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Turkey holidays 2019/2020

If Turkey is part of your holiday vocabulary, you'll know about the endless beaches, ancient ruins and where to find the street carts selling authentic kebabs – practically everywhere. You'll also know that when it comes to sun and sand, this country has a great deal to offer.

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The Turkish Riviera

Breathtaking doesn't even begin to define Turkey's southwestern coast, whose sands are kissed by both the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea. Miles and miles of beach make way to gently lapping shores whose bath-water temperatures make them easier to enjoy.

Known fondly as the Turkish Riviera, with sleek marinas and eye-poppingly blue water, the Antalya region is what beachy dreams are made of, where shores are lined with stunning hotels. Sand spots here are well-serviced, too, with bars, sunloungers and umbrellas. And it's not all about just kicking back and relaxing – though there's plenty of that. You'll also find diving centres, watersport rental facilities and boat cruises.

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Wonders of the Ancient World

The wonders of Turkey aren't just the country's beaches – there are historical wonders scattered along the coast as well. Turkey is 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.

There are the history-laden towns of Fethiye and Dalyan in the Dalaman region, ancient castles in Bodrum and the Roman ruins of Side.Here, Greek amphitheatres and fascinating museums detail Turkey's long and winding past.

Speckled around Turkey's southwestern regions you'll find a selection of waterparks and animal parks, along with a good choice of low-key spots. Turkish baths are world-renowned and, unsurprisingly, found around nearly every corner in Turkey, offering tense-shouldered holidaymakers a plush robe and hard-knuckled massage.

The height of luxury

With 5* accommodation 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 on your All Inclusive holiday to Turkey. And if for any reason glitz and glamour isn't your style, don't worry, there are Turkey holiday packages covering laid-back villas that'll get you in the thick of city life too – swimming pool non-negotiable.

Turkish delights

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.

The bigger the resort, the bigger the selection of food. Alongside Turkish restaurants, you'll find a healthy helping of British pubs, along with Greek, Indian, Chinese and American food, plus many more cuisines. You'll also notice the scent of freshly-fried street eats wafting through city avenues – some of the best bites including kebabs and Turkish donuts, which can be enjoyed on-the-go as you sightsee.

When the sun goes down 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 at your fingertips during cheap holidays to Turkey.

Bazaar wanderings

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, and some more. 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. If a traditional shopping atmosphere is more your style, some of the larger resorts are privy to big shopping centres, where you'll find high-end fashion and designer jewellery.