Fast becoming a favourite year-round destination, Turkey is a wonderful combination of rich culture, stunning landscapes, vibrant cities and beautiful beaches. Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey boasts an exciting mix of East and West, ancient and contemporary. The third largest city in Europe, Istanbul, is the heart of Turkey's cultural melting pot. Its Grand Bazaar continues to pull crowds from all over the world, amazed by its architectural vibrancy and driven to try barter a bargain for its beautiful leather goods.
Sun seekers will find Turkey's beaches the perfect remedy for British weather. Rugged coastlines are matched with soft sands and interesting cultural pastimes to keep you happy both on and off the sunbed. Surrounded by four different seas- The Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and Aegean and Marmara seas- Turkey is an undeniable heart of watersports with sailing, windsurfing and rafting in abundance. The clear, turquoise waters make for exquisite snorkelling and scuba diving, with the opportunity to take the PADI open water dive course. Just 4 hours away, Turkey is a perfect last minute getaway and its wealth of bars and nightlife make it a popular choice for stag dos.
Turkish cuisine varies across the country but is mouth-wateringly rich, and uses herbs and spices generously. Meats, particularly lamb, fish, aubergine, green peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans and potatoes are the staples of much Turkish cuisine, and are served with sides of rice or bulgur wheat.
Similar to Spain’s signature sharing dish, tapas, a Turkish meze sampler is an ideal introduction to the delights of the country’s cuisine.
The perfect drink accompaniment is raki, Turkey’s national tipple. The milky white drink is typically served with only water and ice, and has an aniseed taste similar to Greece’s ouzo. Enjoy raki over the course of a long evening, sipped not shotted.
Istanbul is Turkey’s fascinating and beautiful ‘second city’. An interesting mix of East and West, Istanbul is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that is the heart of culture, history and trade. Don’t miss the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque, and take a cruise on the Bosphorous Strip to see the city from the water.
Turkey’s beach resorts are incredibly popular with the sun-seeking British public. Dalaman, Izmir, Alanya and Antalya are staples on Turkey’s rugged, beautiful coastline: pristine sands, turquoise waters and fantastic weather are just a 4 hour flight away.
British citizens need a multiple-entry visitor visa, valid for 90 days. This can be acquired on arrival into the country or in advance online, for £10. Ensure your passport has a blank page for the visa stamp on entry into Turkey.