There is no marmite scenario here, Turkey has a bit of
everything for a luxury holiday, so there are plenty of places to
love or hate, although the latter may never be applicable. The
country is made up of Black Sea ports, sandy Anatolian plains,
Mediterranean coasts and cosmopolitan cities.
The obvious starting point is Istanbul, a hugely atmospheric city, and a
great destination for a long weekend. As well as being packed with
historical and cultural treasures, modern Istanbul has a
contemporary buzz to it. Once you've seen some of Istanbul's
numerous sights, indulge in a visit to a traditional hammam or a
haggling contest in one of the city's sprawling bazaars.
Elsewhere, the bizarre rock formations that characterise the
region of central Turkey are the result of ancient volcanic
eruptions that deposited thick layers of soft rock. The forces of
nature have, over the ages, sculpted outlandish shapes such as the
so-called 'fairy chimneys' - toadstool-like rock pinnacles that
litter the valleys - while into it humans have, going back
centuries, dug homes, churches and even entire underground cities.
Some of these subterranean homes have been converted into
cave-hotels - chic boltholes that offer everything the modern
troglodyte could want.
Finally, the shores of the beautiful Lycean coast are home to an
increasing number of excellent hotels and all but guaranteed good
weather in a northern hemisphere summer, and even spring and
autumn. This coast is also excellent for exploration from a gulet
traditional wooden sailing boat, and this is something else we can