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Once the heart of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has for many years been a bustling, multi-cultural melting pot, attracting visitors in their millions. Routinely described as the land where East meets West, modern day Turkey still bears the influence of all who have graced it, from the Greeks and the Romans, to just about everyone else since.

Many come for a trip to Istanbul, one of the world’s great historic cities. The city is served by two airports; Istanbul Atatürk, the largest airport in Turkey, lies 15 miles west of the city centre, and caters for over 40 million passengers a year; while the more recently built Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, 22 miles south-east of the city centre, helps to handle the overflow from Atatürk.

Both Metro and bus services take passengers from Atatürk to the centre of Istanbul, and in less than 30 minutes you could be wandering around the city’s famous Taksim Square – also home to the Metro’s central station. From there, the rest of Istanbul’s wonders can be explored. The Blue Mosque – also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque – and the famously domed Hagia Sophia are perhaps chief amongst the city’s must-see religious sites; while the opulent and eccentric Topkapi Palace, sitting on the Bosporus, with its courtyards and collections of Ottoman art and treasures also ranks as one of the city’s top cultural hot spots.

Away from Istanbul, the country’s capital Ankara, lying in the centre of Anatolia, offers further historic and architectural gems for the cultured traveller. Serviced by the Esenboğa International Airport, Ankara is perhaps more normally reached by train from other parts of the country, although international flights do land at Esenboğa.

Host to countless museums, the best of which being the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, and ancient sites, including the Roman baths and the Temple of Augustus and Rome, Ankara is also home to the Turkish government and a centre of commerce, perhaps leaving the city centre with a distinctly Western feel.

Away from the historic sites, many travel to Turkey for a trip to the ‘Turkish Riviera’, with flights to Antalya, Dalman and Bodrum airports serving much of the region’s beached-resorts, including Fethiye, which provides the best access to the infamous Ölüdeniz beach, and the beautiful Marmaris region, nestled in between two mountains by the sea.

Turkey’s third largest city İzmir, also on the Riviera and reached in about 30 minutes from Adnan Menderes Airport, offers an excellent base for exploring nearby gems Ephesus and Pamukkale. Pamukkale – the “cotton castle” – is home to one of Turkey’s most revered tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its hot springs and travertine rock. While the ancient city of Esphesus, contains one of the greatest collections of Roman ruins to be found in the Mediterranean.

With a wealth of cities to visit, archaic sites to ponder, beaches to lay upon and some of the best food in the world to fill up on, Turkey offers almost everything the modern traveller could desire – the trouble is fitting it all in.

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