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Celebrity spotters

Party with the international jet set at the waterfront Halikarnas in Bodrum – it’s the world’s largest outdoor club.

History Lovers

Step back to Roman times at the ruined city of Ephesus.

Adventure seekers

Take the ride of your life in a tandem paraglide at Olu Deniz, drifting slowly onto the lush lagoon.

Fast Facts

Language: The language spoken in Turkey is Turkish.

Currency: The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL).

Local time: Turkey is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: There are many international and domestic airports in Turkey. Antalya International Airport is where you’ll fly if you are staying in Antalya or Belek. Further west, use Dalaman International Airport for Marmaris and Fethiye, and Milas-Bordum Airport for resorts around Bodrum. Istanbul has two airports.

Flight time from UK: 4-5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Turkey tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Turkey.

Weather & Climate

Temperatures: In the region of 30° in July and August on the south coast.

Best time to visit Turkey: May or September when the days are pleasantly warm and the nights are balmy.

Weather in Turkey varies greatly – this is a vast country with seven different climactic regions. On the south coast between Bodrum and Antalya, expect a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Further north in the country, in Istanbul, summers are hot and humid but it can get surprisingly cold in winter – and can even snow in January. Central Anatolia, the centre of Turkey, is extreme, with blazing hot, dry summers reaching 40°C, and its snow-capped mountains in winter plummeting to -25°C.

Getting Around

By taxi: All resorts have metered taxis; there are also some fixed-route charges, for example to and from Dalaman airport.

By coach: Sleek, speedy coaches are the best way of getting around Turkey, with fast, frequent, services covering every town and city. There are many private operators, but buy your ticket in advance if you’re travelling in high season.

By minibus: For shorter journeys, and within towns and cities, minibuses (dolmuş) are a common way of getting around, operating on a fixed route and will let you on and off along the route wherever you wish.

Events

Anzac Day Aussies and Kiwis gather for Anzac Day, marking the anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli landings (25 April).

For culture lovers The glorious Roman amphitheatre near Antalya is the venue of the prestigious Aspendos International Opera And Ballet Festival where world-famous music troupes dazzle music-loving audiences.

Turkish tradition It’s a very different form of entertainment in Selçuk where the camel wrestling festival sees these heavyweight beasts battle it out in this traditional sporting event.

For yachters Nautical culture is celebrated at autumn’s Marmaris International Race Week – you’ll see sleek yachts racing from the busy harbour.

Take to the skies See colourful parachutes and paragliders in daredevil flights from Babadağ mountain for October’s Ölüdeniz Air Games.

Holidays in Turkey

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A magnificent land full of Turkish delights. Holidays to Turkey boast golden beaches, ancient history, and mouth-watering cuisine. Pick a modern beach resort brimming with top-class entertainment, or perhaps a tranquil bay. Alternatively take to the seas and see Turkey on a relaxing gulet cruise. Lying in both Asia and Europe, the country brings you the best of both continents, from Istanbul’s 21st-century nightlife and fashions, to mystic Sufi culture in Konya.

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Wherever you stay you will be tempted by sandy beaches, perhaps the most famous of which is Olu Deniz. The white-sand beach and beautiful blue lagoon have been designated a national park. Turkey’s picturesque Turquoise Coast dotted with Roman remains is a huge draw; city resorts including Antalya, Bodrum and Marmaris offer a mix of family fun, historic culture and funky nightlife. Further east on the Aegean coastline lies the ancient Greco-Roman town of Ephesus, one of the Roman Empire’s greatest cities and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Antalya

Buzzing Antalya is the focal point on Turkey’s south coast. Known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, it’s a tempting mix of Roman landmarks, picturesque sandy beaches and an old city with Ottoman wooden houses in maze-like lanes. Book an Antalya hotel as a base to explore surrounding historic sites, including Aspendos and Perge.

Bodrum

Mingle with the stylish crowd in Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera, dubbed the St. Tropez of Turkey. It’s home to the über-trendy Halikarnas nightclub with state-of-the-art laser shows and world-class visiting DJs. On the north of the peninsula, the peaceful mountainside village of Torba is easily accessible from hotels in Bodrum.

Dalaman

Your Dalaman hotel is a great base to explore the Turquoise Coast. How about the 14km-long sandy Patara beach where you can see ancient remains of the Temple of Apollo? Just east of Dalaman resort is the protected lagoon of Olu Deniz (literally, 'Dead Sea' because it’s so calm!)

Izmir

Originally built by Alexander the Great, bustling Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey. Alongside its ancient ruins, you’ll find chic shops and elegant boulevards, giving it a distinctive European feel. Set off from your Izmir hotel to discover the sights and smells of Kemeraltı Bazaar and the ornate clock tower at Konak Square.



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