Turkey is an extremely popular holiday destination, and our guide will go some way to showing you why. Its gorgeous, beach-strewn coastline and the fabulous city break holiday destination of Istanbul draw hordes of tourists to Turkey every year.
Culture vultures can explore the palaces and mosques of Istanbul or the immaculately preserved ruins at Ephesus. More adventurous travellers can venture inland to see the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia.
If you're looking for a cheap holiday in Turkey, our destination guide will show you how you can make the most of a low budget visit to this exotic country. We'll help you find the best resorts, locations and places to shop and eat for a top quality low cost holiday.
Whether you're booking a self catering, half board or all inclusive holiday in Turkey, there's plenty of information in these destination guides to help you get the best experience possible from your package. Many resorts in Turkey, such as Gumbet, Bodrum and Olu Deniz, offer shimmering stretches of sand, plenty of water sports, a wide range of accommodation from room only to all inclusive, great food and plenty of good nightlife.
If you're on the lookout for late deals to Turkey and don't have time to check out the latest holiday guides, we're here to help. Our destination guides will give you a quick but educational insight into the best way to enjoy a last minute trip to Turkey. We'll give you enough information to ensure your holiday in Turkey isn't spent wondering where to go and what to do.
Whatever you want to get out of your holiday in Turkey, these destination guides will help you to have the trip of a lifetime in this beautiful and historic location.
If you're looking for a cheap holiday, Turkey has a lot offer tourists on a budget. Cheap airlines run charter and scheduled flights to airports all over the country. EasyJet offers regular low-cost flights to the country's capital Istanbul. The local bus network is a cheap and efficient way of travelling around on your holiday, but probably the best way to get around locally in Turkey is in a dolmus, a small minibus. The fares are minimal and you can flag one down anywhere along your route, which makes them a popular way to travel between beaches.
A cheap but enjoyable way of enjoying your holiday in Turkey is to take in the country's many gorgeous beaches. Choose from any number of wonderful sandy spots along the length of Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Ladies' Beach, just a two mile journey south of the resort of Kusadasi, is well worth a visit - despite the name, men are men are very welcome too. Bitez beach, near Bodrum, has many cafes and bars, plus plenty of water sports, as does nearby Gumbet, where you can also try parasailing. Icmeler beach is a great destination for families on a low budget holiday in Turkey. The beach shelves gently into the water, and has separate areas for swimmers as well as some fantastic water sports. Olu Deniz has some of the most beautiful beaches and is a great destination for a cheap package holiday in Turkey. It even has a landlocked lagoon which is safe for children. Watch out, however, for some beaches that charge a small fee. Belcekiz beach in the centre of town is free, a bargain for holidaymakers in Turkey.
Another great but inexpensive way to enjoy your holiday in Turkey is to take in some of the wealth of natural and man-made attractions that dot the country. The Topkapi Palace in Istanbul has an enormous collection of jewellery. Also in Istanbul, the Blue Mosque, decorated with 21,000 tiles, is an impressive sightseeing destination. Taking in Turkey's long and eventful history is another cheap but rewarding way to enjoy your Turkish holiday. Ephesus, one of the oldest, and certainly one of the best-preserved classical cities on the eastern Mediterranean, is a must-see. There are many other archaeological treasures to savour, including the ancient sites at Aphrodisias, Priene and Miletus. There are also a great many natural attractions which are free or cheap to visit while on your holiday in Turkey, including the limestone-hewn waterfalls at Pamukkale. The bizarre rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia are one of Turkey's most unusual sights.
Eating out is very cheap in Turkey, and holiday makers can easily spend every night of their trip enjoying delicious local delicacies. Turkish cuisine is actually extremely varied, and both vegetarians and meat-lovers are well catered for. Turkish kebabs are very different from those found in the UK. They are lightly spiced and served with delicious flat breads and fresh tasty salads. Seafood dishes are also delicious and inexpensive. Savoury treats include borek, a pastry stuffed with cheese and spinach, while sweet desserts, such as the world-famous Turkish Delight, are wonderful. Turkish wines are very good and if you enjoy strong, sweet coffee you're in for a treat. Those who miss their home cooking, meanwhile, will find plenty of English grub in the big seaside holiday resorts of Turkey.
Even a low-budget holiday in Turkey should include a trip to the incredible Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. If you're looking for a bargain, carpets, leather goods, handicrafts, sweets, jewellery and silverware are all available for holiday makers to buy at very cheap prices in this labyrinth of stall-lined, narrow streets. Carpets knotted in silk, wool and mixed fibres, are a very cheap and popular buy with holiday makers in Turkey. Also in Istanbul, the covered market in Beyazit and the Egyptian market in Eminonu are where you'll find be able to pick up cheap pottery, brassware, leather goods, spices, dried fruit, glass and jewellery souvenirs. Shop owners can sometimes appear to be somewhat aggressive and will often tell you that they will be offended if you refuse the offer of a chai, the local tea; a polite refusal, however, should be fine. Whatever your interests, your trip to Turkey can be both fun-packed and cheap. Book a holiday in Turkey with Teletext Holidays now, and we'll help you find the bargain holiday of a lifetime!
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