Visitors to Turkey enjoy gloriously hot summer weather, delicious food, fascinating history and cheap prices. The friendly locals, long stretches of beach and colourful bazaars attract holiday makers year after year. The many resorts all have something different to offer whether it be a relaxing break or an action packed all-inclusive holiday, with A1 Travel finding cheap holidays to Turkey is easy to do.
Flying to Turkey
There are plenty of flights from a choice of airlines from most UK airports into Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman. The flight times are between 4 hours and 4.5 hours depending on which airports are used.
The time in Turkey is GMT plus 2 hours.
Turkey is a vast country and different regions have varying climates. The more popular holiday resorts are along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts in the south and these regions have hot summers of 30 to 35 degrees and sometimes in August it reaches as high as 40 degrees. They have very little rainfall in the summer and the night time temperatures only fall a little, so the evenings a pleasant and warm.
The official money in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. The exchange rate goes up and down quite a bit, but is currently roughly 3 Lira to the Pound Stirling. In lots of places prices are also given in Euros and its even possible to use the Great British pound in many outlets. Credit and debit cards are freely used and ATMs can be found around most resorts and in the larger hotels’ reception areas.
Eating out in Turkey
Greek cuisine with a spicy and exotic twist is one way to describe the food. A meze is the traditional offering, which is a meal of up to 15 dishes and the Turkish variety has some additional flavours from the Middle East mixed in. Kebabs are skewered meat specialities which are slightly different in each region and are delicious for lunch or dinner. Stuffed aubergines, peppers and tomatoes are always on offer and really are a tasty side dish. Mint tea, served back and sweet, is served everywhere at any time of the day along with strong Turkish coffee. The All Inclusive hotels in Turkey offer a wide range of international food and include a choice of British dishes too. Buffets offer up pizza, pasta, chips and chicken if you prefer something more familiar for your dinner, or try something different while the opportunity is there. Very sweet puddings and cakes are the perfect after-dinner treat and a Turkish speciality.
Turkey's Beach Resorts
Antalya is a very popular area for foreign tourists. The city itself is large and busy with more than 2 million residents. There is a Roman port, crowded markets, an imposing Mosque and spectacular architecture to take in. The most popular resort within the city is Lara Beach which offers a variety of All Inclusive hotels offering everything needed for a great family holiday. They all back on to a fabulous beach and usually have water sports included in the price, like windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing.
Alanya is dominated by its fortress high up on the hillside which can be seen from almost everywhere. This resort has a sophisticated feel, with a nice promenade dotted with sculptures and a choice of brightly-lit shops selling designer-inspired goods. There are fast food chains here, like McDonalds, along side traditional Turkish restaurants and good sea-food eateries. There are two beaches to choose from, one is sandy and the other has rocks and pebbles.
Side has beautiful beaches to lie on, a harbour, temples, churches, great bars and a choice of restaurants. Everything needed for a perfect two-week holiday in Turkey. There are some great All Inclusive holidays available in Side in 3 star, 4 star and 5 star hotels. Suntopia have family-friendly hotels which offer fun kids’ clubs, daily entertainment, games, competitions and lots of activities. RIU have two impressive hotels close by, one of which gives its guests 24-hour All Inclusive. There are also some luxury hotels that are just right for couples.
Belek is home to some stunning high-end resorts, like the 7 star Maxx Royal and 5 star Ela Quality. These places are large and have gyms, spas, sprawling pools and fabulous shops. This region is a golf-lovers paradise as there are more than ten top courses on the door step. Many of the hotels here are fully geared up to handle golfing equipment, book tee times and recommend how to make the best of a golfing holiday to Turkey.
For a bit of sight-seeing in the Antalya region, a trip to the amphitheatre at Aspendos is a must. It’s only a short trip to this Greco-Roman building which is beautifully preserved.
In the Dalaman region popular holiday spots include Fethiye, Oludeniz, Icmeler and Marmaris.
Marmaris has a lively night life with a wide choice of clubs and bars to visit, many of them open until dawn. There are also some family hotels which offer kids’ clubs and mini discos to keep little ones happy. Self-catering apartments offer a low cost holiday option, and with the huge choice of restaurants available in Marmaris, you could eat out in a different place every night if you don’t feel like cooking.
