Resorts in Turkey - Where to Visit
Turkey is a large country located in the Mediterranean Sea about four and a half hours flight time from the UK.
The time difference is two hours ahead of England and the currency in operation is the Turkish Lira. The best time to visit for the longest days and highest temperatures are July and August. There are three main areas to choose from which are the Aegean coast, the Turquoise Coast and the Mediterranean Coast.
The Aegean Coast consists of Altinkum, Bodrum and Gumbet (sometimes known as Bodrum's beach). Bodrum is a resort that faces the Greek island of Kos and often hosts yachting events that attract people from all over the world, it also has its own castle. Gumbet is a short bus ride from Bodrum and is the beach resort for this area. The beach is fairly narrow and consists of shingle. There are many nice restaurants across the front and boat trips to nearby islands. From here you can visit the limestone terraces and calcium pools of Pamukkale which is one of the most outstanding wonders of the world. You can swim in Cleopatra's pool and see the warm springs. You can also visit the city ruins of Ephesus as well as hopping over to Rhodes in Greece via a ferry. The Aegean coast has lots of history and culture on offer as well as crystal clear waters.
Turkeys Turquoise coast includes the resorts of Marmaris, Icmeler and Olu Deniz. Marmaris is an excellent resort for nightlife and is situated along a stretch of coastline linking it to nearby Icmeler which has a busy market and picturesque views. Things to do on this coast include visiting the gold centre in Marmaris and going bathing in the mud baths at Dalyan.
Turkeys Mediterranean coast has glorious beaches as well as a bustling nightlife. It includes the town of Side pronounced sea-day which offers a more traditional feel as well as a lovely beach and is a much laid back resort with cobbled streets. The coast also includes Lara beach and Belek. Lara beach is an up and coming area on this coast and is becoming increasingly popular. It has some nightlife but this is more down beat compared with other resorts. If this is what you are looking for it is only a ten mile trip to nearby Antalya which offers superb nightlife. Lara beach offers some excellent beaches and so is perfect for relaxation. Belek offers better facilities that the other resorts on this coast for sports activities such as watersports and so is suitable for more lively families. There is some entertainment available into the evenings but it is more family orientated. The restaurants are excellent and offer a diverse range of food to choose from.