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Top events in 2015 on Turkey’s sunny coast

Here are the most exciting events happening in Pegasus Airlines’ top Turkish coastal destinations this summer. From families to culture-seekers to music-lovers, the vibrant cities of Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir have something to entice every traveller. Pegasus fares start at £66,99 one-way including taxes and charges.

İzmir – This annual festival offers a wide spectrum of classical, traditional and contemporary works of music, ballet, theatre and opera including both international and national performances.

8th International Antalya Sand Festival (4 Jun–14 Nov 2015), Antalya – This year's theme is the ‘7 Wonders of the World & Mythology’. Sandland incorporates a playful dimension with a space for sand sculpture activities, where adults, teens and children can experience and showcase their creative abilities in this form of artistic expression.

13th International Bodrum Ballet Festival (18 Jul–1 Aug), Bodrum – Enjoy numerous opera and ballet performances in Turkey’s first and only ballet festival. Programme highlights include Krasnoyarsk State Opera’s Carmen, Ankara State Opera and Ballet’s Hamlet, Los Vivancos’ epic flamenco-induced first-ever performance of Aeternum, all set against the backdrop of the historic Castle of St Peter.

Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup (17–22 Aug 2015), Izmir – Every year between 8,000 and 10,000 professional and amateur windsurfers from the USA, Australia and Europe flock to the turquoise waters of Alacati Bay to participate in a variety of internationally recognised windsurfing competitions or to hone their skills.

Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival (5–28 Sep 2015), Antalya – Held in one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world that was built during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, the Aspendos Theatre's incomparable acoustics have wowed many international guests over the years. This year's programme includes Ankara State Opera and Ballet performing Hamlet and Ali Baba & 40, Soul Mate by Korean National Opera and the Grigorovich Company's Spartacus among other highly anticipated performances.

Golden Orange Film Festival (10–18 Oct 2015), Antalya – Turkey’s oldest and most prestigious film festival, also known as the ‘Turkish Oscars’. A significant date on the international calendar, Golden Orange has previously hosted such prominent actors and directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Helen Mirren and Kevin Spacey. The festival includes international, national and documentary film competitions, screenings and discussion panels.

Bodrum Cup Regatta (19– 24 Oct 2015), Bodrum – This year's Bodrum Regatta promises to be as exciting as ever with more than 100 yachts and 1500 participants racing in this five-day tournament. A unique international yacht regatta and annual tradition celebrating the end of the cruising season in Turkey, the races unite Bodrum’s charter fleet with private wooden yachts from around the world.

Marmaris International Yacht Races (25-30 Oct 2015), Dalaman – In Marmaris, summer stretches out all the way to November with the town’s sunny days averaging at 300 a year. The popular seaside town Marmaris has been hosting the biggest sailing event in the region for over 20 years and this year will see over a hundred IRC boats and over a thousand sailors compete.

Get there with Pegasus! Turkey's leading low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines recently launched a new route from London Gatwick to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen with connections on to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir six times a week. Pegasus also operates direct flights to Izmir and double daily flights to Istanbul from London Stansted with flights on to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir.

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