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Turkey is ancient yet modern, where the exotic east meets the modern west. With lively coastal resorts, stunning cities steeped in history and lots of activities and excursions, you can enjoy a holiday to Turkey no matter what pace of life suits you while you holiday.
There are some fabulous resorts in Turkey from the lively to the serene, follow us on our journey around this beautiful country.
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A great destination for a beach or golf getaway, thanks to the 5 golf courses in the area, this lovely resort is popular with couples and families alike. Home to the stunning Kurşunlu Waterfall and its surrounding Nature Park, Belek offers some beautiful scenery to explore should you wish to stray away from the beaches for a while.
Also nearby is the Hellenistic city of Perge and the huge ampitheatre of Aspendos, if you need a little culture from your trip. With great beaches, tree lined avenues and excellent shopping opportunities, this lovely town has a little something for everyone.
An ancient fishing village and now considered by many to be the premier resort of the Bodrum Peninsula, Yalikavak has a certain charm that can’t fail but to entice you to return year after year. Beautiful stone and white washed buildings covered in bright pink bouganvilla fill the town and the surrounding bays.
The centre of this little town comes to life with the weekly Thursday market which is popular for miles around.The little fishing port is now a bustling marina surrounded by excellent restaurants and traditional cafes offering cooling apple tea and lokum (Turkish delight), which is not to be missed. It’s located near Bodrum, the area’s main town and you can easily catch a dolmus (local minibus) to and from Bodrum or to the other local coastal villages. This beautiful village really is the jewel in the crown of the Bodrum Peninsula.
Ankara is the capital of Turkey, and sits high on a hill crowned by the ruins of the old castle. This city is packed full of archaeological delights including the Roman Temple of Augustus and Rome. Situated in the centre of Turkey and now very modern in style with lots of pretty parks and a host of shops and markets, Ankara is a great place for a city break.
No matter which resort you choose for your holiday to Turkey, you’re sure to be delighted by the beautiful beaches, huge array of excursions and the friendly locals.
Ah..would love to do Turkey one day . Looks so inviting 🙂
Pretty glad you’ve included Ankara on this list as it is so often overlooked but is a great city!! I also toured Adana and Trabzon and loved them. Safe travels. Jonny
Its a great article thanks 🙂
You too thanks Jonny!
Ankara is not really a resort but still a great place to visit. Can I add the resort of Kas to the list? It is a small, traditional village but still managed to move with the times to accommodate foreign visitors. There is also lots to do like scuba diving, trekking, swimming and historical sites.
Hey Michael – thanks for letting me know!
A friend of mine kindly wrote this piece.
Please send me through an email and ill be happy to add it with some more detail 🙂
Nice list. If anyone goes through Cappadocia I highly recommend the Kale Konac Kave hotel. Look no further.
Thanks so much for the suggestion Shaun!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Makes me wanna visit Turkey ASAP again !
How could you miss Dalyan? Probably the best little market, better than the big ones all the tours take you too, a proper working village, fresh water lake in one direction along the river where African Queen was filmed, and a fab beach in the other. Avoid the river front cafes and go to the old market area for fantastic food. and probably the best English/Turkish tea room ever.
Dalyan. Many people visit on a day trip or as a last day transfer as its near the airport. I love it as is is not very touristy and is a working village. The food is amazing. The people are too. Avoid the river edge places and head to the central market area to eat with local and ex pats. Travel to the beach or lake by boat. Hike to the countryside or ancient temples, or chill and people watch in the main square. Stay at Metin Hotel, family run with probably the best food in the village or Fatih Apartments for peace during the day, good breakfasts and a bit of a party atmosphere at night. Jeep safari into the mountains with Aycut at Brilliant Tours.