Hotels in Turkey
Hotels in Turkey are known for their world-class service and supersized All Inclusive resorts. From the glamorous couple retreats in Belek to wet and wild waterparks in Antalya. Turkey promises awe, adventure, and endless family fun.
Your private beach oasis awaits at Aska Lara Resort and Spa. Say goodbye to boredom with a jam-packed schedule of activities, onsite cinema and an epic waterpark. Do your own thing thanks to the luxury spa and fantastic kids’ and teens’ clubs. And your taste buds are in for a treat - with nine restaurants to choose from. Tuck into fresh seafood, indulge in a carb fest at the Italian, or spice things up with Asian bites.
If you want even more family fun, check out Granada Luxury Belek. You’re in for non-stop thrills with 14 themed slides, a mock archaeological excavation, fairground rides, Playstation® games, a football pitch, a cinema club, a wave pool and a lazy river! Phew, that’s a lot. There’s even a sleeping room for your littlest ones. And for you? How does a luxury spa with two saunas, a salt room and a Turkish bath sound? The menu is just as big. We’re talking an onsite Chocolatier making handmade treats, and a dedicated snack street with everything from fresh waffles to doner kebabs. Not to mention the milkshake bar, Turkish coffee house and ice cream stand. For dinner? You’ve got everything from steakhouse feasts to a seafood a la carte, and kids’ buffet.
Want to go even bigger and bolder? It’s hard to compete but Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort and Spa takes "supersized" and "All Inclusive" to the next level. With five pools, eleven bars (one open 24/7) - and a disco that keeps shaking until 2 am! Add to that, eight a la carte restaurants, snack shacks, and burger beach bars – you won’t go hungry here! Plus, it's home to the region's biggest waterpark with 11 thrilling slides to conquer (including one shaped like a king cobra!) When you want to unwind, there’s a state-of-the-art spa with your name on it. Sea moss treatment anyone?
The hotels in Turkey like to go big or go home. Take your pick for a family holiday you won’t forget!
Popular destinations in Turkey
Popular hotels in Turkey
Aska Lara Resort and Spa
Turkey, Antalya, Lara
Side Crown Palace
Turkey, Antalya, Side
Well Palace Side Ex. Side Crown Charm Palace
Turkey, Antalya, Side
Turkey, Antalya, Colakli
Poseidon Hotel Marmaris Adult Only 16+
Turkey, Dalaman, Marmaris
Senza The Inn Resort & Spa
Turkey, Antalya, Alanya
Seher Resort & Spa
Turkey, Antalya, Side
Club Tuana Fethiye
Turkey, Dalaman, Fethiye
Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort and Spa
Turkey, Antalya, Side
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Antalya
Emre and Emre Beach Hotel
Turkey, Dalaman, Marmaris
Limak Atlantis Deluxe Hotel & Resort
Turkey, Antalya, Belek
Holiday resorts in Turkey
If you enjoy the finer things in life, a Belek holiday is sure to tick all the right boxes. You’ll find this ritzy resort on the sun-soaked Turkish Riviera, complete with one of the region’s most spectacular beaches, pristine championship golf courses, and superb scenery at every turn. Belek is an ideal destination if your idea of a perfect holiday involves plenty of down-time and lots of glitz and glamour.
There are many exciting attractions nearby, too! The resort is just a stone’s throw from some of Antalya’s most famous historic sites, including the ancient city of Perga (or Perge). Visitors looking to get their culture and sightseeing fix can travel to nearby Antalya city centre in no time. It's one of the Turkish towns and cities close to Belek offering traditional food and an authentic urban atmosphere. So you can get a taste of local life before heading back to your beautiful resort for some peace and tranquillity.
Things to do
Sit back and relax at one of Belek’s beautiful beaches. The long stretch of golden sand is ideal for sunbathing, while a swim in the tranquil water is sure to cool you down. To discover this Turkish town’s history, plan a day or two of sightseeing during your Belek holiday. Head for the Roman ruins of Antalya, including the ancient Greek/Roman city of Perge and the vast Aspendos amphitheatre.
If you’re a golfer, why not hit the fairways of one of Belek’s impressive clubs? Six tremendous championship golf courses are dotted around the area. Enjoy a backdrop of scenic green hills and picturesque forests while you play on a green that Tiger Woods has also enjoyed.
That's not all – there are actually around 20 golf courses dotted around the pine forest landscape of Belek, whose warm, dry climate makes for perfect conditions all year round. World-class golf courses are open to beginners and pros, with lessons or independent golfing available to suit you. Belek’s luxurious clubhouses are always fully-stocked, so you can enjoy a relaxing day working on your swing and never need to worry about a thing.
Belek’s long stretch of golden sand shelves gently into the warm, shallow waters of the Mediterranean, making it a great paddling spot for little ones. Recline on a sunlounger and soak up some rays, or shade beneath a parasol and unwind with a good book. Looking for more adventure? Why not hire a jet ski from Belek beach? And if you have other watersports in mind, there are plenty more activities available here.
Many of the best hotels in Belek boast their own area of the beach. If that sounds like a dream come true, it really is that lovely – you’ll be able to enjoy a clean, quiet spot to relax. Fancy a drink? You won’t need to move a muscle when you pick a luxury resort with a bar and snack service straight to your sunbed.
Our top pick of Belek’s fantastic beach hotels? That’s a tough one! But for a brilliant all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with Limak Arcadia Sport Resort Hotel. Walk straight out onto the sand from the gorgeous gardens – utter bliss!
Belek has unique ancient surroundings, making it an excellent destination if your dream holiday includes history and sightseeing. Some of Turkey’s most famous archaeological sites are a stone’s throw from Belek, so book a day trip or head out on your own to discover the area.
The Roman Theatre of Aspendos dates back to 180 AD. It’s just 20 minutes’ drive from Belek, making it easy to see during your holiday. The ruins have held a fair amount of their original structure, ready and waiting for you to explore. One of the best-preserved Ancient Roman theatres in the world, Aspendos would once have seated an audience of over 7,000! Make your way up the stairs and marvel at the arena in all its glory. On the other side of the theatre’s hand-carved archways, views of the landscape are similarly impressive.
If you’re interested in discovering even more history, visit the Ancient City of Perge, a half-hour drive out of Belek. These Lycian, Greek and Roman ruins date back to 1300 BC and feature an even bigger amphitheatre built for an audience of around 14,000. Take a guided tour and learn fascinating stories and facts from times gone by, a memorable way to spend a day on your Belek holiday.
Belek is a purpose-built resort, founded in the 1980s for luxurious golfing holidays. But while there isn't much local culture to discover in the town itself, there's plenty in the surrounding area. Make sure you pay a visit to Manavgat Market, just a short drive from Belek. This traditional Turkish shopping spot boasts a variety of goods, from fragrant herbs to fresh local produce, so you’re sure to find lots of treasures that suit your taste. Browse glistening glass lampshades and handwoven textiles to take a little piece of Turkey back home.
Belek boasts many luxury hotels with sleek bars and restaurants, perfect for relaxing nights on holiday. Head out to dine then kick back and sip a cocktail or two. The swanky resort settings and live music are ideal for holidaymakers looking to unwind. Total night owl? Granada Luxury Belek should be number one on your list, with three bars serving till the strike of midnight, and a disco where you can strut your stuff into the early hours.
Belek itself is a quiet town with very low-key nightlife, so if you’re looking for a big blow-out, you might need to travel a little further. For a buzzy atmosphere and dancing into the night, head to nearby Antalya, 40 minutes’ drive from Belek. The city is home to all sorts of restaurants, bars, and clubs, so it’s popular with people looking for fun in the sun. Well worth visiting for an exciting night out on your Belek holiday!
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You’ll find this cosmopolitan resort on Turkey’s golden-sanded Riviera, on the ancient Antalya coastline. Once a little village, today Kemer holidays are all about glorious beaches, lively nightlife and stunning scenery, coupled with wall-to-wall sunshine. You can expect to find Olympos National Park, towering mountains, and thick forests right on your holiday's doorstep. This region of Turkey is ideal for exploring as a couple or with the little ones, as are the nearby ancient cities of Olympos and Antalya.
Things to do
Holidays to Kemer, Turkey, are perfect for couples and families alike. The resort’s beaches (there are two of them) are a great place to start, where you can sit back and sunbathe while you watch the kids play. If you’re ready for an adventure, you can head for the bustling marina, where you can sample some water sports action. You’ll also find somewhere to while away an evening here, including classy restaurants serving tasty local fare.
Want to explore elsewhere? Take the bus out to Phaselis and see Roman ruins and an ancient amphitheatre for yourself, or plan a family day out at Aquaworld. Hiking and cycling is a great way to discover the great outdoors surrounding the resort. Kemer lies on the Lycian Way walking trail, which winds through the lush green landscapes.
Kemer is a beautiful seaside resort, famous for its breathtaking landscapes and crystal clear waters. The sea is shallow and calm, making the area great for water sports and a safe place for families to paddle together.
History and culture
Kemer had a specially designed upgrade from the small Turkish village it once was. Surrounded by impeccable beauty, it’s now a modern haven for tourists with its buzzing nightlife and well-equipped amenities along the pedestrian walkway. Antalya has a rich Roman history that can be seen through the several archaeological sites near Kemer. Wander through the
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Konakli is a tranquil and traditional Turkish village in the Antalya region. Loved for its scenic location at the foot of the majestic Taurus Mountains, the resort is the perfect quiet spot that is still within easy reach of the region’s favourite attractions. Pick from days out at the golden Cleopatra Beach, rafting down the Dimcay River or taking the kids to Aqualand, returning to Konakli in the evenings for mezes on the waterfront.
Konakli Beach sits against the lush green backdrop of the Taurus Mountains and in front of a beautiful blue sea. Its peaceful surroundings make this an excellent choice for long lazy days on the sun- lounger. Its shallow shoreline is safe for kids to paddle in making the beach a popular choice for families.
There’s no time like family time. On your holiday to Konakli you can take the kids to Aqualand for an unforgettable day on the water rides. After you’ve explored the park, why not take a more relaxing water excursion with a gentle cruise down the Dimcay River nearby.
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Sitting pretty on Turkey’s southwest coastline is Lara Beach, a glamorous resort that’s packed with glitzy hotels and hot entertainment. In fact, it’s often seen as Turkey’s answer to Las Vegas, except here you get the added benefit of a picture-postcard eight-kilometre beach – what’s not to love?
Suppose you can tear yourself away from the sights and sounds of the resort for the day. In that case, a trip to historic Antalya is almost definitely in order. The biggest city on the Turkish Med, it should come as no surprise that Antalya is packed with things to see and do.
Lara Beach holidays are the perfect choice for plenty of fun in the sun, no matter what you want to do during your Turkish holiday.
Things to do
Take a stroll along Lara Beach’s sun-soaked waterfront and set up for a day on the sand. Sink into a sun lounger, kick back, and relax. Enjoy a few hours dozing in the beautiful weather before heading out for a snorkel in the crystalline sea.
