According to travel retail giant, Thomas Cook, Turkey will be one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers this summer, and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful beaches, spectacular, lush scenery, historic ruins and vibrant nightlife scattered over a huge variety of resorts mean there’s a Turkish holiday for every couple.
For cost-conscious couples, Turkey is one of summer 2011’s best value destinations with great deals from as little as £150 per person, fantastic all inclusive packages and, in Thomas Cook’s Style Collection, 4 and 5 star holidays at sensible prices. Furthermore, this summer Thomas Cook will operate over 150 flights per week to four different airports in Turkey, and from more than 18 airports across the UK, making the holiday hotspot more accessible than ever before from your local airport.
The old town of Side boasts several beaches and a range of water sports activities, but is also a must for history lovers with its nearby ancient amphitheatre and two second-century temples. If you’ve been to Side before why not try Hisaronu or Olu Deniz.
Best for Culture Vultures
Kusadasi is a perfect base to explore the ancient city ruins of Ephesus – home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you’ve been to Kusadasi take a look at Altinkum.
Best for Night Owls
With its vibrant nightlife, Marmaris is one of Turkey’s liveliest resorts. The main action takes place down at the harbour, which is Turkey’s largest marina. On the Aegean Coast, Gumbet combines lazy days on the beach with a party atmosphere at night.
Best for awe inspiring scenery
Dalyan is just a 30 minute transfer from Dalaman airport but surrounded by pine-clad hills, bull rushes and ancient rock tombs it’s easy to understand why it’s been dubbed ‘one of the last corners of paradise’. Dalyan’s fine sand Iztuzu Beach is even home to endangered loggerhead turtles. If you’ve been to Dalyan why not try Fethiye.
Best for a haven hideaway
The Datca Peninsula is a peaceful bay set among forests and spectacular mountain scenery. Couples will love this haven of tranquillity where they can take a meandering stroll through olive groves, visit the harbour or zone out on the beach to the sound of the waves lapping the shore. If you’ve been to the Datca Peninsula consider Turunc or Dalyan.
Best for beach bums
Lara Beach - With luxury hotels scattered along beautiful, golden sandy beaches, Lara Beach is a peaceful resort and ideal for a rest and relaxation holiday. Located just 20 minutes transfer away from the airport, beach lovers will be in resort and soaking up the sunny shoreline before you can say ‘swimming trunks’. If you’ve been to Lara Beach give Kalkan a go.
Best for golf
Belek – Set against a backdrop of pine forests and the Taurus mountains, Belek is the golf fanatic’s ‘hole in one’ resort with several different courses suitable for all handicaps and the National Golf Course.