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Use our Turkey holidays travel guide and hotel recommendations below to help you plan your holiday. Turkey Holidays have something to offer for everyone, from couples to families, seeking a Mediterranean holiday.
Turkey is a Mediterranean country but actually sits astride two continents, therefore fusing the influences of East and West. Framed by three seas - the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, Turkey holidays offer a wide expanse of coastline and opportunities for watersports and sunbathing, coupled with historic places of interest. Turkey offers many different experiences for various types of holidaymakers, whether they be couples looking for last minute holidays, family holidays to Turkey or watersports and sailing enthusiasts.
Turkey is rich in culture and steeped in history, with the influences of many civilizations spanning many thousands of years, such as Ottoman, Lycian, Byzantine, Roman, Persian and Greek. These influences can be found in many of the cultural/historical experiences in Turkey such as the ancient city of Troy where the wars of the Trojans took place, St. Peter's Castle in Bodrum or the Roman city of Ephesus. The landscape of Turkey is varied, with outstanding beaches, rugged mountains and lively resorts. The immense culture of Turkey and its history sits alongside modern holiday resorts and quiet traditional villages, offering any holidaymaker to Turkey an experience they will savour for many years.
With this in mind it's worth researching the different areas of Turkey and the various resort areas to find your ideal holiday. If it's beaches you're after you'll be spoilt for choice with a plethora of golden sandy beaches to choose from, lapped by beautiful deep blue waters at their shores.
The ideal time to visit Turkey is between April and October to sample the typically Mediterranean climate along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Average daytime temperatures in most of the main holiday resorts reach up to 30°C during the peak Summer months here, with very little rainfall in July/August. Other regions such as the Black Sea coast experience more rainfall.
The Antalya region sits alongside the Mediterranean Sea in the South of Turkey. Beautiful beaches meet stunning Turquoise waters on this stretch of coast, against a backdrop of mountain ranges to the West and East. Here you'll find popular resorts such as Side, Alanya and Lara Beach, set amidst history with many ancient sites to visit close by.
Turkey's Bodrum peninsula region has been popular with holidaymakers for many years. One of the more lively areas, with many bars and restaurants as well as sandy beaches to choose from, it is constantly in demand for cheap holidays to Turkey. Dance the night away in Bodrum or Gumbet, sun yourself on the beach in Gumbet, Bitez and Altinkum, and experience the historical sites this region has to offer.
Stretching from Antalya to Marmaris, the Dalaman region includes popular resorts such as Fethiye, Marmaris, Kalkan and Olu Deniz. Stunning sand and shingle beaches frame the coast here, with so many different resorts you'll be spoilt for choice, from the amazing beaches in Olu Deniz to the buzzing nightlife of Marmaris.
Finally, the Izmir region of Turkey with its strong cultural heritage offers many sightseeing activities to include on your Turkey holidays. Remains of two of the Seven Wonders of the World are situated here - the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum. It is also a great place to experience bustling markets and city life.
Turkey has numerous airports, but the main international airports receiving flights from the UK can be found in Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir, Dalaman and Esenboga. Cheap flights to Turkey are probably best found during Spring and Autumn as opposed to the peak Summer months, but Turkey flights can generally be cheaper compared to other tourist hotspots worldwide. Turkey is considered a short haul destination from the UK, with flights lasting on average 4 hours. Flights are available in the UK from many main airports and with scheduled and charter airlines from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle amongst others.
With so many different resorts to choose from Turkey has lots of nightlife to offer! Try the lively bars of Istanbul, Kusadasi's aptly named 'Bar St.' Bodrum with its outdoor disco and various bars and Gumbet for nightclubs and bars galore. If you fancy nightlife with more of a traditional Turkish flavor, experience one of the plentiful buffets filled with meze dishes, followed by some traditional Turkish folk dancing and revelry, offered in man of the main resorts. If you're looking for a quieter scene, head down to one of the local tavernas in one of the villages or local seafront/harbour areas.
Turkey is renowned for its wealth of ancient historical sites, its breadth of culture, and wonderful remnants of vast empires and archeological wonders. There are many historical sites that are worth visiting - the Temple of Artemis (Ephesus - near Selcuk), the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (Bodrum), the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace (Istanbul) and the Lycian Tombs (Kalkan). But there are also many natural wonders to be found in Turkey such as the odd moonlike landscape and underground cities of Cappadocia (Central Anatolia) shaped by volcanic eruptions and subsequent erosion.
Choose a holiday to Turkey and you can experience, sun, sea, sand and history all at once. A harmonious mix of old traditions and new, Turkey Holidays offer fantastic sightseeing, excellent resorts, pure relaxation on soft sandy beaches and the opportunity to experience vast cultural, historical and natural wonders.