TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLING TO TURKEY
Travel to Turkey and you’ll be welcomed with scenes of endless sunshine, electric blue seas and an array of spectacular sights ready and waiting to be explored. From Antalya to Dalaman and everywhere in between, this Mediterranean gem is not only home to world-famous beaches and spectacular scenery, it’s also an area steeped in history and boasts a fantastic foodie scene too - so it’s no wonder UK holidaymakers return year after year.
Whether you’re staying in Turkey solo, jetting off on a romantic getaway for two, or heading on holiday with all the family, you’ll find it hard not to fall for the many Turkish delights on offer.
Turkey holidays offer fun and relaxation, so to make the most of your trip, we’ve got you covered with our tops tips for visiting Turkey...
WHERE TO VISIT
Also known as the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is situated on the southwest coast and is a summer hotspot for travellers. With idyllic sweeping golden sands and quiet coves, book a beach holiday here and head to resorts like Lara Beach and Belek to truly embrace the natural beauty of the region. Nearby, you’ll also find the old town Kaleici – a city retaining its authentic charm, be sure to take a stroll and explore the streets peppered with traditional tavernas and shops and if you feel like a more active walk, then head to the mountains where you’ll find a 320-mile pathway and some of the most breathtaking views around.
Bursting with family-friendly options, the area of Bodrum not only has blissful beaches and an abundance of coves and bays to discover, it also has a historic castle in the heart of the city and a heavenly harbour lined with ancient architecture. Down at the marina, you’ll find delicious eateries serving up seriously good seafood and if you plan on partying the night away, then Bodrum’s bars and clubs await including Halikarnas – the world’s largest outdoor club. With something for everyone to enjoy, Bodrum effortlessly caters for family and group holidays alike.
Proudly home to one of the most famous beaches in the world – Olu Deniz, Dalaman, features idyllic ivory sands, inviting turquoise waters and incredible scenery to match with the Blue Lagoon national park also nearby. A must for couples that want to mix a beach break with nights spent eating out and enjoying the local nightlife, stay in Marmaris where by day you can island hop and take a short ferry ride over to the Greek island of Rhodes and by night embrace the welcoming waterfront atmosphere over cocktails as the sun goes down.
Over in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city is somewhat of a hidden gem for holidaymakers unless your visit coincides with cruise ship docking. Whilst there are still a few beautiful beaches here, many head to other parts of Turkey to visit the coastline. This may work in your favour if you prefer a more relaxed vibe as the beaches are much quieter even in high summer. Izmir itself has a pretty seaside promenade, palm tree covered clock tower, a Turkish bazaar and it’s also next to the healing hot springs at Pamukkale should you need a moment to pause. If it’s a weekend away you’re looking for, then add Izmir to your list.
WHEN TO VISIT
With sizzling summers and warmer winters than the UK, Turkey is a great option all year-round. In the summer months, temperatures reach the high twenties so if you’re seeking the sun then this is a prime time to visit. If, however you want to beat the crowds and cut down costs, then try travelling in the spring for shoulder season when resorts are less busy, and you’ll benefit from a cheaper stay too.
ENTERING THE COUNTRY
British citizens do need a visa to enter Turkey along with a passport valid for 6 months at the time of entry. We recommend purchasing your visa online at the official e-Visa website ahead of arrival. For more details visit Gov UK or the Foreign Office.
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THE LOCAL CULTURE
No matter where in the world you travel, it makes sense to read up on the local culture and etiquette before you go. Turkey is a destination that blends many different cultures with its unique position between Eastern Europe and the Middle East, so to ensure you know what to expect when you arrive and ensure you remain respectful, here are a few things to note:
• Turkish is the main language so learn a few essential phrases to make communicating a breeze
• The local people are very hospitable so it’s not uncommon to receive extra dishes when you’re eating out and it may cause offence if you refuse
• Turkish people are predominantly Muslim so away from the resorts, consider a more conservative dress code and keep beachwear for the beach or pool only
• Much like the UK, smoking is banned on public transport, in public buildings and public spaces like bars, clubs and restaurants
• Keep a photocopy of your passport with you at all times as it is a criminal offence to not present one if asked
• The currency is Turkish Lira and it is advisable to carry cash with you as even some of the more modern establishments don’t always accept card
• Public transport is pretty easy to find however be careful when crossing roads as the highways especially can be hectic and the highway code is often ignored
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