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The Treasures of Turkey

With its unique mix of the exotic and the familiar, visiting Turkey can be a mesmerizing experience. More than the cliched "bridge between East and West”, the country combines influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, the Balkans and central Asia. Its diversity can be found between its Aegean beaches and eastern mountains. In ?stanbul, you can cruise – on the Bosphorus as well as through markets and nightclubs – in a Westernised metropolis offering equal parts romance and overcrowded insanity. In holiday spots such as Cappadocia and the southwestern coasts, mix trekking, horse-riding and water sports with meze-savouring on a panoramic terrace. Then there are the less-frequented eastern quarters, where honey-coloured outposts overlook the plains of ancient Mesopotamia. Invaded and settled from every direction, its contradictions and fascinations persist. Mosques coexist with churches, Roman theatres and temples crumble not far from ancient Hittite cities and dervish ceremonies or gypsy festivals are as much a part of the social landscape as classical music concerts or avidly attended football matches. It's hardly surprising Turkey has attracted so many folk over the centuries. Come and discover their legacy for yourself.