Turkey is a country filled with history and tradition, combined with wonderful weather, making it a perfect holiday destination. The classical Roman city of Ephesus is best admired early in the morning before it gets too hot while the unique Pamukkale (which means cotton castle) is a must see and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shoppers will enjoy Istanbul's bustling Grand Bazaar and spice markets, while sun-worshippers will love the country's picturesque beaches such as those in Oludeniz. And then there's the traditional Turkish bath - a must try during any holiday in Turkey.
Turkey is very easily accessible with lots of direct flights to Turkey available from most major UK airports. With companies such as easyJet, Thomson Flights and Monarch all offering flights to various different destinations within Turkey it's worth shopping around before you book - after all you want to get the best deal you can! If possible, avoid travelling in July and August as these tend to be the most expensive months when it comes to Turkey holidays.
With so much to see and do during your holiday in Turkey public transport will be the best bet to get around. Trains are fairly cheap but can take longer than a bus, plus as Turkey doesn't have an extensive rail network some cities and tourist spots may be out of bounds. Buses on the other hand are perfect if you're thinking of travelling long distances. Just be aware that they can get rather crowded with little leg room so it may be worth up-grading.
Although prices may be rising, a holiday to Turkey doesn't have to cost the earth. It's possible to get a cheap hotel in Turkey as long as you book it well in advance.
Renting a car in Turkey can be expensive so the cheapest way to get around during your holiday in Turkey is by taking advantage of the Dolmus (minibus). The destination is printed on the front and the money is usually collected throughout your journey - just shout when you want to get off! Be aware that they stop running by the early evening so you will have to get a taxi back to your Turkey hotel.
Bargaining is expected during your Turkey holiday and can be a lot of fun. The trick is to be patient and spend a lot of time haggling back and forth - eventually you'll get a good deal. One hot tip is not to look too interested in the item as the shopkeeper may not be inclined to go much lower. Although they accept English pounds be sure you only pay in Turkish Lira as prices can be more expensive. And make sure you don't promise the shopkeeper that you will be back later as they tend to remember!
Most restaurants in Turkey are responsibly priced as long as you avoid the obviously touristy ones that mostly sell western dishes. For really cheap eats try one of the many kebab stands found in most major cities and towns - they're great value for money and very tasty.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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