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.
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 an All Inclusive Turkey holiday. 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.
Where to stay in Turkey
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.