Natural landscapes and turquoise blue waters
Whether you are looking for beautiful beaches offering turquoise blue waters, or are keen to investigate interesting cultural heritage, Turkey is sure not to disappoint. Spanning two continents, Asia and Europe, Turkey has a rich cultural diversity. Add an amazing natural landscape and a great selection of hotels into the mix and the result is a range of holiday options which will delight even the most accomplished of travellers.
Istanbul has a compelling mix of natural beauty, impressive mosques, bustling bazaars, museums, churches and palaces to explore. No stay in Istanbul is complete without a trip up the Bosphurus – the strait that separates Europe and Asia. You’ll see the modern aspects of the city sitting right next to the more historic and traditional parts of it – such as luxury hotels next to wooden villas and small fishing villages. When stepping ashore, the Beylerbeyi Palace is well worth a stop as just beyond it lies Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, and the views are breathtaking.
The Antalya Coast has historical sites, beautiful beaches, vast pine forests and impressive mountain scenery plus one of the main resort areas, Belek, has a purpose built spa and golf resort.
Bodrum peninsula has a whole host of ancient archaeological sites, over 30 islands and nearly 200km of coastline. There’s everything from trendy beach resorts to small and traditional retreats to choose from.
Heading to the Dalaman Coast allows you to take in the breathtaking backdrop of the pine clad hills contrasted against the crystal clear waters. There’s a wide choice of luxury hotels and many have an all-inclusive option. Don’t miss one of the most pictured resorts along the coast – Olu Deniz, known as Turkey’s Blue Lagoon.
There are plenty of places to enjoy a spot of hiking and biking and, for those that prefer to get active off dry land, there’s also snorkelling, diving, rafting and much more. Sightseers will appreciate the historical sites such as the amphitheatre, Roman baths, the Greek temple and the City of Ephesus. There are plenty of tours that can take you to the major sights and transport links are generally good, plus you can hire a car and do your own exploring if you wish.
So, as you can see, Turkey is a great place to visit and, with lots of resorts to consider, Designer Travel can help you decide which is the one for you. We have Travel Experts that know Turkey inside out and take pride in finding exactly what you’re after. Whether you want an adult-only retreat, a villa for all for the family or you want to have a golf course within easy reach, it’s just a matter of letting us know and then we’ll do the searching for you.
- Couples, families and groups of friends will all find Turkey a wonderful choice for a luxury holiday
- Make sure you visit Olu Deniz, the Blue Lagoon – simply stunning!
- Antalya is home to the popular resorts of Side and Belek
- There are plenty of golf resorts to choose from
- Family-friendly hotels are common, with Kids Clubs and children’s meals on offer
- We have a selection of hotels that have a waterslide – just ask for details
- There are lots of all-inclusive resorts to choose from
- Have you considered a multi-centre holiday, perhaps taking in Istanbul and Bodrum for example?
- Foodies will appreciate the local cuisine including freshly cooked seafood and tasty baklava
- Hiring a car in Turkey is a great way to see more of this lovely country
- Visitors are expected to adhere to clothing guidelines when visiting mosques
- Turkey has important passport and visa conditions – contact us for details.
Flying Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Time Difference: GMT +3hours
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
The coastal regions of Turkey experience hot dry summers and cool wet winters.
June to September are the hottest months with average temperatures between 25 and 30°C. Rain is minimal during this period. January is the coolest month with an average of 10°C.
November to January can be wet with average rainfall of 200 mm and 15 to 20 days of rain per each of these months.
Leisure & Activities
One of the longest stretches of sandy beach in the Mediterranean. The beach forms part of a national park and, apart from swimming and relaxing in the sun, visitors may be lucky enough to catch sight of the wonderful birdlife in the area. It’s also home and breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead turtle, and because of that, it’s been declared “off limits” to developers. It’s perfect for a relaxing day…there are no water sports and there’s only one café.
Aspendos Theatre is one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the country, it can seat up to 20,000 spectators. Records show that it dates back to 155 AD and was originally built as a gift to the Emperor and to the Gods. Tours can be arranged with local expert guides.
Hagia Sophia Istanbul
Hagia Sophia is a stunning architectural construction which has been important for both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It was originally built in the 6th century AD as a church before becoming a mosque and it is now a museum. Inside the building there are artefacts dating back to the 5th century BC.