At this time of year when the rain and is beating down and the northerly winds are blowing we start looking forward to summer holidays relaxing by the pool or taking in the local sites. You could do no better than booking a holiday to Turkey this summer. HolidayClick have compiled an essential Turkey A-Z guide to a perfect holiday.
A is for Altinkum a great resort for families with young children. Due to its gently sloping beaches and shallow waters ideal for paddling around. Altinkum translated in to English means “golden sands” which is exactly what you get. Also a good selection of family friendly apartments and All Inclusive hotels.
B is for Bodrum, a holiday resort that caters for young and old. Bodrum benefits from some fantastic nightlife and one of the biggest open air discos in Europe. Away from the nightlife there are plenty of quiet beaches and historical places of Interest.
C is for Cruises of which there are many. Whether you want a day cruise or a week cruise there are plenty of cruising options especially around the resorts of Marmaris, Fethiye & Bodrum.
Dis for Dalyan a peaceful resort a short drive away from Dalaman airport. Here you will find a holiday with a difference. Dalyan benefits from a river as well as a beach which is also a conservation area due to it being a turtle nesting ground. No trip to Dalyan is complete without trying out the famous mud baths which reputably have healing qualities.
E is for Ephessus one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Europe and easily accessible from all of the Aegean resorts.
F is for flights, you will find plenty of flight deals to Turkey especially between April – October where there are charter flights from over 15 UK airports to all the main beach destinations in turkey.
Gis for Gulet cruise. A traditional Gulet cruise is the best way to explore Turkeys amazing coastline. Gulets are traditionally built wooden motor yachts and feature between 6-7 cabins with en-suite facilities and some with air conditioning. Most operate from the resorts of Bodrum & Marmaris between April & October.
H is for Hisaronu, a lively resort a short distance from the famous beach of Oludeniz. Due to its location up in the mountains a 1000 metres above sea level it benefits from cooling breezes in the hot summer months.
Iis for Icmeler. A few miles away from its bigger neighbour Marmaris, Icmeler is an oasis of calm in comparison. Benefits from a wide sandy beaches and features some of the more up market accommodation in the area.
Jis for Jewellery, you can find some fantastic crafted pieces of Jewellery in Turkey at very cheap prices. Quality jewellers can be found in many of the bigger resorts but make sure you ask for certification before you buy, and don’t forget to barter!
K is for Kusdasi one of the first package holiday resorts in Turkey. Kusadasi translated in to English means “Bird Island” you can find a fantastic choice of hotels and apartments to suit any budget and teaste. Kusadasi benefits from being the closest resort to the ancient city of Ephessus so makes the perfect place to stay for any culture vultures.
L is for Liman the Turkish word for port. If you love taking boat trips and enjoying fresh fish the the resorts of Fethiye or Bodrum are for you. Both resorts benefit from a vibrant port busy with Gulet cruises and yachts from all over Europe. Fethite and Bodrum are surrounded by little islands all with a story to tell and are blessed with a dramatic coastal scenery.
M is for Marmaris the most popular resort for British holiday makers. Has everything you could expect out of a modern holiday resort Night Clubs, Shopping centres, excursions and plenty of fast food chains. Think Blackpool in the sun!
Nis for nightlife, if you are a serious night owl then you should consider basing yourself in either Bodrum, Marmaris or Hisaronu. Where there are plenty of bars and nightclubs to keep you going until the early hours.
O is for Ovacik which is the neighbouring village to Hisaronu. It’s a perfect place to stay if you are seeking peace and quiet and is only a short distance from Hisaronu and Oludeniz. The nearest airport is Dalaman which is around 50 minutes transfer time.
Pis for Passport, for UK travellers you must ensure that you have at least 6 months left on your passport before you travel to Turkey..Oh and dont forget the £10 entry fee!
Q is for the long airport queues you find on arrival at Turkish airports. All British passport holders require a VISA stamp before entering the country.
R is for relaxation, if that’s what your after then choose between the resorts of Kalkan, Cesme, Turgutreis, Dalyan & Sarigerme if you’re looking for a “get away from it” all Turkish holiday. There are also some natural holiday boutique lodges near the resort of Fethiye which offer a totally organic holiday experience. Check out Kabak Bay near the village of Faralya where you’ll find a dozen or so lodges offering accommodation from tent pitches to Luxury pine houses with en suite facilities.
Sis for Sandy beaches the longest being Patara Beach a conservation area near the resort of Kalkan you’ll find miles and miles of untouched golden sand dunes and desolate beach. If you want a resort a attached then try Olu Deniz which is the most photographed beach in Turkey and features a natural lagoon ideal for bathing.
T is for for Turgutreis located right at the tip of the Bodrum peninsular overlooking the island of Kos. Turgutreis is ideal for older guests and those of you who are looking for a relaxing holiday which is easily accessible for people with walking difficulties. Kite & Windsurfing are also very popular in this area due to the favourable winds.
U is for Use public when in Turkey. Car hire is expensive in Turkey and some locals drive like lunatics. Public transport like taxi and bus are much safer.
V is for Villas. The resorts of Gocek, Fethiye and Kalkan offer private villas available to rent during the summer months. For peak summer periods and during school holidays its recommended that you book early to secure the villa of your choice.
W is for WIFI what every you make sure you turn roaming off on your mobile phone when entering Turkey or you might come home with £100’s of roaming charges. Nearly all resorts have hotels and bars with free WI FI.
X is for X-ray machine at the airports. Make sure all sharp objects are safely packed on your suitcase and you check with your airline their restrictions on liquids and medication.
Y is for Yachting, there are plenty of seafaring experiences to be had in Turkey from a cheap and cheerful Gulet cruise to a private yacht charter. When doing business with a local Turkish travel agent make sure they are members of TURSAB which is a recognised trade body of the Turkish travel industry similar to ABTA in the UK.
Z is for Zaman which means ‘time’ in Turkish. After reading this guide we hope to have provided you with information to ensure that you have a fantastic time in Turkey!