Turkey sits at the intersection between Europe, Africa, and Asia, helping to create one of the most culturally diverse and exciting holiday destinations on the planet. It’s not only overwhelmingly beautiful; it also has a cuisine to rival anywhere in the world, has incredible ancient ruins that offer glimpses into Turkey’s unique history, and a populace renowned for being friendly and welcoming. You can expect blissful Blue Flag beaches, beautifully varied cities, tiny and traditional villages, and a bewildering range of places to eat, drink, explore, and party.
Whether you are visiting Turkey with family, a loved one, or friends, there are endless things to do and see.
History buffs: The striking architecture and archaeological sites offer insights into the distant past: ancient churches, Islamic monuments, and colourful bazaars sit beside modern malls and stores.
Food fans: The Turkish cuisine is a melting pot of tasty delicacies.
Relaxation: Beautiful Blue Flag beaches, Turkish baths, and tranquil scenery make Turkey a haven for visitors seeking peace and calm.
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Marmaris is one of the most popular tourist spots in Turkey. It’s a large resort set on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, and offers a cultured old town, a lively bazaar, a pleasing marina, and the chance for dancing and partying, too. Don’t miss a chance to visit the 16th century Turkish bath Suleymaniye Hamami, and check out the vast range of watersports you can enjoy in the sea along Marmaris’ long beach.
Antalya is known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, and has mountain-backed beaches and a vibrant nightlife. The charming old town is called Kaleici, and offers visitors a historic stroll through ruins and monuments dating back to the 2nd century AD. Alternatively, Antalya city itself is a cultured and urbane, with a range of contemporary shops and eateries standing beside markets and bazaars with a far more traditional feel. The Taurus Mountains offer spectacular views of this sensational region.
Side’s ancient ruins are some of the most impressive in the country, and include towering ancient pillars and an incredible amphitheatre. There’s also an entrancing coastline of beaches and an unspoilt old town to relax in and enjoy when you aren’t tempted by the thrilling watersports or by a day trip to the busier and more exciting resort of Antalya.
Olu Deniz looks like a picture from a postcard, with its enthralling lagoon at one end of the beach, its mountain backdrop, and serenely tempting seafront. The Blue Lagoon is a nature reserve that is one of the most beautiful sights in the country, and the nearby restaurants and cocktail bars let you drink in both the stunning surroundings and some of Turkey’s most delicious tipples and dishes.
Dalaman has attracted visitors for centuries, and while it remains a low-key resort it is also popular with couples and families seeking a gorgeous shoreline and a unique atmosphere. While Marmaris and Olu Deniz are two of the more popular resorts found here, there is more to Dalaman than these. You can also visit Icmeler, Hisaronu, Calis Beach, Dalyan, and Fethiye, each of which have their own excitement, charm, and distinctive character.
Bodrum attracts celebrities and visitors who are hungry for the more glamorous side of Turkey, where the atmosphere is electric and the visitors and residents diverse. It may not have its own beach but you’ll find plenty close by, and when evening draws in you’ll have countless cafes, bars and clubs to choose from. Bodrum is a favourite resort for many visitors, so during the summer by night you will be surrounded by fellow revellers enjoying the area.
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