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Turkey Holidays

Turkey Holidays

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Destination Highlights

  • Over 480 Blue Flag beaches
  • Incredible All Inclusive hotels
  • Hot weather from May to October
  • Great for all holidaymakers

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Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


What are the best beaches in Turkey?

  • Olu Deniz Beach - The sweeping beach that meets the famous Blue Lagoon, Olu Deniz Beach is a picturesque spot for swimming in the clear blue waters.
  • Sarigerme Beach - With a lush green background, soft sands and calm waters, Sarigerme Beach is a stunning beach that’s a hit with families and couples.
  • Lara Beach - A perfect sunbathing spot in Antalya, Lara Beach is Blue Flag certified and has sun loungers, parasols and plenty of spots for food and drink.
  • Konyaalti Beach - With a stunning mountainous backdrop, this 7km long beach is a favourite with tourists staying in Antalya.
  • Belek Beach - Golden sands stretching to 16km in length, this beach is the place to go for family beach days, sunny swim sessions or watersport activities.
  • Gumbet Beach - One of Bodrum’s best spots for diving and other watersports, this stretch of sandy shore is for the sea-lovers.


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What are the top hotels in Turkey?

This destination is well known for its all-singing, all-dancing resorts and family-run boutiques, so it's hard to go wrong when you choose your place to stay in Turkey. From Alanya to Antalya and Kemer to Kusadasi, we've got an incredible range of Turkish hotels.

  • The Land of Legends - The famous five-star hotel that has everything you could wish for and more. Home to the amazing Antalya water and theme park, the Land of Legends hotel is a 10/10 choice for an unforgettable family holiday.
  • Aquasis Deluxe Resort & Spa - Swimming pools, slides, sports facilities and a serene spa, this five-star hotel in Altinkum has something for everyone.
  • Titanic Beach Lara - Only 200m from the beachfront, this five-star Lara hotel boasts an incredible range of activities, restaurants and bars to keep all members of the family smiling throughout their beach holiday in Turkey.
  • Granada Luxury Belek Hotel - Relax in the spa, enjoy splashing in the sun at Wonderland Aqua Park or play one of your favourite sports at the luxurious five-star Granada Luxury Belek Hotel.
  • Green Nature Resort And Spa - Surrounded by lush greenery, this five-star family hotel in Marmaris features three outdoor pools, three kids’ pools and evening entertainment that’s not to be missed.
  • Hillside Beach Club - Over in Fethiye, the five-star Hillside Beach Club is set on its own private Blue Flag beach and is the definition of luxury. Perfect for families or couples seeking a first-class getaway.

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What's the food like in Turkey?

Combining flavours from Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Turkish cuisine is sure to get your taste buds tingling. Some of our favourites include:

  • Dolma – delicious vine leaves with vegetables, fruit, meat or seafood.
  • Ezogelin soup - a hearty, mint-flavoured soup made with lentils, pepper paste and spices.
  • Manti - a Turkish ravioli served with fresh yoghurt, melted butter, chopped herbs and chilli flakes.
  • Donner sandwich – different to the donner kebab at home, this kebab consists of thinly sliced meat stuffed into fresh bread along with tomatoes, onions, peppers and a cool dressing.
  • Baklava - the go-to sweet treat made from layers of filo pastry stuffed with pine nuts and steeped in syrup or honey.

Wondering what to drink? Try out traditional Turkish tea, or if you’re looking for something stronger then try the nation’s favourite spirit - raki.

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Where’s the best nightlife in Turkey?

When it comes to nighttime entertainment, Turkey doesn’t disappoint. Whether you fancy some quiet evening drinks or a night out on the town, with a chain of lively resorts under its wing, Turkey will have night owls swooning over the clubs, bars and pubs on offer.

Marmaris is renowned for its vibrant night scene, boasting two buzzing bar-lined streets that come to life after sundown - one in the heart of the city and another close to the beach. Bursting with lively bars, cocktail venues and nightclubs, it’s the perfect place to let your hair down.

Bodrum is another hotspot for some late-night entertainment, with a range of stylish bars and discos, keeping the party atmosphere alive from cocktail hour until the early hours. If you’re looking for something a little quieter though, then Antalya nightlife takes a more laid-back approach. Here you’re more likely to find cosy taverns, chilled-out cocktail lounges and gourmet food venues that double as bars in the evening. The Lighthouse Club in Side is a great spot for some live DJ sets, as well as drinks on the open-air terrace overlooking the breathtaking Aegean seascape.

What events can I go to in Turkey?

  • Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival (May) – Hosted on Lara Beach in Antalya, this festival is one for adults and kids alike, where you can see the amazing sculptures that have been created with sand!
  • Sunsplash Antalya (Summer) – A boutique festival hosted in Bodrum so you can enjoy live Djs and wellness workshops in the beachy holiday resort.
  • International Festival of Folk Music and Dance (August) – Discover traditional Turkish music and dance at this popular festival. A perfect way to explore Turkish culture.
  • Kaleici Old Town Festival (October) – A 4-day festival that combines culture, art and music where you can go and enjoy colourful exhibitions, street performances and concerts.