There are many luxurious hotels along the waterfront, all of which come with their own entertainment, bars, and restaurants. You’ll be welcome to dip into any of these glitzy spots for an afternoon or evening. Lara Beach holidays are perfect for couples, groups, or families looking to relax, with many different areas to suit every taste.
If you love a bit of retail therapy, check out the designer shops in Lara Beach, or pick up a unique souvenir at the local markets. Or if you’re interested in the local culture, head to the ancient city of Antalya, which is brimming with history.
The clue’s in the name; Lara Beach is an ideal holiday destination if you’re looking to relax on the shore. The resort is centred around its beautiful Blue Flag beach, which boasts soft golden sand and shallow turquoise waters, perfect for paddling. The beach is lined with luxury resorts, which means plenty of facilities like sun loungers and parasols to make you more comfortable.
If you prefer to enjoy the beach from the sea, dive in! There are opportunities for watersports and snorkelling at Lara Beach, so take a stroll along the shore and see what you can find.
Turkey’s Las Vegas
They don’t call it Turkey’s Vegas for nothing! Lara beach boasts a vibrant and diverse nightlife, thanks to its number of glamorous hotels and resorts drawing in a fun-seeking crowd every year. There are several bars and clubs within the resort’s five-star hotels to keep you entertained, while lots of more laid-back spots can also be discovered.
If you’re in the mood for a big night out, head away from Lara Beach to Belek or Antalya. These two major Turkish cities are around 30 minutes’ drive from Lara Beach and are home to all the nightlife you might expect from a busy urban area. Whether you’re searching for a sports bar, cocktails and live music, dance music until the early hours, you’re sure to find your perfect evening in one of these exciting destinations.
Keen historians can discover many unique sites and ruins near Lara Beach, with excursions running from many hotels in the area. Head out to Termessoss National Park, and you’ll find Gulluck Mountain, which is adorned on its side with the ruins of a Pisidian city. Visitors will need to hike to reach these ancient ruins, but it’s well worth the effort to see something so special.
Antalya is also home to some one-of-a-kind rock tombs, which lie in an ancient town called Myra. Myra has a rich and varied past. Once Ancient Greek, then Roman, Byzantine Greek, and Ottoman Greek, the area is steeped in history. From connections to Saint Nicholas to Apollo, the God of the Sun, there are plenty of things to see and learn about when you spend a day here.
Food & drink
Food and drink often make up a big part of our holidays. You won’t be disappointed when you choose Lara Beach! The glitzy destination is home to many luxury hotels, all of which come with their own excellent restaurants. Dress up and dine in style when you head to one of these swish spots.
If you want to sample something a little more traditional, head into Antalya city centre, where the streets are peppered with exciting local restaurants. Try Antalya’s unique piyaz salad, one of the city’s most famous dishes of small beans and tahini. More Turkish dishes to look out for include rich, tomato saksuka, vegetarian mercimek kofte, or a delicious, hearty kebab.
Looking for something sweet? It has to be fresh Turkish delight. Grab some from a local maker to carry with you while you explore. The bustling atmosphere in Antalya goes on well into the night, so stay for a few after-dinner drinks before heading back to the comfort of Lara Beach.
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You’ll find the quiet beach village of Side on the Turkish Mediterranean, an hour or so from Antalya. Expect a flawless mix of old and new in this Roman-inspired resort, with its untouched old town and glamorous harbourside; a blend of impressive ancient sights (like the amphitheatre) and chic waterfront restaurants await you.
On both sides of the maze of winding streets are two sandy beaches, which are perfect for relaxing in the sunshine or tackling some high-octane water sports. Holidays to Side are ideal if you want a laid-back break with friends or a loved one, and thanks to those soft, sandy beaches, they’re perfect for family breaks too.
Things to do
When the hot Turkish sun is beating down, there’s nowhere better than the resort’s long, sandy beaches; and with two of them to choose from, you’ll have to find your favourite. If you can tear yourself away, the old town is well worth a visit. Both day and night, it has a great atmosphere, with bustling bazaars and Turkish restaurants galore.
Just beyond the town limits are its most famous attractions, including the huge ancient amphitheatre. It’s an absolute must for lovers of culture. If you’re a bit of a foodie, then you’re in luck as holidays here give you the perfect opportunity to try the local delicacies. Head to the harbourside restaurants, where they’re serving up tantalising Turkish fare and fresh seafood all day long.
White Water Rafting
For a great way to see Koprulu Canyon, you should have a go at Old Town. This gem is largely unspoilt, and has a museum of Greco-Roman exhibits and stunning views of the sea. Visiting the Temple of Apollo; the most famous landmark in Side, is an absolute must. It’s also the best place in all of Side to see the incredible sunsets.
Dance the night away
There is always a lot to do when the sun goes down in Side, with many vibrant bars, clubs and restaurants for you to enjoy. You’re sure to find a restaurant with a great view and romantic atmosphere for couples and for the people who want to party until the sun comes up, Side has many vibrant nightclubs which are open all night.
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Nestled just behind the Taurus Mountains, Alanya is a pretty little medieval town with a long stretch of sandy beach that’s perfect for families. Find a quiet spot on the shore and enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea, or head to the bars and restaurants around the harbour for a great night out, Turkish style.
Things to do
Find yourself a quiet spot on Cleopatra Beach and lie back and enjoy the sunshine. Admire the emerald waters as you parasail or cruise along the coast. Make sure you follow the long road to the famous Seljuk castle and watch the boats as they enter the harbour. Kick your evening off with a refreshing cocktail in a bar on the beach. As the sun goes down, head to the centre of town to one of the lively bars or clubs.
Alanya is well known for its beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. Take your pick from a duo of award-winning sand spots, separated by a peninsula. On one side you’ve got the two-kilometre stretch known as Cleopatra (aptly named after the world-renowned Egyptian Queen) with its dramatic castle views, bar-lined promenade and family-friendly facilities. While Eastern Beach is a rockier number, perfect for avid snorkellers looking to explore the underwater wonders of the Med.
And you’ll find plenty of stylish stays along Alanya’s coastline too, just think of the sunset viewings! Looking for an all-singing, all-dancing All Inclusive break just footsteps from the ocean? Long Beach Resort not only places you 200m from the Turkish Riviera, but it’s home to four a la carte restaurants, boasts 5 flashy stars and has its own waterpark as well as a funfair! The beachfront base of the luxurious Eftalia Ocean won’t disappoint either. But if the spa scene is just as important as the seascapes, Alan Xafira Deluxe should be on your must-visit list.
History and culture
The popular resort has both a contemporary and traditional feel to it and is located on the south west coast of Turkey. This means that anyone wanting to travel here can expect to find long stretches of golden sand and beautiful, turquoise waters. Tourism in the city developed in the late 1950s as many people came to Alanya to visit the Damlatas Caves, which are well known for their healing qualities. Alanya was once called Korakesion, which translates, to beautiful mountain, thanks to the rocky landscape and magnificent mountains that surround the area.
Food and drink
There are plenty of great places to eat and drink in Alanya, with variety to suit any appetite. Whether you want to sample traditional Turkish delights or even Belgium waffles and crepes, this resort has it all. Vintage Brasserie & Winehouse is a popular restaurant that has a hassle free approach to fine dining. If you don’t know what you want to order, the helpful staff are on hand to recommend delicious dishes. Sample freshly made cuisine and drink from the carefully selected wine menu in a calming, cosy setting.
As well as the food, Alanya is also home to a selection of bars that open daily. Grab a partner and dance in the Latino themed bar or boogie the night away on the two dance floors to the latest music at the Havana Club. Have a fresh, fruity cocktail or two and party the night away under the indoor palm trees.
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Halfway between the lively city of Antalya and the bustling holiday hotspot of Kemer lies the tranquil resort of Beldibi. A perfect spot for quiet beach breaks, you’ll find golden sands lapped by cool, clear waters, and year-round sunshine.
If you can bear to tear yourself from the beach, you’ll discover lush, green forests with some unexpected historical treats; Stone Age caves and ancient cave-paintings! Those who like to get out and about can spend their Beldibi holidays hiking through the mountains, or plunge into the Mediterranean for a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling.
If you’re after a memento of your holidays to Beldibi, there are plenty of markets where you can flex your bargain-hunting muscles, or relax in one of the many restaurants and bars. For a taste of Turkey’s rich past, head to the neighbouring towns, which are full of ancient monuments and museums.
Things to do
Although most people take their holidays to Beldibi for the glorious, golden beaches, there’s plenty to see and do, even if you’ve got little ones with you. In nearby Antalya, you’ll find the Aqua Park, full of watery rides, slides, thrills and spills. If it’s history you’re after, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice!
The town’s Stone Age history is evident in in its ancient caves and the ruins of the city of Phaselis. After a long day in the sun, take a stroll along the mall on the side of Taurus Mountains where you’ll find a selection of boutiques and restaurants, and the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views offered by Göynük Canyon.
Feeling active? Then lace up your boots and hike up the green mountains, scented by orange and lemon groves.
Visit Antalya City
Just a short distance away from Beldibi you’ll come across the vibrant city of old district of Kaleiçi. This rustic area is a traffic free zone with narrow streets filled with souvenir shops; the perfect place to pick up presents for friends and family back home.
Explore the ancient city of Phaselis
Learn about the history of the area at this Göynük canyon is a beautiful natural attraction and is perfect for a bit of time out. Along with relaxing fresh water pools and majestic waterfalls you’ll be able to whizz around on zip wires and do a spot of rock climbing too.
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The vibrant beach resort of Altinkum is nestled in the Bodrum region of Turkey’s southwest coast. Altinkum is a modern resort with a new harbour and three Blue Flag beaches. The destination provides all the goods for a laid-back beach holiday without travelling anywhere once you arrive. Throw in the bonus of the region’s best attractions on its doorstep, and you’ve got yourself a memorable trip for the whole family.
World-famous Ephesus is just a couple of hours’ drive from Altinkum. There’s plenty to do close to home too, including a local waterpark that kids will love. Or head into Didim, the neighbouring town, for many traditional restaurants and bars, the Temple of Apollo ruins, and an annual festival of friendship!
Things to do
A beach lover’s paradise, Altinkum has three beautiful golden shores to pick from, linked by a modern promenade and flanked by the chic, yacht-filled marina.
The beach closest to the marina is a top pick for water sports, where you can race on jet skis or snorkel in the crystal clear water. Take a stroll through the buzzing Dolphin Square markets and see what treasures you can find. Or nibble Kalamata olives and traditional stuffed vine leaves in a local restaurant, watching the world go by.
If you’re interested in taking a day trip, the whole family can enjoy the exciting water slides at Didim Aqualand. Ephesus’s ancient city is a must-see for keen historians, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Take a day trip
To discover what else this charming destination offers, you can take a day trip and have all kinds of exciting adventures. How about exploring the ancient ruins of Bafa Lake? This vast body of water is an ideal change of scenery, with a selection of cafés and restaurants overlooking the peaceful water.
