Perfect for a summer beach holiday and an eventful city break, any Turkey holiday is sure to please all your senses. Taste great food like fresh kebab and sweet baklava, see amazing coastal resorts, feel the warm Mediterranean on your body, hear the waves crash against the stunning rocks, and smell the fresh products used in the country's numerous amazing spas.
A country with a gorgeous climate all year round, spectacular beaches, and cities with rich histories, Turkey is an ideal holiday destination for a number of different holidays, and indeed, holiday-ers. Summer holidays are serene as you lay on a golden beach and sip cocktails. Istanbul is a perfect destination for a city break high on culture and great architecture. While several other coastal resorts showcase some of the most beautiful natural scenery found adjacent to the warm Mediterranean.
The Turkish city of Istanbul is perfect for a city break. Steeped in history and having swept through the hands of various empires, this unique cultural capital is well worth a visit. Start with Sultanahmet, the more touristy area of Istanbul - boasting a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants selling anything and everything from rugs to food. Next, venture onto Eminonu, a bustling district by day and the best place to see some of the city’s most impressive mosques, as well as the famous Hagia Sophia museum – originally built as a Greek Orthodox basilica, later turned mosque. The Besiktas area of the city is also swarming with opportunities for cultural exploration, as it’s packed full of synagogues, churches and mosques. As day descents into night, make it to Taksim – here you’ll find nightlife bulging with bars, restaurants, theatres and much more. Party the night away at the city’s nightclubs, or simply enjoy some tasty local dishes such as fresh fish and mezes in a vibrant setting.
The place to be for a Turkish beach holiday is the region of Bodrum. A modern and bustling holiday town, Bodrum stands on the ruins of the ancient Greek town of Halicarnassus, and as you explore the city you’ll discover lots of archaeological sites that showcase this. Start your exploration from the historical centre of the city, the ancient castle. The 15th-century Castle of St Peter has stood guard over the sea for almost 700 years. Today it’s home to various museums, including the fascinating and award-winning Museum of Underwater Archaeology. If you want to continue your historical journey through the city, then head to either the Myndos Gate or the Bodrum Amphitheatre, both of which will take you back to days when the city was held by the Romans. Those looking for a quiet stroll or spot of relaxation, head to the charming Gumusluk Bay just east of the city, or the elongated Yahsi Beach. These spots allow you to enjoy a refreshing drink, while taking full advantage of both the sun and the sparkling sea.
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