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Things to do in Turkey

Visit the Turkish old towns

Tiled streets, cobbled paths and market squares - Turkey is a destination that does old towns oh so well. Discover 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 too.

Island hop around Gocek

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.

A sunny day out at a waterpark

With Turkey’s heat and a choice of fun-filled waterparks, this one’s a no-brainer. In Antalya you can choose from Aqualand, Aqua Fun City or the Land of Legends waterpark for a day of fun under the sun. Over in Dalaman, take your pick from Atlantis Water Park and Aqua Dream Water Park in Marmaris, Sultans Aqua City in Fethiye or Oludeniz Waterworld Aquapark – there are so many to choose from!

Paraglide through Turkey’s skies

Discover the stunning sights of Turkey from the sky. Those who live for an adrenaline rush will love paragliding in Turkey, as it’s not only an amazing experience but gives you the best view of the Turkish coast that you could ask for – from above! Paragliding is available in many resorts across Turkey, but the most famous spot for it is Olu Deniz.

Take a 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.

Go chasing 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 rural scene whereas the Lower Duden waterfall is engulfed in water clouds and with a height that makes it best viewed out at sea.


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What's the weather like in Turkey?

Turkey has a warm climate with year-round toasty temps and plenty of sunshine. Winter average temperatures sit around 18 degrees whilst summer highs can reach 30 degrees regularly.

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan 10 °c 18 °c 5 h
Feb 11 °c 17 °c 7 h
Mar 13 °c 17 °c 7 h
Apr 16 °c 18 °c 9 h
May 20 °c 21 °c 11 h
Jun 25 °c 25 °c 12 h
Jul 28 °c 28 °c 13 h
Aug 27 °c 29 °c 12 h
Sep 25 °c 27 °c 11 h
Oct 20 °c 25 °c 9 h
Nov 15 °c 21 °c 7 h
Dec 12 °c 19 °c 5 h

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Important Information about travelling to Turkey

How long does it take to fly to Turkey?

It takes about four and a half hours to fly to Turkey from the UK.

What’s the time difference between the UK and Turkey?

Turkey is two hours ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Turkey?

The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira.

What language do they speak in Turkey?

The official language spoken in Turkey is Turkish.

Do I need a visa to visit Turkey?

British tourists no longer need a visa to visit Turkey.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Turkey?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Turkey?

Customers currently do not need to pay tourism tax in Turkey.

Is Turkey safe?

The landscapes of Turkey are incredibly vast and there is only a small area of the country close to the border of Syria, which tourists are advised against travelling to.

What about the beach resorts?

As Turkey’s beautiful beach resorts are hundreds of miles from these areas, the government advise that it is safe for British tourists to holiday here.

What does this mean for holidaymakers?

As with all trips abroad, they advise that holidaymakers should keep their wits about them whilst they’re away. Each year British tourists make 2.3 million visits to turkey, with the large majority being trouble free. So you can sit back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine.

Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Turkey?

We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Turkey on the FCO website.


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Top Turkey Hotels

Vikingen Infinity Resort

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Aska Lara Resort & Spa

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

IC Hotels Green Palace

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Titanic Beach Lara

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Granada Luxury Belek Hotel

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Grand Yazici Marmaris Palace

Icmeler, Dalaman, Turkey

Long Beach Resort

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Aquasis Deluxe Resort & Spa

Altinkum, Altinkum Area, Turkey

The Land of Legends

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Limak Lara Hotel

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Emre Beach Hotel & Emre Annexe

Marmaris, Dalaman, Turkey

Eftalia Holiday Village

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Green Nature Resort And Spa

Marmaris, Dalaman, Turkey

Lyra Resort Hotel

Side, Antalya, Turkey

Hillside Beach Club

Fethiye, Dalaman, Turkey

Mukarnas Spa & Resort Hotel

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

IC Hotels Santai Family Resort

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Club Aqua Plaza

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Maxx Royal Belek Golf & Spa

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Orka Sunlife Resort And Spa

Olu Deniz, Dalaman, Turkey

Lumos Deluxe Resort Hotel and Spa

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Dream World Aqua Hotel

Side, Antalya, Turkey

Granada Luxury Beach

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Kervansaray Hotel Marmaris

Marmaris, Dalaman, Turkey

Papillon Belvil

Belek, Antalya, Turkey

Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa

Sarigerme, Dalaman, Turkey

Delphin BE GRAND Resort

Lara, Antalya, Turkey

Kamelya Aishen K Club

Side, Antalya, Turkey

Eftalia Splash Resort

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Turkey Resorts

Antalya

Antalya

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Bodrum

Bodrum

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Dalaman

Dalaman

The shimmering south-west coast of Turkey boasts incredibly scenic views, tranquil deep blue waters and gorgeous vibrant greenery – these unbeatable l…

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