Or head out to the Roman ruins of Ephesus for a day drenched in history and culture. A trip into Didim, the town next to Altinkum resort, is a must while you’re in the area. Didim is just a short drive from Altinkum and offers lots of things to see and do in a day.
For an exciting day out the whole family will love, visit Aqua Fantasy, the largest waterpark in Turkey just a short drive from Altinkum.
If your idea of a holiday involves relaxing by the sea, Altinkum has plenty to offer. Have fun at one of three stunning beaches, whether you lounge around on the soft, sun-warmed sand or enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters. The beach closest to the harbour is best for children, with shallow, gentle surf that little ones will love to splash around in.
All of Altinkum’s beaches are served by various bars and restaurants, so you can enjoy a fruity cocktail or a bite to eat without heading back into the resort. If you like to enjoy the coast in a more adventurous way, you can find lots of water sports on offer at Altinkum beaches. Whether you want to try your hand at snorkelling, paddle boarding, or riding a jet ski, there are lots of ways to move your body when you visit Altinkum beaches.
If you time your holiday right, you can visit the annual Didim Peace Festival hosted in the small town neighbouring Altinkum. The festival celebrates Turkey and Greece’s friendship and involves many fun traditions that visitors can enjoy. There’s a race from Apollo’s temple to Altinkum, as well as boat races and, of course, lots of dancing! The celebrations end with a music festival on the beach, known for pulling in vast crowds of revellers.
Didim, the town which neighbours the Altinkum resort, has been a sacred place for many centuries. It was one the centre of the Ancient Greek city Miletus, one of the largest and wealthiest before the Persian invasion in the 6th century. Ancient remnants are still scattered around today, making the town a must-visit for keen historians.
The area was associated with Zeus and Leto’s meeting place, where they had their children, the twins Artemis and Apollo. The Temple of Apollo sits just a few miles inland, making it a must-see if you’re interested in the history of your destination. The temple is mostly in ruins, but you can still get a good feel for its size and importance when you wander between the tattered columns.
Altinkum is a haven for tourists, so it should come as no surprise that many buzzy bars and clubs come to life when the sun goes down. If you want to sip cool drinks and dance long into the night, you won’t be disappointed. Flit between clubs that suit your musical taste or head into more chilled-out bars and enjoy a chat with your friends or family.
Nightlife in Altinkum is based around two main squares, but plenty is going on down at the beach, too! The beachfront boasts bars with live entertainment, karaoke, and dancing. Many of these spots stay open late, so there’s no need to hit the clubs if you prefer something a little more laid back.
If you’re travelling with family or in a couple and prefer something a little quieter, the nightlife in Didim could be for you. A stone’s throw from the main resort of Altinkum, Didim offers many cosy restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a drink and some traditional Turkish atmosphere.
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Want a holiday to a modern beach resort with a cosmopolitan vibe? On the Turkish Riviera, you’ll find amazing holidays to Gümbet. Once a sleepy finishing village, today it’s one of the busiest places on this stretch of coastline.
You can make the most of sun-soaked beaches with white-gold sand and lush, green countryside, before heading out for a night on the tiles. Gümbet has a reputation for top-notch nightlife, with a superb choice of beachfront bars and late-night clubs. And if that’s not enough for you, you’re just a stone’s throw from energetic Bodrum town and its famous clubs, making this a great spot not just for families and couples, but for groups of mates too.
Things to do
Find your favourite spot on the resort’s sand-and-shingle shores and make the most of that Mediterranean sun; it’s a great way to start the day. You’ll find plenty of beach bars and cafés nearby to keep you fuelled throughout the day. The pristine waters are ideal for swimming, and water sports enthusiasts can make the most of the thrilling activities available here. Why not plan a scuba diving trip and explore the colourful marine life that lies beneath?
When the sun goes down, the top-notch nightlife takes centre stage; you’ll find dozens of bustling venues on Bar Street. And if you want to venture further afield, lively Bodrum town is just a short trip away.
So, where is Gümbet?
Look at a Gümbet, Turkey on a map and you’ll see it’s lonightlcated on the Aegean Coast, on the Bodrum Peninsula, in the south-west of the country. It’s less than 5km from the popular beach resort of Bodrum, which means there’s always the perfect excuse for a day trip or two.
Tour the city on a Segway
Make sightseeing in Gümbet even more fun with Aegean Gingers Segway Tours. They’ll show you the ropes before guiding you around the best the city has the offer. You won’t need to stress about snapping holiday shots along the way either; your guide will do for you that free of charge.
Party all night
When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop in Gümbet; in fact, it’s just getting started. There’s a lively nightlife scene here. You’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere at a local restaurant and try out some tasty Turkish food. If you want to party until the early hours of the morning, you’ll also find a handful of clubs with a warm welcome and some pumping tunes right through until the small hours.
Explore historical Bodrum
If you want to sample a slice of Turkish culture and history, you’ll find plenty of it over in Bodrum, which is only 3km away. This stunning coastal city is home to an impressive castle dating back to the 15th century; you can’t miss it towering over the spectacular harbour. Throughout the year, the streets are alive with colourful, cultural celebrations and festivals, complete with traditional folk dancing and delicious local good.
Check out the Underwater Archaeology Museum
Also in Bodrum, you can discover the Underwater Archaeology Museum, which has a unique twist. You won’t find any boring exhibits here, just lots of intriguing wrecks and artefacts that have been found over the centuries. Make sure you check out the oldest wreck ever found, which dates from Ancient Egyptian times and has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.
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Tucked away on the sun-soaked Turkish Riviera, holidays to Türkbükü will take you to the St Tropez of Turkey. This laid-back fishing village enjoys a lush coastal setting, hidden in a sheltered bay between scented citrus, olive and pine trees, making it perfect for a quiet couples’ escape. There’s an unmistakable air of sophistication about Türkbükü, from the pristine beaches to the stunning whitewashed houses.
And then there’s the stylish harbour, where you’ll discover a wealth of chic waterside bars and restaurants that are just perfect for leisurely lunches and romantic sunset dinners. With all this on offer, it’s easy to fall in love with Türkbükü.
Things to do
If you want to sample the high life, Türkbükü holidays will be right up your street. As well as pristine beaches, you’ll love the designer clothing boutiques that run along the waterside boulevard. Then there are the upmarket restaurants serving fine Turkish cuisine. Sit down here and you can enjoy authentic octopus salad, fresh fish, and barbecued meats, complete with stunning sea views.
And if you feel like exploring further afield, you could always take a daytrip over to historic Bodrum town. It’s only a 30-minute drive away, and it’s packed full of historic sites.
Dine at waterside restaurants
It’s easy to fall in love with Turbuku. It has many fine dining restaurants along the beautiful marina. You can savour the excellent local cuisine with a beautiful sea view and a dash of local charm. Watch the sun go down while sipping a delicious cocktail and enjoy quality time with your partner.
Explore the local beaches
Soak up the sunshine and get a great sun tan on one of Bodrum’s best beaches. Camel Bay is especially popular for its picturesque scenery and natural swim spots. Camel Bay is a great choice for a fun family day out.
Arts and Culture
Zeki Muren is one of the most famous names of Turkey. He was a great classical Turkish music performer and important cultural figure. Bodrum was his choice of home due to its peaceful and tranquil nature and the home he once lived in is now a museum showcasing his life’s work. Check it out to experience the popular culture of Turkey.
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Suppose you’re looking for a Mediterranean paradise with beautiful beaches and a vibrant nightlife. In that case, holidays in Marmaris could be for you! This buzzing port city is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and perfumed pine forests, giving it a distinctly Turkish feel. It’s an ideal choice for a family or romantic holiday, no matter what you’re into.
To see how the other half live, take a stroll along the Netsel Marina and admire the million-pound yachts that bob, glistening in their moorings.
Alternatively, get your haggling head on and flex your bargain-hunting muscles in the local bazaar, where there are plenty of gems to discover. Pick up souvenirs for yourself or loved ones back home and remember your Turkish holiday forever. Those travelling with little ones will appreciate the family-friendly beaches in Marmaris. More adventurous travellers can enjoy snorkelling in the caves that pit the coast.
Things to do
Marmaris is an ideal destination for sun-seekers, boasting two main beaches with plenty going on all year round. These are Marmaris Urban Beach and Marmaris Long Beach; we recommend visiting both to choose your favourite and make the most of your Marmaris holiday.
Marmaris is also home to several exciting waterparks, like Atlantis, where kids and adults alike can enjoy plenty of fun in the sun. Slide and flume or splash and swim, there are activities and attractions to suit all ages at the waterpark. Why not book a boat tour? Taking off from Marmaris’s main harbour, these excursions are an idyllic way to see the coastline and promise to create memories you’ll treasure forever.
Beyond the beaches, you’ll find plenty of other things to do in this slice of paradise. History buff? Head up to Marmaris Castle for a taste of times gone by. There’s an informative museum here too, so you can learn a little about the destinations’ history and enjoy every moment that little bit more.
Urban Beach is the busiest beach in Marmaris for good reasons, offering a spectacular sweep of golden sand and calm, warm waters. Sip something cool as you lounge in the sun, then enjoy a dip in the sea amongst the exciting atmosphere of this beautiful spot. Long Beach is a little lesser-known, but it’s a firm favourite for many. Enjoy access to convenient cafés, bustling bars, and some tempting restaurants close to this picturesque beach, where it’s easy to spend the entire day of your Marmaris holiday.
Marmaris’ shores are home to a mix of shingle and sandy beaches with warm shallow waters, ideal for families with children who love to paddle. You can rent sun loungers and relax in the beautiful weather before taking a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear sea. There are other beaches just minutes away, like nearby Icmeler, which offers a much quieter setting, perfect if you’re searching for peace on your holiday.
Marmaris has several family-friendly festivals happening throughout the year. If you time it with this in mind, you may find your holiday packed with vibrant celebration!
October is racing month in Marmaris, which means visitors can enjoy all the excitement of the region’s biggest sailing event, International Race Week. Watch as hundreds of yachts race across the water in a bid to be crowned champion. This is an exciting few days, with a buzzing atmosphere and plenty going on.
Marmaris loves its beaches. So it should come as no surprise that during both festivals, the shoreline comes alive with live music and parties playing late into the night. If you’re searching for a holiday with a vibrant nightlife, plan your trip to Marmaris alongside one of the city’s festivals to get more from your visit.
Visit in May to experience the Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival. The streets will be lined with entertainment and competitions like photography exhibits, basketball games, cutest dog contests, and folk dancing. Sound like fun? There’s more! Head down to the beach for extravagant sandcastle and boat building competitions. Visitors are even welcome to join in with the traditional Turkish picnic, a communal celebration you’re sure to remember.
