As we start a new year its time to leave the old year behind us and we turn our attention to the summer. Yes, winter is still with us and its cold and damp and to be honest a tad miserable. We need to plan ahead to give us something to look forward to and images of laying on a sun drenched beach with picturesque sea views plus a long cool drink in our hands fill us with happiness. Of course you can go online and see where the best deals are and also take into consideration the foreign exchange rate.
Where is a beautiful destination? Where can you fly, less than a 4 hour flight from the UK with flights available from international airports? Which country offers amazing palm fringed beaches, seas that range in colour from jade green to the deepest blue, delicious cuisine and endless sunshine? Gorgeous Turkey, it simply has it all and more.
In 2018 Turkey was one of the top destinations to visit, that saw more than 40 million foreign tourist’s file in through its borders either by flying, cruise liner or driving and 2019 is expected to be another bumper year for tourism. Cities such as Istanbul and Antalya are becoming the hot spots to visit for long weekends as keen sightseers are searching for new locations outside of predictable Europe.
Beach locations such as Alanya, Altinkum, Antalya, Bodrum, Fethiye and Kusadasi are always favourites for holiday makers who yearn for their two week vacation in the summer sun. And boy does the sun shine in these top resorts, with temperatures soaring to around 34°C and beyond in July and August. Its not just sun worshippers who choose Turkey over other holiday destinations, avid sportsmen and women are flocking to Turkey and you may just be surprised as to the sporting choices available to them.
Let us begin with golf, many Turkish resorts have very good golf courses but if you want the ultimate choice in Championship Golf Courses then head to Belek in the province of Antalya. Belek is a close rival to Portugal for golfing holidays and is often called the “golfing mecca” of Turkey. Fans of water sports can literally visit anywhere along the south west and southern coastline of Turkey for an array of excellent facilities. Here you will find 8000km of stunning coastline with amazing rivers where you can scuba dive, windsurf, water raft, kite board and canoe, the list is endless. All along this Aegean and Mediterranean coast it’s dotted with resorts that are suitable for families, couples and groups for friends as Turkey caters for all.
Turkish culture is all about children and the elderly and they make children of all ages feel very welcome. You may not always find this in some countries where children are seen a bit of a problem. The elderly are respected and taken care of, so if you are travelling with grandparents, don’t worry if Turkey is their cup of tea, trust me it will be. Of course it goes without saying that some resorts better suit certain groups. It’s just a matter of searching online which location ticks all boxes.
Family friendly resorts in particular include Alanya, Altinkum, Bodrum, Fethiye and Kusadasi. If you are a couple and want something a little bit romantic then head to the picturesque resorts of Kalkan or Olu Deniz. For groups of friends who want excellent beaches, sports facilities and a hectic nightlife that goes on well into the early hours Antalya and Gumbet in Bodrum are for you. Avid sightseeing enthusiasts can visit Istanbul and Bodrum which are both crammed full of ancient history. Infact Bodrum is a one stop destination as it covers all bases and that’s why it is such a popular destination in Turkey.
All the international airports are close to major resorts as most are less than an hour away. Bodrum city centre is a mere 30 minutes from its international airport and this is important when flying with young children especially. According to the College of English Language, English is widely and fluently spoken in major tourist centers like Istanbul. However, outside of the large cities, the English language might not be that widespread and communication in rural areas can pose an issue without a translator.The exchange rate currently in Turkey is, for every £1 (Great British Pound) the exchange rate is 6.91TL (Turkish Lira) it means your money goes a long way in Turkey and you can splash the cash in Turkey without worrying about the amount you are spending.