Wonders of the Ancient World
The wonders of a holiday to Turkey aren’t just the 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.
The history-laden towns of Fethiye and Dalyan are situated 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. Turkish history extends thousands of years back before the Turkish Republic was founded in 1923 and there’s plenty to learn about it.
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 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.
Turkey holidays are the height of luxury
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 all inclusive holidays to Turkey.
What’s more, there are also plenty of luxury Turkey holidays to choose between, opt for marbled floors, unique dining areas, and unique Turkish tradition.
If you’re looking for a holiday to Turkey on a budget, don’t worry, we also have stylish cheap holidays to Turkey that cover laid-back villas that’ll get you in the thick of city life too. 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. These delicious flavours will leave you wanting more, you’ll be wanting a holiday in Turkey year after year!
Holidays to Turkey guarantee great food but it doesn’t have to all be local dishes. Alongside Turkish restaurants, you’ll find a healthy helping of British pubs, along with Greek, Indian, Chinese and American food, plus many more cuisines. Whether you love to try new things and be adventurous or you like sticking to the things you know, Turkey holidays have it all.
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 or take a stroll to admire all the lights against the night sky.
Nightlife in Turkey
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 during your fun-filled holiday to Turkey.
You may not immediately think of Turkey as a clubbing holiday 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.
Bazaar wanderings to round off your Turkey 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 when it comes to holidays in 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.
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. Treat yourself to some traditional Turkish jewellery, a variation of local textiles and even grab some spices and teas as true souvenirs. What’s better than taking home a real piece of Turkey?