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Very few places in the world are quite like Turkey, and visitors to this incredible country will be dazzled by how easily Eastern and Western cultures have combined here. While many visitors have already discovered just how versatile the country is, this year could be perfect for those unfamiliar to this great country to hop on a plane and explore this breathtaking destination on their Turkey holidays. From the pristine coastlines to the bustling bazaars, there's something for everyone on holidays to Turkey. Oozing culture, you can spend your time doing as much, or as little, as you want. Plus, with an affordable dolmus (minibus) waiting to take you to the cultural sights, you don't have to worry about cash either. In fact, holidays in Turkey are some of the most reasonably priced trips around, with your money going further than many other popular destinations.
High on the hillside overlooking the city below, this Byzantine castle is simply breathtaking. Built in the 13th century on existing Byzantine and Roman fortifications, it is now an open air museum for the general public to appreciate.
Located a few kilometres south of Fethiye in the Dalaman region, this museum village is as close to a ghost town as you're going to get. Hundreds of derelict houses remain in what was once a hub for Greek speaking Christians until the early 20th century ' perfect for an afternoon of exploring away from the beachfront.
If the hustle and bustle of modern day Constantinople appeals to you, a day in Istanbul would be a perfect addition to your holiday itinerary. Many Turkey holiday deals will be able to accommodate a trip to this cosmopolitan city, giving you the opportunity to explore the sights and shop till you drop in the only city to span two continents.
It's completely understandable why Ephesus tops many a list of must-see sights in Turkey. A visit to the ruins of this ancient city will take you back in time to appreciate the archaeology and history of the area, including the Library of Celsus and the Gate of Augustus.
If you're lucky enough to be able to visit Istanbul for a day, be sure to visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque which dominates the city. Adorned with tiny blue mosaic tiles inside, the sheer beauty of this late Ottoman mosque is simply breathtaking ' perfect for a little culture on Turkey holidays.
Soak in Pamukkale
Pack your cozzie and head for the 'cotton castle' in Izmir, where you can bask in the minerals of these limestone pools as you feast your eyes on the incredible horizons.
Paraglide back down to Earth
While the blue lagoon in Olu Deniz is often called the best beach in Turkey, there's nothing quite like seeing it from a birds-eye view. Enjoy an excursion to the peak of the surrounding hills and muster the courage to paraglide back to solid ground in this adrenaline-fuelled and incredibly beautiful experience.
Scrub the Stresses Away with a Turkish Bath
Cheap Turkey holidays wouldn't be complete without a traditional Turkish bath. Enjoy a massage like no other as all your stresses are scrubbed and rubbed away - leaving you with skin feeling super soft and revitalised.
Watch for Turtles
Take a trip down the Dalyan River for your chance to catch a glimpse of the gracious freshwater turtles that reside in these warm waters. The loggerheads are simply beautiful and definitely a sight to behold on this trip to remember.
Barter in the Grand Bazaar
Perfect the art of haggling at the bustling Grand Bazaar in Marmaris, where you can pick up all manner of wares- from authentic rugs to scrumptious Turkish delight. While a Persian rug may be a little difficult to fit into a suitcase, the vast array of sweets, spices and beautiful local jewellery will make perfect gifts for your loved ones back home.