Southern Aegean

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Pedro Lassouras
At the southwestern reaches of the country, Southern Aegean (Güney Ege) may be Turkey at its best. Awaiting explorers as they have done for centuries, evocative ancient ruins stand in perfect isolation against a backdrop of mountains clad by pines and wild olives. Old towns adorned by the generous purple of the bougainvillaes rest upon the sandy beaches along the craggy coastline. Offshore, opportunities for yachting and other water sport abound. Inland, soothing hot springs reach out for the ground and form almost magical settings. A hard party is never too far away, and so is rural tranquility.


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