A land where breath-taking scenery meets ancient history, delicious food and vibrant culture, Turkey is a place like no other. Whether you’re relaxing on golden beaches or exploring exciting cities, your holiday to this enchanting eastern gem will be full of unforgettable memories. From Byzantine churches to ancient amphitheatres, you’ll find endless historic wonders on your Turkey resorts map.

At Turkey’s modern beach resorts, you’ll enjoy sun-soaked days on the picturesque coast before tucking into a meal at one of the local family-run restaurants. When night falls, sip on a freshly-made cocktail while watching live music, or dance the night away at one of the popular clubs. For a more laid back holiday, stay in a tranquil bay or discover an ancient town where you can relax and leave your worries far behind.

The Turquoise Coast

Many of the country’s most popular holiday destinations are on the Turquoise Coast, the western part of which can easily be seen on a map of Turkey’s Aegean Coast. Here, you’ll find lively, cosmopolitan beach resorts like Antalya, Marmaris, Kuşadası and Bodrum. These have hundreds of hotels and self catering apartments, from 5-star venues with infinity pools to budget friendly villas or bed & breakfast style hotels.

With it’s pristine sandy beaches, clear emerald water and lush forests, the Turquoise Coast is just as idyllic for honeymooners as it is for families. For sun seekers and beach lovers, the best time to visit is from around late May to the end of September, when the weather is sunny, dry and hot. In fact, the sea temperature can get close to 30°C by August, and generally remains above 20°C until at least mid November.

Cultural attractions in Turkey

If you’re looking for ideas on what to see and do, use your Turkey resorts map to find your way to Bodrum Castle. This iconic landmark dates to the early 15th century and is home to the fascinating Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where you can see a large glass exhibition and ancient shipwrecks.

To find out more about Turkey’s fascinating history, a visit to the capital Istanbul, to the north on your map of Turkey’s Aegean Coast, is a must. Explore the city’s cultural sights, from Hagia Sophia to Basilica Cistern, before trying your hand at haggling in the sprawling Grand Bazaar. Beyond the capital, the ruined city of Ephesus and the tea gardens of Konya provide a picturesque backdrop to discover Turkey in times gone by.

Natural attractions

One of the most impressive natural sights in Turkey is the lagoon of Ölüdeniz, which you’ll probably recognise from postcards and brochures. The perfect sandy beach and clear emerald waters attract thousands of holidaymakers throughout the year, although if you come here in the spring or autumn, or very early in the day, you can beat the crowds.

In the Antalya area, you can also see the beautiful Düden Waterfalls, the lower part of which flows straight into the Mediterranean Sea.

Food and drink in Turkey

When you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the cities with your Turkey resorts map, or you need a break from water sports, try some of the country’s great delicacies. Enjoy a traditional spread of fresh mezze, from chargrilled lamb to aubergine dips and cheesy pastries, before sampling local liquors or sipping on a cool, refreshing beer. Don’t forget to try the country’s teas and coffees, too.