Turkey holidays are guaranteed to offer a great experience both for couples and families seeking a relaxing beach holiday or even more cultural pursuits, such as a trip to Ephesus -the best remaining example of an ancient city (12BC). A lot of the beaches in Turkey are very long and are lined with parasols and sun loungers and most offer safe (and warm!) swimming. In fact, Turkey boasts both one of the most photographed beaches in the world, Olu Deniz (a beautiful turquoise blue lagoon), as well as the environmentally protected Dalyan Caunos (Turtle beach) which is where the turtles come to lay their eggs.
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Turkey is home to some brilliant activities including water sports. These include windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, water-skiing, jet-skiing and surfing. If you'd prefer to stay out of the water, then why not try horse-riding or get the adrenaline pumping with a spot of parascending off Babadag Mountain, one of the best places in Europe to do this. For the more sedate, try a Turkish bath, called a hamman, where you will feel cleaner and more relaxed than ever before having been scrubbed from head to toe. Tip: do this at the beginning of your Turkish holiday otherwise they will scrub your tan off! There are plenty of other excursions to enjoy such as boat trips, a visit to the mud baths and plenty of ancient monuments and sites to please every history buff.
Turkey has many restaurants that all offer a range of cuisines. You will find a lot of local Turkish cuisine, like delicious tavuk shish – which is chicken kebab cooked on the mangal, tasty flat bread and mixed mezze consisting of stuffed vine leaves, white cheese, aubergine and the like. Other food such as seafood, Italian, British, Chinese and Indian is also readily available in most tourist resorts and in hotels where people are on all inclusive holidays to Turkey. The nightlife in Turkey tends to be fairly low key; however you will still find bars, cafés, nightclubs and cocktail bars staying open late in some of the resorts like Marmaris and Bodrum. Many offer music and entertainment for you to enjoy. You will also find many of the hotels offer entertainment programmes to keep guests happy. In terms of getting around while on your holiday, Turkey is very easy as there are shared taxi mini buses called Dolmus, which you can hop on and off whenever you need to. They run from early in the morning until late at night and are very cheap to use.
Turkey is an amazing climate that boasts over 300 days of sunshine. The best time to visit is between May and October. You will get over 12 hours of sunshine a day with temperatures in August reaching over 35°C. There is a coastal breeze to keep humidity down and maintain the temperatures; however it still gets very hot. Air conditioning is definitely recommended to help you sleep while on your holiday. The water temperature reaches over 25°C making swimming very comfortable. Spring and autumn are obviously cooler, however still very pleasant. Although in the winter months, the sunshine hours drop to around 5 hours, the temperature still remains high at 15-20°C making Turkey a great year round holiday destination.