Aside from the stunning beaches and restaurants, Marmaris has a vibrant nightlife with plenty to enjoy whatever your taste. Enjoy watching your favourite teams play or discover something new when you visit one of the many sports bars in Marmaris, which always boast a lively atmosphere. There are many live music venues in the city too, so enjoy a taste of the local talent for a memorable night on holiday.
The neatly named Bar Street is where you’ll find a vast array of packed-out bars and nightclubs, perfect for those wanting to dance the night away. Most places stay open until the early hours of the morning, so your evening can go on for as long as you can!
Food & Drink
If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, discover Marmaris’ choice of beautiful restaurants. Many of the city’s eateries stay open late, serving delicious food and stunning views, so you can easily make a night of your meal.
Discover elegant seafood spots dotted around the harbour, a perfect choice for dinner any night. Turkish cuisine boasts plenty of fresh grilled meat and seafood, while vegetables are also essential centrepieces. Whether you’re keen to sample something new or prefer to stick to your home comforts, you’re sure to find a perfect eatery in Marmaris. If you feel like moving on, you’ll find lots of sleek cocktail bars nearby offering a relaxed atmosphere and expertly-made drinks.
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Backed by pine-covered mountains and home to the country’s famous Blue Lagoon, Ölüdeniz holidays have blossomed into one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. However, while there’s plenty of opportunities to laze the days away on a Blue Flag beach and soak up some sunshine, holidays here offer much more than a just chance to top up your tan. This resort acts as the host to the Ölüdeniz International Air Games, which sees aerobatic fanatics and pilots pitting themselves against each other against the backdrop of the Babadağ Mountain.
If you prefer your attractions to be a little bit closer to the ground, spend a day travelling the Lycian Way to explore ancient, rock-hewn tombs and seek out Roman ruins. Alternatively, once you’ve reached the right shade of brown and the sun is creeping off to bed, spend your evening in one of the beach bars along the waterfront and catch some traditional Turkish music, cocktail in hand.
Things to do
Without a doubt, the biggest attraction in Ölüdeniz is the Blue Lagoon. Not only does it attract sunbathers and photographers looking to snap a picture of the native Loggerhead turtles, but look beneath the sapphire waters and you might see a scuba-diver or two! However, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the beaches, you’ll find a wealth of things to do in the town. Whether you’re a fan of the Great Outdoors, an adrenaline junkie, a history buff, or you just want to soak up a sunset or two, there’s never any reason to be bored!
It all starts at the beach in Ölüdeniz, which is famous for its picture-perfect Blue Lagoon. As one of Turkey’s most iconic beaches, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the crystal clear waters and the beautiful scenery. If you want to escape the crowds, you can take a water taxi to more secluded beaches, where there’s a good chance you’ll have a lovely little spot all to yourself.
There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained in Ölüdeniz, whether your children are big or small. Head to one of the town’s two water parks for a fun-filled day out, or treat your little ones to a banana boat ride. If you’re looking for some romantic things to do, it doesn’t get much better than a day on a secluded beach, before a sunset meal with jaw-dropping views from the top of a mountain.
If you love the atmosphere of a beachside promenade, you’ll be happy to know Ölüdeniz has a lovely one full of shops, bars and restaurants. The nightlife’s nice and relaxed, perfect for quiet meals out or a few after-dinner cocktails.
Whether you’re lazing around in the warm Turkish sunshine for your whole holiday, or being active and exploring spots like Kidrak Natural Park, you’re sure to have a memorable time in Ölüdeniz.
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Sitting on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is Dalyan, a small fishing town famous for its relaxed, traditional charm and unique historical sites. It’s surrounded by unspoilt greenery and inspiring scenery, cut gently in two by a wandering river. Whether you’re visiting with friends or family, holidays to Dalyan are perfect if you like your downtime to be low-key, laid back, and leisurely.
If you simply can’t have a holiday without a beach, then don’t worry! There are some beautiful sandy spots a short drive from central Dalyan, so you won’t need to compromise on your holiday.
Join the locals and jump into a water-taxi, which will take you on a laid-back cruise to the mouth of the estuary. The entire stretch is protected, partly due to the nesting loggerhead turtles that have made their home on Iztuzu Beach. However, there’s much more to this part of Turkey than meets the eye. It also houses some of the region’s treasures including the 9th-century remains of Caunus.
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Dalyan is an atmospheric and romantic destination with a rich history to discover. Take a river trip to see the vast, Roman theatre or the King’s Tombs of Kaunos. If natural attractions are more your thing, hop on a water taxi to Iztuzu Beach and watch endangered loggerhead sea turtles scraping their way along the sands. Once the sun’s slipped over the horizon, try some tasty mezes in a Turkish restaurant then pick a riverside bar for a glass of raki overlooking the water.
Mineral-rich mudbaths are one of the most popular attractions in Dalyan. Visitors are invited to take a dip in the muddy waters, covering from head to toe in the rejuvenating natural substance. The mud’s power is thought to reduce wrinkles and beautify the skin. To clean off, take a dip in the 40-degree sulfur pool and rinse away to reveal your newly refreshed skin.
Every Saturday, a market takes over the main streets. Have fun haggling with the local sellers for a fair price. The market stocks everything from locally grown fruits and vegetables to handmade clothing, so you’re sure to return home with a treasure in-hand. After a long morning shopping, stop off for some lunch and enjoy some traditional Turkish snacks while watching boats sail down the glistening river.
As the river curves and winds around tiny islands, it cuts beautiful bays into the land. So expect to find beautiful beaches in remote areas, some of which you might get to yourself!
Travel by boat along the water to find Iztuzu Beach, nicknamed Turtle Beach, for a long stretch of soft sand in a unique setting. The picturesque beach is a protected loggerhead turtle nesting reserve, which means it opens and closes at certain times. By day, you can relax here in the sun or shade beneath a fragrant pine backdrop. The calm, shallow waters are ideal for a dip or swim, so you can enjoy a perfect, peaceful beach day on your Dalyan holiday.
It’s almost impossible to visit Dalyan without running into a loggerhead turtle or two. Whether you meet one of the giants swimming in the sea or simply spot statues and images of turtles around the town, locals hold these impressive creatures in high regard.
Loggerhead sea turtles are endangered, but the protected areas around Dalyan mean things are looking up for the species. New laws and modifications to boats in Dalyan help keep the turtles safe too, so you don’t need to worry that you’re contributing to the problem when you visit.
History and culture
The once-working fishing town still has the harbour at its heart. A big part of Dalyan’s historical culture stems from the river, which flows through its thick natural surroundings. There are many things to discover nestled in the riverbank’s rich greenery, including the Caunos Tombs of the Kings on the western shore. Dalyan’s most admired feature, these ancient Lycian Tombs are carved into the rocky cliffside, an impressive sight to behold from a river cruise.
Kaunos is another must-see if you’re a history enthusiast visiting Dalyan. The ancient city ruins are just a short distance from central Dalyan, a place of mystery with many unanswered questions still surrounding it.
Food and drink
The small town of Dalyan offers lots of new dishes for foodie travellers to sample. And there are many restaurants and cafés scattered around serving up local specialities and some international favourites.
Whether you stick to the waterfront and enjoy casual eateries with beautiful views or wander deeper into Dalyan to find something unique, there’s something for everyone here. The town has a surprising number of restaurants for its size, so fussy eaters never need to worry about finding something tasty.
If you want to sample some of the best food in Dalyan, you can find plenty of locals’ favourite spots in the town centre. Turkish traditions mean meals often start with bread before moving onto cold starters, casseroles, kebabs, or grilled meat with rice, potatoes, and salad.
The nightlife in Dalyan is quite relaxed, although some of the bars stay open until the early hours, so you won’t be stuck for choice if you want to hit the down. Sofra Bar is a travellers’ favourite for karaoke and cocktails, a perfect place to drink and sing long into the night. Efe Cafe Bar boasts a large outside terrace and reasonably priced drinks, ideal for fun with friends or family.
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Experience a fascinating mix of ancient tradition, rich culture, and modern influences with your holidays to Fethiye. Located along Turkey’s exquisite Turquoise Coast, it’s littered with remains from the region’s Lycian past, with historical attractions such as the majestic Tomb of Amyntas, and Kayaköy ghost village.
For fans of the great outdoors, the rolling scenery provides plenty of adventure opportunities. You can watch professional paragliders catching some thermals on the mountain ridges and rocky outcrops, while the miles of unspoilt countryside attract horse-riders of all abilities. For beach-lovers, the resort is a short distance from one of the most famous beaches in Turkey, the dazzling Blue Lagoon.
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You won’t be stuck for things to do in Fethiye. Visit the Old Town, and any bargain-hunters in your party can get their haggling heads on! The twisting backstreets are lined with shops and stalls, selling everything from traditional Turkish rugs, to crafts and jewellery.
The markets are a bustle of trade and commerce, selling various goods, from handcrafted items to fruit and veg, so you’re sure to leave with something special in-hand. You’ll also find many quirky cafés and tavernas selling strong coffee and authentic Turkish meals, ideal for foodies wanting a real taste of Fethiye.
If you want to dive into the rich history of your destination, pay a visit to the towering Tomb of Amyntas, carved out of a cliff-face. Don’t forget your camera! The local scenery is picture-perfect, while some of the best attractions around are only a boat ride away. Don’t forget to visit the Blue Lagoon, considered the country’s most beautiful beach with warm, azure waters and spotless, silver sand.
As part of the Turquoise Coast, Fethiye has some of the best weather anywhere in Europe, perfect for spending long days lounging around on the beach. The turquoise waters and powdery white sand resemble the beaches you might see in your dreams. The coast is almost impossible to avoid here, making this destination ideal for a beach-centric holiday at any time of year.
Head down to Calis Beach where you’ll discover a peaceful atmosphere and a pleasingly slow pace of life. Soak up some sunshine here and enjoy endless dips in the cooling water.
If you just can’t sit still, don’t worry! There are various water sports to enjoy along Calis Beach, so adventurers can get an adrenaline kick while the others relax. Whatever way you want to enjoy the Turquoise Coast, you’re sure to arrive home feeling rested and refreshed.
When it’s time to go sightseeing, there are many fascinating destinations close to Fethiye. If you love your history and mythology, don’t miss the Tomb of Amyntas. This Ancient Greek monument is carved straight into the cliffside, an impressive, towering example of Lycian architecture.
Similarly, the ancient ruins of Tlos are a fascinating ruin that you can reach in just 40 minutes from Fethiye. Letoon is another unique historic sanctuary, and an important spot to visit if you’re interested in architecture and archaeology. Explore these critical Lycian sites and discover the rich heritage of your holiday destination.
If you like to be active on your holidays, visit the impressive Saklikent Gorge, also known as the Hidden City. The gorge is the second biggest in Europe and one of the deepest of its kind in the world! Walk across the sturdy platform while white-water rapids rush below. Adrenaline-seekers can even enjoy river rafting with an experienced guide, a perfect way to see more of the natural landscape.
