Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for us Brits, and it’s not hard to see why. There’s something for everyone, no matter your budget, from big family adventures to relaxing couples’ breaks. So, the only tricky part is deciding which resort in Turkey to stay at. Are you a thrill-seeker at heart, or longing for a luxurious getaway? Maybe you want to introduce the kids to some traditional culture and colourful history? But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard bit. Take a look at some of our favourite places to help you decide which resort in Turkey is just right for you.
Luxury lovers. It’s no surprise that Antalya’s nicknamed ‘the Pearl of the Mediterranean’ with its unspoilt, sandy beaches, world class golf courses and luxury hotels. Turkey’s the place where your money goes further, and Antalya’s the perfect example. Expect high class service, the most modern of rooms and incredible dining options at an amazing price. Most hotels feel like their own little world, as many have a stretch of private beach, a choice of bars and restaurants and dozens of pools. And, if keeping the little ones busy is your main concern, some even have their own waterparks! Travelling as a couple? Turkish hammams and sumptuous spa time awaits. Now it’s just a case of deciding which hotel…
Dalaman & Ӧlü Deniz
Thrill-seekers. Dalaman, and more specifically Ӧlü Deniz, is home to the most photographed beach in all of Turkey; the stunning Blue Lagoon. The name Ӧlü Deniz literally translates as ‘dead sea’, due to the area’s calm and clear turquoise waters, making it the ideal place to relax in the sea, soaking up the warm, Mediterranean sun. However, it’s in the air where all the action takes place! The resort is famous for its incredible paragliding opportunities, where you can soar above the teardrop-shaped beach and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Lycian coast below you. If heights aren’t your bag, head out on an action-packed jeep safari and explore the fascinating history of the surrounding countryside.
Culture vultures. Izmir’s a place that’s bursting with culture dating back thousands of years. With Greek and Roman influences and French architecture, including a glorious pier built by none other than Monsieur Eiffel (think Paris’ most famous tower!) it’s a real cultural melting pot. These days there’s definitely a modern vibe too, with a buzzing harbour, glamorous boutiques and ocean-view eateries that wouldn’t look out of place in the south of France. Then, there’s the ancient city of Ephesus, home to the Temple of Artemis which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Tens of thousands of people still visit here every year… I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a couple more!
History buffs. Considered the ‘Saint Tropez of Turkey’, Bodrum really does have it all. The lively marina is full of luxury super yachts and fancy seafood restaurants, but the ancient fort in the background is by far the most special thing about the city. It’s the 15th century Castle of St Peter, aka Bodrum Kalesi, the peninsula’s most grand-looking landmark. Inside, Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology has original shipwrecks with their treasures on show, that’ll interest and amaze you no matter your age. When you’re finished, wander around the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus on a journey back in time to a place the Romans, Greeks and Persians once called home.