Turkey is an incredible family holiday destination almost all year round. Few places in the world compare to it; since Turkey has got divine scenery, variety, and so much history! Turkey is also a versatile travel destination. It is possible to tailor a vacation just as desired, according to one’s preferences, favourite activities, budget, and travel style.
A fascinating land of dramatic contrasts, and as a country to discover on holiday it offers something for everyone, whether you are young, young at heart or older and in search of some relaxation, and whether you’re in search of action and adventure or sun, sea and some decent downtime, Turkey has it all.
This post is part of our series Discover the Middle East – learn more about Turkey through to Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula – with kids!
A few things to know before you go to Turkey
- The best time to enjoy the Meditteranean coast of Turkey is from April/May to September/October. You can visit in the winter months, but many touristy places will be shut and the water temperatures likely too cold for swimming.
- Most travellers need to have a visa to enter Turkey. The best way to get yours is by applying online. Save yourself from the troublesome visits to the Embassy and get your Turkish e-Visa online using your phone, laptop, or any other device.
- The best international airports to fly into to access the resort areas of Turkey are Antalya (AYT) and Izmir (ADB), although some flights will also land in Dalaman (DLM).
- The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. Some tourist areas may accept Euro but it is not legal tender. You should exchange your foreign currency into Lira in Turkey for the best exchange rates.
Where to stay on the Turkish Coast
Now that you know more about Turkey and the entry requirements, take a look at some of the best holiday resorts for your next family vacation:
The Dalaman coast can be a most delightful place for a seasonal getaway, with its blend of balmy climes and historical sites. Often referred to as the Turquoise Coast or the Turkish Riveira, this region is famous for its beautifully coloured waters. These scenic surroundings and its wonderful beaches make this an ideal destination for a relaxing getaway.
Before you rush off to reserve your flights to Dalaman, you should consider where exactly on this picturesque coastline you would like to stay. Whether you’re looking for luxurious accommodation or one of Turkey’s cheap hotels, you’ll find there is plenty of choices.
If the former really appeals and you want nothing more than to be pampered in lavish surroundings, the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Golf Resort & Spa could be just the thing for you.
Ölüdeniz is a very lovely beach resort situated in the spectacular south-western Dalaman Region of Turkey. It is one of the most beautiful destinations of Turkey, located near the fine bay backed by wooded mountains. This place boasts an unmatchable resort that strikes a fine equilibrium with its romantic open-air waterfront dining, an alluring mix of relaxed beaches, and quite animated nightlife.
With great beaches, good local walks, and cycling, today, spending holidays in Olu Deniz is a very popular family choice. The highlight of this amazing place is its outstanding and breathtaking beach that features perfect white sand and warm turquoise clear waters.
An inviting blend of historical relevance and astonishing natural beauty, Antalya features the primary Mediterranean resort of Turkey. Antalya is a beautiful city with palm-lined boulevards and a number of architectural wonders which put forward an impressive display. The city has changed hands a number of times in the past, and this, in turn, is reflected through the diversity in architectural styles.
Antalya also delights travellers with its marvellous natural beauty, fantastic beaches, and cascading waterfalls. Lara Beach is the most frequented and lies 12 kilometres east of the city. On your way to the beach, the Upper Düden Waterfalls create a breathtaking scene by plunging straight into the sea. The view is simply spectacular, and you can view it from a rest area located nearby.
Altinkum, near the blue waters of the Aegean Sea, is a blend of modern and ancient Turkey. It is a purpose-built resort with a pleasant, relaxed, and peaceful atmosphere. It is the ultimate destination for low-priced holidays in Turkey with your loved ones.
Altinkum even features some of the world’s best resorts which have a great golden beach and a mixture of fascinating ancient ruins and modern architectures. If you are looking for a hot and sunny holiday, this dazzling Turkish resort offers you over 300 days of sunshine. Just visit Altinkum between May and October, and you can enjoy the sun with over 12 hours of sunshine a day.
Neighbouring the Marmaris resort, İçmeler is yet another Turkish tourist magnet. From a touristic point of view, it is absolutely a rich area, and it would be a shame to limit self to some plain activities.
If you take the minibus to Marmaris (it is cheap), you can enrol in a Jeep Safari that takes you out in the wild. The off-road safari is an “Eco venture” that takes one off the beaten track to enjoy the less known gems of the region.
Prepare for the rich natural beauty that includes pine forests and mountainous scenery. You will be riding in an open-top Jeep and stop for lunch and a swim along the way. Travel around the Marmaris National Park and the Bozburun Peninsula.
Final thoughts on Turkish Family Resorts
Whatever type of holiday you want from a country, Turkey offers it all. It is a stunning and vast country offering so much to do, to see, and to enjoy.
The Turkish cuisine and hospitality will be world-class, making your stays unparalleled. You can plan and customize your visit to suit your schedule and budget and then set out on one of the most astonishing journeys that you will ever have!
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