Kabak Koyu nature park is another must-visit if you want nature and adventure. Discover many hiking trails through the fragrant pine tree valley, winding down to the pristine beach below. Reward your efforts with a dip in the gemstone-blue waters, before reclining on powdery sand to soak up some rays.
Lovely old town
Back in town, wander through the cobbled streets of Fethiye’s old quarter, Paspatur. You’ll notice the traditional Turkish feel as you shop for souvenirs and stop at a local café for a drink or bite to eat. The Paspatur is a lovely place to spend an evening out, whether you’re looking to find local specialities to eat or welcoming bars to enjoy a night out.
Paspatur Market is an excellent place to visit if you’re searching for unique souvenirs, including fresh Turkish delight and deliciously sweet local honey.
Modern meets traditional
In 1957, Fethiye fell victim to a devastating earthquake, which dramatically changed the local landscape. Around 90% of public buildings were damaged or destroyed, which means the Fethiye you visit today has been almost entirely rebuilt over recent decades. The result is a clean, attractive destination with lots of streamlined architecture and hints of the city’s ancient past, which can still be spotted around the old town and beyond.
Food & drink
Fethiye is practically packed with great places to eat and drink, with something to satisfy every taste and appetite among the pretty streets. Head up the coast road, Karagözler, for a choice of eateries with picture-perfect harbour views. Paspatur, Fethiye’s old town, is also home to lots of traditional food spots for a bite on-the-go or something more substantial. Pull up a chair on a restaurant terrace, sit back, and watch the world go by. Or grab a Turkish kebab to snack on while you wander around Fethiye for an authentic and delicious experience.
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Holidays to Icmeler in Turkey are perfect if you want to enjoy the quieter side of life. Popular with families looking for laid-back days on the beach and couples who want leisurely meals by night, this beautiful beach resort offers everything you could want to kick back and relax.
Much lower-key than its vibrant neighbour, Marmaris, it started life as a small fishing village. It’s blossomed into a sophisticated holiday destination, while still retaining bucket-loads of its original charm. The beach offers golden sands and blue seas and is maintained by the locals, who are fiercely proud of what is the resort’s greatest draw. In town, you’ll find a good selection of shops and some superb, authentic restaurants.
For a real taste of Turkey, try out one of the ‘lokantas’, also known as ‘tradesmen’s restaurants’, where the locals go for quick, convenient and home-cooked food. If you’re on holiday in Icmeler with the kids, the resort is within easy reach of Marmaris’ top attractions, such as the Atlantis Waterpark.
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Icmeler’s beach is spectacular with dark, golden sand, and is backed by a leafy promenade. Ideal for those travelling with little ones, the shore shelves gently into the sapphire seas, giving them plenty of opportunity to splash about. If you can bear to tear yourself from your sun lounger, the resort has plenty up its sleeve to see and do.
The midweek markets are the perfect hunting ground for those looking to bag a bargain, while kids will love a day out at Atlantis Waterpark, popular with all ages for its water slides, wave pool and mini-golf. In the evenings, pick a family-friendly bar for after-dinner drinks and, if the raki is working its magic, join in with the karaoke.
History and culture
Once a small fishing village, its customs are still celebrated throughout this charming small town. From its whitewashed buildings to its picturesque harbour, Icmeler has created a good balance between its traditional roots and a modern tourist resort.
Holidaymakers only recently started visiting the picturesque resort just 20 years ago. The surrounding towns began to get more attention because of the growing popularity of its bustling neighbour, Marmaris. Today it’s a great basecamp for visiting some of Turkey’s most popular historical sites like the ancient ruins of Hierapolis and the 16th century Marmaris Castle.
Enjoy a day at the resort’s Blue Flag paradise and bask in the unspoilt beauty of this long, golden beach. Like any great beach in Turkey, you’ll come across thrilling water sports and excellent snorkelling spots that’ll keep you entertained for hours. Or if you prefer, relax on a sun lounger underneath a shady umbrella. There are plenty of beachside restaurants and bars to refresh after an afternoon on the sand.
If you fancy a walk, you can take a stroll through the lush, green mountains to take in the stunning views of the coast. For those early risers, you’ll be treated to a beautiful sunrise that glistens as it’s reflected off the shimmering water.
Once the sun comes down the town comes alive with an array of bars and restaurants that stay open late into the evening. Sit back and enjoy the sunset as you dine on a traditional Turkish feast. After a delicious meal, the waterfront is a popular after dark hotspot as it’s where you’ll find live music, karaoke, entertaining shows and lots of opportunities to dance. If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, head to Marmaris, which is only 15 minutes away, to find vibrant nightclubs and music bars.
If you’re wondering “where is Icmeler in Turkey?”, the answer is that you’ll find it on Turkey’s south-western coast, about 8km from Marmaris and roughly an hour and a half’s drive from Dalaman Airport. Surrounded by perfumed pine forests and with a beautiful, horseshoe-shaped bay, this superb resort is for those who want to enjoy the quieter side of Turkish life, but with access to the bars and nightlife of nearby Marmaris for a kicking night out.
In the air and under the water
Beyond the pine forests on the Icmeler map you’ll find a mountain range which is popular with hikers, horse-riders, and cyclists. Ölü Deniz’ Babadağ mountain is the setting for the region’s Air Festival, which sees paragliders launching themselves from rocky outcrops and taking to the skies. Ölü Deniz is also home to one of the area’s greatest secrets: the Blue Lagoon. Wreathed in powder-soft sands and with clear, blue waters, it offers perfect conditions for scuba-divers and snorkellers.
Look on the Icmeler map and you’ll find that Marmaris is just across the bay. While it’s easy to walk there from Icmeler’s buzzing promenade, it’s even more fun to catch a water-taxi and head over to Marmaris in a few minutes.
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As part of the famous Turkish Turquoise Coast, Icmeler’s beach is ideal for families and couples looking to spend some quality downtime together. Clean and safe for even timid toe dippers and
tiny tots, the beach is maintained by the locals who are fiercely proud of this stunning part of the Turkish coastline. Book your break in the spring or autumn for the best sightseeing weather, or in the summer for some serious sunbathing. When you get back, if anyone asks you “where is Icmeler in Turkey?”, the only decision you’ll have to make is whether to tell them, or to keep it a secret!
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If you’re looking to treat your family or your better half to a little slice of luxury, then book one of our holidays to Kalkan. Once an idyllic fishing village, this holiday resort is now a mixture of old-school Turkish charm and modern, high-end hotels. Among the narrow streets, you’ll find brightly-decorated shops, cafés, and restaurants.
This isn’t the place to find pizzas and burgers: the tavernas and restaurants here serve traditional Turkish cuisine, although they’ll make something simpler for confused-looking holidaymakers!
History buffs can spend some time visiting some of the finest Roman ruins in the region, while if you’ve got a taste for adventure you can go kite-surfing, quad-bike across the sands, horse-riding at sunset, take boat trips along the coast, or wallow in a rejuvenating mud-bath at the nearby springs.
However, if your idea of downtime is to park yourself on a sun lounger and catch some rays, Kalkan is blessed with some of the best beaches around!
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The best place to get your bearings is on the picturesque waterfront. There, you’ll find some laid-back bars and rustic restaurants in which to enjoy a cheeky drink or a leisurely lunch. If the sapphire-coloured sea takes your fancy, make for the marina, where you can hop aboard a coastal cruise.
Anyone with even the faintest interest in history should visit some of the area’s historical sites. Xanthos boasts a superbly preserved Roman amphitheatre, alongside some imposing tombs and a Byzantine street.
Alternatively, lose yourself in the markets in the Old Town and hunt out some treasures of your own.
The Blue Flag beaches that line the coast of Kalkan are beautiful. A long stretch of soft, white sand shelves gently into calm, glistening waters. The tranquil waves make the beach ideal for relaxing afternoons, reclining on sun loungers under parasols.
If you’re after a more upbeat activity, there are lots of water sports available, from water skiing and paragliding to banana boats and canoeing.
Cafés and restaurants line the coast where you can eat fresh seafood and sip on delicious cocktails. A pleasant, pebbly beach lies next to the beautiful harbour, where the sun-soaked sea is a perfect romantic spot to sit and watch the boats dance on the horizon at nightfall.
History and culture
Kalkan was once a working fishing town and a safe harbour between Kaş and Fethiye. Its traditional character can still be seen through the cobbled streets of whitewashed houses that sit along the shore. Kalkan is close to significant, historic landmarks including Kayakoy; an evacuated ghost town and the Lycian city ruins of Tlos. Tourism has only become apparent in the last 40 or so years so the town still thrives on the traditional Turkish laid-back way of life.
Aside from its romantic setting and rich history, Kalkan has a vibrant nightlife to keep you entertained. Whether you want a quiet drink in a scenic setting or a dance floor in a buzzing nightclub, this modern town has it all.
Drink cocktails in a feel-good contemporary atmosphere at Club Karma, where resident DJs play the latest summer hits giving you a chance to grab your friends and dance the night away.
A popular place for a drink and a meal during sunset is the Botanik Garden Bar, with its unique setting along a peaceful river, decorated with green flora. With the glow of the garden lanterns, it’s easy to relax on the hammocks that hang from the blossoming trees.
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Once a quiet, mountainside village, Hisarönü, Turkey, bears all the hallmarks of a laid-back holiday haven. However, looks can be deceptive. While the destination has retained much of its old-school Turkish charm, it’s a buzzing holiday destination with plenty of things to see and do. Not to mention a stellar nightlife, making Hisarönü an ideal choice for couples, families, or groups of friends.
Suppose you want to dive head-first into the local culture on your Hisarönü holiday. In that case, Fethiye’s Old Town is buzzing with shops, cafés, and street markets. It’s a perfect choice for a day or afternoon of adventure away from Hisarönü. For lazy days back in your village destination, potter around plenty of shops and sleepy bars, sipping traditional Turkish tea to fuel your experience.
Things to do
If you fancy swimming in clear, blue waters then be sure to pay a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, which has its own sheltered beach and offers excellent conditions for scuba-divers. Swim or dive in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy a cooling break from the warm Turkish sun.
For those who like the water, but would rather not be under it, nearby Dalyan River is unmissable. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy some kayaking or rafting. To enjoy the river’s charm in a more relaxing way, book a leisurely boat trip, an ideal opportunity to see the local landscape.
Suppose you want your holidays to Hisarönü to involve lazing around on the beach. In that case, you’ll find plenty of soft, sandy shores to choose from. Ölüdeniz and the famous Blue Lagoon beach are just a short water-taxi ride away. Both sunny spots offer ideal sunbathing conditions and glistening, warm waters for swimming or splashing.
The Blue Lagoon in Ölüdenizis only a short distance from Hisarönü and is a perfect spot for a relaxing day spent topping up your tan. The wide, powdery beach surrounding the Blue Lagoon is a perfectly picturesque spot for relaxing or playing with the kids. A lush green landscape surrounds the lagoon and beach, just one more beautiful reason to visit. You’ll be able to chill out on a sunbed or shade beneath a parasol, grabbing drinks and snacks from nearby bars throughout the day. If you’re feeling energetic, you could go parasailing and see the beautiful landscape from a birds-eye-view.
