The Northen Aegean is largely spared the torrents of tourism that wash upon the southern shores. The swimming season is shorter,the resorts are mainly geared to the needs of Turkish families on school holidays. Go in the second half of September,and you are likely to have glorious beaches of heavenly azure all by yourself. A recently emerged destination is the half dozen pretty hill villages dotting the southern slopes of Kazdağı,or Goose Mountain,looking from afar on the stores of the Gulf of Edremit. The small country hotels of Kazdağı,all built and run by urbanites,set the trend for a new Turkish country “look” Assos is another memorable locality that brings together striking topography with ancient ruins and a primitive village. A series of more or less virgin coves and fishing harbours lie along the step coast west of Assos.

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