Turkey Destination Guide

Turkey is surrounded by four seas, one of which is the Aegean, which has some of the best beach resorts in Turkey. There are over 8000 km of sparkling beaches, the famous Blue Lagoon, and many national parks. The Cesme peninsula has places where you can bathe in the waters which are said to be health-giving, and Dalyan is famous for its mud baths. The beach at Iztuzu is protected because it is a nesting ground for the endangered caretta turtle, and development is not allowed.

Diyarbakir is known to have the longest city walls in Turkey. Ephesus is one of the most preserved of the world’s ancient cities and dates back to the Roman era. It has the Temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The area has many churches, museums, mosques, temples, tombs, palaces, and fortresses. Troy (which was immortalized by Homer) is also located in the area as well as the harbor town of Fethlye where you can explore King Amintas’ Lycian Rock Tombs.

The 10,000-year heritage includes the holy cities of Sanli Ura and Harran, which are thought to have been where Abraham lived. The resting place of Noah’s ark is said to be on Mount Ararat. In Didyma you can explore the ruins of Apollo’s famous temple. The mausoleum of King Antiochus is on the top of Mount Nemrut with terraces containing large statues of the gods.

The capital city of Ankara has Ataruk’s mausoleum as its most impressive structure. Ataruk founded the modern Republic of Turkey after he won the War for Independence. The city has one of turkey’s best museums, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, with exhibits from civilizations dating back to 50,000 BC and forward to the 2nd century AD.

Alanya is a port city on the slopes of the Taurus Mountains which is in the midst of lemon, orange, and banana groves. It has an ancient shipyard and a castle from the 9th century.

If you prefer a more modern commercial city and shopping, there is Izmir with its many markets. The southern coast (the “Turkish Riviera”) has Turkey’s most five star hotels and golf courses that are world-class. Many of these areas were former fishing villages.

Another lively modern city is Istanbul, known for its music and art; and Marmaris on the South Aegean has hundreds of restaurants, bars, and shops and boasts a modern marina.

Turkey holidays are a fantastic experience and offer great value for money for families and young couples alike, and the availability of cheap holidays to Turkey is currently a great attraction.

Flights to Turkey

There are a wide range of flight options for Turkey, with charter and schedule flights available from many UK airports.

At the end of 2009, Fly Thomas Cook were offering over 150 flights per week to Turkey, the most for any UK based airline. These included:

  • 76 flights to Dalaman, departing from 17 different UK airports – including a daily service from Gatwick, and double daily from Manchester 5 days per week.
  • 40 flights to Antalya
  • 28 flights to Bodrum
  • 8 flights per week to Izmir.