Did you know that 97% of Turkey is located in Western Asia whilst the European side is separated by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles? The largest city, Istanbul is split over both continents, so technically you can be in two places at once as you cross over the Bosphorus Bridge.
All of the most popular beach destinations are on the Asian side of Turkey, so if you’ve ever visited the country I bet you didn’t know you’ve actually been in Asia! If you’ve not been to Turkey let’s take a look at the stand out hotels and attractions.
- Flight Time – 4 hours and 45 minutes to Antalya
- Time Zone/Difference – Turkey is 3 hours ahead of the UK
- Language – Turkish
- Peak Season – April to September (Max Average Temp. 35°C)
- Currency – New Turkish Lira
- Capital – Ankara
- Popular Resorts – Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Istanbul, Izmir, Marmaris
What to do
Paragliding – Oludeniz
Oludeniz is such a beautiful place with rolling hills, white sandy beaches and the most amazing cobalt blue sea. It’s a shame you only get to see it from the air on your arrival and departure, so why not see more on a thrilling paragliding ride. From the top of Babadag (Father Mountain) you’ll glide effortlessly along the coast with your guide/pilot pointing out landmarks until you gently land back on firm ground.
Termeessos – Antalya
If you’d like to sample some of Turkey’s amazing history there’s no better place to visit than Termeessos. It’s one of the country’s best preserved historical sites, you’ll find a calm and tranquil atmosphere surrounded by pine forests in the Gulluk Dagi National Park. It’s located 34km north of Antalya and features a large amphitheatre and buildings built into the side of the mountains; a truly unique attraction in the mountains of Turkey.
Marmaris Marina – Marmaris
The most predominant feature of Marmaris; the marina, has an excellent variety of things to do. Whether you enjoy shopping, exploring the ancient castle or wandering through the breath-taking selection of boats and yachts there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. You’ll also find a great range of restaurants and bars, perfect for seeing the marina and boats lit up as the sun sets below the horizon.
Where to Stay
SENTIDO Lykia Resort & Spa – Oludeniz
Exclusively adults only, the SENTIDO Lykia Resort & Spa is an amazing hotel that has everything you need for a sun worshipping holiday. It has an amazing view along the coastline as well as its own private beach where you can try one of the many watersports on offer. Fully refurbished in 2014, you can relax here whilst enjoying the excellent hospitality the Turkish hosts offer throughout your stay.
Royal Dragon Hotel – Antalya
Voted as one of TripAdvisors top hotels of 2014, the Royal Dragon is one our most beautiful hotels in Turkey. Part of the Signature by Thomas Cook elite group of properties, it’ll surely pass all of your expectations. Complete with several pools, onsite Aquapark, four a la carte restaurants, pool bar and enough sun bathing space for everyone, you’re bound to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Ideal Prime Beach hotel – Marmaris
In an amazing location in the popular resort of Marmaris, the Ideal Prime Beach Hotel has a beach front setting and just a short walk from the lively resort centre. If you don’t want to leave the relaxing oasis of the hotel, there are plenty of facilities and activities to keep all of the family entertained, from the luxurious spa for the adults to the animation team which will keep the kids busy for hours.