Picture the scene. It’s a balmy evening in the Turkish fishing port of Kusadasi. The Kaleiçi Camii mosque, a white emblem in stone, soars overhead, its steeple piercing the smouldering amber curtain of sky. Silvery sands slope down to the Aegean Sea surging with green waves, camels draped in cloth graze upon them and flocks of exotic birds coast above. It’s this sensuous beauty that remains a gravitational pull for travellers.
A land of baklava and wine, bazaars and mosques, with the ancient ruins of Ephesus sprawling across the Ionian coast, these glorious treasures represent a unique heritage rich in visual and architectural brilliance. Today Kusadasi is a heady cocktail of cultural vibrancy, scenic delights and proud history, continually retaining its feisty Turkish spirit whilst charging ahead into present-day. The lively town sparkles from the opulent marina to the calm sea and the luxurious hotels, whereas the nearby valley of Menderes offers lush hillsides and cotton fields.
Across the sea of fishing boats, the beautiful Greek island of Samos showcases a traditional way of life, with unspoilt beaches and wild flowers.
Enjoy 7 nights of Turkish delights in a world of history, beaches and great food from £259pp!