A week at an all-inclusive resort promises idle, sunny days but it doesn’t usually spell adventure. After all, where’s the thrill of exploration when there’s a beach in easy reach of your bed, and all meals and drinks are served on site? But hold the piña coladas: resorts can offer much more than a do-nothing holiday.
Along Turkey’s scenic and serene Aegean coast, chefs, winemakers and food producers are reviving old flavours and cultivating new tastes. Less than an hour’s drive from İzmir town, small vineyards have banded together to form the Urla Wine Route, and new grassroots lodgings for tourists are making the peninsula more accessible.
Lonely Planet Local Jennifer Hattam has been enchanted with Istanbul since her first visit to the Turkish megalopolis in 2001. After nine years living and working as a journalist in the city, its combination of rich history and kinetic energy continue to captivate her, making up for the challenges of living cheek-by-jowl with 15 million-plus other İstanbullus.