If you’re looking for a great-value getaway to the sun this Easter but fancy something a little different, why not check out Turkey?
Turkey is the cultural and historical gateway between the East and the West – as well as an oasis of sun and sand. Its popularity as a tourist hotspot has sky-rocketed in the past decade with visitor numbers tripling from 10.4 million in 2001 to a massive 31.5 million in 2011.
With great-value packages, ranging from self-catering apartments through to five-star all-inclusive luxury hotels, it’s easy to see why Turkey holidays are now so popular. With amazing beaches and stunning scenery just a short four-hour flight from the UK, this great destination isn’t as far away as you might think either.
Basking in the sun on Turkey’s southern coast, Antalya and the surrounding area is often called the Turkish Riviera because of its warm turquoise seas and golden beaches.
For those of you who don’t want to spend every day sizzling on a sun lounger, there are plenty of sights and attractions – both ancient and modern – to keep everyone on entertained on their holiday.
If you want to admire traditional Turkish and Greek buildings from the ancient world then Kaleici is a must-visit. The oldest part of the city, Kaleici is home to the imposing Hadrianus Gate, built by the Romans in 130AD to commemorate Emperor Hadrian’s visit to the city.
And for those looking to travel even further back through time, the Antalya Archaeological Museum boasts plenty of artefacts from pre-historic times. There are also beautiful caves to visit, such as the Beldibi Cave, which was used by prehistoric people and has paintings on the wall that date back thousands of years.
To entertain both you and the kids, there are loads of theme parks to visit in the area, including amazing water parks. Why not cool down and have fun too with the chance to see displays at the popular Antalya Dolphin Park.
A Buzz in Bodrum
Located on the south-west coast of Turkey, Bodrum is only a short boat trip away from the Greek island of Kos. As well as taking a ride over to the island, you’ll find plenty in the town to keep you busy.
With a range of bars, clubs and restaurants, this busy town is well-renowned for its buzzing nightlife, with most of the activity taking place on a mile-long strip called Bodrum Bar Street.
As well as the beach and the harbour to enjoy, those who fancy a bargain can have a go at bartering for traditional Turkish crafts at the town’s many markets and shops.
Also steeped in history, tourists are able to visit the open-air museum which marks the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, a tomb built around 335BC for King Mausolos, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.