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Holidays in Turkey

Turkey comes under Europe continental travel therefor a European travel insurance will cover you for your trip to Turkey. Turkey is not a member of the E.U but is still classed as part of Europe. It is advisable to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling to Turkey.

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The most popular areas to visit for a summer holiday are the Aegean and mediterranean coastal regions which are known for there stunning sandy beaches, beautiful scenery and great entertainment. The areas of Antayla, Bodrum, Marmaris and Olu Denise are very popular. For a city break, Istanbul is an amazing city to explore. There is the European side, which is where most of the famous landmarks can be seen and then the Asian side which is home to wonderful bazaars and sights to see.

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The answer to this really depends on where you plan to travel to for your holiday, and what you intend to do. Holiday makers visiting coastal areas then June through to September is best, when these areas are in high season, for vising sights or cities then spring or autumn is best when the weather is much cooler.

Spring (April, May, June) This is a good time to visit the cities, which can often be crowded, the cooler weather is better for sightseeing, but be aware April and May tend to see some rainy days. The coastal regions are in low season and tend to get busier in June.

Summer (mid June, July, August, mid-September) This is high season for Aegean and Mediterranean regions, where many coastal areas are bustling with tourists, the weather can be very hot, especially in July with temperatures soaring to 43º C and above. Turkey is fully equipped for the hot weather, with many hotels, restaurants, shops etc air conditioned.

Autumn (mid September,October) has a mostly mild weather, but the days are shorter, and rain may begin again in October. This, too, is high season for Istanbul and Cappadocia, with many boutique hotels heavily booked at their highest prices. At beach resorts, the water is still warm, crowds are smaller, and prices lower.

Winter (November, December, January, February, March) The south west areas of Turkey see very mild winters the Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts being one of them, with areas such as Antalya still open for tourists due to its many pleasant sunny days. It tends to get colder during January and February, seeing a lot of rain and sometimes even snow. Generally most of the tourism ends during these months.

In Istanbul the winters are chilly with rain and a mild shower of snow. The Anatolian plateau is usually quite cold in winter. The Black Sea Coast is chilly and rainy in winter. The mountainous Eastern Turkey is very cold and snowy in winter,. The southeastern area is dry and mild in winter. Some mountainous areas see road closers due to the dangerous snowy conditions

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Generally the prices of hotels and restaurants tends to be less than that of other countries in Europe.

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Famous beaches of Turkey:

Olu Denise Beach, Fethiye
Patara Beach, Fethiye
Lara beach, Antayla
Bodrum Peninsula
Side, Antayla

The lesser known, quieter beaches are:

Ova Buku Beach, Datça
Venturing west from the mainland, the pretty bay of Ova Buku is tucked away on the Datça peninsula. Lining the cobalt blue bay is a creamy shingle beach backed by a cluster of locally owned places to eat, drink and be merry. Sometimes the best things do come in small, sandy packages. . It's not the beach itself that makes this such a fantastic find, it's the whole package: peace, authenticity and a real sense of escape.

Gemiler Beach
It's hard to believe that Gemiler lies just a short way away from the heavily overpopulated Olu Deniz beach; it's rarely crowded and reached by boat or bus ride from Hisaronu, through the fertile Kaya valley, past tobacco and wheat fields and out to the very tip of the Fethiye peninsula. Surrounded by pine and olive trees, the beach looks across to St Nicholas Island, and there are a couple of good restaurants serving up fresh meze and cold Efes beers.

Kaputas Beach
Butterfly Valley
Cirali Beach

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Many of the large hotels located on the coastal regions cater for young children, with kiddie pools, play grounds and kids activity groups. In particular; Olu Deniz, Marmaris, Alanya, Bodrum, Side

Please see Ali's Turkey for more information

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Istanbul is home to a brand new Theme park, opened in 2013, called 'Vialand' offering rides and roller coasters in its wonderful fairy-tale world. Many resorts along the south-west of Turkey have water slides and trampolining activities for children

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Typically most visitors to Turkey need an e-visa to enter Turkey » (see what counties evisa applies to); but cruise ship passengers are permitted to come ashore without a visa for day visits by special arrangements.

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