Icmeler is about 8km from Marmaris and is a little quieter with a less-crowded beach. The mountains and pine forest backdrop give this small town a tranquil feel. Here the shops have clothing as the main product with fabrics on offer at the local markets. There are boat trips that leave from Icmeler that take you past the Lycian Tombs which are carved into the rock face high above the water.
Olu-Deniz is the most photgraphed beach in Turkey that has a beautiful mountain backdrop. The sand is soft and the turquoise sea crystal clear. The accommodation here comes in the form of All Inclusive resorts or smart boutique hotels.
Perched above Olu-Deniz are the twin resorts of Hisaronu & Ovacik high in the mountains. It’s not far to Fethiye from here either. It is a low-cost base and offers a different atmosphere to the beach resorts of Turkey.
The marina at Fethiye is a treat for the eyes. Spend some time wandering along the cobbled streets of the old quarter and looking up at the weathered buildings. This traditional town has some great gift shops and some pretty cafes. This is a perfect place for a couples’ holiday to Turkey.
At little further along the coast from Fethiye is the charming resort of Kalkan. This place has a traditional feel thanks to the white-washed buildings, a weekly market and old harbour. There are some excellent restaurants serving fine food here, so it’s a nice place to take things easy. You won’t find anything like a McDonalds here, it’s all local dishes cooked to perfection. The beach has water sports available but it is a calm place to catch the sun.
There are a lot of things to do and see in Dalaman. Excursions include visits to Cleopatra Island, scuba diving courses, boat trips and Turkish nights. While you’re here, a Turkish bath, or a Hammam, has to be experienced. The ritual includes sitting in a steam room, lying on a heated marble slab where you’ll be scrubbed clean, then rinsing off with cold water to close the pores. You’ll be tingling clean and ready for anything. For those who like walking, the Saklikent Gorge is roughly a 40-minute drive away. This is the second largest gorge in Europe and offers a cool alternative to the beach during summer.
Bodrum airport is the gateway to Gumbet, Bitez, Torba and Bodrum town itself. Located in the south west of Turkey, on the Aegean coast, this area is colourful and fun.
Bodrum has some amazing nightclubs and a strip of drinking houses, know locally as Bar Street. During the daytime, this peninsula also offers some culture in the form of a 600 year-old castle and a couple of truly interesting museums. There are two water parks to be found in the Bodrum area, just right for the children and teenagers to enjoy. There really is something for everyone.
Gumbet is a lively resort popular with younger tourists and families. Neon nightclubs and good-value eateries are everywhere here. There are good, cheap holidays to this resort and often some really affordable last-minute offers. The hotels and apartments tend to be smaller, family-run places in this part of Turkey.
A growing town on the edge of the Aegean Sea, Altinkum has all the ingredients for a lazy Turkish holiday. There are plenty of bars and restaurants and beach water sports, but it’s not as busy as the larger resorts.
Kusadasi was a quiet fishing village, but it has grown into a lovely holiday spot. There are family friendly hotels here and the Aqua Fantasy Water Park is nearby. There’s also an entertaining Dolphin Show at Kusadasi that makes a great holiday treat. It is also possible to nip over to Rhodes or Samos in Greece from here. There are regular ferries which can take you over for a little taste of these Aegean Islands.
Weddings in Turkey
More and more British couples are choosing to have their weddings in Turkey, and who can blame them, with beautiful weather guaranteed for the big day and a choice of stunning venues. There are a lot of different wedding & honeymoon packages available which include a hotel location, flowers, cake and drinks as a minimum. There are some legal documents which need to be completed, so allow at least six weeks to get this all done before leaving the UK.
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Turkey has so much to offer and is an excellent choice if your looking for a seriously cheap holiday without sacrificing on quality. You could return year after year and never experience the same holiday twice. There are holidays to suit every budget and things to do that all members of your party will enjoy. A1travel.com can help you find the break that you want exactly as you dreamed it would be.
Article By Nick Lima
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