Cheap Holidays To Turkey
The Antalya region is the area of the Turkish coast around the settlement sometimes referred to as the gateway to the Turquoise coast, the city of Antalya itself. Antalya sits right in the middle of Antalya Bay and is the centre of a region with many coastal tourist resorts as well as a range of more cultural-type attractions.
The Antalya area attracts huge numbers of tourists each year and caters to almost a third of all foreign visitors to Turkey. With so many historic sites and beautiful beaches it is easy to see why so many people are drawn to come here each year.
This resort town has boomed over the last few years to become a popular and lively tourist hotspot, a place of excess and debauchery that is sometimes described as ‘Vegas by the sea’. Here you can enjoy a wide range of facilities, bars and clubs.
Alanya is not a soulless place, however, and has some more sedate charms. South of the modern centre is an impressive fortress complex with castle remains and a scattering of traditional red-tile roofed houses along the steep alleyways that lead up the hillside in the old part of the town.
Antalya is the main hub of the area, a tourist hotspot that is also a fascinating, historic city with a plethora of intriguing and attractive sights to see and enjoy. You will find no shortage of things to see and do here in this place that is very much geared up to accept the high numbers of visitors.
This is a major modern metropolis, the largest Turkish city on the western Mediterranean coast, built around the ancient fortifications of the old town at its heart. Beautiful, stylish, with beaches galore and the start of many amazing hiking trails, this is an impressive city.
Avsallar is a resort town that is just 16km from Alanya and around 65km from Antalya. The place is known for its tourism and citrus farming, though new hotels are rapidly taking over space previously used by farmers and tourism is the main industry here.
Avsallar has beaches, boats and all the facilities you would expect to find in a fairly major tourist resort area. There is no shortage of shops, bars or restaurants to enjoy, plus plenty of chances for active pursuits on and near the water and inland.
The town of Beldibi is centred around tourist, with resorts all along the coast on one side of the main road and strip malls on the other where you can buy anything you might want or need during your holiday.
This is a place designed to meet your holiday needs but in the surrounding area you will find, as well as the delightful beaches, a wide range of different historic and cultural attractions. You will be
able to enjoy active pursuits like hiking or relax and do nothing at all – the choice is yours.
This smaller, quieter resort on the Turkish Riviera around 30km from Antalya. It is a good choice for those who want all the amenities close at hand but who like a quieter and more laid-back vibe for their holidays rather than an all-out party.
Belek is described as the new face of Turkish Tourism, offering a calmer and classier retreat for those who want to soak in the sun without the stress of rowdy crowds. This is a great place also for those who simply want to take in the natural beauty of the area and sample some of its cultural and historical attractions.
This relaxing resort area has plenty of new and modern high-quality accommodation and facilities but also offers nature and tranquillity. The beach is clean and there are plenty of leafy spaces around, including a couple of popular parks. One of the parks has a tower which you can climb for views over the whole of Bogazkent.
Nearby there are nature walks, reserve areas teeming with birdlife and organic farms where you can get a bite of good, fresh local food, as well as the obvious attractions of the beach and the coast.
Camyuva, formerly a neighbourhood of Kemer, is now a resort area in its own right, with plenty of sensitive development hidden in the forests. The coastline is clean with pleasant beaches and lies in the south west of the Antalya region.
Camyuva has Tahtali mountain to the west, of course the Mediterranean sea is to the east and to the south and not too far away is the ancient city of Phaselis and important historical sites. There is much to see and do here, not just focussed on the coast but also looking the other direction into the attractive hiking possibilities and other recreational options on the slopes of the Taurus Mountains.
Cenger is another one of the resort areas around Antalya. A number of hotel resorts here are set along a stretch of golden sand. There are plenty of things to keep you within your hotel and environs but if you want, there are also plenty of things to do out and about in the vicinity.
There are a number of family-friendly activities such as waterparks and water sports fun to be had on the coast and those who love history and culture will also find plenty around this region to pique their interest.
The clean white sands of this boutique resort on the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea are not too crowded and offer a relaxing holiday break in the sun. You will be satisfied here whether you enjoy chilling out on the sand or adrenaline-fuelled jet ski adventure.
The Green Canyon is just a short hop away by boat. This offers a unique chance to explore an
idyllic lagoon, one of the beautiful locations along this stretch of coast. Visit also the Mangavat Caves which allow you to delve deep into the Turkish countryside.
This resort village in the Antalya region of the Turkish coast is an area with plenty of accommodation on offer. There are plenty of choices here that offer relaxing stays on this beautiful stretch of the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea.
This could be a good base if you want to explore some of the many attractions of this region, from the gorgeous beaches and enthralling natural wonders of the shore and also the many historic attractions of the area, remains from the many eras of this country’s past.
Evrenseki is a resort area in the Mangavat district of Antalya. There is a beach side promenade for visitors to enjoy on sunny days and balmy evenings, and a quiet beach and harbour area where you can mingle with locals and other holidaymakers.
There are plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and other facilities to enjoy here and Evrenseki House of Culture where you can find out more about the cultural and heritage of this fascinating region. In the wider area you will find plenty of historic and other attractions to enjoy.
This town in the Kemer district of Antalya on the Turkish coast. The name comes from a term that means “fertile plain on the bank of a river at the joining point of the blue sky/blue” and this is an apt description of this resort town lying in a semi-circle of coastal plain between Beldibi and Kemer.
Goynuk is backed by rugged, forest covered mountains and there is a pleasant gorge to explore. This was a strategically important site in the region’s past and you can see some historic sites that tell of the area’s history nearby, as well as enjoying the fine sandy bay of the coast.
Located in the Mangavat district of Antalya, Gundogdu is set along the main highway close to many charming beaches and other tourist attractions. There are plenty of accommodation options as well as shops, restaurants and bars.
This is an area replete with great tourist facilities and yet which is more Turkish and less crowded with visitors than some of the other areas along the coastline. Head down to the coast to enjoy the sandy stretches of beach or join in with a range of active pursuits on and beside the water.