Fun for everyone
The boats in Hisarönü do more than fish and taxi visitors around. Why not book a boat cruise? A perfect day out that the whole family can enjoy. Glide along the Aegean Coast and enjoy unparalleled views of the natural landscape as you go. The Turkish coast is shadowed by forested mountains, making every moment of a boat cruise more than picture-worthy.
If you prefer getting around on your own two feet, there are many opportunities to explore around Hisarönü. The Babadag mountain foothills offer a challenging day’s hike, with some of Turkey’s best scenery acting as the reward for your efforts. If you’re looking for a memorable adventure on your Hisarönü holiday, this is the way to go.
Maybe a full day of hiking sounds like a little too much work. In that case, Hisarönü offers plenty of cafés and bars where you can enjoy a leisurely drink and watch the world go by. Settle in and soak up the local atmosphere, fuelling with snacks and traditional tea throughout the day. Once the sun’s slipped over the horizon, the resort erupts into a riot of music, dancing, and good times as nightlife takes over. There is truly something for everyone in this beautiful Turkish destination.
Looking for momentoes to remember your holiday? There are plenty of opportunities for some retail therapy in and around Hisarönü. The Monday market is a great place to put your haggling skills to the test, and there are plenty of treasures available to buy. Or, take a drive into nearby Fethiye for lots more shopping as well as restaurants, bars, and a beautiful marina. Fethiye also boasts a captivating Old Town, a perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring. Pick up some fresh Turkish delight for the ride back to Hisarönü for a satisfying way to end your adventure.
Hisarönü may be small, but its nightlife rivals some of Turkey’s larger towns, with plenty of bars and clubs catering to the tourist crowd. Most in the village stay open and busy until the early hours, so there will be no need to go home if you’re still having fun!
Follow the sound of music and excitement to the main harbour, where you’ll find lots of bars and restaurants kicking off the evening in style. Many Hisarönü bars boast live music from around dinnertime, so you can enjoy a meal or some delicious drinks with a vibrant soundtrack adding to the atmosphere. For something even more exciting, look out for pool and karaoke bars dotted around Hisarönü.
Hisarönü’s clubs start to open their doors as the night draws on, attracting night owls from all around. DJs and dancefloors are easy to come by in this unassuming Turkish village, with various clubs offering music to suit all tastes and moods. Try Bar Rumba for classic nightclub vibes and themed events throughout the week, or Tango Fun Club for DJs and cheap drinks all night long.
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If you’re looking for peace, quiet, and a warm slice of Turkish hospitality, book your holidays to Ovacik this year. There are plenty of resorts in the area, such as Hisarönü, renowned for their noisy nightlife. Ovacik offers downtime that’s much more laid-back and relaxed, making it an ideal choice for families or couples looking to unwind.
You’ll find some of the best beaches on the Turquoise Coast along this stretch of shore; get ready for sun-bleached sands and warm waters, the perfect conditions for couples and families to enjoy some quiet time together. Enjoy long days dozing in the sun, with plenty of dips in the glistening sea to cool down throughout the day.
Want a dip into the region’s rich past? You’ll find ancient Lycian ruins along the coastline, which is also dotted with charming and characterful towns such as Fethiye. There are plenty of places to explore if you can tear yourself away from the beach, making Ovacik holidays exciting from start to finish.
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If you want to get some sunbathing under your belt, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. Head straight to Ölüdeniz beach to relax on a horseshoe-shaped sandy shoreline, or venture a little inland to experience the tropical beauty of the Blue Lagoon.
Fitness fans and those with a thirst for the great outdoors can walk a variety of hiking trails, taking you through the foothills of the Babadag Mountain and its pine forests. The Babadag Mountain also serves as the launch-pad for the Ölüdeniz International Air Games, which are well worth attending if you can time your holiday right. Alternatively, take a trip to Fethiye and explore its buzzing Old Quarter.
Make the most of your escape in the great outdoors; you’ll find plenty of stunning scenery along the various hiking trails in the area. If you’re holidaying with the family, you’ll find plenty of exciting activities for kids in and near Ovacik, including a fantastic waterpark that’s sure to set them smiling.
If you feel like exploring the local area, head out on foot to see some of the beautiful natural landscape. Ovacik is mostly flat, which means many places enjoy leisurely walks among the beautiful rural setting. Head back into the village afterwards for a traditional Turkish lunch or a drink to refresh and relax. Nature-lovers will enjoy walking around Butterfly Valley, often considered one of the most beautiful attractions in all of Turkey!
Ovacik boasts stunning views from its hillside valley location, but its setting means the resort doesn’t have a beach of its own. Still, it’s surrounded by some of Turkey’s most famous stretches of shoreline, so you won’t need to travel far for a dip in the turquoise waters.
Why not visit Ölüdeniz’s famous Blue Lagoon, which just a ten-minute bus ride from Ovacik? Don’t forget your camera! The towering mountains that sit along the coast provide shelter for the calm, clear waters below. The Blue Lagoon is an ideal spot to enjoy swimming and watersports. If that doesn’t sound like fun, the pebbly shore is the perfect relaxation spot for sunny afternoons looking over the sparkling waters.
History and culture
Ovacik is a quiet Turkish village in the Fethiye district. It sits on a small plateau near the bottom of Mount Babadağ, which is highly popular among paragliders. The resort has only recently seen development to keep up with tourism growth, so you can find plenty of untouched areas if you want to discover history and culture.
Today, Ovacik is a popular destination thanks to its traditional charm and beautiful landscape. The village lies in a beautiful valley at the Babadag mountain base, surrounded by protected national forest. Although it’s shadowed by a mountain, Ovacik itself is relatively flat, making it ideal for leisurely walks, immersing yourself in the local culture. Wildlife is a big part of the community here, and it’s common to see goats and chickens roaming freely around the streets.
Food & drink
Despite its modern influence, Ovacik is an excellent destination to discover traditional Turkish cuisine, with many small restaurants and vendors serving up tasty bites every day. Dine at Turkish-owned restaurants or shop in the local market to sample some of the most authentic Turkish food around. Whatever way you want to spend your holiday, the traditional charm of Ovacik is sure to win you over.
The modest nightlife in Ovacik is ideal if you’re after a romantic meal or relaxing with a few cocktails under the stars. There are a handful of bars that play music and stay open until the early hours, so dancing the night away is also encouraged, should you wish to.
If you prefer a night in, the luxurious hotels dotted around Ovacik provide nightly entertainment that’s perfect for families and couples, and guests staying elsewhere are welcome to enjoy the facilities.
Looking for something a little more upbeat? Take the ten-minute bus ride or hop in a taxi to Ölüdeniz, a bustling resort village on the coast. The resort is popular with tourists, so you can expect lots of bustling bars and restaurants that stay open late.
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Once a sleepy little fishing village, Turunc Turkey has claimed its rightful place as one of the county’s most desirable holiday destinations. Set against a backdrop of pine-scented forests and mountains, and perched on the edge of a horseshoe-shaped bay, holidays to Turunc Turkey are for travellers who want to enjoy the slower pace of Turkish life.
Compared to its noisier neighbours, Turunc is a much more laid-back and peaceful place to take a break, making it ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy some quality downtime together.
However, despite its sleepy reputation, you’ll find plenty to see and do on your Turunc holidays. The bay offers fabulous fishing opportunities and there are some water sports on offer for those who need a little adrenaline rush. Fans of the Great Outdoors can immerse themselves in the spectacular scenery on a hike or a horseback trek.
If that sounds too much like hard work, there are even jeep expeditions available! Perfect for a chilled-out getaway, the resort has a charming waterfront, a sun-soaked beach, and lots of vibrant markets, Turkish restaurants, and cafés.
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The jewel in Turunc’s crown is its horseshoe-shaped bay, dusted with soft, golden sand and lapped by warm, clear waters. If sunbathing isn’t enough for you, you can take part in some exciting water sports, including water-skiing and banana boat rides. There’s just as much fun to be had under the water as there is on it and the seas hold the perfect conditions for snorkelers and scuba-divers.
Alternatively, take a boat trip to see historic ruins at nearby Dalyan, or spend a tranquil day fishing. The rugged scenery that surrounds Turunc is perfect for adventurers, with plenty of places to hike, ride or drive. In the evenings, visit a Turkish restaurant on the waterfront to try the local specialties and relax with a drink and soak up the sunset.
Enjoy the glorious weather by lounging on the sand and taking a dip in the crystal clear waters. Turunc’s horseshoe shaped cove shelves gently into the sea which makes it ideal for families with small children. There are beach side restaurants and cafés along the coast, so you can take a refreshing break in the shaded seating and have a spot of lunch or a delicious cocktail. Enjoy picturesque views of the lush mountains and glistening coast from the comfort of your sun lounger.
History and culture
The idyllic village is said to be over 100 years old and was first called home by only five families. Its name can be translated to bitter orange, as citrus fruits once thrived in the nearby land. It was in the 1980s when tourism really started to develop with new roads, hotels and even running water and electricity being brought into the secluded village.
You can walk from one end of Turunc to the other in about half an hour. The striking hillside acts as a picturesque backdrop to the azure blue seas but if you’re looking for a change of scenery, the bustling resort of Marmaris is only 20 kilometres away.
This sleepy fishing village has low key evening entertainment with the majority being nightly shows in the All Inclusive hotels. There are a good range of bars and restaurants which provide the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. Some of the bars do have a dance floor where you can enjoy live music and karaoke and for something even more upbeat, take the 30 minute journey to Marmaris.
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Sitting pretty on Turkey’s west coast, you’ll discover the sun-soaked beach resort of Kusadasi. Once a tiny fishing village, it’s transformed over the years into a popular destination but has still managed to keep much of its character and personality. With eight beautiful beaches, bustling bars, and a chic marina on offer, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with families, couples, and groups of mates.
Kusadasi holidays still have a traditional feel; take in the authentic atmosphere as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town, and experience the buzzing bazaar. This will show you a slice of local life as well as give you a chance to haggle for some bargains. A short way beyond the resort, you’ll have the chance to explore one of the region’s most popular historic attractions: the ancient city of Ephesus.
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Holidays to Kuşadasi are all about the beaches for many visitors. And whether you want to relax in a tranquil spot with a book in hand, or try your hand at watersports, there’s plenty to keep you happy. If you’re travelling with the kids, they’ll love playing around in the sand.
But if you fancy a change of scenery, there’s always the nearby waterparks. Kids and grown-ups alike will love splashing around in the pools and riding the slides. Love a bit of history? You’re in luck, because you’re just a short trip away from a fascinating ancient city that’s waiting to be explored.
