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Platinum beaches, forgotten grottoes, bustling shopping bazaars, ancient historical sites and tasty mezze… what else do you need this summer?
Sun? Yes, Turkey has that too – 300 days in fact. So here’s a round-up of our favourite Turkish delights, all easily accessible from the UK.
Scenic Olu Deniz
If you’re hankering after head-turning views, Olu Deniz has plenty. Its picturesque blue lagoon, backed by a lush national park, is famed for its aquamarine hues and surrounded by pine-covered mountains. Known by locals as the ‘Dead Sea’, its calm waters are the perfect place to take a dip, enjoy an ice cream and… relax.
And when you’re not soaking up the sunshine on one of the many family-friendly beaches in this area, there’s only one other place to make the most of those gorgeous panoramic views – the sky. Babadag mountain is said to be one of the best places to paraglide in the world, so if you’re feeling adventurous, it’s an unforgettable must-do to tick off that travel bucket list.
For nature lovers everywhere, this is the place for you. The pretty riverbank town of Dalyan, set on a network of fertile waterways, is a haven for wildlife, including rare loggerhead turtles.
Want to catch a glimpse of these ethereal creatures? Hop on a boat to the beautiful golden stretch of sand at Itzuzu Beach. And if you don’t catch a glimpse, drop by the Sea Turtle Sanctuary.
Then as the sun sets, there’s only one place to go: the atmospheric ruins of Kaunos. Enjoy a meal and gaze up at these majestic tombs cut high into a mountain. Magical!
Prefer a livelier holiday? Alanya in the Antalya area gives you the best of both worlds. Relax during the day and take a dip in the clear waters of Cleopatra Beach (where the Egyptian queen reputedly swam) or cool off under the spectacular waterfall of Sapadere Canyon.
As the light dims, watch this picturesque harbour come alive – it’s brimming with restaurants and bars that are open until the early hours, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Get a fascinating insight into Turkish culture and history with a visit to the magnificent Lycian city of Phaselis that dates back to 700BC. Arranged on a peninsula surrounded by three small, perfectly calm shallow bays, makes for an idyllic spot for a rest or a splash about with the children.
For the teenagers, Dolusu Park – an extreme water park will keep the whole family entertained if you are up for some high-energy thrills! Or relax and enjoy the charms of a friendly dolphin encounter in the Dolphinarium.
Be charmed by Bodrum
According to locals there are more nightclub choices than there are beds in Bodrum and boasting one of the biggest nightclubs in Europe, we can well believe it. Luckily this doesn’t diminish the enigmatic elegance of this charming harbour town, that rarely fails to impress.
Head to the cobbled paths of the city centre most mornings as any Turkish holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a local market or ‘pazar’ – barter for the best bargains (it’s expected, so don’t be shy) and remember getting a Turkish rug back home might not be as easy as expected.
Luxury at its best, this former fishing village, known as the St Tropez of Turkey with its whitewashed village style is simply stunning and a firm favourite with locals in the know.
Emerging as a gourmet haven, Turbuku’s thriving food scene draws back visitors time and time again. Famed for its fresh fish, mezze and chilled white wines, eat around the harbour or join the jet-set and savour the flavours aboard as you cruise the local coves and inlets.
Turkey leaves you spoilt for choice and it’s so easy to get to with Jet2holidays. With reps to help you along the way, 22kg baggage included, brilliant choices of 2-5* hotels and fabulous flight times from 9 UK airports with hotel transfers included, enjoying all Turkey has to offer has never been easier.