All Inclusive Holidays in Turkey, and Other Board Types
Getting There and around Turkey
From self catering to all-inclusive, whatever kind of holiday you book in Turkey, you are in for a highly enjoyable trip. British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and other major airlines offer regular flights to Turkey from the UK. If you're looking for cheaper flights, some airlines also run charter and scheduled flights to airports all over the country, including EasyJet, which offers flights to Istanbul.
If you're not staying at an all inclusive resort, or want to travel further afield on your holiday, Turkey's local bus service is an economical way of getting around. Probably the best mode of Turkish transport is a dolmus, a small minibus. Fares are low, and they can be flagged down anywhere along their route, making the dolmus a great way to travel between beaches.
Beaches in Turkey
Whether you're staying in full board, B&B or self catering accommodation, you're never far from a beautiful beach on a Turkish holiday. Turkey has so many wonderful beaches to enjoy. Bitez beach, near Bodrum, has lots of bars and cafes and plenty of water sports, as does neighbouring Gumbet, a great place to give parasailing a try. The oddly named Ladies' Beach is worth a visit - but don't worry gents, it's only a name and men are allowed there too.
Icmeler beach, near Marmaris, is a great spot for family days out, with its beach shelving softly into the water; it has a separate area for swimmers and there are also fantastic water sports on offer.
Olu Deniz is a great destination choice for all inclusive holidays in Turkey and offers a landlocked lagoon where kids can play safely.
Sightseeing in Turkey
Even if you're living the life of luxury at an all inclusive resort, no holiday in Turkey is complete without visiting some of its many landmarks and places of historical interest. The Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque are just two of the many attractions of Turkey's capital, Istanbul.
There are many outstanding natural attractions for the Turkish holiday maker, including the bizarre rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia and the limestone-hewn waterfalls at Pamukkale. What better way to admire the landscape of Turkey, and the famous Fairy Chimneys, than on an early morning hot-air balloon ride?
For history buffs, there are many other archeological treasures to savour, including the ancient sites at Aphrodisias, Priene and Miletus, and the immaculately preserved ancient city of Ephesus.
If you fancy visiting two countries in one holiday, you can easily pop over from Turkey to the nearby Greek islands for the day. Kos is just a 20 minute hydrofoil trip from Bodrum and services run daily between May and September.
Rhodes is about two hours away from Turkey by hydrofoil so you'll need to set off a bit earlier to enjoy a fuller day - and make sure not to forget your passport.
Eating and Nightlife in Turkey
Those in self catering, half board or B&B accommodation in Turkey can enjoy a wide selection of delicious food for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Genuine Turkish kebabs are a far cry from what we're used to in the UK - they're delicious, lightly spiced and come with fresh salad and tasty flat breads. Turkey is also a great place for local seafood. Even if you're on an all inclusive holiday in Turkey, it's worth straying from your resort to take in some of the wonderful local cuisine.
Many of the big resorts in Turkey have a wide array of nightclubs where you can dance every night of your holiday away. With the appropriately named Bar Street at the heart of things, Marmaris is a particularly lively holiday destination, as is Bodrum, where the locals claim that Halikarnasas Disco is the loudest club in the Aegean.
As well as some fantastic all inclusive holiday resorts, Istanbul has lots of bars and nightclubs, as well as some good concert, opera and ballet venues. Taksim and Beyoglu, where you can boogie with the locals, are home to the real Istanbul nightlife, and if you're in the mood for romance, take in the city lights as you cruise along the Bosphorus.
Turkish Shopping and Family Attractions
No Istanbul holiday is complete without a trip to the Grand Bazaar. Carpets, leather goods, handicrafts, sweets, jewellery and silverware are all available in this maze of stall-lined, narrow streets. Carpets knotted in silk, wool and mixed fibres, are a very popular buy in Turkey. Also in Istanbul are the covered market in Beyazit and the Egyptian market in Eminonu, where you'll find pottery, brassware, leather goods, spices, dried fruit, glass and jewellery.
Aside from the beaches, lots of the big resort hotels in Turkey have kids' clubs where children can enjoy orgganised activities and water sports while you catch some sun for a few hours on the beach or head off for a spot of sightseeing.
There are several water parks, including a huge new one in Bodrum. most kids will love the vibrant bazaars, but keep them close by at all times as it's easy to get lost in the crowds.
So whether you've booked an all inclusive holiday, are staying in full board, half board, self catering accommodation, or a B&B, you'll find plenty in Turkey to enjoy a holiday you'll never forget. Book your holiday in Turkey today!
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