Holidays in Turkey - Travel Guide - All-Inclusive Packages & Flight Info - Vacations
Turkey is no longer just about carpets, rugs and ancient ruins; it is quickly pushing the popularity barometer through the roof as one of the hottest summer holiday playgrounds for Brits. In 2003 alone, almost 1.1million visitors from the United Kingdom landed on Turkey’s shores for a holiday – up nearly 250,000 on two years previous.
It’s not just the long sunny days, beautiful sandy beaches and friendly hospitality that attracts people in their droves, it’s also the fact that Turkey holidays are extremely cheap for people travelling on the Great British Pound. The excellent exchange rate with the New Turkish Lira means that visitors get great value for money (although the area is a lot more expensive than it used to be).
No matter what type of holiday you are looking for, there is something to cater to everyone’s tastes, from all-inclusive package getaways, through to independent travel staying in luxurious private cliff-top villas. Visitors can spend their days relaxing on the western coast Mediterranean beaches, trolling the local bazaars for a great bargain or immersing themselves amongst the ancient ruins that date back 10,000 years.
Getting to Turkey is easy, with most of the major European airlines flying out of the UK to the major ports (via connecting flights) of call in the country, such as Istanbul and Ankara. State-owned Turkish Airlines and British Airways are the only two airlines which fly direct (a mere 4 hour flight) to Turkey. In peak season, travellers can expect to pay on average £ 200 for a return flight, and less if they are on a package holiday which uses charter flights to get to the country.
Once in the country, bus travel is by far the cheapest and most convenient way of travelling between towns, through it is possible to hire a car and drive yourself (note: that cross-country self-drive is not for the faint hearted as Turkey driving standards are dodgy compared to the UK!). While this is a massive country to get around, take heart that most of the popular tourist areas are on the west coast, and are relatively easy to get to.
For those wanting to do more than just relax on a beach, must-see tourist attractions include the mosques and museums of Istanbul; the ancient city of Ephesus; the tree houses in Olympos; the natural wonders of Cappadocia; a Turkish bath; and the raw grunt of the Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Competition.
Turkish food is a far cry from traditional British cuisine, but visitors will welcome the rich and refreshing flavours to their palettes. All the food is fresh and delicious, and takes its inspiration from parts of central Asia, Greece, Arabia and Persia, making it eclectic and exciting.
A holiday in Turkey is ideal for rejuvenating and relaxing, and has something to offer all holidaymakers.