The Eastern Mediterranean is just as beautiful and fascinating as its western counterpart and offers a rich mix of outstanding natural beauty, ancient historical sites and plenty of sport and leisure activities. It is also home to Antalya, Turkey's hottest holiday resort and the vibrant port city of Alanya.
Kas is a lovely, quiet village has a timeless character with narrow cobbled lanes packed with shops and old Turkish houses festooned with flowering bougainvillea. Kas was known to the ancients as the 'sponge capital of the world' and is home to one of the Mediterranean's best diving schools. You can cave diving, sponge diving, the amazing amphora field and even some fascinating shipwrecks. The busy harbour is lined with restaurants and bars and it is a popular spot at nighttime.
Lying at the foot of a mountain range, Antalya is one of the Mediterranean's most important cities and another of Turkey's hottest holiday destination. A stunning holiday centre, the town boasts quiet palm-lined boulevards, parks, excellent restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and a lovely marina. Antalya airport offers direct flights to the UK all year round. The symbol of Antalya is the Yvli Minaret, which was built in the 20th Century BC.
East of Antalya, Alanya is a thriving port city surrounded by orange, lemon and banana groves. Alanya nestles on a rocky cape between two glorious sandy beaches, one of which is named after Cleopatra, as this is where the famous Egyptian queen is said to have taken her morning dips. Alanya is a beautiful resort with top class bars, restaurants and clubs, excellent shopping and traditional Turkish handicrafts.
In an area known as the Turkish Riviera, Belek is a favourite destination of Turkey's jet set crowd. It is a relatively new purpose-built resort that has been carefully planned to blend in with its stunning environment of lush green pine and eucalyptus forests. There are five golf courses in the area as well as tennis clubs, swimming pools and athletic clubs.