If you’re looking to captivate your youngsters with fascinating culture, exciting nature and some seriously sweet treats, Turkey family holidays are just the thing. Acting as a bridge between two continents, Turkey offers a fascinating blend of western and eastern cultures and this fantastic fusion is reflected in the country’s diverse landscapes, rich history and tasty cuisine which has evolved over centuries. Kick off your trip in the vibrant city of Istanbul – one of only five transcontinental cities in the world – where you can try your hand at haggling in one of the many bazaars and soak up
the atmosphere of locals gathering to purchase their wares and share daily gossip. You might even be offered tea as part of the process. There’s so much more beyond Istanbul, too. With four seas on three sides, there’s a plethora of water activities to enjoy during your Turkey family holidays, from windsurfing and kayaking to diving and snorkelling. And the nature is fabulous as well. Visit Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a natural playground with its towering fairy chimneys, underground cities complete with twisting corridors and secret passageways, and cave hotels with all the comforts.
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All in all we had a great time and it was pitched well, so thanks for all your hard work. All the contact with London and the fixer in Istanbul were positive and helpful, we were met and guided and driven everywhere and felt safe and looked after the whole time, so thanks again, it was really appreciated.
The food was good everywhere and service was mostly excellent.
Turkey is renowned for its warm hospitality and Turkish people go out of their way to welcome travellers. The traditional ceremony of drinking tea and coffee is a custom shared with friends and visitors and they adore children so your youngsters will get the royal treatment from the moment you arrive. Whether you’ve visiting for a few weeks or only a handful of day, there’s plenty of fun activities to dive into during your Turkey family holidays.
Feast on Traditional Cuisine
The Turkish will say their cuisine is the best, shaped by surrounding countries and trading routes along the Silk Road and the Ottoman Empire. The result is a diverse gastronomy from Europe, Asia, and the Far East. You will have the chance to feast on Aegean vegetables and traditional spicy Anatolian kebabs. For an insanely sweet treat, try baklava. Some will say it is a healthy treat due to the filling of lightly spiced nuts and honey, but its delicious sugary pastry might just give it away.
Reconnect With Nature
Turkey boasts around 5,000 miles of coastline complete with pristine beaches and dazzling turquoise waters. Explore along the Mediterranean coastline to seek out the best family-friendly beaches; visit the turtle sanctuary at Dalyan, where it is possible to get up close to these beautiful creatures; and head to the resort town of Manavgat, famous for its surrounding rivers and waterfalls, to enjoy an ecotourism tour.
Unwind with a Family Hammam Experience
A highlight of our Turkey family holidays is unwinding with a fun family Hammam experience. Turkish baths, or hammams, are all about the traditional ritual of cleansing and relaxing. This social event has been part of Turkish culture for centuries and it is common to bring along youngsters to participate in the pampering. For the ultimate experience, a freshly squeezed pomegranate juice is a must. Pomegranate (or nar in Turkish), is an essential fruit, considered a symbol of prosperity and abundance, and it is also exceptionally healthy.