for choice at the many beaches housed in the Aegean region. The Oludeniz beach also known as the Blue Lagoon can be found in the small village of the same name in the Fethiye district of Muğla Province.

Another popular beach is the Icemeler beach that can be found in the port town of Marmaris in the Muğla Province. If you want to experience the Turkish nightlife then the resort town of Marmaris and the villages of Hisaronu and Gumbet are some of the best places to visit.

And if you want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Aegean's biggest city then make sure you visit Izmir


We’ve only scratched the surface taking about the Aegean region but no matter what you’re looking for have no fear the Aegean region has something for everyone. 

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[Marmaris town picured above]







 


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