A magical, melting pot of culture, history and landscapes, Turkey is a feast for those searching for a holiday that can span centuries of history, exhilarating activities, breath-taking landscapes and dip into the warm Med – all in one day. Its unique geographical setting between Asia and Europe, combined with history of great Empires risen and fallen, leaves any visitor with glorious patchwork quilt of stories woven with history and culture.
In our Client's Words...
We've just returned from a wonderfully revitalising mini break at the Hillside in Turkey. In the past we've been on wonderful family adventure holidays organised by Bushbaby and this short adult-only trip was perfect. We were promised idyllic relaxation, sports facilities, and sumptuous restaurants and that's exactly what we got. Highlights included tennis coaching, water skiing, yoga, happy hour cocktails and relaxing on super comfortable sun loungers on the quiet adult beaches. This is a destination that I will happily return to in the future.
Sophie C, Turkey & Worldwide
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Where to Go in Turkey
While the majority of visitors flock here for the sublime Aegean and Mediterranean beaches, there is so much more to discover here. The extraordinary number of ancient Civilisations: Romans, Ottomans, Byzantines, Greeks, each have each left an indelible mark on the landscapes. Istanbul continues to be a multi-cultural delight, begun long ago by its position on the Silk Route and the traders who liked it so much, they stayed.
The spectacular archaeological remains of temples, cities and harbours sit glittering on their UNESCO World Heritage lists; think romantic Byzantine churches, Ottoman Mosques and Roman aqueducts and the beautiful classical cities of Ephesus or Pergamon. Or discover the myriad of landscapes; from fairy-tale Cappadocia, with its magical valleys and rock formations, to olive groves fringing the Aegean, to mountain-ringed lakes, to the jutting peninsulas of the coast and the sparkling Mediterranean views.
This backdrop is the perfect starting point for the myriad of activities on offer here. Blessed with a coastline that borders the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, it’s all on offer, from diving to sea kayaking to kite and windsurfing in the turquoise seas. Moving inland, the terrain is perfect for activity adventures; think white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking, paragliding or even hot air ballooning over the otherworldly rock formations of Cappadocia.
Turkey offers excellent value in money compared with many of the traditional ‘fly and flop’ beach destinations. Combine this with the eclectic history, culture, landscapes and the warm hospitality that has been issued to weary travellers across centuries and you have the kind of holiday that leaves you enriched, restored and wondering why you haven’t been before.
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When to go
The beach resorts on the Aegean, Mediterranean and Marmara coasts have beautiful mild winters and hot summers, peak season is June to September, although the heat can be a little oppressive. The shoulder months of May, June, September and October are cooler and less busy so best for visiting the array of ancient sites in Istanbul and Cappadocia.
Turkish Airlines and British Airways both operate flights to Turkey. Istanbul is the main airport but the coastal airports of Antalya, Dalaman and Bodrum are also serviced by direct flights with a regularity that depends on the season.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 160 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey
Time Zone: GMT +3
Capital City: Ankara (since 1923)