From the historical wonders of Istanbul to the fashionable beaches of Antalya, Turkey summer holidays are as much about immersing yourself in cultural wonders as they are about savouring a revitalising escape. Venture to central Turkey to discover Cappadocia’s iconic ‘fairy chimneys’ – beautiful, pointed rock formations made from volcanic ash and sculpted by years of erosion – and you’ll think you’ve been dropped on another planet entirely. And the columns are just the beginning; underground, there is an astonishing subterranean cave network complete with homes, churches and whole cities dug by human hands and protected by UNESCO.
From here, travel east and to dive in Lake Van to marvel at a 3,000 year-old castle that sits beneath the waters - Turkey's very own Atlantis - or hike the remote mountains of Anatolia and you’ll be rewarded with the immense vision of Nemrut Dagi, whose huge stone head sculptures look like something straight out of Indiana Jones. To really get to the heart of Turkey take a seat at the dinner table to feast on the country’s delicious food – from indulgent yoghurt-splashed kofte meatballs and nutty, sticky baklava, to menemen (an omelette with a Turkish twist) - all washed down with the aniseed-twanged national drink of raki. Cuisine in Turkey is truly a flavour masterclass. For endless sunshine, deep blue seas, fascinating ancient ruins, countless activities and a gastronomic adventure, Turkey ticks every box for that perfect summer holiday.
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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.
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Turkey is a great choice for summer holidays thanks to its amazing beaches, interesting towns and rich culture. If you're looking for a truly memorable experience, a Turkey summer holiday is the way to go – which is before even mentioning the (almost) guaranteed sun and fewer than five days of rain per month.
This diverse country offers something for everyone, from ancient ruins and bustling markets to stunning beaches and trendy resorts. Turkey is a superb choice for those who want to experience the Mediterranean coastline with an added dose of culture in the shape of Roman temples and Ottoman mosques.
Spend your summer holiday soaking up the sun on Turkey's pristine beaches or exploring its fascinating towns. Izmir is a popular holiday destination for its clear and shallow seas and vibrant nightlife, while Cesme is a particularly trendy choice, with its famous beaches such as Ilica Beach, and the town of Ciftlikkoy - also known as the ‘Maldives of Turkey’ with its famous golden beaches and clear seas.
Kusadasi is another excellent choice for a Turkey summer holiday, with its beautiful white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and pine tree landscape. This lively resort town is situated on the Aegean coast in Antalya and is known for its stretched coastline, energetic marina and boutique shopping, so be sure to explore the many shops and markets.
If you're looking for a more relaxed holiday, consider the town of Dalyan - situated on a river in Mugla. This tranquil town is surrounded by mountains and is home to the famous Iztuzu Beach, where you can often find loggerhead turtles nesting. Or head down the coast to Fethiye, a beautiful town full of natural beauty, history and stunning sea caves - perfect for a day-long boat tour.