The province of Aydin, Turkey, lies on the country’s Aegean Coast. The whole area is a centre of culture and history, boasting some of the most remarkable historical sites in the whole of the eastern Mediterranean. It is also an area of extreme natural beauty, untouched by development and still as peaceful and picturesque as nature intended.
Those taking their first Aydin holiday are often amazed by the number of incredibly historical attractions in the area. The Menderes Valley and the Besparmak Mountains, aside from being a fantastic place to walk, also hide numerous important sites. The Ruins of the ancient city of Heraklia are some of the most complete in Turkey. The ruins of Nyssa, huge theatre of Priene, and the temples of Miletus and Didim make for fascinating and awe-inspiring viewing. The Aydin area is steeped in folklore too. The Zeybek is a traditional play of the region, performed to music, and if you get a chance to watch one during your stay in self catering Aydin accommodation, it really is worth taking the time.
The Aydin Province of Turkey is well known as spa resort. The main spa in the area, located in the provincial capital, has two closed and one open pool with temperatures of around 31˚C. There are also spa resorts in Germencik, Alangullu and Imamkoy.
There are some fantastic Aegean beaches along the coast of Aydin, Turkey, which are a beach lovers dream. The coastline is rugged and rocky, the majority of beaches consisting of pebbles or rocks. However, there are many coves in the area with beautifully soft sand, and plenty of room for the many visitors who flock to the area. The beaches of Tusan-Kustur and Guzelcamli are well worth finding.
The Dilek Peninsula National Park is a magnificent place to visit if you have the time. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and some of the some of Turkey’s rarest wild animals can still be seen roaming the hills and forests, including the last of Turkey’s wild horses and Anatolian cheetah.
The Turkish seaside resorts of Didim and Kusadasi are particularly popular destinations for those looking for a little fun in the sun. A holiday rental in Didim is perfectly located for exploration of the amazing ruins of the ancient Greek city of Miletus and the imposing Temple of Apollo whilst if you would like to investigate the rural expanses of the Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park.
The region’s capital, also called Aydin, dates back to the 2nd Century AD, and there are some fantastic monuments to see. The Aydin Museum in the centre of the city displays some wonderful artefacts of times gone by, and is well worth visiting whether you are staying in a self catering apartment or hotel in Aydin.
With scorchingly hot summers receiving average temperatures of 33˚C in August, winter temperatures averaging 13˚C and gloriously warm spring and autumn conditions, there is never a bad time to rent a villa, apartment or cottage in Aydin, Turkey.
Reaching holiday accommodation in Aydin is relatively straightforward from the UK. The centre of the province is just 90 minutes by car from both Bodrum Airport (BJV) and Izmir Airport (ADB). Flights to Aydin via Bodrum arrive from a huge range of British airports, provided by First Choice Airways, MyTravel Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines, whilst Turkish Airlines run a service between Stansted (STN) and Izmir.