The weather in Europe and the UK has been pretty awful and this last week has seen the “Beast from the East” clash with Storm Emma it brought mayhem and destruction and everyone has had enough. As spring approaches we begin to turn our thoughts to holidays and lets face it most of us are in dire need of sundrencehd beaches, picturesque vistas and turquoise seas.
Ok, I guess some far off exotic destination pops into our heads however, you can holiday closer to home and you don’t need to start scanning the internet for long haul flights. You will be overjoyed to know that you can holiday in Turkey for a fraction of the cost of most other holiday destinations including those in Europe.
What makes a perfect holiday?
Medium haul flight – you just don’t want to be stuck on a plane for hours.
Sun – that shines all day and warms your weary body.
Golden sand – that you sink you toes into and simply chill.
Clear blue sea – that invites you for a swim to cool off.
Delicious foods – were you will put weight on but hey, you’re on holiday.
Chilled summer cocktails and icy cold beer – need I say more!
Culture and nightlife – for days of exploring and letting your hair down.
Turkey is a mere 4 hours or less flight from the UK, all international airports fly across Turkey to all the main tourist resorts along the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Most tourist resorts are generally an hour or less away from the airport so your transfer to your chosen resort is quick. Transfers are normally by shuttle bus, car hire, private rental car, bus or taxi.
Boasting 300 days of sunshine per year Turkey is a clear favourite when choosing a holiday spot, in fact for those who invest in a holiday home, living in the sun is a major factor for leaving their country of birth. The season runs from May to October where sizzling days are high on the agenda and balmy evenings where you can sit on the terrace until the early hours.
Beautiful beaches are in abundance in Turkey with many being awarded the Blue Flag status for clean and safe beaches. Some are considered to be the most picturesque in the world and you will have seen the very best Turkey has to offer gracing the cover of a glossy magazine or two. Panoramic views of bays, coves and palm trees force you to relax and unwind in these picture perfect surroundings.
The coastline of Turkey stretches for 8000km and both the Aegean and Mediterranean offer clean crystal clear waters that range in colour as you travel along the coast from the deepest midnight blues to azure and jade. Some of the resorts are perfect for children as the shorelines are shallow making paddling safe and exciting for the little ones.
You will be delighted with the range of traditional local cuisine Turkey has to offer, fresh salads with the juiciest of vegetables make the perfect accompaniment to locally caught seafood, succulent chicken, beef or lamb dishes. Turkey is also home to a superb range of vegetarian dishes made of aubergine and vine leaves to name just a few. If you’re not particularly adventurous when it comes to eating there are international menus on offer serving Chinese, Indian, American, Italian, Mexican and British favourites.
The variety of locally produced beers and wine plus spirits is excellent and obviously more affordable than imported which you can get. All the latest cocktails are available in trendy bars and upmarket restaurants. Turkey is full of historic culture with plenty of ancient ruins and historical sites. Visitors who are culture buffs will revel in all the ancient history of this country and enjoy the plethora of museums and art galleries. A favourite is Ephesus and its historic ruins. The wonderful monuments of the Roman Imperial period include the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. One of the Seven Wonders of the World is The Temple of Artemis. Nightlife is varied and offers something for everyone; families are well catered for with themed restaurants and bars suitable for youngsters, there are fairs and attractions but mostly they love the beaches. Grown ups can dine at lively restaurants or be more intimate with a loved one and enjoy a cosy dinner by the beach in a romantic setting. There are plenty of discos and nightclubs were you can throw some shapes on the dance floor until the early hours. Lots of beachside bars stay open until late and they are ideal for after dinner drinks in peaceful surroundings.
Still need convincing? Currently the exchange rate is for every 1 GBP you get 5.28 TL your money goes far in Turkey, give it a try!