Turkey is a tantalising fusion of cultures where East really does meet West. Coastlines along both the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea offer a dizzying array of beaches and vibrant resort towns. Ancient sites such as Ephesus and the remote Nemrut Dagı temple-tomb provide delightful excursions for those using car hire in Turkey.
Istanbul sits on both sides of the Bosphorus, a strait which separates Europe and Asia. Renowned attractions in the city include the 6th century Hagia Sophia, the Column of Constantine and Dolmabahce Palace. Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris and Antalya are Mediterranean coastal towns all within range of fantastic beaches and historic sites. To find out more about what to see and do in Turkey, then go to.Turkey Tourist Board
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Kusadasi to Ephesus and on to the Dilek Peninsula National Park. Ephesus 3,000-year-old ruins include the iconic Library of Celsus. Nearby vestiges of the Temple of Artemis offer insights into its former grandeur. Icmeler and Kavakli are two of Dileks beaches.
The road from Marmaris to the Datca Peninsula offers unrivalled views of this location. The 80km peninsula is only a few hundred metres across. Beautiful beaches and coves dot its length. The landscape features windmills, olive groves and fruit orchards. The ruins of ancient Knidos are at the west end of the peninsula.Since the opening of the border with Georgia, Turkey Black Sea coast has gained popularity among travellers. People with rental cars can follow the shore from Hopa to Cayeli, Rize and Trabzon. Picturesque beaches and tea plantations line the route.
Due to its balmy weather, any time between spring and late autumn is good for a holiday in Turkey. High season kicks in around late July and lasts until mid September. Beach resorts are crowded at this time and the thermometer can reach 40C
Roads in Turkey are in fairly good condition. Some rural routes are a bit bumpy and potholed. There is a limited motorway system which drivers have to pay tolls to use. Signposts follow international standards and car hire users should not have too many problems. Turkish laws allow a 0.5 mg/ml blood-alcohol level for drivers.