Turkey Holidays Trends
Over the last few years, Turkey has become increasingly popular as a summer holiday destination. It is a firm favourite with many holiday makers who come back to the country time and time again. There are many reasons why Turkey is such a big hit with tourists. It is relatively new to tourism in relation to beach holidays, and hence its beautiful coastline has remained unspoilt and fairly uncommercialised. A second reason for its popularity is the fact that visitors find that prices are cheap when compared to other medium haul destinations. In addition, an extremely attractive aspect of the Turkish beach holiday is that the country offers a touch of the exotic and the unexpected to the holiday maker, without involving a long flight.
Turkey is a Muslim country, and there is something magical about hearing the call to prayer several times a day from the mosques, across beautiful tiled market squares, throughout rural villages and even along the beach. The hospitality that the tourist experiences in Turkey is more than you could possibly ask for, and the country is extremely child friendly. Restaurants are only too pleased to accommodate the kids, and there are often special corners put aside especially for children, with TVs, DVDs, games and play equipment, which means that the adults can enjoy a leisurely meal without having all those interruptions, fidgety kids and tantrums at the table. Finally, most recently during the recession, the euro has been more expensive than ever before, and this has deterred tourists from visiting their usual haunts such as Spain, Greece, Italy and France. Turkey is a non-euro country, and therefore the holiday maker will find better value for money here.
There are many great beach resorts to choose from. Bodrum contains the ruined site of the Mausoleum, one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World. There are several beach resorts such as Gumbet within a few miles of the city. Side has some splendid Roman and Byzantine ruins and the finest golden sandy beaches. Alanya offers a 2 km stretch of beach, while Olu Deniz has the beautiful crescent shaped bay and conservation area. Icemeler has some of the best beaches and attractive settings. Antalya, Kusadasi, Marmaris and Calis are great for water sports. Gumbet, Marmaris and Kusadasi are lively at night, while Icmeler and Hisaronu are more laid back. Bitez and Olu Deniz offer a bit of both.
Turkey has much to offer. As well as the stunning beaches, often lined with cafes and restaurants serving local traditional and international cuisine, you can drive or walk a mere mile or so inland to find that you are rewarded with wonderful views and delightful little unspoilt rural villages where life has remained unchanged for years. The sea is crystal clear, extremely clean and amazingly blue, making it excellent for scuba diving and so it is a favourite spot for diving fans. There is so much to see in relation to the extensive marine life, and there are many tailor made diving holidays along the magnificent Turkish coast, as well as opportunities to experience a try-dive or take a basic or more advanced scuba course during your stay. Other water sports are readily available at most of the main resorts. Turkey is also home to some of the world`s most important archaeological sites, the most famous being Ephesus. No matter where you stay along the coast, there are always day trips or trips with overnight stays offered. Ephesus is a vast site that requires a visit of at least a day. Other trips offered include visits to mosques, to the beautiful city of Istanbul, and boat trips are available around the coastline and to nearby Greek islands.
Holiday makers can enjoy bartering in the local markets for gifts and souvenirs. The most popular souvenirs bought by tourists are the rugs and carpets that Turkey is famous for. These can range in price from £5 up to £3000 and over, and the choice is immense. Other popular gifts are leather goods, metalware and silver jewellery. For beautiful views, traditional cooking and a great night life, Olu Deniz ticks the boxes.