Kargilak is a beach resort village area near Alanya, Antalya, on the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea. Relaxed and up-scale holiday accommodation options come with all the usual facilities plus access to private stretches of the golden sands, where you can soak up the sun to your heart’s content.
This is a destination for those who want an utterly relaxing stay in a beautiful setting. Hire a bike or hike to explore the picturesque natural surroundings, or travel further to explore the many historic attractions of the wider region.
This major seaside resort on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast is a great family destination and is a favourite with those who are looking for a serene stay in beautiful natural surroundings, with lush green hills and a whole series of charming golden-sand bays.
There are many attractions in the Kemer area, including the Goynuk Canyon, Ulupınar, Olympos, Chimaera, Phaselis, Three Islands and Eco Park, so both history lovers and those in search of natural splendour will not be disappointed. Active holidaymakers are also well catered for and you can hike, bike or enjoy a wide range of water-based activities.
Kestel is one of Alanya’s beach resort areas. There are plenty of accommodation options here, spread along a stretch of the sandy shoreline. Amongst the many activities on offer around here there are boat trips that will take you to some of the most attractive sections of this coast.
You can also visit the nearby Dim Cave, for a subterranean adventure, or stick instead to the delights of the coast and enjoy a wide range of activities on and under the water. You will not run out of things to do, if, that is, you decide to leave the comfort of your sun lounger.
This village is located on the Turkish coast near Kemer, in a stretch of coastline well known for its well-developed tourist facilities and for its natural beauty. The coastal resorts here are sandwiched between rugged, green, forest-clad mountains and a shoreline of golden sands in sweeping bays beside a clear, blue sea.
The land and sea-scape around here is perfect for exploration or for simple relaxation. No matter whether you want to explore and see the natural and historic attractions or just soak up the sun, the hotels in this area could be a good choice for you.
Kizilagac is a tourist area in the Mangavat district in the Antalya Province of Turkey. There is a pleasant stretch of sand and plenty of facilities to enjoy during your stay. There are plenty of all-inclusive choices of accommodation here, so you can relax and enjoy the sun without having to worry about a thing.
In the surrounding area, there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit. There are some natural sites which can be reached by land or sea, some historic attractions too, and of course all the fun, food and drink options of all the resorts along the coast.
Kizilot is another of the many coastal resort areas in the Mangavat district of Antalya Province. There are plenty of accommodation options and of course all the attendant facilities you would
expect. As with this whole stretch of coastline, there is an attractive beach where you can relax or recreate in the Turkish sunshine.
In the surrounding area there are plenty of things to see and do, day and night. There are the natural attractions of the coast and the rugged landscape behind the resort areas to explore and also several historic and cultural attractions, if, that is, you can tear yourself away from the relaxing pleasures of your beach holiday.
Konakli is a town situated around 10km from the famous tourist resort area of Alanya. It is sandwiched scenically between the rugged landscape of the Taurus Mountains and the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea.
This is a working town with plenty of farmed land around. There are fresh food markets as well as the usual range of tourist offerings and all the usual attractions and amenities of the beautiful beaches. This could be a good place for a lively yet relaxed holiday in a cosmopolitan holiday destination with plenty of activities to enjoy nearby.
This intensely beautiful cove on the edge of the large tourist resort and town of Antalya, at the centre of this region, is well known for its gorgeous sand and shingle beaches and spectacular mountain views. In the Turkish language the name Konyaalti means ‘the cove down the cliffs’.
Some of the facilities here have been created underground in order to preserve the natural beauty of the land and seascapes. Konyaalti beach is a lively place, however, backed by many bars, clubs, restaurants and other tourist infrastructure. At the far end of the beach is the ‘Aqualand’ waterpark.
Kumkoy is another section of the tourist resort region of Antalya that stretches along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Here you will find stretches of gorgeous beach backed by hotels and other accommodation options and behind the tourist resort areas you will see the green, lush forest-covered mountains, which create a stunning backdrop.
Here you can relax and do nothing much, soaking in the sun, you can enjoy active pursuits such as hiking, biking or watersports, or you can travel to one of the nearby resorts for a more lively nightlife outside of your accommodation, the choice is yours.
Lara is a district in the city and popular tourist destination of Antalya. It is home to many themed hotels, which are largely found within the Kundu area. Many of the hotels have been built to look like famous landmarks, for example, Topkapi Palace, Venice and the Kremlin.
The word ‘Lara’ is Luwian for ‘sand’, which you will find in abundance on the gorgeous beaches here. Lara beach is one of the longest sandy beaches in Turkey and hosts a yearly sandcastle building competition called ‘Sandland’. There is plenty here in this lively location for most holidaymakers to enjoy.
Mahmutlar is a tourist town located 10km east of Alanya. The town of 15,000 people swells to around 60,000 in the summer as the tourists pour in. The town has been transformed by tourism and you will find everything here that you could possibly need.
The beach here is largely sandy and around 5km in length. Some of it is organised while there is some natural beach that you can also enjoy. Roads and surfaces have all been improved greatly as a result of the booming tourist industry.
Mangavat’s hot and sunny coastline is lined with sandy beach and the town is backed by a fertile plain of farmland across which you can see the rugged Taurus Mountains. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of natural environments, from the long river and waterfall to forests, farmland, caves mountains and more.
Nearby you will find not only the beach and all the usual tourist offerings but also a number of historic attractions. If you want an active holiday you can raft on the river, or swim from the fresh water into the salt sea, you can hike, bike or indulge in a wide range of other outward bound activities.
Obakoy is close neighbour to the lively resort of Alanya and in fact the two have grown together so that today they are really almost one settlement. This is a popular tourist area, all along this coast you will find resort areas, fine beaches and plenty of accommodation and other tourist infrastructure.
One notable resident of Obakoy and its claim to fame is that this was once the home of Turkish folk poet, Kaygusuz Abdal, who lived in the 14th and early 15th Century. Nowadays, people come here to be close to resort amenities and enjoy the lively entertainment and nightlife of Alanya.
