TURKEY'S TREASURES; Head off to the country that has really got it all.
TURKEY is a guaranteed crowdpleaser, whether you choose the golden sands and purpose-built resorts of the Mediterranean coast, a quiet harbour village or a full-on party town like Bodrum.
Dip into a little culture and visit ancient temples and ruined cities, while for adventurers there's no shortage of activities from scuba diving to hot air ballooning.
What's more, being outside the Eurozone means you can dine for as little as pounds 10 a head if you stick to beer. Eat in one of the smaller, no-alcohol restaurants patronised by locals which serve delicious kebabs, soups and pide (Turkish pizza) and you could get change from a fiver.
Here's our guide to the places to go whatever kind of holiday you want...
MILES OF SAND
IF it's golden sand, lots of watersports and the full-service resort lifestyle that tickles your fancy, head for Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
From the sprawling city of Antalya, miles of sandy beach stretch away eastward to Side (pronounced "Shee-day') and beyond.
To combine big-city pleasures with sun, sea and sand, stay at Lara beach, on the outskirts of the city, or at Belek, half a hour from the airport.
You won't be alone here - in fact, from your hotel's stretch of beach serried ranks of sun-loungers and umbrellas will be on either side as far as the eye can see.
This is full-board or alli nclusive territory, so if you want to keep an eye on your holiday spending this is the place for you.
There are plenty of watersports too - from jetskis and wind surfers to parascending.
Travel a bit further east and you'll reach the old harbour town of Side, where the ruins of a vast Roman amphitheatre and the columns of an ancient temple overlook a maze of streets packed with bars, restaurants and shops.
The beaches either side of town may not quite match up to Belek's sands, but if you like to eat in a different harbour-side restaurant every night, Side is hard to beat.
Holiday info: Thomas Cook (www.thomascook.com, 0844 412 5959) has seven nights all-inclusive at the WOW Topkapi Palace at Lara Beach starting at pounds 639pp.
First Choice (www.firstchoice. co.uk/turkey, 0871 200 4455) has seven nights at the Club Alibey Belek starting at pounds 695 with first child from pounds 169, second child from pounds 229 and unlimited access to the resort's on-site waterpark featuring eight slides and whirlpools.
Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk, 0871 231 5595) has seven nights at the self-catering Blue Heaven Apartments in Antalya from pounds 253pp.
Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays.com, 0844 576 2386) has a week at the self-catering Cats Garden Apartments, Side, at an all-in price from pounds 1,128 for two adults and two under-12s.
THIS is the one that's in all the brochures. Olu Deniz is an almost landlocked lagoon of clear, calm water, with steep pine-covered hills rising above it and is quite simply spectacular.
It's a national park, so its beauty is protected, but just past the park boundary the lively party town offers everything you could want in the way of food, from kebabs to curry and pizza.
And the bars and the nightlife are equally impressive.
The beach is a steeply shelving stretch of sand and pebbles and may not be ideal for smaller kids, but there are plenty of hotels with children's pools.
Olu Deniz is Turkey's adventure centre. Hang-gliders take off from the mountain peaks just inland then swoop like vultures above the resort, before landing right in the middle of town.
Also on offer are scuba diving trips and white water rafting. If you like walking there's the spectacular Lycian Way, a 300-mile hiking trail.
If Olu Deniz isn't lively enough head for Hisaronu, in the hills a couple of miles away.
If anything, it's even more of a party town than its seaside neighbour, with a main street lined with clubs, bars and restaurants.
To help you make the best of both, minibuses and taxis shuttle back and forth virtually 24/7.
Holiday info: Airtours (www.airtours. co.uk, 0844 800 7799) has one-week holidays at the Asena Village in Hisaronu from pounds 389pp.
Thomas Cook (www.thomascook. com, 0844 412 5959) offers all-inclusive holidays at the Noa Sun City Holiday Village (including three buffet meals a day plus snacks, local alcoholic drinks and soft drinks, sports and leisure activities and use of a private beach) from pounds 389pp for seven nights.
Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk, 0871 231 5595) offers seven nights at the four-star Hotel Green Forest in Hisaronu, all-inclusive, from pounds 425pp.
Friendship Travel (www.friendship travel.com, 0871 200 2035) has five-day, easy-going guided walking holidays as add-ons to its "house-party" packages at the Era Hotel. Prices start at pounds 595 including flights.
BODRUM is Turkey's top party resort, with a massive open-air disco where you can rub shoulders with some of Turkey's wealthiest and most glamorous people.
Bodrum and its neighbour Gumbet appear in some holiday brochures as separate destinations, but Gumbet is really Bodrum's own beach suburb.
It's only two miles away from Bodrum's yacht-crammed harbour and picturesque medieval castle.
Bodrum is the place to pick up your suspiciously cheap Gucci and Moschino glamour wear.
It also has spectacular restaurants and nightlife, such as the legendary Halicarnassus Disco, with room for 5,000 dancers, or the floating Catamaran Club.
But there's culture too, in the shape of a remarkable shipwreck museum, housed in the old Castle of St Peter, where you can see an array of ancient ships and treasures recovered from the seabed.
Gumbet has the most hotels and apartments with pools, the beaches and watersports.
Kusadasi is another lively spot, with newly-built hotels and apartments surrounding a medieval town and a choice of bars and clubs tucked away in the narrow streets around the old bazaar area.
But Kusadasi is more than just a good-time resort. Not far out of town are the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus and the spectacular Celsus Library. For wildlife lovers there are wild woods and wetlands in the nearby Menderes Delta National Park.
Holiday info: Sunset Holidays (www.sunset-holidays.co.uk, 0844 412 59 59) has seven nights in the Dilek Hotel and Apartments in Gumbet starting at pounds 359pp and seven nights in the Istankoy Hotel in Bodrum from pounds 375pp. Sunset also features Kusadasi, Altinkum, Icmeler, Marmaris, Olu Deniz, Hisaronu, Side and Alanya.
Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk, 0871 231 5595) has seven nights all-inclusive at the 4T Palm Wings Beach Resort in Bodrum starting at pounds 399pp.
Olympic Holidays (www.olympic holidays.com, 0844 576 2386) has a week self-catering at the Dost Apartments in Gumbet from pounds 1,348 for two adults and two under-12s.
First Choice (www.firstchoice.co.uk, 0871 200 4455) has seven-night holidays at the self-catering Siesta Apartments in Gumbet from pounds 264pp.
THERE are still fishing boats bobbing in the harbour of tiny Kas or Kalkan, on Turkey's Turquoise Coast.
Athough the beaches are tiny and pebbly, most of the hotels and many bars and restaurants have their own mini-lidos with loungers, umbrellas, and steps leading into the sea while cheerful waiters will always keep you well supplied with cold drinks as the sun beats down.
You can snorkel over the sunken ruins of ancient Kekova, or travel between continents - Europe and Asia - by taking a boat trip to the tiny Greek island of Kastellorizo, less than half an hour away.
Kalkan is the prettier of the two villages, with clumps of purple bougainvillea lending splashes of colour to old whitewashed houses and some quite posh-looking caf-bars and restaurants.
But I also like Kas, with its sleepy tea-garden where you can sip a glass with whiskery locals under the palm trees or spend the evening bar-hopping round the harbour.
Holiday info: Vintage Travel (www.vintagetravel.co.uk, 0845 344 0420) offers 12 houses with private pools around Kalkan, starting at pounds 495 for one week in May (not including flights).
Spectacular ruins of Celsus Library Medieval castle and walls above the resort of Antalya dominates the skyline Landlocked lagoon with glorious sandy beaches in front of pine-covered hills Castle and harbour in what has become the party resort of Turkey One of the secluded beaches you will find along Turkey's Turquoise Coast