Wonders of the Ancient World
The wonders of Turkey aren’t just its beaches – Turkey is full of magnificent natural beauties scattered along the coast as well. Home to 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as two Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Mausoleum of Mausolus, found in Halicarnassus near Bodrum, and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, near the region of Izmir, in Turkey – there is plenty to keep your mind buzzing.
Fethiye and Dalyan, in the Dalaman Region, are full of history, plus, there’s ancient castles in Bodrum and Roman ruins in Side. Here, Greek amphitheatres and fascinating museums detail Turkey’s long and winding past. Turkish history extends thousands of years back before the Turkish Republic was founded in 1923 and there’s plenty to learn about it.
Of course, the world-renowned Turkish baths deserve a mention too. Unsurprisingly, these are found around nearly every corner in Turkey, offering a divine experience, a plush robe and a hard-knuckled massage. Turkish baths are a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation which dates back to 1897 and with the fast pace of life nowadays, it’s important to take time out and reserve it for oneself.
Luxury Turkey holiday packages
With a plethora of 5-star accommodations offering cuisine from all four corners of the world, on-site Turkish baths and hook-ups to some of the best activities in town, you’ll be treating yourself 24 hours a day with our Turkey holiday packages.
There are plenty of luxury Turkey holidays to choose between, opt for marbled floors, magnificent dining areas, and unique Turkish tradition.
If you’re looking for budget Turkey holiday packages, don’t worry, we also have stylish and cheap options to suit all. Holidaying on a budget doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice all the nice things, and with a holiday in Turkey, you certainly won’t have to. You’ll have all the sun-drenched attractions and delicious dishes you could want at affordable prices.
Speaking of delicious dishes, Turkish cuisine is a fabulous blend of Mediterranean and Arabic flavours, with enough homemade raki to last a lifetime. At traditional restaurants – locally known as meyhanes – you’ll be doted on with fish caught from the nearby sea, fresh produce and a smattering of mezze plates to help you get your feet wet with the local food.
Cuisine in Turkey guarantees great meals but it doesn’t have to all be local dishes. Alongside the Turkish restaurants, you’ll find a healthy helping of British pubs, along with Greek, Indian, Chinese and American food. Whether you love to try new things and be adventurous or you like sticking to the things you know, a holiday to Turkey will have it all.
Nightlife in Turkey
Once the sun sets in Turkey, many resorts become anything but sleepy. You’ll especially find this in the more metropolitan towns like Kusadasi in Izmir, Marmaris in Dalaman, Bodrum city and Antalya city. You’ll find everything from quiet waterfront couches to lively cocktail bars, all the way to neon-lit dance clubs.
You may not immediately think of Turkey as a clubbing destination, but rest assured, if you go to the right places, the music is loud, the drinks are flowing and the dancing is unmatched. Marmaris has two bar streets, one in the centre and one along the beach so you can choose the kind of night you’re looking for and mix it up during your holiday.
Don’t be fooled by the term ‘ancient’ Turkish bazaars – they’re alive and well in Turkey’s popular holiday regions, and actually quite modern. Most towns will host weekly markets, if not more. Markets are always a top holiday activity and especially on a holiday to Turkey.
The best finds can be uncovered in the massive market at Turgutreis, or the stalls found in the shadow of Marmaris’ castle. Even just wandering through the stall-lined lanes is an experience in itself. Merchants manning these local markets are always up for some friendly haggling, so make sure you bring your ‘A’ game when shopping here.