This quiet and laid-back holiday resort is located about half way between Alanya and Side. The beach here is a place to relax on golden sand and swim in the sparkling sea. You could also go river rafting nearby on the Alar River, or make a splash at the Aquapark.
You can explore both below the waves and in the surrounding countryside with a series of delightful dives, hikes and bike rides, or enjoy a more cultural extravaganza of fine local food and fascinating historic sites – it is up to you.
In this pretty and popular resort town you will find ancient sites of the old town juxtaposed with the chic modernity of the newer touristy elements of the settlement. This coastal resort is set on a small peninsula of only around 800m, which is flanked by two stretches of sandy beach.
It is understandably extremely popular as a family holiday destination or a destination for those that are not looking for a constant party but do want a lively and interesting holiday destination with plenty to see and do. Aside from the many historical, archaeological sites in the vicinity, there are
also plenty of activities to enjoy.
Tekirova lies in a fertile and lush area sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Olympus and the other Taurus Mountains. It is a tourist-friendly area that is well known for its natural beauty and blue flag beach which stretches on for a few kilometres along the coastline.
Beaches are not too crowded, even in the summer months, and you can easily escape onto the sea or into the forests and mountains beyond and find yourself far from the crowds and able to enjoy a tranquil and natural outdoors adventure.
This quiet and out of the way resort is located on the Turkish coast near Side. It is not the place to come if you are looking for a wild nightlife, but if you like walks in the forest and strolls on a lovely sandy beach, cycling trips in the stunning scenery or simply sunning yourself on the sand then this is a good spot for a relaxing vacation.
The centre of the town is small but there are a few bars and places to eat and you are also just a few miles from the more varied tourist offerings and historic sites of Side.
Turkler is a small village in the Alanya district of Antalya. Here you can enjoy all the usual tourist offerings of this string of resorts along the Turkish coastline and you can visit the nearby Sealanya Seapark and Dolphinpark. This is Turkey’s biggest waterpark, where you can get up close to a range of exciting sealife.
Turkler is also well placed for exploration of this whole stretch of coastline, with its many historic sites and other attractions, including of course the numerous beaches found all along this whole coast.
The district of which Bodrum is the centre is known for its wild tourists letting loose and having a lot of fun in the sun. But there is more to this place than just the lively nightlife and you will find much to do and see here throughout your stay.
From the bright lights of Bodrum city itself, to the quieter resorts found further from the action and natural, scenic beauty spots to enjoy, away from the worst of the crowds, this district is a great choice for a wide range of different sorts of holiday and holidaymaker.
Akbuk is at the centre of one of the most popular stretches of Turkey’s coastline, between Bodrum and Kusadasi and is enjoyed by many tourists each year. This is where green forests of pine and olive meet the vivid blue of the Aegean Sea. The sea is calm and warm and there are a range of little sandy beaches along the coast from which to enjoy it.
Akbuk, though popular, has not been over-developed and spoiled by the tourist industry. You can also enjoy some heritage and culture by visiting some of the many Greek and Roman ruins located in the vicinity of the settlement and its environs.
Akyarlar is located on the south-western part of the Bodrum Peninsula, just south of Turgutreis and facing the beautiful island of Kos. This is an out of the way corner of the peninsula, away from the wilder crowds of Bodrum and a great place to get a taste of a real Greek market-town.
The bay has a selection of restaurants and cafes and on the small beach you will find loungers, as well as a small harbour jetty where you can take a day boats around this part of the coastline.
This resort destination on the Aegean Sea is close to the ancient Temple of Apollo and the ruins of the Ionian city of Didyma. There are plenty of historical sites in this vicinity that will tell you the story of the fascinating past of this part of Turkey.
This is a lively and fun loving place which has pretty much merged with the neighbouring area of Didim. There are plenty of daytime facilities and activities to enjoy and after dark the fun continues in the beach-back bars and nightclubs.
While it is pretty much part of its neighbour Bodrum these days, Bitez bears little resemblance to its bustling and rowdy neighbour. In spite of the popularity of the place, it has a laid-back vibe and a village-like feel.
Settle into a free sun lounger on the kilometre long beach to soak up the sun, learn to windsurf in a fabulous spot or, if you feel like something a little more lively you can take an easy day trip into Bodrum where there is plenty to see and do.
Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations along this coast and yet in spite of the crowds it still has the ability to charm. This city, known as Halicarnassus in ancient times, has many interesting historic sites to see, as well as the lively beach scene, bars and clubs for which the resort town is best known.
Whether or not you are here to party with the masses, there is much to enjoy in Bodrum and its environs and there are still quieter and more serene corners, even in the height of summer.
15km south of Kusadasi, on the way to the National Park, Davutlar is a relaxing holiday for those who enjoy the wonders of nature and history as well as those who are looking for a simple beach holiday in the scintillating sun.
Davutlar has sparkling waters and pleasing beaches, as well as olive and pine trees and an abundance of fresh local produce from the surrounding fertile fields and orchards. Here you will also find the hot springs and thermal bath which also attract many people for their relaxing and soothing powers.
Gumbet has become a major tourist destination on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. It is just 3km from the famous resort town of Bodrum and it is filled with excellent hotels, apartments, bars, cafes, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, shops and tourist facilities.
Gumbet is a lively place to spend your holiday. If you want to stay beside a beautiful beach and yet have easy access to the nightlife in nearby Bodrum then this could be a good choice. Close to the action of coast and clubs, Gumbet is great for those looking to have a fun time in the sun.
This peaceful village is one of the oldest settlements on the Bodrum Peninsula. It was the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndus, mentioned in Shakespeare’s play, ‘Julius Caesar’. Today the town has a strictly enforced building code to protect this ancient site, which means that it is free of the over-development of other sections of this coast.
Gumusluk has retained a relaxed and magical atmosphere and is a great place to unwind in a charming Turkish setting. Watch yachts and fishing boats bobbing in the bay, see the rabbits on Rabbit Island or enjoy a meal in one of the great local restaurants.
