Turkey – a country of contrasts and symbiosis between the ‘modern’ and the tradition, the country bridging the East and the West for several centuries, the country of rich history and culture, great hospitality and variety of regions and climate. There are several reasons to visit and for those who have already been, this brief synopsis is perhaps a reminder that it is always a good time to pack your bags and visit again! Turkey has many varied regions where the temperatures change dramatically. If you decided to holiday in Istanbul, you will experience the four seasons with hot summers and fairly cold winters. The internal parts of Turkey can be faced with very extreme temperatures, depending on the region’s altitude. The northern parts around the Black Sea are usually the coldest and the Mediterranean and the Aegean coastline in the south of the country are the most moderate.
Istanbul serves as the main hub of all international traffic into Turkey, however the regional airports of Antalya, Dalaman and Bodrum are nowadays frequented with hundreds of thousands holidaymakers seeking for summer as well as winter sun escape.
Package holidays are usually the quickest and most economical way of holidaying in Turkey. However, exploring the coast by car and public transport, and tailor made itineraries have also increased in popularity. Antalya coast offers superb good quality hotels offering the favourite all inclusive board at reasonable prices, coupled with excellent beaches and facilities including golf courses, aquaparks, modern shopping centres and restaurants. The Turquoise Coast around Dalaman woes every visitor with its mountainous backdrop and dazzling blue sea, sandy beaches and picturesque villages. No wonder the fabulous emerald green bay of Olu Deniz is the most photographed place in Turkey! And, if you are after sophistication and luxury, then head for Bodrum itself, although the surrounding coastline offers plenty of resorts ideal for the typical ‘bucket and spade’ holiday. Enjoy an al fresco meal in the Bodrum marina whilst watching the magnificently lit up Bodrum castle. There are watersports galore on every bit of the Turkish coastline offering fun for everyone.
For those who enjoy a bit of seclusion and holiday with a difference, we recommend visiting places like Dalyan with its green fertile delta, or the gorgeous Patara beach ideal for divers and animal lovers. The ‘forgotten’ villages of Yaliciftlik, Bardakci, Akyaka or Selimiye will provide everyone with a peaceful stay and a great insight into traditional Turkish life and local hospitality.
Gulet cruises are another way of exploring the wonderful Turkish coastline. Spend time on board a typical Turkish boat with a designed itinerary and staff looking after you round the clock. Enjoy the close company of friends, fabulous hospitality and views from the boat and at night, experience the most romantic meals under the stars. There are several itineraries to choose from, so whether you decide to go on a shorter or a longer trip, there is something for everyone.
Food in Turkey is another good reason to visit and it varies from region to region. Generally, everywhere you go in Turkey, you will be able to taste the typical ‘meze’ consisting of hot and cold bite size meals, tasty fish, salads and fresh vegetables. Going to Turkey wouldn’t be the same without tasting the kebab (beef, chicken or lamb on skewers) or the lovely ‘lahmacun’ or ‘pide’ (Turkish pizza with meat and vegetables). Desserts mainly consist of the delicious moist pistachio or walnut baklava and traditional Turkish coffee. Smoking a ‘nargile’ (flavoured tobacco water pipe) whilst playing backgammon will definitely enhance your cultural experience.
Visit the great historical sights including Ayia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Aspendos theatre, the ancient city of Olympos or Troy, Ephesus or Konya and many others. Do not miss out on the natural wonders like UNESCO World Heritage registered Cappadocia or Pamukkale with unique displays of fairy chimneys and the cotton like bubbling hot mineral spas.
Turkey is a great country to visit in every season and the reasons are many. If you would like any help with choosing the right holiday for you or any advice on cheap package holidays, itineraries or excursion options. Turkey has been our speciality for many years now and we will be more than happy to count you amongst our many satisfied customers.