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It’s possible to hear the tradition all along the coast, from Dalaman to Bodrum

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The humble oud is as old as the hills. Indeed, it was purportedly invented by a grandson of Adam. The Near Eastern ancestor of the guitar is played with a plectrum (variously made with sea shells and cow horn), but contains no frets (which are for European softies, obviously). Its modern cousin is the – fretted – Turkish tanbur, which forms the kernel of all Turkish classical music, and can be played with both plectrum and bow. It’s possible to hear both instruments all along the coast – from sedate Dalaman to noisy local bars in Bodrum. TR Oud player Baris from Bodrum

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D I D YO U K N OW ?

Thomas Cook flies to Izmir, Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya from select UK airports. For more information, call +44 (0)844 412 5966 or visit thomascook.com. For more information, visit gototurkey.com.

Why not make the most of the city and beach with a twin centre stay? Start off at the stylish and cosmopolitan Rixos Premium to explore Bodrum’s best bits before heading for the sandy shores of Antalya’s Aska Lara Deluxe for some well-deserved R’n’R (book both through thomascook.com).

Bodrum is the site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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