This active fishing town is known for its sponge diving and its peaceful feel, which persists in spite of the region’s popularity with tourists. There are lush arrays of citrus and olive groves and the local Leleg ruins to explore so this is a great destination for those who like a stroll.
There is also a long stretch of sandy beach and sunbathing jetties, so you can also do very little if that is the sort of holiday you are looking for. The name of the place means ‘sunrise’ though sunset can also be a fine time, as you enjoy the low-key nightlife in a restaurant or cafe around the bay.
This is not one of the best known destinations on the Bodrum Peninsula but this small bay nestled in olives and pines is still undoubtedly a gem. This quiet resort is perfect for those who think they may like to spend some time in the bright lights of Bodrum but would rather sleep somewhere rather quieter during their stay.
Nearby is the mysterious island of Salih and there are plenty of other attractions, both natural and manmade, to be explored in the area, when you want to get out of the relaxing destination and enjoy more active pursuits.
Translated as ‘the judge’s fortress’, Kadikalesi is a small and simple seaside resort that has managed to retain its traditional, small-village feel. Here you will find a wysteria-wreathed mosque, old eucalyptus trees and a short and simple main street that leads to the beach, a few shops, café-bars and restaurants.
This is a great destination for those that want to enjoy the coastline of this area without braving the raucous crowds and party atmosphere of larger resorts. The beach is narrow and a mixture of sand and gravel but there is also a wooden swimming jetty in the town for you to enjoy.
This tourist resort and major cruise ship stop is one of the most popular holiday destinations on this coast, well known not just for its wealth of facilities, accommodation, shops, restaurants, bars and clubs but also for its proximity to a range of amazing ancient sites.
Notable among the historic sites is the nearby classical ruins of Ephesus (Efes). Another of the interesting historic sites is the Byzantine castle on Pigeon Island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Beach bliss is also a major draw to this resort area.
This is one of the oldest continuously-settled towns on the Bodrum Peninsula. Located halfway between Budrum and Turgutreis, Ortakent has both an inland business district and, 3km away on the coast, its beach resort area, which was previously known as Yahsi.
Ortakent-Yahsi beach is a continuous stretch which is well ordered with plenty of loungers and parasols. From here, you can take a range of boat trips to other destinations along the coast. For history lovers, there are 17th Century Tower houses in Ortakent that are unique to the area.
This quaint little resort in the Izmir Province, overlooking the Aegean sea, is bounded by golden sandy beaches and verdant mountains. There are plenty of quiet, sandy bays nearby in which you can relax and soak in the sun.
The area is also perfect for exploration, to see the ruins of Ephesus and many other ancient or historical sites around the region. There are also bustling indoor markets to enjoy amongst the other tourist facilities. This is a great place for those that want to see something of Turkish culture and enjoy a beach holiday with some exploration thrown in.
Torba is a pine and olive tree bedecked coastal resort close to bustling Bodrum. It is only around 6km from the town and so is ideal for those planning on spending some time there during their stay. This modern resort area does have all-mod cons and all the facilities you could require.
But there are also plenty of options for enjoyment of the natural world, from enjoying the sea in this well-known swimming spot, to hiking the herb-strewn hillsides and exploring to discover Leleg ruins that are to be found nearby.
Turgutreis is, after Bodrum, the second largest settlement on the peninsula. It is around 20km away from the town of Bodrum and is the main commercial centre for the west of the peninsula. It is well known for its great shopping and amazing sunsets.
There are a great many small islands off the coast just to the south and many sandy beaches peppered with beach bars and restaurants and accommodation options all along the coastline around the town. The views to the sparkling seas beneath colourful sunsets are breathtaking.
This laid-back, stylish village is sometimes known as the Turkish St Tropez. It has whitewashed buildings clustered around a chic harbour and is surrounded by lush groves of olive citrus and pine trees. It is easy to see why this is a favourite destination for Turkey’s jet set.
Turkbuku offers sophistication and charm, in its waterfront restaurants and bars you can relax with a cool drink and watch the fishing vessels and luxury yachts bobbing in the bay beneath a beautiful sunset. This is a great destination for relaxation or for romance.
Yaliciftlik is around 30km from the town of Bodrum. It is surrounded by small, secluded bays, sparkling seas and immaculate pine forests. This is, perhaps, one of the most well-preserved parts of the Bodrum peninsula.
It is from here that the traditional gulet yachts start their famous “Blue Cruise”, to explore the famous gulf of Gokova. There are many other tranquil and delightful spots to be discovered all along the coast near here, or you could head inland, to discover small farming settlements that are well and truly off the tourist trail.
This windy spot is located on the north west of the Bodrum peninsula. It is a swiftly growing former fishing and sponge diving village now popular with tourists for its restaurants, cafes and accommodation options along the shoreline as well as for its beautiful bays, in which you can often see Mediterranean seals.
Charming and historic villages inland add to the interest of this stretch of coast and
enhance the natural beauty of the surrounding scenery. This could be a great spot for kite fliers, or simply those who enjoy a relaxed and tranquil holiday.
Dalaman airport is the gateway to this well-known tourist area of Turkey, which has a number of holiday resort areas all of which rejoice in the sunny and hot Mediterranean climate. The coastline is well known for its great beaches and excellent amenities.
There are also plenty of other attractions, both man made and natural, to be enjoyed here, where there are holiday options to suit everyone, from young single people to families, friend groups and romancing couples. No matter what you are looking for from your Turkish holiday you can no doubt find it in the Dalaman District.
Armutalan is a small town that has actually merged with its large neighbour Marmaris, which is an extremely popular holiday destination for many people each year. This area has piggybacked on the popularity of this settlement with holidaymakers and has a range of services and accommodation options that allow you to take advantage of the attractions, facilities and nightlife of Marmaris.
You can walk to the centre of Marmaris from here in only around 25 minutes and to the beach in only around 20, so this could be a convenient place to stay for your Turkish beach holiday.
Calis beach is close to Fethiye, just ten minutes drive from the centre of its lively neighbour. But Calis beach has a far more low-key nightlife. It is geared towards couples and families who want to sit with a drink watching the sun going down over the water.
