Turkey Holidays

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Turkish baths, kebabs and Blue Flag beaches are just a handful of the things that make Turkey the perfect destination for your next beach holiday. As a grand country bordering two continents, the diversity within makes the country extra special. Indulge in Middle Eastern food whilst enjoying the laid-back Mediterranean way of life, Turkey has everything you need to experience a relaxing yet adventurous holiday in the sunshine.

Beaches
Shores filled with blue flag beaches and tiny coves for tranquil tanning, Turkey’s coastline is a gold mine. The border of Mulga and Antalya holds the country’s longest beach, Patara, giving plenty of space for uncrowded beach time. Oludeniz lagoon, Side, Alanya and Bodrum peninsula are just some of the more popular resorts, where the sand is smooth and the views are unbeatable.

Food & Drink
When I say kebab, I don’t mean the greasy, sloppy, takeaway dish you might find on the streets of the UK. Turkey’s fresh Doner Kebaps are taste sensations that your buds will thank you for. Kofta, mezes and mucver (courgette fritters) are also a great part of the country’s diet, and let’s not forget the delightfully syrupy pastry bites, Baklava. For the caffeine fiends, Turkish coffee is among the best, and for those who prefer their poison a little stronger, Raki is sure to refresh your palette.

Culture
A harmonious mix of Asian and European lifestyle engulfs the populous country. With the East and West borders meeting two separate continents, the country has areas under heavy Middle Eastern influence, Mediterranean influence and some that meet in the middle. The south western coast is filled with welcoming resorts and friendly locals ready for any visitors seeking a laid-back beachy break.

Nightlife
With a vast variety of resorts to choose from, you’re sure to find a nightlife in Turkey to suit you. For the youngsters seeking the non-stop dancing, Bodrum offers buzzing bars and pumped up parties. Alayna and Marmaris have similar vibes, with plenty going on into the early hours of the morning. If laid-back bars are more your scene, the smaller resorts and villages are where things move a little slower for relaxing evening drinks.

Important Information
Flight Time: Approximately 4hr 30
Time Difference: GMT +2
Currency: Turkish Lira
Official Language: Turkish

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Top Turkey Hotels

Kervansaray Lara Hotel

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Eftalia Splash Resort

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Green Nature Resort And Spa

Marmaris, Dalaman, Turkey

Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa

Sarigerme, Dalaman, Turkey

Terrace Hotel

Side, Antalya, Turkey

Long Beach Resort

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Crystal Paraiso Verde Resort & Spa

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Incekum Beach Resort

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Batihan

Kusadasi, Kusadasi Area, Turkey

Labranda Mares Marmaris

Icmeler, Dalaman, Turkey

Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort and Spa

Side, Antalya, Turkey

Quattro Beach Spa & Resort Hotel

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Limak Lara Hotel

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Lyra Resort Hotel

Side, Antalya, Turkey

IC Hotels Santai Family Resort

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Vikingen Infinity Resort

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Crystal Waterworld Resort & Spa

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Wind Of Lara Hotel And Spa

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

IC Hotels Green Palace

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Club Hotel Falcon

Antalya, Antalya, Turkey

Crystal Admiral Resort

Side, Antalya, Turkey

Eftalia Holiday Village

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Lykia Botanika Beach & Fun Club

Fethiye, Dalaman, Turkey

Club Dena Marmaris

Marmaris, Dalaman, Turkey

Delphin Imperial

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Garcia Resort and Spa

Olu Deniz, Dalaman, Turkey

Aquasis Deluxe Resort & Spa

Altinkum, Bodrum, Turkey

Ramada Resort Kusadasi & Golf

Kusadasi, Kusadasi Area, Turkey

Haydarpasha Palace

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Eftalia Ocean

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Turkey Weather

Turkey’s climate is as diverse as its culture. Each region has a different climate depending on its location from the mountain ranges, seas and oceans. The southern and western coasts offer long, hot summers with plenty of sunshine, which is why they are so popular with holidaymakers worldwide.
Jan 14ºC
Feb 15ºC
Mar 18ºC
Apr 21ºC
May 25ºC
Jun 30ºC
Jul 33ºC
Aug 33ºC
Sep 31ºC
Oct 26ºC
Nov 21ºC
Dec 16ºC

Landscape

From isolated pockets to overpopulated cities, nature reserves to red clay river banks, volcanic sites to stretches of sand, Turkey’s landscape can’t be pigeonholed and will often differ from town to town. Make sure you always pack a pair of comfy shoes so you can explore your surroundings thoroughly to get the most out of your Turkey holiday!

