Less than a four-hour flight from London, Turkey is the ideal location for your next family getaway. Offering a wide range of resorts that will please children and adults alike, families will be able to escape to a sunnier climate and enjoy some well-deserved quality time together.
Whether you’re in the market for a relaxing seaside break or find that thrill and adventure are more your thing, we’ve rounded up the best family-friendly resorts in Turkey.
Antalya, Antalya Region
The lively capital city of the Antalya region offers a selection of attractions to suit the whole family. Visitors are encouraged to travel to Antalya Zoo, where you can find a range of large and small animals in enclosures that cover an area of natural forest.
The impressive Antalya Aquarium is home to the biggest tunnel aquarium in the world and is also well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Not to be forgotten is the renowned festival of Sandland, home to a stunning array of gigantic sand sculptures. Adults and children will enjoy marvelling at the artwork, with approximately 10,000 tons of river sand being used.
Manavgat, Antalya Region
Situated against the stunning backdrop of the Antalya forests and mountains, there’s always plenty to experience in picturesque Manavgat. Perfect for families that love adventure, attractions include a dinosaur themed discovery park and a host of water-based activities. Try your hand at rafting along the river rapids or take a canoe along the river stream.
You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the area on foot, or by making your way along one of the scenic cycle trails. Older children will enjoy the Manavgat Oymapinar Adventure Park, where the high rope adventure course and free-floating suspension bridge are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
Fethiye, Dalaman Region
If water is more your thing, be sure to head to the picturesque city of Fethiye. Located a short walk from the beach is a small waterpark, with a range of slides and games that are sure to keep the kids entertained. Entry is valid throughout the day, so you’ll be able to enjoy the slides and sand in equal measure.
If you’re looking for something a little more fast-paced, try taking part in some of the water sports that are readily available offshore. The whole family will also enjoy taking advantage of Fethiye’s local go-karting track and bowling facility once you’re back on land. While you’re there, be sure to visit Gelato Bianco for some of the finest homemade ice cream available within the area.
Izmir, Izmir Region
Located along the western coast of Turkey, the historic city of Izmir offers a wide range of family-friendly attractions. Izmir Wildlife Park is a particular highlight, where visitors can become acquainted with some of the world’s most impressive creatures.
Animals including giraffes, zebras and elephants can be found here, each of which is given the freedom to explore their natural habitat. The park regularly gives little ones the chance to interact with its residents, so keep an eye out for opportunities to experience the animals up close.
Altinkum, Bodrum Region
Fans of the seaside will love the vibrant town of Altinkum. Set aside from the hustle and bustle of neighbouring resorts and with three welcoming beaches to choose from, there’s plenty to keep families of all sizes entertained. Second and Third beach are ideal for young children, offering clean, shallow waters perfect to play and paddle in.
The resort also offers a vast selection of family friendly bars and restaurants. We recommend checking out the popular Dolphin Bar, which boasts family-friendly entertainment every night alongside its own children’s games room.
Kusadasi, Izmir Region
The western town of Kusadasi is ideal for families looking to explore the Izmir region’s vast selection of water parks. This historic resort is full of adventure and ancient history; alongside a range of attractions that are sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Aqua Fantasy makes for a fantastic day out, with pools and water slides in a variety of shapes and sizes. Adaland is another of Kusadasi’s vibrant aqua parks, offering captivating animal shows and even giving visitors the chance to swim with dolphins. With a vast selection of activities and 10 fabulous restaurants to choose from, families can easily make a day of it here.
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