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Turkey is a meeting of two worlds – arrive on the Mediterranean coast and the atmosphere is western cosmopolitan, venture further east and the ancient influence of the Ottomans is still felt among the ruined castles and palaces of kings and warriors stretching back to the dawn of civilisation.

1532 turkey cappadocian valley credit boris stroujko

Sail over a sunken city off the Mediterranean coast, trek along part of the Lycian Way or climb the mountains and see the enigmatic ancient statues in the Mt Nemrut National Park – there are more activities than you expect in Turkey. The Mediterranean coast is a hot spot for scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing, and mountain biking the singletrack along the Mediterranean Turquoise Coast is well known. Crossing the country are five long-distance trekking routes that follow in the footsteps of age-old pilgrimages. The Lycian Way, a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya, is probably the most famous. The tough trails of Cappadocia are popular with mountain bikers, and the Cappadocian valleys are a beautiful spot for horseriding. The Kackar Mountains, or Turkish Lake District, is a hot spot for walkers.