Turkey, with a history going back to the start of civilisation, has one of the biggest stores of antiquities anywhere in the world. All over the country are the remains of cities left by the ancient Romans, Hittites and Byzantines.
Its best-preserved ancient city is rivalled only by Pompeii. Aqueducts, well preserved Roman theaters, temples to the gods and crypts of heroes past are scattered all over the country.
The Aegean coastline has lovely beaches, with crystal clear waters and white cliffed hidden bays. In the countryside strangely formed natural limestone structures have been cut into stone churches by monks who also painted them with vibrant frescoes.