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Travelling further south-east, one comes to Icmeler, one of the most cosmopolitan and well-planned resorts in Turkey.

A man-made beach, with a back-drop of green mountains, runs the length of the bay, with an abundance of restaurants, bars, discos and shops to meet every need.

Wonderful, popular Marmaris, with even livelier attractions, is only a bus ride away.

To the south, Dalyan, with its natural beauty, ancient history and gentle, traditional Turkish atmosphere is sometimes described as "one of the last corners of paradise".

It is also a breeding ground for the loggerhead turtle. This stretch of coast is served by Dalaman airport, as is the vibrant resort of Olu Deniz, further south.

The main beach of Olu Deniz is regarded by many to be the best in Turkey.

As you travel further around the Mediterranean coast, you arrive in the large city of Antalya with its charming harbour, modern shops and a mix of old and new.

Antalya has its own airport, outside the city, which also serves popular resorts to the east, like Side, Belek and Alanya. Belek is a new tourist region, where everything has been done to attract the holidaymaker.

Remaining intact are the thick forests of pine and eucalyptus which stretch down to a golden beach.

Well to the north of this wonderful coastline is a place that provides a very different kind of holiday. Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus, at the entrance to the Black Sea, is one of the most fascinating cities on Earth and a wonderful place for a city break. Here, east meets west, on the boundary of Asia and Europe.

The ancient attractions of Istanbul are world-renowned. Aya Sofya, for a thousand years the largest church in the world, is now a museum.

Then who has not heard of the nearby Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace?

These have been featured in numerous Hollywood films over the decades and have fired the imaginations of would-be travellers world-wide.

They are the most famous of the many historic buildings of beauty that can be visited in this ancient city, formerly known to the world as Constantinople.

Once the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and later of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, Istanbul has a fascinating story to tell, reaching way back through the millennia .

What better place then Turkey for a week-end break?