Wonders of the Ancient World
The wonders of Turkey holidays 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 packages such as cheap holidays to Turkey that cover laid-back villas that’ll get you in the thick of city life too.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions about holidays to Turkey
Question: What is the best month to visit Turkey?
Answer: If you’re looking for sun and hot temperatures then it doesn’t really matter when you visit Turkey. With good weather during the early summer months you can explore Turkey and all it has to offer, you can also travel outside of this time and still experience beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures.
Question: How expensive is a holiday to Turkey?
Answer: Everything you could ever need in a holiday is included with a package holiday to Turkey, giving you the opportunity to merge everything together in an affordable group. Here at Holiday Hypermarket, we ensure that every budget is catered for, meaning that you can find your dream holiday for yourself and your loved ones without having to spend a fortune.
Question: What part of Turkey has sandy beaches?
Answer: Patara, Lara beach and Belek offer sandy beaches. Other areas of Turkey boast shingle beaches and pebble beaches too. Whatever your preference, there’s plenty of beaches to explore and enjoy, whether that be lying on your sunlounger or getting involved in watersports.
Question: What months are hottest in Turkey?
Answer: Between the months of June and August you’ll find the hottest months, with temperatures rising well above 30. You can take in the sun and enjoy warm temperatures without the worry of rain.
Question: Which part of Turkey is best for a holiday?
Answer: It all depends on what you’re looking for but Dalaman, Istanbul, Antalya and Bodrum offer the main attractions. These places offer scenic views, fantastic food and an amazing atmosphere that is unrivalled.