The embodiment of West meeting East, Turkey’s seemingly conflicting ideologies somehow combine to create a unique destination filled with history, culture and sunshine. Wherever you go in Turkey you’ll feel the heritage of one of the most historically contested lands on the planet.
This past has contributed to a famed passion amongst the locals, who are as hospitable as they come. Bordered by four seas and eight countries, Turkey holidays are some of the most diverse on the planet but all promise the same thing, sunshine, with the resorts of Antalya and Altinkum perfect for all inclusive holidays. Relics of fallen empires, legendary culture and perpetual warmth, is it any wonder that cheap Turkey holidays are so popular?
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Hosting what is arguably the most photographed and definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Oludeniz (meaning Dead Sea) is a small resort in the Fethiye district on the Turkish South West Coast. If you aren’t sold by the spectacular beach and glorious weather, then how about discovering some Turkey attractions like the natural beauty of the Kelebek Vasidi (Butterfly Valley) or taking it all in paragliding off Babadag Mountain.
The Ottoman Sultans’ primary residence for 400 of their 624-year reign, Topkapi Palace has enough stories to fill a book and is culturally significant enough to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At over 7,500,000 sq ft, the palace sits imposingly at the side of the Bosphorus and contains historical collections of robes, weapons, murals, treasures, jewellery and important holy relics of the Muslim world, such as Prophet Muhammed’s cloak and sword.
Cruise the Bosphorus
The Bosphorus has historically been the divide between Europe and Asia, and as such a cruise along the river offers incredible views of Istanbul and its incredible melting pot of cultures. You’ll see palaces, mosques, fortresses and mansions as you drift down the Eurasian boundary.
Turkey holidays needn’t just be about soaking up the sun, the country is renowned for its markets, the most famous of which is, unsurprisingly, located in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar’s construction began in 1455 and despite countless catastrophic events – including fires and earthquakes – the Bazaar remains fully-functioning and is one of the oldest and, with over 3,000 shops, largest in the world.
Formerly known as the Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum Castle was built in the 15th Century by The Crusaders and is a pinnacle attraction in Bodrum. Sitting beside the Aegean Sea, the views from the top of the castle really are something to behold while the highly-rated Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is located within the castle grounds and houses several collections of ancient artefacts, including relics from shipwrecks.
- Currency: Turkish Lira
- Language: Turkish
- Visa: 90 day multiple entry visa for UK citizens available upon arrival
- Vaccinations: Hepatitis A is recommended.
- Dress code: Cover up arms and legs when visiting Mosques.
- Important numbers: Embassy: 0207 393 0202, Tourist Office: 0207 839 7778
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