Holiday in turkey
With a wonderful, continental climate and holiday packages that put most other Mediterranean countries to shame, it’s clear why more and more people are taking holidays to Turkey every year.
Turkey has one of the most colourful pasts on earth, and will delight anybody with even a passing interest in history. From 1299 to 1923 it was the home of the Ottoman Empire, determining everything from its stunning architecture to its eclectic cuisine.
The capital city, Istanbul, epitomises much of Turkey today; half of the city is situated in Europe, the other half in Asia. This has inevitably led to a fascinating mix of cultures, as different religions and lifestyles merge to create an absolutely unique atmosphere. Importantly for the visitor, it’s also home to a wealth of fantastic hotels, museums, restaurants and other key cultural spots that’ll keep even the most seasoned traveller on their toes.
As much as anything else, though, Turkey attracts people simply looking to soak up the sun. The south-western and southern coasts form what some call the Turkish Riviera (or occasionally the Turquoise coast) where beach resorts featuring hotels, bars and restaurants to suit all budgets can be found.
A boat ride from anywhere along this stretch of coast out into the beautiful Aegean Sea will see you hopping from island to island, allowing you to catch some rays on as many untouched, secluded beaches as you like.
Elsewhere, take a trip to the ancient ruins of the legendary city of Troy, or drive into the heart of the Turkish countryside for vast landscapes, sweeping forests and picturesque villages where life seems permanently frozen in the 19th century.
Perhaps more important than anything else, holidays to Turkey don’t have to be expensive. Book with Carlton Leisure and you can get flights from as low as £114.