If you’re looking to get away with the kids this summer, Turkey may well be the ideal choice. From idyllic beach resorts to rural havens or bustling city breaks, Turkey offers a plethora of holiday options to suit your family. What’s more, it won’t break the bank. Monarch offer a number of very affordable flight options, and accommodation is great value for money when compared with some other popular European holiday destinations.
Antalya is Turkey’s largest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera. From the historic town centre, Kaleiҫi, with its Ottoman architecture and cobbled streets, to the vast Konyaalti and Lara beaches, Antalya offers a wide range of tourist attractions. Don’t miss a trip to Hadrian’s Gate, erected in 130AD to celebrate the visit of Emperor Hadrian. Or if you want to do a spot of shopping, check out the historic Antalya bazaar. The city is shielded from northern winds by the nearby Taurus mountain range, so expect highs of around 34°C in June and July.
The Dalaman region offers a delightful mix of beautiful beaches, water sports, ancient ruins and fine dining. With other popular destinations like Marmaris and Olu Deniz nearby, Dalaman is a hub for a whole host of activities. For a quieter holiday experience, the 18km stretch of pristine beaches in Patara, near Kalkan, is only two hours’ drive from Dalaman airport. Legend has it this was the birthplace of Apollo, and there are archaeological ruins which lie along this stretch of sand that keep development to a minimum. For a more down-to-earth holiday, try Dalyan on the banks of the river Cayi, with the beach at Iztuzu just a short boat-trip downstream. Here you can visit the famous sulphur mud baths, try your hand at white-water rafting, or go horse riding in the nearby mountains.
Bodrum is home to the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which is thought to have been constructed in 353 BC. The city itself is fantastic amalgamation of ancient and modern, so if the kids get bored of history, there are plenty of contemporary attractions, too. Bodrum is also famous for its marina, where you can hire a boat to go sailing for the day, or there are piloted boat trips for the non-mariners among us. Water sports like water-skiing or parasailing are also great activities for the more adventurous family.
Nearby is the ancient Greek sanctuary of Didyma. For a great day trip, walk some or all of the 17km Sacred Way to Didyma, following the ancient path of pilgrimage through some beautiful scenery between the ritual way stations. As you can see, a holiday in Turkey can be catered to your every need. Whether you and your family want to spend a luxurious week or two soaking yourselves in steamy hammams and lounging in the sun on idyllic beaches, or trekking through mountains in search of rural vistas or extreme sports, Turkey has it all.