We often hear about family friendly holidays and we associate them with little ones playing on the beach and small fun fair parks that cater for the under ten year olds. But do we ever think about teenagers? It is that tricky age between 13 and 17 where we want to give them freedom but not wander too far away from us. In one way we want to prepare them for hitting 18 when they can legally buy alcohol and go nightclubbing. Dread the thought? Get used to it because one day its going to happen, trust me I have been there!
It’s not all about the evening entertainment either; it’s about filling their days with fun activites where they can mix with other teenagers on holiday whether it’s going to the beach, trying out water sports or visiting the local water park, there is plenty to keep the average teenager more than happy. Most areas in Turkey offer something for everyone but the following resorts are ideal for teenagers in particular.
Otherwise known as Didim this is a magnet for teenagers with a whole host of entertainment and activites suitable for them. There are 3 beaches so if they don’t want to stay with mum and dad they can visit another beach for the day. All 3 beaches are within walking distance from each other on the promenade walk way. There are cafes and bars where they can buy refreshments and enjoy a spot of lunch, burger and chips are generally a favourite.
Water sports is varied including water skiing, canoeing, banana boats etc plus there are daily boat trips around the bays and lunch is included in the price.
There is also a fun fair suitable for teenagers with plenty of thrilling rides and the music of today pumping out to entice them in. There is a water park on the outskirts of the town which makes for a good day out. During the summer there are music festivals on the beach with famous Turkish musicians.
The bars and restaurants include teenagers in their itineraries and let’s be honest put your kids on a table with their new found mates, away from boring mum and dad and they are happy!
Bustling Kusadasi is a much larger resort just an hour up the road from Altinkum, it is a great resort for teenagers. There are lots of beaches and 2 water parks called Adaland and Aqua Fantasy where they can easily spend a day at each one. Boat trips are popular and there are plenty of water sports on offer also, horse safari and jeep safari plus quad safari are available but there maybe an age limit on some activites.
There is a large cinema with films shown in English and a bowling alley which is ideal on those really hot days; they can still be entertained out of the sun in a cool environment. Ephesus is a super day out visiting the ancient ruins that the whole family can enjoy.
All through the summer there are festivals and dances and there is lots of nightlife in Kusadasi too with dancing bars open till late so you may need to agree to meet up at a certain time to get them home!
Along the promenade there are plenty of trendy cafes and bistros where young people meet friends and enjoy a coke and lunch together, it’s a safe area for them to go. Shopping is a must and you can be sure your teenagers will be happy to spend your cash!
What can’t you do in this fabulous city with beaches galore and the marina is the hub for friends meeting up, even teenagers gather there. Some of the hotels offer great activites and entertainment so if you don’t want your teenagers to go far this may be the option for you as virtually everything is under one roof. Swimming pools with water slides, private beach areas with water sports, games room, internet café, gym, big screen movie theatres, archery, tennis, and basketball courts plus beach volleyball are all on offer. The evening’s entertainment provides a disco and dancing every night so they don’t have to be joined at the hip to you but you know where they are!
If you are considering buying a property in Turkey these particular areas are ideal if you have a growing family, as everyone from grandparents to parents to young adults to teenagers and tots are catered for. Flights and transfers to these resorts are frequent and easy too!