Calis beach is great for watersports such as windsurfing and kite-surfing and kids will also like the waterpark just a few minute’s walk away. Be sure to check out secluded Calis Koca, around 20 minutes walk away, where they filmed for James Bond film, ‘Skyfall’.
The town of Dalaman is set on the coastal plain in the district of the same name, close to the very big and busy Dalaman Airport, which is the major flight hub for the area. While it used to be merely a transit point en route to resort areas on the coast, Dalaman is increasingly a destination in its own right.
There are many amazing historic and natural sights to be seen in the surrounding area and the town itself has plenty of restaurants and tea-gardens etc. and its own stretch of natural beach to be enjoyed.
This laid back little resort is extremely popular yet in spite of the tourist crowds in summer, it is still possible to enjoy some of its sleepy and relaxed riverside character. There is a hinterland of beautiful, tranquil waterways to explore as well as the well-known and gorgeous coastline nearby.
Dalyan is a great spot for nature lovers, but also for those with an interest in history. It is most famous for the atmospheric ruins of Kaunos though there are also several other historic sites round about. This could just be the perfect compromise for those who want a relaxing holiday and yet one with plenty to do.
Fethiye’s natural harbour is perhaps one of the best of this region, a picturesque bay scattered with pretty little islands which is understandably popular with yachtsmen and many other holidaymakers besides. There are plenty of beaches around here to attract sun worshippers and enough other attractions to amuse most travellers.
Fethiye is surprisingly low-key for its size and has retained a charming, family-friendly feel. Taking trips out of the town will also take you to a great many more amazing natural and historic sites within a very short distance.
This is sailing central. Six marinas here hold the interest of many yachsmen and keen boaters and the natural beauty of the coast and the lush, green mountains all around keep them coming back year after year.
There are a number of little islands in the sheltered bay to explore and in the town there are pleasant restaurants and shops to enjoy in the uncrowded and relaxed environment. This harbour town has escaped much of the over development of other parts of the coast and is renowned as a peaceful, natural holiday destination.
This thriving summer resort village is right on the western extent of the Mediterranean Coast and the southern edge of the Aegean Coast. Just a 5 minute bus ride from Oludeniz beach, Hisaronu is the liveliest resort in Fethiye.
Here you will find a wide range of bars, restaurants and other tourist infrastructure and a lively feel just a few minutes from the famous lagoon. Yet in spite of its rapid development and popularity, Hisaronu retains a Turkish feel and this hilltop resort is often a lot cheaper for accommodation and food than the beach.
Icmeler is fronted by a sweeping bay with a blue flag beach and backed my spectacularly beautiful, lush, green mountains. The resort has a canal running through it and a traditional old village, just fifteen minutes stroll from the centre, as well as all the modern tourist amenities.
Keçi Adasi, the island out in the bay, makes for some stunning views, especially as the sun is going down and before it does there are plenty of activities to enjoy including a wide range of watersports, hikes and bike rides, or man-made attractions.
Kalkan is an important tourist town, one of the best known destinations in this coast. It is a well-heeled harbour town built largely on coastal hills, which development marches up year on year. Kalkan has an excellent central beach which, though small, is rightly admired.
Kalkan is a refined holiday destination which, aside from the beach, also has a charming old town area to explore and a marina well known to those who like to explore these coasts by boat. Best of all, the surrounding area is full of fascinating historical sites.
This more out of the way location is great for those who are looking for a relaxing holiday well off the beaten track. There are some tourist villas but most of the buildings are owned and lived in by locals. A stroll through the village is like a trip into the past.
There is a traditional bakery, a couple of places to eat and a barbers, which offers authentic Turkish shaves. This is not somewhere for those looking for a non-stop party but if you like a sleepy stay in an unspoiled area with beautiful natural surroundings then this could be the place for you.
This picturesque village is, as yet, relatively undiscovered by tourists and the large stretch of sandy bay here, one of the longest stretches on the peninsula, is not over-crowded even in the summer months. You can relax here without feeling crushed and soak up the sun.
There are a few restaurants and facilities at one end of the beach but if you are looking for more excitement then it is easy to get from here to larger resort areas no more than a few kilometres away, such as Abu, which is just two kilometres away.
Marmaris is one of the best known resort towns along the Turkish Riviera. It is one of the well-known gems of the Turquoise Coast. This is a well known destination for its buzzing nightlife on Bar Street though it is also a family-friendly destination, with plenty to see and do.
Set between clear, clean waters and pine-forested mountains, Marmaris is great if you want to enjoy a range of water-based activities such as sailing and diving. This is definitely one of the most lively and rather wild resorts on this coast though, so not for those in search of somewhere off the beaten track.
Oludeniz’ charms are hardly undiscovered, but those charms are easy to see none the less. The beautiful waters of the blue lagoon, a long and sheltered, sandy beach and the lush, towering presence of Mount Baba in the background: it is easy to see why so many tourists are drawn here each year.
This is the perfect place for an easygoing day at the beach or if you fancy something a little more adventurous and exciting then head up to the mountainside – this is one of the top places in the area for tandem paragliding.
Ovacik is the sleepy neighbour of the resort of Hisaronu. It is close to the popular resort and lagoon of Oludeniz and so has attracted tourist development but the place is primarily residential. This place has grown over recent years into a laid-back and friendly resort with a welcome mountain breeze that offers somewhere away from the chaos yet close to the action.
Ovacik is not only a good option for budget conscious travellers looking to be close to Oludeniz and its famous lagoon and also for those who wish to hike here in Turkey. This area is the start of the world famous hiking route, the Lycian Way.
The long beach at Sarigerme is well known for kiteboarding and is within a National Park conservation area. The resort village has a few bars and restaurants but is a fairly quiet destination for those who enjoy a more serene holiday experience.
This relatively quiet village was one the site of the bustling city of Pisilis. Some of the ruins of that era now lie under the beach but you can still see the crumbling ruins next door, some of a range of interesting historical sites from the Roman era and other time periods.
