Holidays in Turkey let you dip into a fascinating country with a fascinating culture and gastronomy for every taste. Explore history from ancient Ephesus to the gilded interior of Aya Sofya before heading to breathtaking beaches or diverse landscapes such as magical Cappadocia. Cheap holidays to Turkey in 2019 should also include a visit to Istanbul, the country’s capital.
Things to do in Turkey
Want a holiday with a difference? Turkey is the place for you, whether you want to take advantage of the sunny climate at one of the beautiful Mediterranean white sandy beaches, get in touch with its rich heritage and explore the historical grounds, ruins and museums Turkey has to offer or even give your taste buds a tickle and experience the delicious food. From shopping to Turkish baths, dancing to nightlife, day or night, Turkey holidays offer something for everyone of all ages.
Lazy cruises on gulets, kayaking over submerged ruins and the thrills of canyoning can all be part of last minute holidays to Turkey. With over 300 blue flagged beaches Turkey has some great beaches, most with a divine mountain or green forest backdrop.
On the Aegean Coast visit the beaches of Cesme and Alacati which are popular for their mineral springs, sandy beaches and ideal wind conditions which are perfect for sports such as sailing, surfing and kite surfing. If you’re looking for a more relaxing, laid back atmosphere take a trip to Bitez, Gumusluk, Turgutreis and Turkbuku nearby Bodrum. Check out lastminute.com’s holidays to Bodrum.
Take to the skies or go underground
See landscapes from a different perspective on all inclusive holidays to Turkey with paragliding or hot-air balloon rides. Or, explore the Caves of Heaven and Hell at Narlikuyu. There is a beautiful Byzantine Chapel at the entrance to the Chasm of Heaven.
Istanbul’s colourful Grand Bazaar is probably the country’s most iconic shopping destination that’s perfect for souvenir shopping on cheap package holidays to Turkey. Another labyrinthine market is Kemeralti in Izmir.
The most vibrant nightlife with Irish pubs, nightclubs, cocktails and local meyhanes or taverns is found in Turkish holiday resorts such as Bodrum and Fethiye.
Things to see in Turkey
For those that like shopping or city breaks take a trip to Istanbul and experience the spice markets filled with foods, coffee, spices and souvenirs. Also visit the ultimate shopping centre, Grand Bazaar with over 4000 shops. Legends and reality come together in Istanbul’s colourful history with scheming sultans and ambitious courtiers jostling for power when the city was at the heart of the huge Ottoman Empire. Topkapi Palace has an opulent interior, while the Süleymaniye Mosque and the richly gilded Aya Sofya are both city landmarks.
Time spent in Antalya on Turkey all inclusive holidays lets you see a city that is home to the historic old quarter of Kaleiçi with its narrow, winding streets and an aquarium with the world’s largest tunnel. It also has beautiful beaches and the Düden Falls which cascade spectacularly into the sea.
Every part of Turkey has ancient ruins. Hierapolis is a must-see with its Roman ruins, while Bergama’s Acropolis covers a wide area and includes the 10,000-seat Hellenistic Theatre and the Temple of Trajan.
The natural landscape
Family all inclusive holidays in Turkey are the perfect opportunity for exploring its varied landscapes, including the saucer-shaped travertines or natural terraces at Pamukkale and the fantastical rock formations in the Cappadocia region.
How to get there
Most Turkish holiday destinations are reached via six main airports. These are:
- Ataturk International Airport near Sultanahmet
- Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul
- Antalya International Airport
- Adnan Menderes Airport at Izmir
- Milas-Bodrum Airport and Dalaman International Airport
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