Little is known about the history of Kusadasi apart from that the surrounding areas were ruled by the Roman Empire in 200 BC and it became a state of Byzantine.
Visit the Ottoman Fortress of Kusadasi which sits proudly over Pigeon Island, named after the large amount of birds that migrate to the area. The 13th century castle and its tall towers were strategically built to protect the sea and mainland from attack by pirates. Explore the grounds of the ancient fortress, visit the museum and enjoy the panoramic views of scenic Kusadasi.
Nearby is the Ancient City of Ephesus, which during this time was an important port for trade and religion. The city was destroyed by a series of earthquakes and as a result, lost its financial significance as the Byzantines had to find a new trading centre. Its magnificent ruins can be visited and it’s also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, and The House of the Virgin Mary.
Kusadasi has some beautiful beaches along the seafront promenade; one of the most popular is Silver Sand beach. The soft sands that shelve gently into the sea make it ideal for families with small children. Take in the stunning views of the glistening waters and the castle in the distance. Play a game of volleyball before taking a break and having a bite to eat in one of the beachside cafés or restaurants. Thrill seekers can take to the waves and try the variety of water sports available including jet skis, banana boats and canoes.
You’ll be able to find a variety of nightlife after dark as there are two main bar streets. Enjoy the atmosphere of the Irish pubs, sip on a delicious cocktail or two in one of the bars and then dance the night away in one of the nightclubs. If you want something a little quieter, the beachside bars are where you’ll be able to spend your evening with a refreshing drink under the stars.
Where is Kusadasi?
You’ll find the sun-soaked beach resort of Kusadasi on the southern Aegean Coast in Turkey. It’s situated in the north-west of Aydin province, around 100km from Izmir city centre.
Once a quaint fishing village, Kusadasi has grown into a bustling holiday resort; it’s also one of the most popular holiday destinations in the region. You can expect nothing less than spectacular coastal scenery around here, as there’s a stunning selection of beaches to choose from, there are eight in total.
In town, you’ll find a blend of old and new to explore. You’ll discover pretty cobbled streets and bustling cafés tucked away in Ottoman houses, as well as a wealth of fashionable shops and chic restaurants to choose from. Don’t forget to head for the bustling bazaar; it’s a great place to experience Kusadasi culture first hand. It’s also a great spot to find handcrafted goodies galore for those essential souvenirs.
The famous ruins of Ephesus aren’t far away from here either (around 20km); once the Roman capital of Asia, it’s well worth visiting to explore ruins dating back 2,000 years. Kusadasi is also close to several other major archaeological sites; you can easily visit the Ionian settlements of Didyma, Miletus and Priene from here.
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Perched on Turkey’s western coastline overlooking the glimmering Aegean Sea, you’ll discover the sunny seaside destination of Çeşme. From golden, sandy beaches to the historical castle in the heart of town, Çeşme holidays have a lot to offer.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush green countryside, perfect for strolls or as a backdrop to your days in town. Take your time relaxing on the shoreline before wandering through the narrow streets past traditional Turkish houses.
Make your way to the bustling harbour where you’ll find a superb selection of cafés and restaurants serving the catch of the day and many other local delights. After dark, Çeşme comes to life, with many bars and clubs staying open until the early hours. Whatever you’re looking for from your Turkish holiday, Çeşme boasts something for everyone.
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If all you want to do on holiday is spend long days on the warm, sunny beach, then this place has just what you need. Çeşme holidays can be easily dozed away on the soft golden sand, milling between the town and the shore for snacks and drinks at intervals throughout the day. Many hotels in Çeşme boast beautiful pools to relax by too, a perfect change of scenery if you’d prefer a little more privacy.
If you really want to unwind, a trip to the natural springs is in order. Sink into the naturally warm water and let the hot bubbles relax all your muscles and joints. Beyond the glorious coastline, there are many ways to keep busy in Çeşme. The town has a fascinating ancient past that’s just waiting to be unlocked. If you’re interested in learning about the history of Çeşme, your first port of call must be the castle in the centre of town.
If you want to head out into nature, you’ll find lots of country trails on your doorstep too. So lace up your boots and get walking, there are few better ways to leave your troubles behind.
For a memorable day out that makes the most of Çeşme’s nature, visit the Çeşme Thermal Spring in Izmir and enjoy a relaxing experience like no other. Thermal pools in Çeşme are thought to have healing properties for many ailments. We can’t promise a miracle cure, but you’re sure to enjoy the mood-boosting benefits of this natural wonder.
Çeşme is home to several stunning beaches dotted along the beautiful coast. The toasty sand here is lapped by the Aegean Sea’s shallow, clear waters. They’re both safe and attractive, perfect for a relaxing or playful holiday with the family. Recline on sun loungers and top up your tan, or take shade beneath a parasol and settle in to read snooze. Picturesque views across the turquoise water, which glistens in the sunshine, are enough to put anyone at ease.
If you prefer to get active when you visit the beach, you won’t be disappointed by Çeşme. There are many water sports to enjoy from this beautiful stretch of shore. The beaches of Çeşme are famous among windsurfers thanks to the nearby hot springs, which drive a warm breeze across the water creating perfect conditions for the sport.
History and culture
Çeşme was first colonised as a health resort, with beautiful thermal springs that many people consider to have healing qualities. Çeşme means fountain in Turkish; the town earnt its name as a destination for the Ottoman navy to gather fresh drinking water. Discover the springs, the harbour, castle, and many more historical spots in and around Çeşme to get a little more out of your holiday.
The natural landscape which surrounds Çeşme gives this unique Turkish town much of its laidback charm and atmosphere. It’s also ideal if you want to explore the archaeological sites nearby, including the ruins of buildings destroyed in the Great War of 1923.
Çeşme is one of Turkey’s most tourist-friendly towns, which means plenty of eateries to suit every taste. Whether you want to sample traditional Turkish cuisine or you prefer to stick with what you know, you’ll find lots of restaurants serving food all day.
To start the day off right, try a traditional Turkish breakfast of bread, jams, olives, tomatoes and cold salads before exploring the town or hitting the beach. You can find plenty of cafés serving breakfast items you might be more used to, so don’t worry if you know what you like!
In the afternoon, grab a wrap or kebab with freshly baked meat and crisp, refreshing salad – a perfect lunch in Çeşme. Dinner time means many more options, including Turkish and international restaurants with views overlooking the harbour. Settle in for a leisurely meal and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this beautiful Turkish town.
Çeşme is an upmarket coastal town with a lively yet modest nightlife. The beach clubs are some of the most popular that Çeşme has to offer, hosting day parties in the peak season and transforming into buzzing nightclubs in the evening all year round.
Head into Çeşme at night to enjoy cocktails and other drinks in lazy beach bars, while live music sings through the warm Turkish air. Marina Yacht Club is an excellent choice for live jazz. For your big night out on holiday, head to Sole Mare Beach Club, one of the most popular beach clubs in town with access to the shore and outdoor bars adding to the atmosphere.
If you prefer your nightlife a little less intense, you’ll find plenty of casual bars in central Çeşme. Simply wander around the streets, soaking up the local atmosphere until you settle on a spot that suits your group.
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Tucked away in a peaceful bay on the glorious Aegean coast in southwest Turkey, you’ll come across the charming village of Özdere. For many, holidays to Özdere are all about miles and miles of golden sandy beaches; the perfect spot for relaxing in the sunshine. And if you do want to pick up the pace, you could always give watersports a go or head into the lush green hills that surround the town. You’ll also find yourself within easy reach of the ancient city of Ephesus, which is an absolute must-see while you’re in the region.
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The beach may be your first port of call on holidays to Özdere (after all, it’s hard the resist the temptation of those gloriously white sandy shores), but if you do fancy a change of scenery, you won’t be disappointed. The village itself is a hive of activity, with its lively markets and bustling restaurants.
And if you fancy taking a trip beyond the village, you’ll find a wealth of fascinating historic sights to see. You could also take a short boat trip over to a different country altogether, and hop over to the Greek islands for a great excursion.
Along a lengthy coastline full of beautiful Blue Flag beaches and stunning coves is the secluded bay of Özdere. The shallow, calm water of the Aegean Sea is every shade of green and blue and blends in with the colours of the surrounding forestry. Özdere’s soft, golden sand shelves into the crystal clear waters, which are great to explore by swimming, water sports or scuba diving. Relax by the beach and soak up the warm, Turkish sun in a location that’s a taste of paradise and just perfect for watching the striking sun setting along the horizon.
History and culture
Özdere was once a small fishing village until about 10 years ago when it began to develop into a popular tourist destination. This means that the area is full of authentic narrow streets, undamaged forests and traditional Turkish charm. Located in the southwest of Turkey, it’s one of the country’s most archeologically significant resorts, with historical sites nearby including the ancient city of Ephesus.
The quiet seaside town has a modest nightlife with only a small selection of bars that are open until the early hours. The atmosphere in Özdere is calm and laid-back with tradition at its heart. Expect to find an excellent selection of traditional restaurants and bars where you’ll be able to enjoy a cocktail or two, down by the sea. A popular place in Özdere for delicious seafood in the evening is The Love Square, which is a newly built promenade along the waterfront that gives spectacular views of the shimmering sea and distant Greek island, Samos.
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Bodrum town is a sophisticated seaside escape and the jewel on Turkey’s stunning Aegean Coast. Boasting a blend of traditional charm and a cosmopolitan vibe, Bodrum holidays have won admirers from all over the world (including the rich and famous). There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, from the ancient castle to the glittering marina. And you won’t be far from one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World either. To top it all off, Gumbet’s non-stop nightlife and a host of stunning beaches are also within easy reach.
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Bodrum Resort’s sun-kissed waterfront is a hive of activity, with its cosmopolitan marina and the magnificent Bodrum Castle. If you want to take it easy, why not book a leisurely sail along the peninsula? While you’re staying in this historic town, a little sightseeing is in order, and the landmark castle and magnificent Roman theatre are well worth exploring. The town’s popular water park is a brilliant place to cool off, especially if you’re here with the little ones. Dozens of winding waterslides and swimming pools galore will keep kids and grown-ups happy. When evening comes around, the harbour is the place to be. But if you want to go all out, you’ll find late-night bars and clubs down on Bar Street.
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Places similar to Turkey to visit
Greek island holidays remain the top choice for sun lovers, foodies and adventure seekers. With balmy sunshine, ancient sites and harbourside tavernas, these rugged beauties know just how to reel you in.
And when you’re not lapping up blue skies on sandy coastlines, or trekking through whitewashed mountain villages, you’ve got the best nightlife in the Mediterranean at your feet. From their stunning good looks to the endless things to do, it’s no wonder Greek island holidays are a summertime favourite.
Greek islands at a glance
• Watch the sunset over the blue domes in Santorini
• Rub shoulders with A-listers in party hub Mykonos
• See loggerhead turtles in under-the-radar Kefalonia
• Uncover the medieval city of Rhodes
All the Greek islands have their own unique charm, but which is right for you? Let's dive in...
