Turkey holidays are full of delights, from serene, golden beaches to a history spanning thousands of years and mouth-watering cuisine. There’s no shortage of bucket list worthy attractions either, whether you’ve come here to paraglide over those famous Blue Lagoon waters or enjoy a soak in Pamukkale’s hot springs.
And with a foot in both Asia and Europe, the country brings you the best of both continents. Swap Istanbul’s trendy neighbourhoods and modern museums for a glimpse into the mystic Sufi culture in Konya.
Things to do
There are endless things to do in Turkey, whether you book a short city break or settle in one of its sundrenched beach resorts. If you’re staying in Istanbul, you shouldn't miss a chance to tick off the city's impressive mosques such as Sultanahmet (the Blue Mosque ) or Hagia Sophia with its stunning Byzantine beauty. Those keen to shop will also appreciate the bustling Grand Bazaar for its handcrafted items and unique atmosphere. Meanwhile, did you know Istanbul is the world’s only transcontinental city with two distinct sides? Part lies in Asia and the other sits in Europe.
Other must-see attractions include the ancient city of Ephesus and the breathtaking fairy tale chimney rock formations of Cappadocia. Photographers hoping to capture this natural wonder in all its glory should book a stay at The Cappadocia Hotel, where you can stay in a stone cave room and witness the most amazing sunsets from your terrace. Alternatively, see the enormous Roman Theatre of Aspendos near Antalya, or visit the equally astounding Greco-Roman ruins of Pergamum in Bergama.
At Turkey’s modern beach resorts, you can enjoy days on the picturesque coast before tucking into a meal at a family-run restaurant. When night falls, sip on a freshly-made cocktail while watching live music, or dance the night away at one of its late-closing clubs.
The Turquoise Coast
Many of Turkey’s most popular holiday destinations can be found on the Turquoise Coast (in the southwest), which is recognised for its stunning pine-covered scenery. With over 400 miles of coastline in Antalya alone, it’s a big hit with beach lovers. It’s also home to Olu Deniz’s breathtaking Blue Lagoon, one of Turkey’s most photographed shores for its bright-blue waters and beautiful milky sands.
Another popular resort is the lively seaside town of Marmaris, where a traditional Old Town meets a smart marina. This idyllic area is also perfect for honeymooners, particularly Bodrum, where couples can step away from its beautiful bays and discover amazing antique wonders.
Places to stay
Wherever you stay, you’re never far from a sundrenched sandy beach or a dose of culture. Only a short 20-minute drive from Ephesus, Kusadasi is a great pick for visiting one of Turkey’s best-preserved cities. For a mix of family fun, history and lively nights, look no further than bustling Marmaris. Or if you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, the Antalya region is full of luxury hotels, particularly those in glitzy Lara Beach.
Hoping to dive into the country’s past? Base yourself in Bodrum! This historical hotspot is like stepping foot inside an open-air museum, from a Wonder of the World to an antique theatre and 300-year-old village. And you won’t have to wander far for a day on the sand thanks to its stunning peninsula beaches. If you want to truly get away from it all on your holidays to Turkey, you can always retreat to an under-the-radar city like Fethiye. Backed by pine-covered mountains, it’s perfect for couples seeking a slower pace.
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