Turkey remains one of the most popular holiday destinations for families and couples due to its scorching hot summers, fantastic culture – combining Middle East and Mediterranean influences – and historic attractions. There's no doubt that much of Turkey's appeal is its fantastic beaches, but the country has so much more to offer in terms of geography. With rugged coastlines, rolling, fertile valleys and majestic mountain ranges, a day trip inland is by no means a wasted journey. Those looking for the hustle and bustle of city life can sample the delights of capital city, Istanbul, with its mosques, intriguing bazaars and public baths offering a quintessentially Turkish experience. The more popular beach destinations for tourists are the likes of Marmaris and Bodrum, where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas encourage revellers to the plentiful nightclubs and seafront bars and restaurants that are a hive of activity. Yet everywhere you go, there's still a real sense of history and culture. The city of Ankara is the prime example of a city of two halves: undergoing modern-day development while savouring and protecting its traditions and citadels, which are by no means relics.