Around here, sun-bleached sands come as standard, so expect to be spoilt for choice when choosing a spot to plant your towel on. We’re talking long and sandy, to jam-packed with sports. As life really revolves around the seafront, you’ll have all the welcoming restaurants and handy amenities you could wish for on tap.
You can’t get more ‘bucket list’ than the ancient city of Ephesus. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a short drive from Izmir’s main coastal towns, so it’s good day-tripping territory. Get ready to tick off well-preserved ruins, along with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You’re also well placed to enjoy the hot springs of Pamukkale, or get lost among the beauty of the Dilek National Park.
Fun in the sun
Kusadasi is the flagship resort around here thanks to its something-for-all attitude. Wide sands, shallow waters and three waterparks mean it’s no surprise it’s a fab choice for families. Leisure may be its forte, but Kusadasi still oozes old-school character in its city walls and souk-like stalls. The after-dark bar scene is pretty upbeat too.