Holidays in Turkey come in two distinct categories - the first is sunshine holidays to the south coast where the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas provide beautiful places to relax. The second type is a city break to take advantage of Turkey's unique cultural past, seated on the crossroads of Asia and Europe.
You can find everything from party resorts to stunning natural attractions like Pamukkale and amazing cultural relics such as Epheseus, depending on where you head on your holiday in Turkey. Many of the most popular sights are available to see on a day trips from the beach resorts too - just be prepared for a long coach ride. However, if you want to visit Istanbul you'll have to make this a separate occasion - it's really far from the south coast resorts. Think you'll miss the beach? Don't worry, head to the Black Sea coast instead!
Thanks to the rise of cheap flights to Turkey we can't see this destination dropping off the most popular list in 2013 or 2014.
Turkey is now one of the most popular destinations with us Brits thanks to the readily available and great value package holidays to Turkey that abound. The majority of these are to the south coast beach resorts, offering packages to everywhere from the large resorts such as Marmaris or Bodrum to the smaller resorts like Side, Fethiye and Gumbet. All of these cheap Turkey holiday destinations are booking up earlier and earlier, so if you want to get a bargain in 2013 or 2014 then make sure you book nice and early. Here are our top Turkey resorts to try out:
Marmaris A huge beach, a giant water park, a range of hotels from budget to total luxury, a stunning castle, amazing coastal cruises and a pretty wild nightlife all combine to make this Turkey holiday destination a big hit with a whole range of holdiaymakers.
Bodrum If you can't decide between stunning beaches and great nightlife or a raft of cultural attractions then Bodrum is for you. There is so much to explore here, starting at the castle complex, and you can dance til you drop with all night clubs as well.
Alanya For a quieter, perhaps more family friendly, cheap holiday to Turkey, this is a great resort. There are plenty of stunning places to visit with some of the best beaches and the Taurus Mountains on your doorstep, plus the citadel for history lovers.
Kusadasi Not only does it boast proximity to Epheseus as well as plenty of other historical sites in Turkey, it also occupies a gorgeous spot on the coast, and you can hop over to Greek islands Mykonos or Samos for a day trip!
Oludeniz Nestled around a lagoon, which has an entry fee, you can imagine this is a very pretty spot indeed. The lifestyle here is more laid-back that in some of the other resorts, but there's a vibrant bar and restaurant scene if you fancy a little excitement.
Altinkum Another quieter resort with a health smattering of lively bars and an outdoors club, the long beach is the main draw here, making it a firm family favourite when it comes to holidays in Turkey.
For something totally different, visit Istanbul for an alternative city break. If you end up craving the beach then the Black Sea Coast will be right on your doorestep.
It's hard to find a bad time if you're after a city break in Istanbul. You will find that the winter months have temperatures that go down to around 8°C, when the weather is as its coldest and wettest, but there is nothing here that you won't be prepared for if you imagine you're in the UK! In summer the temperatures climb to around 28°C, and you may find that this heat in the city is quite warm. Make sure you factor in plenty of drink stops and escape to the ponds and pavilions at Emirgan Park whenever you need it.
By contrast, the Turkey holiday resorts on the south coast are pleasant in winter, with highs of around 15°C, great for sightseeing and enjoying some sunshine, but not great for sunbathing. The summer is the peak time for a resort holiday in Turkey, with the majority of people visiting at this time, although in such a warm climate means it's well worth looking out for bargains to Marmaris, Bodrum or Dalaman in autumn and spring too. Temperatures in Marmaris hit a scorching 35°C average high in August - so whatever you do, don't forget your suncream!
Beach holidays in Turkey are usually all about the blue waters and sandy beaches by day, perhaps with a good dose of nightlife after dark. If you're into your culture then Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, is a must-see. The Ottoman architecture is the city's crowing glory and the Blue Mosque is the pinnacle of this. But that doesn't mean you should overlook Ankara, the modern-day capital. The Asian side of the heritage and eastern influences are more apparent, giving you an alternative flavour on your cheap Turkey holiday.
And there are some amazing individual sights located around the country too, which are certainly worth making a detour to if you're nearby. The ruins of Ephesus are some of the best on the continent, whilst the white rock deposits of Pamukkale make for amazing pictures!
Check out more of our Turkey holiday ideas by visiting our Turkey page.
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