Quick Guide to Turkey
Holidays in Turkey come in two distinct categories. The first is all-inclusive style sunshine holidays on the 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 trip 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 from regional departure airports like Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol, we can't see this destination dropping off the most popular list in 2017.
Fab holidays for:
Beach holidays, Cultural Sightseeing, Last minute holidays
Atatürk International, Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman Airport
Did you know?
Turkey's Black Sea coastline stretches for 1,650 kilometres - the same distance between Paris and Berlin!
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Top 5 Places to Holiday in Turkey
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 fast, so if you want to get a holiday bargain in 2017 then make sure you book nice and early. Here are our top Turkey resorts to try out:
- 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 holidaymakers.
- 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 until you drop with all night clubs as well.
- 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.
- 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!
- Olu Deniz
- 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 than in some of the other resorts, but there's a vibrant bar and restaurant scene if you fancy a little excitement.
What to do on Turkey holidays
Beach holidays in Turkey are usually all about the blue waters and sandy beaches by day, with a good dose of night life after dark. If you're into your culture then Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, is a must-see. If you end up craving the beach then the Black Sea Coast will be right on your doorstep. The Ottoman architecture is the city's crowning 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.
If you are in the mood for more of a city break, then head to Istanbul. In the main city you will be able to see buildings and structures that come from Genoese to modern, contemporary Turkish sources. You can also find some one of a kind steals at the Grand Bazaar, as well as sample all kinds of Delicacies and take in a day at the Turkish Hammam. Since Istanbul is ideal to visit year through, you always have the opportunity to find some fantastic last minute deals.
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 while the white rock deposits of Pamukkale make for amazing pictures!
Seasons in Turkey
It's hard to find a bad time if you're after a city break in Istanbul. You will find 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 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 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. However, with such a warm climate, 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!