Motoring

4 reasons to go road tripping in Turkey

To really weave yourself through the fabric of this exceptional country, go beyond the package tourist trample, and get yourself a set of wheels

I travelled across Turkey on Nissan’s New X-Trail that is powered with a 1.6-litre engine that develops 130 horsepower with automatic transmission. It was a great car to drive, with good suspension, precise steering, and in spite of its large size, quite easy to squeeze into tight parking spots. A car makes perfect sense, so you can go where the road and the mood take you.

The route we took

Istanbul — Gallipoli and Canakkale—Izmir — Fethiye —Kas via Tlos, Pinara, Letoon and Patara —Antalya

Gallipoli

Start your visit at the fantastic Gallipoli Simulation Centre in the peninsula (search for Çanakkale Destanı Tanıtım Merkezi in Google Maps). The crucible of sorts where the modern Turkish Republic was born, Turkey’s victory at Gallipoli against the Allied forces in 1915 was largely thanks to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s command of the 19th Division of the Turkish Army. This earned him immense popularity and power that he used, to bring about the rapid modernisation of Turkey .

Well-preserved ruins

While Ephesus is the best known of all ruins in Turkey, the joke is that there are more Greek ruins here than in Greece itself. Tlos, Pinara, Letoon and Patara are just a few that can be easily visited in a leisurely day’s drive from Oludeniz to Kas. Often, you’ll have the ruins all to yourself.

Vantage viewpoints

Turkey’s beaches on its western coast are stunning and the shoreline is aptly named the Turquoise Coast. Often, there are unsealed roads up the mountains from where the views are stunning.

Great roads to drive

The smoothest roads with well-behaved traffic and no hidden surprises save the odd tortoise slowly crossing the road. Best of all: the service stations have spotless toilets. The road from Patara to Kas made for a spectacular drive.

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