Things To Do on Turkey Holidays

Turkish Bath
Holidays are relaxing, especially in Turkey, but make sure you truly unwind in a traditional way with a Turkish bath (Hammam). This cleansing treatment is similar to spending time in a sauna, typically detoxing in a hot room, then either plunging into or being splashed with cold water. After this process, bathers can receive a massage or chill out in a cooler room, leaving you feeling rejuvenated in the true Turkish style.

Visit the old towns
Tiled streets, cobbled paths and market squares. Quaint bars, garden seated restaurants and charming shops. These qualities are what attracts us to towns, wherever we go, and Turkey is a destination that does old towns oh so well. Marvel in the ancient ruins in Side or wonder at the Ottoman houses and stone tower in Kaleici. Where there’s a harbour, there’s fresh fish, so look for a nearby restaurant to try some delightful local seafood.

Antalya’s waterfalls
Take a step back from the beaches and the resort centres, and experience Turkey’s lush greenery. The Kursunlu, Manavgat and Duden Waterfalls offer a glimpse of the region’s wonderful nature, with Kursunlu being set amongst pine trees and connecting seven ponds. Manavgat is the most popular waterfall and has the options of boat rides and entertainment available to make the most of the visit. The Upper Duden Waterfall is a picturesque sight with the lush greenery surrounding it. As for the Lower Duden waterfall, this is a more sublime vision, engulfed in water clouds and with a height that makes it best viewed out at sea.

Island hopping around Göcek
Take a break from the mainland and discover the 12 beautiful islands of Göcek. The town, located between Dalaman and Fethiye, offers plenty of boat trips where you can explore the beautiful bays of the luscious, unspoiled islands. Apart from being an exciting adventure, it is a chance to dip into the clear waters and some boat trips even include snorkelling for experiencing the beauty of the underwater life.

Culture

Mainly Muslim territory, Turkey is open to a variety of different religions owing to its cultural combinations, although if you do want to visit a traditional Turkish mosque it’s always best to wear modest attire and remove your shoes – women are also expected to cover their hair. Turkish will be spoken at most mosques but the majority of locals can speak English and German too.

As a result of Turkey’s close proximity to Greece, the food here is on a par with any of the meals you might experience on a Greek holiday. Mezes of stuffed peppers, vine leaves, kebabs, olives and feta cheese all play their part on the menu, alongside a smattering of aubergine dishes – the Turkish national vegetable. Those with a sweet tooth should look out for the different varieties of Baklava on offer, or if you prefer to end your meal with a strong drink, make sure you sample the local Turkish coffee or the alcoholic aniseed-flavoured Raki. You might want to pack some stretchy pants for your holiday in Turkey

Nightlife

Unleash your lively side at Side with its unbeatable bars and clubs, head to Antalya and experience the Mediterranean's largest floating nightclub, or keep it traditional with some belly-dancing in Bodrum.

Book a Turkey Holiday now!

On the Beach offers cheap flights to Turkey and discount Turkey hotels during the summer, so that you can take the family away for as little as possible. Alternatively, escape the summer rush by escaping to your Turkish paradise during our off-peak holiday months- it's up to you!

Whether you're on a budget, or looking for that luxury break that you have always wanted, On the Beach has the Turkish holiday for you!

Turkey Resorts

Antalya

Antalya

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Bodrum

Bodrum

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Dalaman

Dalaman

Situated in South West Turkey, Dalaman is a beautiful and very popular region for holidays - especially for those seeking an area with lots of differe…

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