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Turkey

In Turkey, east really meets west. Experience this exotic fusion in the bazaars of Istanbul, a stunning city overlooking the Bosphorus where stunning Byzantine architecture, hamams and traditional Turkish tea houses hark back to the Turkey of old. On the coast, Turkey's coastline is an unspoilt haven of azure waters, subtropical gardens and beautiful villages. Jump aboard a boat from resorts such as Bodrum and Dalaman to discover even more of this Mediterranean paradise.Check your Midnight Express stereotypes at the door - this is a rapidly modernising country with one foot in Europe and one in the Middle East. It's not all oriental splendour, mystery, intrigue and whirling dervishes but it is a spicy maelstrom of history knocking up against a pacy present.

The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline is a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles. And while costs are rising, Turkey remains the Mediterranean's bargain-basement destination.

There's an enormous variety of things to see and do ranging from water sports to mountain trekking, archaeology to night-clubbing and river rafting to raki drinking. Whether you leave Turkey with magnificent carpets, amulets to ward off evil, belly-dancing tips, an appreciation of its history, or just a tan, you're likely to want to go back for more.

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