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Belek


Belek is located on the south coast of Turkey, 35km from Antalya. This purpose–built resort is popular with wealthy people and those interested in golf, as it has 10 championship level golf courses and are considered the best in the country. The majority of the tourists is on package holidays and stay in four and five star hotels.

This resort also has world-class football facilities, which attracts top professional footballers from around the world. Belek has some of the best beaches in the country, as the turquoise water and the white sandy beaches are popular with every visitor to the resort.

If you are looking for nightlife, then you will have to visit the major hotels, as they have the best clubs and pubs. For more information on Belek go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belek

 

 

Bodrum



Located on the southern part of Turkey’s west coast is Bodrum, which is one of the most developed resorts in the country. This resort is particularly popular with the British, as more than 60% of tourists visiting are from Britain who are here on package holidays.

The nearest beach to Bodrum is Gumbet, which is 2km away and is the post popular with visitors. If you are looking for a day trip away from the beach, go to the waterfalls of Pamukkale, which are located a couple of hours from Bodrum and are definitely worth a visit.

If you are looking for a bit of nightlife then you have come to the right place. Outside of Istanbul, Bodrum is considered to have the best nightlife with a great variety of pubs and clubs. One of the biggest open air night clubs are located here and it’s called Halikarnass Disco, which can hold over 5,000 people. For more information on Bodrum go to www.bodrum-info.org

 

 

 

Cesme



Cesme with a population of over 100,000 is located 85 km west of Izmir and halfway down the west coast of Turkey. The majority of the tourists who come to Cesme are here for its great beaches and thermal springs, which are considered the best in the country and which have been around for thousands of years.

There are some fabulous beaches in the area, but the arguably the best one of these is found southwest of the town called Altinkum Plaj (Golden Beach), which is where you will find all sorts of water sports to choice from. If you are into windsurfing, Alacati is the beach, as you will regularly find competitions going on. If you are feeling adventurous then try Ilica, which is located south of Cesme and is easily reachable by minibus. Here you will find many hotels built on thermal springs, which over their guests spa treatments.

If you are looking for activities away from the beach then check out the 14th-century Genoese Castle, which was built by the Ottomans and today has been preserved as a museum.

Along the water is where you will find most of the restaurants, clubs, pubs and shopping areas. Sunday is market day in Cesme, but if you want an even better market go to Alacati on Saturday, as you will find almost anything at this market. If you are wanting to nightlife then the beach clubs are the place to be, as at night they come alive till the early morning.

 

 

Gumbet



If you are looking for a place for strictly clubs, pubs and beaches and a place that never sleeps, then you have found it at Gumbet. Located 5km west of Bodrum on the southwest coast of Turkey, is Gumbet where almost anything goes and the people, who come here, come here for one reason and that’s to party at night and sunbath during the day.

The majority of the best clubs in the resort can be found on the beach and they start cranking up around 5pm and go till the early hours of the morning. One thing that you won’t usually find in Turkey is topless beaches, but here is the one exception where you will find one beach that allows it.

 

 

 

Kusadasi



Kusadasi is the largest resort on Turkey’s Aegean Coast and it’s mainly used by cruise ships to take people through the Ephesus.

The two most popular beaches in Kusadasi is Kadinlar Beach (Ladies Beach) and Tuscan Beach, which both offer loads of water sports to choice from and are very crowded on the weekends and in summer. If you like to scuba dive or go snorkeling then Kusadasi is the place for you, as it has some of the best sites on the Aegean Coast.

If you are looking for activities away from the water then you should check out the ruins of Ephesus, which is located 20km north east of the resort and it dates back 2000 years when it was the Roman capital of Asia. This is a must see if you come to this area of Turkey. Another site worth checking out is the Waterfalls of Pamukkale, which is located 200km east of the resort and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

If you are looking for nightlife then check out Barlar Sokagi ( Bar Street) where you will find a wide range of pubs and clubs to choice from.

 

 

 

Side



Side is located 55km east of Antalya on the south coast of Turkey. This resort attracts thousands of young Europeans in summer looking to party, as they have clubs and bars on Bar Street that stay open till the early hours in peak season. In low season you will usually find families and older couples coming here, as they beach and surrounding landscape is a place you don’t want to miss.  
 
The resort has a 15,000-seat Roman theatre and forum, as well as a 2nd century AD temple to the sun god, Apollo and Athena, which were the goddess of wisdom and patron of Side. So besides its party reputation this resort has some ancient sites worth checking out.

 

 

 

 



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