This popular holiday resort is located 20km south of Marmaris, on the eastern coast of the beautiful Bozburun Peninsula. Here you can enjoy the typically Turkish delights of the village, with its tea-garden, market and locals rearing livestock and growing crops. Aside from the usual touristic offerings, this is also a chance to familiarise yourself with the ‘real’ Turkey.
From here you can take boat rides along the beautiful coast or enjoy a road trip between the many small, traditional and tranquil villages. See historical sites and appreciate the many natural beauty-spots that are to be found in the vicinity.
This area just outside of the frenetic resort town of Marmaris is a good, tranquil place to stay if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle but still want to take advantage of the wealth of things to see and do and the crazy nightlife in the centre of the town. Here you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, heading into Marmaris only when you feel in need of something a little more lively.
This is also a good place to come if you are a hiker or want to explore some of the surrounding area on foot. There are a number of good trails in this part of the world. Boat trips are another good way to see more of this area.
This large city, the third largest in the country, is situated on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. It is a smart place to stay if you are looking for a base from which to tour some of the western part of the country. It is well placed for tours to some of the spectacular locations in the area, natural and man-made.
Izmir also has many attractions in its own right, not least of which is the famous Kordon, its iconic seafront promenade, which is as fetching and lively as any in the world. The city is far more liberal than other Turkish cities.
Cesme has a long, breezy seafront and busy market streets presided over by a hilltop castle. It can be a good base for exploring the surrounding peninsula and you can also travel from here to the Greek island of Chios which lies just 8km away across the water.
Cesme is well known as being the windsurfing and kite surfing capital of the country and is said to be one of the best locations for these activities anywhere in the world. Cesme is close to the other famous and picturesque resort town of Alacati.
This holiday resort area is set in lush pine woodland on the coast, only around 30 minutes from Izmir Airport. It is set alongside a blue flag beach and has a number of attractions for you to enjoy nearby, no matter what sort of holiday you are looking for.
Visit the hot springs or head for the waterpark. See the Turtles Nature Reserve or simply watch the fishing boats in the harbour. You could also take a hike or a boat trip around the coast to see more of the fantastic scenery of the area.
Holidays Turkey FAQs
- While many destinations will not require you to have an vaccinations. However, if you are travelling to a more exotic location then you may well have to be vaccinated before you go. Be sure to visit with your doctor to arrange these as soon as possible, so you are fully covered before you go away.
- Vaccinations for cholera, diphtheria, polio and tetanus booster, hepatitis A, combined hepatitis A and B, and typhoid are free on the NHS in the UK. There may be a charge if you require or desire injections for hepatitis B, C or other meningitis vaccines, for Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tick-borne encephalitis, tuberculosis or yellow fever.
- You can find out more information about what vaccinations you may require and their cost (if there is one) on the NHS website. In some cases, you will need to begin the process of vaccination at least two months before you travel, so make sure you plan ahead and are prepared.
- One of the most important things to ask yourself before you arrange any travel is whether you have a valid passport. Remember that in some countries, you will have to have at least six months left on your passport to be admitted entry. Check carefully to make sure that there is sufficient time left on your passport and that it has not expired.
- You can renew your passport at any time. Remember that if there is still time left on your old one (up to nine months) it will be added onto your new one. While it is relatively hassle free to arrange a new passport – you can do it online or through the post office’s Check and Send Service – you should be sure to leave enough time. It can take a few weeks, especially during the busiest periods. A new passport will cost £72.50, or £82.25 using the Check and Send scheme.
- The short answer to this question is ‘yes’. While many people ‘wing it’ and don’t think that they will need travel insurance for a European trip, the fact of the matter is that it is vital to arrange adequate insurance to cover you if something bad happens. The EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is not enough and will not cover you fully for accidents, illness or medical expenses while you are away.
- Money Pug can help you to find the right travel insurance for you. By using our handy and easy to use comparison service, you can make sure that you are covered. If you are not adequately insured for your travels, you could find yourself with unmanageable levels of debt. Costs can quickly mount and some travellers have found themselves thousands of pounds in debt after treatment abroad.
- When travelling, there is always a possibility that something might go wrong. From cancelled flights to having a medical/personal/criminal emergency, one in five of us won’t have a policy protecting ourselves or our valuable possessions from harm! Don’t risk it! While it can be nice to live in the fantasy that these things will never happen to you – the truth is that they could. It is important to be prepared.
- You may have already paid for your flights and hotel accommodation, perhaps you have even booked an all-inclusive package holiday. Regardless of what sort of holiday you have booked, however, you will still need to think about how you will pay for other things while you are away. How to pay while you are away is a big and sometimes complicated decision to make. Money Pug can help. With Money Pug, you can compare all the different options for funding your travel, from cash exchange, to traveller’s cheques, to debit and credit cards, and prepaid cards for use overseas.
- If you decide to take cash on your next holiday, a visit to Money Pug can help you find the currency you need, and the best deals on exchange rates, commission and fees. When exchanging cash, make sure you make Money Pug our first port of call, so you don’t end up being short changed when arranging cash for your travels.
- While you may wish to take cash on your holiday, there are downsides to this option. Cash is less secure than a credit card or prepaid card. If you are travelling somewhere that has easy access to ATMs then a card could be your best option – just be sure to choose the right one. You can compare these with Money Pug too – simply search out the relevant pages on this website to get started.
- A passport, travel insurance and money-related documents are not the only ones you may have to concern yourself with arranging before you go away. In addition to arranging the essential things described above, you should also be sure to know any visa requirements before you go. Make sure you are aware of the visa requirements for any country you are travelling to.
- While British citizens can currently travel to the EU without a visa, this may change post-Brexit. You will need to arrange an ESTA for travel to the United States. The visa requirements for other countries vary, and the type of visa you will require will differ depending on how long you plan to stay in a country, and whether you are visiting for work or on holiday. Make sure you know, and have all the relevant documents in place before you go.
