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Turkey Holidays: A Few Key Facts

Turkey Holidays: A Few Key Facts

Often called the “hidden gem” of Eastern Europe, Turkey is now very close to obtaining membership into the European Union. It is undeniable that part of the popularity of this country revolves around a rather tourist-friendly atmosphere, modern infrastructure, splendid beaches and historical attractions which date back to ancient times. Are you planning on an excursion to Turkey? If so, there are a few important points to cover. We will take a quick look at the major airports serving this country, a host of the top attractions and some of the best times to visit.

Airports and Airlines

While there arr numerous airports throughout such a large country, the chances are quite high that you will be flying into Istanbul Ataturk Airport. This hub served nearly 60 million passengers in 2015; making it one of the busiest in mainland Europe. Some of the primary carriers which fly to and from this location include:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Swiss Air

Note that budget carriers such as Ryanain and EasyJet do not offer direct flights to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Should you opt to fly with one of these carriers, it is best to choose connecting flights from other locations within Europe such as Berlin or Paris.

The Top Beaches in Turkey

Many are very surprised to learn that Turkey is home to some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. The majority of these are located along the eastern coast. Some examples of spots not to be missed will include Antalya, Olu Deniz, Alanya, Bodrum and Kemer. Please note that these locations (amongst others) are specifically intended to cater to western tourists. So, you can expect to enjoy quality hotels, a host of fine restaurants and many English-speaking citizens.

Main Attractions in Turkey to Visit

Istanbul and Ankara (the capital) are the two major cities within Turkey. In both urban areas, you can enjoy a scintillating nightlife as well as guided tours to surrounding locations. Still, a few major attractions located throughout the country for your reference include:

  • A Byzantine Basilica known as Hagia Sophia
  • Topkapi Palace (an Ottoman-era complex)
  • The Sultan Ahmed Mosque
  • The 67-metre-tall Galata Tower
  • The Grand Bazaar; one of the largest open-air markets in the world

When to Make Travel Reservations

Like many countries in Eastern Europe, the tourism industry in Turkey has suffered significantly over the past few years. So, there is no “incorrect” time to visit. Your two concerns will be a potential desire to avoid large crowds of tourists and the weather. Coastal temperatures are generally quite mild although travelling inland will offer you colder temperatures during the winter months. Summers are warm and dry but rarely as hot and humid as other locations such as Greece or Cyprus. Turkey is truly a hidden gem and if you are looking to plan an amazing holiday, this country should definitely be on your list.