Explore the historical and natural wonders of ...
|Title||Explore the historical and natural wonders of southwestern Turkey|
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|Abstract||The lovely town of Marmaris sits on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by pine-clad mountains on all sides, where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. The splendid harbour is home to Turkey's biggest yacht marina, and the seaside promenade is lined with wonderful shops and restaurants. The beaches are clean and well cared for. Even today, the immensity of the ruins that remain takes your breath away; they are as large in area as a fair-sized town. Along the streets of Ephesus, the visitor walks past monumental fountains, temples to Greek gods and goddesses such as Artemis (or Diana), Isis, Nike and Venus, and to Roman emperors like Hadrian and Trajan. The agora or market place, the spectacular ruins of the great library of Celcus and the huge amphitheatre that seats 25,000 spectators make this an unforgettable experience. The easiest way to see this part of Turkey is to fly from Istanbul (itself, of course, a world-class attraction) to the international airport at Dalaman on the Mediterranean. From there, it's a 90-minute hop by airport bus through lovely countryside to Marmaris. Guided tours in comfortable and spacious air-conditioned coaches, leave Marmaris for Ephesus and Pamukkale daily; a two-day trip, including all meals, an overnight stay in a three-star hotel and entrance fees to all sites, will run about $100 per person - excellent value for the money, as we found out. (From Marmaris, you can also visit the enchanting Greek island of Rhodes, a short one-hour ferry ride away.)|
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