Turkey holidays are an intoxicating combination of flavours and cultures –this is, quite literally, where east meets west. Combining the influences of both the Middle East and the Mediterranean, there’s a fascinating mix of things to see, do, eat and drink. From the miles of dazzling coastline in the south, to some of the world’s best-preserved archaeological sites in the west, via the buzzing food markets of Istanbul and Izmir – holidays to Turkey have so much to offer.
For beach lovers, holidays in Turkey are a dream. Close to the southern resort city of Antalya, long stretches of powder-soft sand are lapped by jade waters – it’s not called the Turquoise Coast for nothing. To the west, on the Aegean Coast, you’ll find serene coves and forest-clad peninsulas dotted with fishing villages, making it the perfect place to explore by boat. Beyond the beaches, there’s a staggering amount of history to discover – from the vast Roman ruins at Ephesus, near Izmir, to rarely-seen sites in the countryside.
With its mountains, rivers and canyons, Turkey is also a place for adventure. For hikers, the long-distance Lycian Way weaves through limestone peaks and along the Mediterranean coastline, while the national parks are hotspots for high-octane pursuits. And of course there are coastal water sports. Meanwhile, all that sunshine makes for some fantastic local produce. Olive oil, seafood, freshly baked bread and cheese are just some of the delicious ingredients that make up a Turkish feast. So dig in, and find your perfect holiday.
Good news – as of 2nd March 2020, UK citizens will no longer need to pay for a visa to holiday in Turkey. This means you'll save around £20pp on the cost of your trip.