Boasting delicious cuisine, captivating sights and a breathtaking blend of eastern and western influences, a holiday to Turkey offers the best of both worlds. And guess what? With the recent changes to Turkey’s entry requirements for British nationals, you no longer need a visa to visit! So, there’s no better time to explore this incredible country. But where should you stay?
With an amazing range of cities and beaches to choose from, it’s easy to wonder which suits your holiday needs. That’s why we’ve put together a useful guide to the four main areas and their top resorts so that you can decide where to stay in Turkey.
Take a look and find out which one is best for you…
There’s something for everyone in Antalya. Sun worshippers will love lounging on the pristine white beaches, surrounded by lush greenery and buzzing beach bars along the prom. History lovers can explore some of Turkey’s finest ancient ruins in Side, from the Temple of Apollo to the impressive Greek Amphitheatre. And in the evenings, head to Side Harbour for delicious Turkish meze, followed by cocktails and dancing in the open-air night clubs.
Fancy getting active on your Turkey holiday? Check out Belek for adrenaline-fuelled water sports, turtle-spotting and championship-level golf courses. Plus, you can’t miss out on a daytrip to the Land of Legends Theme Park!
If luxury’s more your thing, head for the glamour and glitz of Lara Beach. Fabulous five-star hotels line the 8km stretch of golden sands, so you don’t have to walk far for some relaxation. Lounge by the lush pools and unwind at the sensational spas. Or if you’re travelling with kids, make the most of the hotel waterparks. You’ll never want to leave!
For an authentic taste of Turkey’s culture and cuisine, there’s nowhere quite like Bodrum. Think whitewashed towns, beautiful bays and plenty of local charm. Explore the city’s history at the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, where you can see the ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Castle of St Peter. An iconic piece of Bodrum’s skyline, this impressive 15th-century fortress boasts incredible views over the city and harbour, all the way to nearby Kos. You can shop for traditional souvenirs and gifts in Bodrum’s bustling bazaars, before hitting the clubs for live music and late nights.
When it comes to family-friendly holidays to Turkey, look no further than Altinkum. With a choice of three fabulous beaches, Altinkum’s golden sands and crystal-clear waters are ideal for some seaside fun. Make the most of the shallow edges, great for little paddlers, or let the older ones try out some of the water sports available. In the evening, venture to the beachfront bars and restaurants for a delightful meal at sunset. Or why not take things up a notch in Gumbet? Combining blissful days with electric nights, this resort has a selection of pubs families can enjoy, while couples and groups of friends can join the party along Bar Street.
A treasure trove along the Turquoise Coast, the Dalaman area of Turkey has everything you need. From stunning seascapes and secluded coves to back-to-back bars and neon-lit clubs, Dalaman guarantees laidback days and buzzing nights. Unwind in Olu Deniz’s iconic Blue Lagoon and admire the stunning mountain scenes. This natural paradise is ideal for a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the cities. And when it comes to food, Olu Deniz’s combination of local cuisine and fine dining restaurants caters for every palate.
Prefer something livelier? Icmeler has you covered. You can spend your days wandering past lush green gardens along the canal and exploring the charming old village. Discover the resort’s ancient past at the Lycian tombs before bargaining with locals at the markets. Embrace Icmeler’s glow at night with Turkish folk dancing and entertainment at the nearby bars.
Marmaris is also a favourite for holidays to Turkey. Get active in the mountains as you explore the mesmerising waterfalls. And you can’t miss out on the nightlife! From party pirate ships to cabaret bars, there’s something for families, couples and friends. What are you waiting for?
A cultural paradise awaits you on your Turkey holiday to Izmir. From unspoilt sandy stretches along the shore to old town walls hiding Turkish tavernas and bustling bazaars, Izmir is truly irresistible. For a tranquil retreat, there’s nowhere quite like the little town of Özdere. Spend your days browsing the stalls, lazing on the beautiful beaches or enjoying al fresco dining. Meanwhile, charming Çesme is the perfect spot for a dreamy summer escape. Think turreted walls, picturesque promenades and yacht-lined ports. Foodies can enjoy the endless choice of bars, cafés and restaurants along the harbour and dine on delicious fresh seafood
Kusadasi is the all-rounder resort with something for all. Want to chill on the sun-bleached sands? Head to Ladies beach. Have a sense of adventure? Make for Adaland Waterpark. Interested in local culture? Discover the Basilica of St. John. And to top it all off, Kusadasi’s Barlar Sokagi makes for an incredible after-dark bar scene.
So, now you’ve seen where to stay in Turkey, which resort will you choose?
Posted: 5th Feb 2020.