Turkey and so have your reservations to search this about enticing area.
Ancient sights of epic proportions wait you on the Aegean Coast. Visit lovely Pamukkale, a petrified limestone waterfall or some of the better preserved ruins at Ephesus. From Altinkum make the journey to the Temple of Apollo where you will be awe-struck by the pure size of the yet righteous columns not to cite the inventiveness of the old civilisations.
The country’s landscape is as varied as it is huge. Twisting cliffs, punctuated by golden beaches and lapped by indigo and turquoise seas, line the Aegean and Mediterranean
Evening near Toprakkale
coasts, their valleys a sea of greenhouses producing, among many other things, some of the most delicious tomatoes in the world. A little way inland, valleys give way to rocky mountains clad in pine forests, their lower slopes filled with orchards that flutter with pink and white blossom in spring. Behind the mountains stretch the vast rolling grasslands of the Anatolian plateau with its fiercely hot summers and bitterly cold winters.
In the southeast, ancient Mesopotamia (the Near East), so famed for its fertility that some claim it to be the original Garden of Eden, lies between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. The government is currently creating a vast network of dams based on the two rivers, to create hydro-electricity and irrigate the semi-desert to the southeast - great for Turkey, not so good for the desert countries to the south, for whom the rivers are, quite literally, a lifeline, or for the Kurds, who claim the region as an independent state.
In the border territories of the far east, the mountains again soar skywards, culminating in the massive bulk of Mount Ararat, Turkey’s highest peak at 5,137m (16,853ft). This, according to legend, is the last resting place of Noah’s Ark. Beyond this region lie the steppes of Central Asia, from where wave after wave of invaders have arrived to shape Turkey’s people and culture.