- In addition to thinking about the paperwork required to visit various countries, you may also need to make sure that you have the relevant documents to allow you to drive during your stay. If you plan to hire a vehicle during your trip then you will, of course, have to make sure that you have a valid driver’s license and insurance documents with you. A vignette is required if you will be driving in certain European countries. Make sure that you are aware of the road rules and regulations for the country you are visiting before you go.
- Always inform your bank about your travel plans if you are intending to use a credit or debit card while you are away. If the bank flags up unusual spending in an unusual place then it may stop authorising payments and cancel your card. This can be a real hassle and you may have to phone your bank in order to confirm who you are and get your card re-authorised, and this can take some time.
- Not all banks need to be told that you are travelling, but customers of the Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds and Nationwide are all advised to contact their bank prior to travel and generally speaking, whoever you bank with, it is a good idea to inform them before you leave of your destination and intentions.
- While the main focus will obviously be on the flights, and how you will travel the majority of the way to your destination, it is also important to take some time to think about how you will get to your departure airport, and, if it is not already covered by your accommodation/ holiday provider, how you will travel from the arrival airport to your ultimate holiday destination.
- If you will be driving yourself to the airport then you will need to look into airport parking. This can be expensive, though can be less so if you are sure to book long-term parking in advance. Alternatively, you may be able to get a friend or relative to drive you, or could consider taking a taxi, or a public transport option.
- When you reach your destination, if you are an independent traveller you will need to think about getting to your accommodation from the airport. You may be able to get a private taxi/ Uber or airport shuttle. An option that is often a lot cheaper is to take a bus or a train. The options will depend on where you have travelled to and how far it is to your destination.
Before you pack for your holiday and leave for your flight, it is, of course, essential to check online to see what your baggage allowance is for the airline with which you are travelling. Different airlines have different baggage allowances, which can vary quite considerably. If you are travelling with a low-cost airline like Ryanair, the allowance is obviously a lot lower than if you are travelling with, for example, British Airways. Check what weight is allowed for hold luggage and also check the maximum size/ dimension of cabin baggage/ hand luggage. Be careful not to over-pack. Don’t try to bring everything except the kitchen sink and pack what you have sensibly to make the most of the space available.
In addition to knowing what size of cabin bags are allowed, and how many you can bring onboard your particular flight, you should also make sure you are also aware of what you can and cannot place within hand luggage. For example, you should be very careful not to carry any fluids in a container carrying more than 100ml. Whatever small bottles you do have should be packed in a resealable, clear plastic bag. Arranging this before you reach the airport can save some time. It can be expensive to buy toiletries and other items at the airport shops, so consider arranging these ahead of time – decanting toiletries from larger bottles at home can save you money. You could also consider hanging onto hotel items from your last trip.
- In addition to booking flights (and later checking in for those flight), you may also wish to consider arranging a few other details for your flights. For example, you may wish to pay to arrange specific seats (this can be worth the expense for a long flight, especially if you want a little extra legroom). You may also wish to order a vegetarian or vegan meal, or tell the airline about any other dietary requirements.
- Finally, think about how you will entertain yourself or your family during your journey. However you are travelling, it is a good idea to make sure that you have items with you to keep yourselves amused. Think about books, magazines, music or other audio that you might like to have with you during your travels.
- These are just some of the things that it can be helpful to ask yourself before you travel. Taking care of all these things will help make sure that your trip goes smoothly and you have a wonderful holiday, wherever and whenever you decide to go.
If a package holiday seems to good to be true – sometimes it might be. While Money Pug works hard to ensure that all the holidays it compares are top notch, other companies may not be so scrupulous. Whenever you are considering a package holiday, it is important to do your research. Don’t just believe the information in a brochure or advertisement – check out reviews and discover what real people have found to be true when taking these holidays before you commit to a purchasing decision.
You can get some peace of mind by making sure that you only ever select a holiday that is regulated and ATOL protected. This will ensure that if anything goes wrong, you will have some legal protection under the 1992 Package Travel Regulations. You will be able to find plenty of ATOL protected holiday options by searching on Money Pug’s website.
It can be easy to be lured in by the advertising, but it is always a good idea to check that the information given on a hotel or resort in one location online or in a brochure matches with the information found elsewhere. Make sure you do your research so you do not get any nasty surprises when you reach your destination.
Before you commit to a package holiday, it is important to make sure that the option you are considering really does offer everything you want. Make sure that you take a good look at the flights, transfers, accommodation, and, for an all-inclusive stay, what else is included in the package. Think carefully about what you need and want from your holiday and also, of course, what will be desired and required by any travelling companions/ family you may have with you.
So, you’ve found a holiday that you really like the look of and are almost ready to press the button and get the show on the road. Wait just a moment – are you sure this really is the best alternative available to you? There are so many package holidays out there – you don’t want to kick yourself when you find out that you could have got something more for your money. This is where a comparison site like Money Pug can really come in handy. By comparing a range of different holidays, you can make sure you really are getting the best bang for your buck.
Before you actually commit and sign on the dotted line, as it were, it is important to make sure you are aware of all the booking terms and conditions. Always make sure that you read all the small print before you commit to any purchase – especially a big one like a holiday abroad.
Flights are usually an integral part of a package holiday. It can be good to get everything sorted in one go. That said, it is important to ask certain questions about the flights for your package holiday. Asking the following questions should help you to determine what exactly you are getting for the money and whether that is suitable for you:
Is it a direct flight?
A straightforward question, but an important one. Make sure you know where you are flying from and to, and whether you will need to take more than one flight to reach your destination. If there is a layover, how long will that be? How will the logistics of transferring from one flight to another work? Indirect flights with one or more stops can often be cheaper, but will take a lot longer and can make for a more stressful journey. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are fully informed and choose it with your eyes wide open.
Which airport and terminal am I flying from?
It may sound obvious, but make sure that you know which airport and terminal you will be flying from. Consider how you will get there and how easy the whole experience will be for you before you commit to a particular package holiday.
Which airline am I flying with?
