Highlight: Istanbul-The stunning Topkapi Palace, elaborate mosques and ancient markets sit amongst busy ferry terminals, modern shopping malls, tramlines and large adverts for films and concerts.
Best time: Spring. Spring (March, April, May, through mid-June) is prime because the weather is moderate throughout the country and the days are long. April can be rainy.
Favourite memory: Iztuzu Beach- its backdrop of pine forest covered hills, views to distant Greek islands and five kilometres of golden sand.
Favourite Venues: Four Seasons Bosphorus, Ciragan palace. Kempinski Barbarous Bay Bodrum.
Why it makes our list: This affordable destination has crystal clear waters, tall mountains, the ruins of ancient empires, small idyllic villages, huge cosmopolitan cities—Turkey has many features that make it unique and that’s why it has continued to attract visitors.