Best Greek island holidays for hopping
Always fancied island hopping? Why not pack multiple destinations into your Greek island holiday? Touch down in Crete and board the direct ferries for a day trip to Santorini, or from Kos to Rhodes. Or stay in Kavos and springboard to the tiny islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
Best Greek island holidays for peace and quiet
In search of less touristy Greek island holidays? Step away from it all with a peaceful stay in Kefalonia. You can spot sea turtles in Katelios Bay, ride horses through the Sami mountains and descend into the Drogarati caves, 60 metres below ground.
Laid-back Lefkas (or Lefkada) is another under-the-radar destination for those seeking quieter holidays to the Greek islands. This rugged beauty boasts pastel-coloured boulevards, fringed by wild waterfalls and striking natural caverns.
Best Greek island holidays for romance
For first-timers and romantics, Santorini is a must. All blue-dome chapels and whitewashed walkways, this has to be one of the most magical Greek island holidays for couples. Take the 300-step descent down to Amoudi Bay for a swoon-worthy sunset stroll.
Best Greek island holidays for party animals
Holidays to the Greek islands aren’t limited to sun lounging and feta-eating. If you’re looking for a party scene to rival Ibiza, Mykonos is it! Behind its pretty facade, this island is host to the wildest celeb hotspot in the Med.
Best Greek island holidays for families with kids
Rhodes is one of the best Greek islands to explore with the kids. Alongside its sheltered beaches and shallow waters, its Old Town feels like an endless museum, with knights and ancient relics galore.
Away from party-central Laganas, Zante is another one of the best Greek islands for a family holiday. Watch turtles nesting on Kalamaki Beach, find thrills at Water Village and take in the sights from the Trainaki train. Why not make the most of your trip with a Greek island holiday package.
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Greece holidays are a must for the sunseekers, the foodies, the history buffs and the ramblers.
Why go to Greece on holiday?
Holidays to Greece and its islands are nothing short of dreamy. With glittering coves, sun-bleached ruins and those postcard-worthy sugar-cube towns. And when you’re done admiring the country’s good looks, you’ve got historical sights at every turn. So you’ll always find things to do.
Greece holiday highlights
• Climb the Acropolis in Rhodes
• Visit the abandoned shipwreck in Zante
• Sunbathe on the pink sands in Crete
• Swim through the tunnel of love in Corfu
Where to holiday in Greece?
To the mythic mainland or the idyllic Greek islands? Holidays to Greece will tick endless swimming spots, historic trails and instagram-worthy beaches off your checklist. With crowd-free spots in Skopelos to big-name party destinations like Zante. Greece holidays can be as high-octane or secluded as you want them to be.
Best for couples: While Santorini holidays are the honeymoon favourite, the Greek islands are brimming with romantic sights. From the pink sands in Crete to the Canal D’Amour in Corfu. For some 5 star Adults Only Greece luxury, check out the Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa.
Best for families: Hersonissos, Corfu and Crete are a must for classic family holidays in Greece. Check out 5 star Corfu Holiday Palace, with its child-friendly waterparks, or the Mitsis Blue Domes with its 10 pools! Bonus points if you visit the Star Beach water park, it’s voted one of the best in Europe.
Best for beaches: Crete is the most popular spot for beach holidays in Greece, with 650 miles of turquoise coastline. From golden stretches to rocky coves. Find genuine paradise on the white sands of Balos Beach Lagoon.
Best for party-goers: Energetic Mykonos, Crete and Kos are known for their vibrant nightlife, with world-class beach parties, A-list revellers and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Malia, Stalis, Faliraki, Kardamena and Laganas are all lively hotspots.
Best for sights: Historic Rhodes is home to a medieval Old Town, impressive fortresses and archaeological ruins. Be close to the sights with a stay at The Ixian Grand. Athens’ ancient history also makes for a bucket-list worthy Greek getaway.
Best for adventures: Corfu’s olive groves and pine-clad forests are a must for avid hikers. For secluded bliss, head to the pocket-sized hideaways in Skiathos and Kefalonia, or under-the-radar Lefkas and Thassos .
Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Greece to see which month is right for you.
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Luring you in with Blue Flag awarded beaches made for lazy sunbathing stints, ancient ruins dating back as far as the 3rd century and an electric nightlife attracting world-renowned DJs, Cyprus holidays are one-of-a-kind. And that’s just the beginning, think waterfront restaurants combining the flavours of Greece and Turkey, splash-filled waterparks perfect for families and most importantly, a sizzling summer climate.
Things to do
Whether you’re a history buff seeking out UNESCO-listed hotspots or a hardcore reveller looking for the best cocktail venues in Ayia Napa, holidays to Cyprus are action-packed. And if you’re just wanting to lounge around on one of its 160 beaches, relaxing getaways are aplenty too.
For starters, Coral Bay oozes tranquility with a swathe of golden sand calling you to top up your tan. Meanwhile, Nissi Beach is known as the beach that never sleeps thanks to its live music and thrilling watersports. As for Lara Bay, well that’s an isolated sand spot dedicated to protecting loggerhead turtles.
For those with kids, the Mediterranean coastline is best explored via horseback (especially at sunset). And when the ocean doesn’t cut it, WaterWorld is a must! It’s the largest themed waterpark in Cyprus, daring you to slide down its freefall kamikaze and float along its lazy river. Not to mention the splash zones for tinier tots, inflatable obstacle courses and bubbling hot tubs.
When you want to get wet and wild among nature's finest, Adonis Baths promises cascading waterfalls. Or, you can always check out the largest rock formation Petra tou Romiou, the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Legend has it that if you swim around the rock three times, you’ll be granted eternal beauty.
No trip is complete without visiting the archaeological marvel, Tomb of the Kings. Around 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats are estimated to have been buried there, along with a substantial trove of jewels and personal effects! Trek up the Troodos Mountains and you’ll be greeted by another phenomenon, Kykkos Monastery founded in the 11th century. Here alongside timeless manuscripts and antiques lies the silver-gilded icon of the Virgin Mary.
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Cyprus is an island of contrast! Head to the rustic fishing village of Latchi for quaint tavernas and a relaxed welcome. Or, check out our Ayia Napa holidays if you want to party until sunrise. When it comes to sands that resemble the Caribbean, Nissi Bay holidays and Protaras are firm family favourites.
And when you want to be next door to some of the world’s most important archaeological sites, Paphos should be your go-to. There’s no shortage of luxury either thanks to the superyachts decorating the coastline of Limassol. This cosmopolitan resort has a fantastic mix of award-winning beaches, designer stores and historical relics; the ruined city Kourion, in particular, will lure you in with its cocktail of cultures.
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Holidays to Spain bring you to some of Europe’s most vibrant cities, 3,000 miles of soft sandy beaches, and fun-filled waterparks galore. Whether you’re heading for the bustling mainland or the gorgeous islands off the coast, you’ve always got year-round balmy weather, just a short flight away from the UK. Discover a country full of charm, from the mountain villages and Moorish castles to the bustling resorts and delightful tapas restaurants.
There are so many incredible destinations to explore with a holiday to Spain. You could relax on the powdery white sands of Marbella, soak up the party atmosphere in Ibiza, venture through the coves of Costa Brava or seek out the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands. So whether you want to flop on the beach, hit the world-famous after-dark scene, or set off on an adventure, Spain holidays are for you.
Things to do
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do on a holiday to Spain. From lounging on the golden sands to picking up the pace with watersports in bustling resorts like Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or Costa Almeria on the mainland. But a holiday to Spain has so much to offer beyond the coastline. It’s brimming with incredible landscapes, from Lanzarote’s volcanic peaks to Menorca’s lush wetlands.
You could make a splash together at the famous Siam Park. Build sandcastles on the pristine soft sands of Playa de Alcudia. And if you're seeking a day of sightseeing, hop aboard the Cap Salou Tourist Train. Your little ones will love discovering the hidden corners of this spectacular city.
Couples have so much culture and romance to soak up together in Spain. Whether you want to step under the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Go on a horse riding tour through the valleys of Ibiza. Or set sail with a sunset catamaran trip in Malaga. And if it's foodie hotspots you're both after, follow your taste buds around the pavement tables of Alcudia for the traditional paella.
Places to stay
With a fantastic range of Blue Flag beaches, it's no wonder Spain attracts so many to its shoreline. Holidays on the mainland are about the Costas, aka the ‘Golden Coast’, a stretch of soft sand drenched in sunshine. In the Canaries, you'll find black volcanic sands in Lanzarote and Saharan shores in Gran Canaria. While in the Balearics, Menorca and Majorca boast secluded coves and sweeping bays. In Ibiza, it's become a tradition to watch the spectacular sunsets. The rich hues of reds, oranges, and pinks set the Mediterranean waters on fire.
Canary Islands in Spain
With golden beaches, volcanoes and lush forests, holidays to the Canary Islands are all about diverse landscapes. There's so much to explore, from the fire mountains in Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote to the nature reserve on Lobos Island in Fuerteventura. The weather is also warm all year round, with excellent conditions for watersports and long days under the African sun. With all this and more, Canary Islands holidays have got everything you could ask for. All within a reasonably short flight.
From the whitewashed buildings of Mojácar to the traditional culture of Roquetas de Mar, holidays to Costa de Almeria are great for peaceful breaks in idyllic settings. You can head out on scenic walks in the hills or stroll along golden beaches. Bars and restaurants can be found in the eco-resort of El Toyo, where you can fill your Costa de Almeria holidays with new Spanish flavours.
Translating to the "White Coast", Costa Blanca holidays are popular with beach lovers. Stunning white sands stretch for miles, making it perfect for those long, lazy days soaking up the sun. It's more than just beaches, though. Holidays to Costa Blanca can take you up into the hills, where the countryside is rich with colour, charming vineyards and the smell of citrus and almond groves. In the evenings, Costa Blanca nightlife is not to be missed.
Costa Del Sol
Spanish for "Coast of the Sun", Costa del Sol holidays offer 325 days of warm weather and 95 miles of coastline. But there's plenty more to the sun coast than soft sands and blue waters. On holidays to Costa del Sol, you'll find sleepy villages amongst the hills and mountains that are beautiful to drive through, vibrant nightlife, and rich history and culture.
Costa Dorada holidays boast pristine sands, pretty ports, towering mountain trails, pine forests, the region's largest wetlands and medieval villages. Salou is great for kids. With shallow waters, playgrounds and historic towns. And family holidays to Costa Brava aren't complete without a visit to PortAventura, one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, with themed rides and brilliant entertainment.
What should I pack?
Pack your sunscreen if you're booking your holidays to Spain in the summer months. Aside from that, a few other bits and bobs will help make your break easier. If you can't live without your gadgets, you might want to bring an adaptor to charge them back in your hotel. A portable power pack is also a good idea for gizmo addicts.
When it comes to clothing, keep it light and airy, with outfits made from linen and cotton.
Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Spain to see which month is right for you.
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