The Central and Southern Aegean Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central and Southern Aegean Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Alaçatı Beach

    The sandy beach at Alaçatı, about 6 km (nearly 4 miles) south of town, is ideal for windsurfing, with strong winds and few waves. Unfortunately,...Read More

  • 2. Aphrodisias

    Though most of what you see today dates from the 1st and 2nd century AD, archaeological evidence indicates that the local dedication to Aphrodite follows...Read More

  • 3. Bergama

    One of the Turkey's best preserved ancient cities, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and target of most cruises' disembarking passengers, Bergama, lies just 40 km (25...Read More

  • 4. Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology

    Built in the early 15th century by the Knights Hospitaller (Knights of St. John), the Petronion, better known as Bodrum Castle or the Castle of...Read More

  • 5. Çeşme Kalesi

    Constructed during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II (ruled 1481–1512) to defend the port, this castle is very picturesque, with its stone walls often lined...Read More

  • 6. Dilek Yarımadası Milli Parkı

    If you're looking for beaches, either head north from Kuşadası to Pamucak or travel 33 km (20 miles) south to this lovely national park, which...Read More

  • 7. Ephesus Archaeological Site

    The ruin of Ephesus, once the most important Greco-Roman city of the eastern Mediterranean, is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world....Read More

  • 8. Ephesus Müzesi

    This small museum has one of the best collections of Roman and Greek artifacts found anywhere in Turkey. The well-displayed and labeled holdings date from...Read More

  • 9. Kemeraltı

    Konak Meydanı marks the start of this energetic marketplace, encircled by Anafartalar Caddesi, that spills into a maze of tiny streets, filled with shops and...Read More

  • 10. Kordon

    The lively and pleasant waterfront promenade is the most popular section of town and is perfect for a summer stroll; many locals use the sea...Read More

  • 11. Pırlanta Beach

    The name means "brilliant" or "diamond" and this beach outside Çiftlikköy certainly has seawater that's as clear as glass, gentle and shallow (you can sit...Read More

  • 12. St. Jean Anıtı

    Step through the impressive, pre-Justinianic marble portal (its huge blocks likely plundered from the nearby Temple of Artemis) to approach the basilica, which sits below...Read More

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