Turkey is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in the world which offers six lovely months of summer in its southern parts. The nice weather makes it possible for you to have fantastic moments in the hot summer days, as well as rest, refresh, and recharge your batteries.
It will amaze you with its rich historical heritage and culture, natural wonders, religious and ancient sites. Here, you can go on many boat sightseeing tours to see the amazing nature of Turkey, the turquoise sea, the stunning sandy beaches as well as the most popular attractions.
This beautiful country is also famous for its hospitality and delicious traditional specialities that will satisfy all your senses.
Getting to Turkey
Getting to Turkey is quite easy since there are 17 airports around the country. However, the national airline is Turkish airlines, and they have flights from and to numerous countries around the globe. Except for this company, British airwaves and Atlantis Global also offer direct flights from the UK to Turkey.
The nearest airport is Dalaman, a modern building with world brand restaurants and duty-free shopping. There are scheduled flights from the UK all year round with many additional budgets and charter flights during the summer months.
The smaller airport of Bodrum is also another option although it is about 210km further to the north.
There are also train and bus journeys available from some major cities in Europe to Istanbul and Ankara, including London.
Why Choose a Holiday in Turkey?
Visiting Turkey for the first time is a wonderful surprise. It has some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable and clear azure seas with golden beaches will greet you. Travel inland and you will be able to explore the pine clad mountains and lush fertile valleys as well as many fascinating archaeological and historic sites.
The Turkish people are friendly and obliging. They will only be too happy to talk about their country and its history. The resorts are a wonderful mix of the old and new. A mouthwatering choice of fantastic restaurants, plenty of wonderful shopping and a relaxing laid back atmosphere wherever you go.
Car Hire or Taxi Transfer
We are happy to organise a hire car for you, for collection from your chosen airport or delivered to your door. Taxi transfers can also be arranged.
Walking in Turkey
The Lycian Way from Antalya to Fethiya was voted one of the ten best walks in the world. Chose from one of the several different routes with varying degrees of difficulty. Local guides, who are also a font of information about the surrounding area, are readily available should you prefer an escorted walk.
Beaches in Turkey
Kaputas Beach is a lovely sandy cove located at the foot of a striking mountain gorge just 10 minutes from Kalkan. Its views are a firm favourite on the pages of many travel brochures because of its constantly brilliant turquoise waters.
Patara Beach is a beautiful 12 kilometre stretch of sand backed by dunes and part of a national park.
With three kilometres of golden sand, crystal clear waters lapping at its edge, an amazing blue lagoon at the far end and the stunning Babadag mountains forming a backdrop it’s not surprising that Oludeniz beach is one of the most photographed in the world. Water sports are plentiful along the beach itself, whilst the blue lagoon is designated a National Park due to its wealth of marine life and rare natural resources.
At Sarigerme beach the sand is soft and fine whilst the waters are calmer than those at Iztuzu, making it well worth a visit. Iztuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach, is a beautiful 7km stretch of golden sand. Loggerhead turtles (Caretta Caretta) come here to lay their eggs. As they are an endangered species this stretch of the coast is protected and recognised as a conservation area. Whilst visitors are very welcome to enjoy this lovely, unspoilt beach, a popular destination for boat excursions from Dalyan, about 12km away, they should remember to respect the natural habitat of these creatures.
Ekincik Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the area and a popular trip from Dalyan by boat or minibus
Diving and Watersports
The Turquoise coast has some of the best diving in the world with its wrecks, both ancient and more modern, reefs, caves and underwater fauna and flora. There are numerous diving centres along the coast which offer different dive packages from introductory to advanced PADI and CMAS courses. Kas and Kalkan are recommended by many guidebooks for their diving and other watersports. Amongst these is kayaking which, with the calm waters in the area, enables you to explore the coast under your own steam or with a group.
A gulet cruise is an ideal way to explore the beautiful bays. They also offer the opportunity to snorkel and swim.
Why not consider combining a holiday on land with a cruise down this stunning coastline? Private charters are readily available, or maybe op instead for a few days sharing a gulet with other like-minded travellers.Why not consider combining a holiday on land with a cruise down this stunning coastline? Private charters are readily available, or maybe op instead for a few days sharing a gulet with other like-minded travellers.
Places to Visit in Turkey
A boat trip to the sunken city at Kekova Island is a must. An enigmatic and historic area, you will have plenty of time to swim or snorkel during a relaxing day.
Another great day out is to Xanthos, once the capital city of the Lycian Federation and much feted as its greatest city throughout most of Lycian history. You might combine a this with a visit to the 20km long Saklikent (which means hidden city in Turkish) Gorge. About a thirty-minute drive from Kas, it is the largest gorge in Turkey. It offers some spectacular scenery, bubbling springs and fast running streams, a respite from the heat of the day and a great selection of little restaurants with seating areas suspended above the rushing water where trout is a firm favourite on the menu.
The surreal landscape of Pamukkale has been recognised by UNESCO who have classed it as a world heritage site. The hot springs and mineral-rich waters have created breathtaking white travertine terraces where people have gone to bathe for thousands of years. Nearby are the remains of the Roman spa city of Hierapolis which, though much damaged over the centuries, are still a fascinating insight into the history of the area.
The ruins at Caunos were first discovered in 1842, and Turkish archaeologists have undertaken excavations there since the mid 1960s. The remains that have been uncovered include Lycean type tombs, the medieval walls of an acropolis, no less than four temples and Roman baths as well as a fountain dedicated to the Roman emperor Vespasianus.
Once one of the great cities of the Greeks in Asia Minor, the ancient city of Ephesus was home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world. Today the ruins of Ephesus are a major tourist attraction as well as a sacred site for Christians due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul, St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary.