So much more than its coastal resorts, Turkey is fast becoming one of the most important players in the borderlands of Europe. Istanbul’s skyline might be changing, but its stunning mosques still make this one of the world’s most atmospheric cities. Ephesus, the Mediterranean’s most well-preserved ancient city, rivals Greece’s finest monuments. Magical sites in the less-visited east should not be overlooked either. Nemru Dağı National Park, with its statues surrounding a 1BC royal burial mound, will leave visitors wowed. Adventurers can trek to the top of Mount Ararat – although Noah’s Ark may not be in evidence, the views are astounding.