Are you ready to rush for someplace sunny? Do you need a spot to take the love of your life? Or just somewhere fabulous to forget your troubles? We have ideas for holiday excursions that take advantage of the best of Turkey – ancient castles for the history buffs, vibrant markets for the shopaholics and stunning coastline for the pleasure cruisers.
Explore the lush wonder of beachside villas in Turkey
Whether it's looking for loggerhead turtles at the protected Iztuzu Beach, exploring an ancient tomb or living the high life all night in Marmaris, stays in Turkish coastal villas offer a wide variety of fun.
Think cliffs, culture and cruises in your Antalya holiday
You’ll be happy to lose yourself in the narrow streets of Kaleiçi, the historic district at the cultural core of Antalya, one of Turkey’s most popular holiday cities. Luxury villas on dramatic cliffs might offer views of the Roman Harbour, filled with yachts and excursion boats ready to take you on a Gulf of Antalya cruise. The city is both stylish and classic, with a top-notch museum featuring ancient artefacts, sophisticated eateries, and a couple of beaches where couples can snooze in the sun and kids can burn off some summer energy.
Peaceful villas compliment the beautiful bustle in Marmaris
One of the jewels of the Turkish Riviera, Marmaris is nestled between pine-forested mountains and clear waters, and is quite peaceful in the off-season. In summer, the population swells as visitors stroll the winding streets and admire the colourful bougainvillea by day, and enjoy live music at the many hip cocktail bars at night. Maramis castle is your can’t-miss destination. After you’ve walked its stone walls and contemplated the past, you can seek out the handcrafted jewellery and local wine at the colourful Carsi Market, or hop on a pleasure yacht as it heads out of the marina. Then again, you can simply retreat to a villa with a private pool to regroup after a busy day in the sun.
Set sail from your villa on a festive Fethiye gulet cruise
If you’re looking for holiday homes in Turkey that offer sun and the sea, give the gulets of Fethiye a glance. These Turkish yachts specialise in pleasure cruises between the months of April and October and they depart from the city’s gorgeous natural harbour, slowly enough for you to get a social media-worthy pic with pretty islands and tree-covered hills in the background. Once you’re back on land, you can explore one of the area’s rock tombs, including the Tomb of Amyntas, carved into a bluff overlooking the city in 350 B.C.E. If you prefer natural wonders to the manmade, see what flutters by at the Butterfly Valley nature preserve.
Dally your days away at your Dalyan villa retreat
When visitors hear “Dalyan”, they often sigh, “still charming”. The town is one of those holiday destinations that’s managed to grow increasingly popular without getting touristed out. Set on the Dalyan River, it welcomes scores of excursion boats from nearby coastal cities in summer, but if you snag a villa rental in Dalyan itself, you can enjoy the sleepy, sun-soaked vibe all year-round. Take a lazy boat ride to Iztuzu Beach, called Turtle Beach because of the loggerheads who nest there, and enjoy the white sand and shallow waters of one of Turkey’s most beautiful areas of coast.
Ancient castles meet contemporary fun in Bodrum
Built on the remains of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, trendy Bodrum is an intriguing mix of the ancient and modern. Bodrum Castle includes fragments of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and ancient ruins can be spotted all over the city. Yet take your laptop out to the terrace of your chic holiday villa, or stroll down Cumhuriyet Street, packed with nightclubs, and you’ll feel every bit the modern woman or man.