With a long Mediterranean coastline, charming resort towns and villages, warm, hot summers and fascinating seaside cities, Turkey is one of the most popular countries in Europe for family holidays.
The Turkish Riviera’s just over four hours flying time from the UK and between May and September there are direct flights from several UK airports to Bodrum and Antalya.
Spring’s a good time to visit for trekking and climbing in the Taurus Mountains or walking part of the legendary Lycian Way. And the weather’s still warm and sunny well into October for inexpensive half-term beach breaks.
Istanbul is one of the world’s most remarkable cities and a fantastic experience with teenagers but check UK government advice before booking travel.
Direct flights from UK to Istanbul and Ankara all year round, and flights to Antalya, Bodrum during summer months. Flight time is just over four hours.
Turkey has 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites including Hierapolis-Pamukkale, the historic centre of Istanbul, Xanthos-Letoon and Ephesus.
July and August temperatures of 30 – 40˚C on Mediterranean Turquoise Coast.
Istanbul is the only city in the world to straddle both Asia and Europe.
The Turquoise Coast or Turkish Riviera contains two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Maussollos in Halicarnassus.
The 540km long Lycian Way from Ölüdeniz to Antalya is one of the world’s top 10 great walks.
Regular and inexpensive dolmus services run between most of the resort towns and villages along the Mediterranean coast. Public transport in cities is the best way to get about with private taxis in the evening – agree the fare before you head off. Hiring a car is the best way to explore independently but there are excellent and very reasonable tours to major attractions like Pamukkale and Iztuzu Beach. If you do hire a car in summer and you’re driving inland, take plenty of water and watch your fuel – garages are few and far between.