Again, it may sound obvious, but you should also make sure that you know which airline you are going to be flying with. Which airline it is will have a big bearing on how much space you will have for your baggage and for yourself on the flights, as well as how comfortable and easy the whole experience will be. Reading reviews of particular airlines can help you decide whether flying with them is the right choice for you.
What is the baggage allowance on the flight?
Different airlines will have different policies when it comes to how heavy your hold luggage can be. If you are not someone who finds it easy to pack light then you may struggle to come in under the allowance for lower cost airlines. Make sure you check up to find out how heavy your suitcase can be, and what fees might be payable for excess luggage if you think you might need to pay for it.
What can I take in the cabin with me?
Airlines will also differ when it comes to what you are allowed to take into the cabin with you during the flight. Cabin bags will have to be under a certain size, and some airlines are much more restrictive about how many bags you can have and how small these have to be. Make sure you are aware of the restrictions before you fly. Oversized cabin bags may well be removed from you and placed in the hold, which could be a pain if you were expecting to have access to things during the flight.
How long before my flight should I check in?
Check in is usually open for bag drop from around two hours before your flight, though you may be recommended to arrive three hours before your flight for international long-haul flights. Earlier, online check in is also sometimes possible, so it is a good idea to check out your options and be aware of what is possible before you go.
What happens if I miss my flight?
This is another important question to ask before you commit to a package holiday. If you miss your flight, will you still be able to take the rest of the holiday and return flight as planned? Of course, whenever you are travelling you should make sure that you have the right travel insurance in place. But again, reading the small print on a package holiday is crucial if you do not want to be caught out.
How much legroom will I have on the flight?
Once you know which airline you would be flying on, it is a good idea to check out some other elements to see whether you will be able to have a comfortable and pleasant flight. Legroom varies considerably on different airlines. Especially if you are tall, you may wish to check to see how much legroom you will have on the flights of the package holiday you are considering. Sometimes, you may have the option to pre-book certain seats with extra legroom for an additional fee. If this is something you would want to consider then check that you can do this before booking your holiday.
What food and drink will I get on the flight?
Another element to consider when trying to decide if a certain holiday with flights on a particular airline is right for you is what refreshments will be available on the flights. Will you be served a meal? Will drinks be complementary? If you have particular dietary requirements (are vegetarian or vegan for example), will you be able to arrange to be catered for on the flights in question?
Can I take my own food and drink onboard?
Usually, you will also be able to take your own food and drink on board, as long as you purchase it after passing through security at the airport. However, it is a good idea to check what you are and are not allowed to carry with you into the cabin on the flights on the holiday you are considering.
Can I use an e-cigarette on the plane?
No. You will not be able to use an e-cigarette in the plane. These and their fluid must be carried in your hand luggage. You will also not be able to use the e-cigarette in most areas of most airports, so if you are addicted to nicotine, you may have to consider a different solution if you are taking a long flight. It is also important to note if you are going to Thailand, that e-cigarettes are completely illegal there and you could get into serious trouble for contravening the law.
Once you have established whether the flights of a package holiday will be right for you, you should also look into the transfers from the airport to your accommodation. Be sure to ask:
Are transfers included in the price of the package holiday?
Make sure that you are aware of what exactly is included in the package holiday. If transfers are not included, you will have to make sure that you know how you will get from A to B and what it will cost you to do so.
How long will the resort transfer take?
Another important detail to uncover is how long it will take to get from the airport to wherever it is that you are staying. The last thing you want is to suddenly discover, after a long flight, that it will still take an hour or more to reach your destination. For warned is for armed. Make sure you understand exactly what your journey will be like, from beginning to end.
How will I find my transfer at the airport?
Will people meet you at the gate, or will you meet a shuttle or private driver somewhere else in the airport? Make sure you understand who will be there to meet you at the airport, how you will be able to identify them, and where they will be waiting, so you don’t end up with a stressful search at the arrival airport.
So, by now you should be clear on all the details of how you are going to get there and back again on your package holiday. But there are still a lot more things that you will need to know. It is important to be fully informed about exactly what you are purchasing when it comes to the accommodation and other elements of your package holiday. Be sure to ask:
Is this an all-inclusive holiday?
As you compare package holidays, it is vital to know whether or not the option you are considering is all inclusive. Some package holidays include only flights, transfers and accommodation, while others can come with lots of other things included in the price. Make sure you are aware of exactly what you are paying for, and what other charges you might be in for once you reach your destination.
What is included?
An all-inclusive holiday will usually include:
- Food (3 meals a day, and snacks and ice creams)
- Evening entertainment
- Use of hotel facilities
- Kids clubs & activities
- Non-motorised water sports
- Excursions (Sometimes these are included in the cost of an all-inclusive cruise, but sometimes they are not, so it is important to check the details.)
Be sure that you are fully aware of exactly what is and is not included in the price of your package holiday.
Can I pre-book restaurant tables, kids clubs, excursions or activities before arrival?
Tables in resort restaurants cannot usually be booked ahead of time but are usually arranged via reception. Check with hotel staff when you check in to find out when and how you can book. Clubs, excursions and activities, however, often can be booked online before your holiday. It is a good idea to check with the holiday provider to find out exactly what is possible in this regard. Sometimes, booking early is essential to avoid missing out.
We all like to think that everything will always go according to plan. But unfortunately, things can sometimes go awry, no matter how carefully we prepare and plan. Before booking a package holiday it is a good idea to look into whether it will be possible to change hotels while you are away, or to alter your return flight plans. Will it be an option to alter your holiday in any way, or will there be costs/ penalties?
Another thing to consider when booking your holiday is how easy and efficient the customer service will be. How easy will it be to make a complaint while away, and does the company in question have a good track record when it comes to answering complains and solving problems for its customers? While we hope you do not have to complain, going with a reputable travel company can help you make sure you have a more pleasant experience, even if something does go wrong.
The above questions should have led you to have a good understanding of what exactly is on offer with a particular package holiday option, and should help you to determine whether that holiday is right for you. Of course, once you have a good idea of what you want, comparing with Money Pug can help you find that package holiday of your dreams for the very best price.