By Vikki Ashton
Turkey has been shaped by Greek, Persian, Roman and Byzantine empires, witness its mosques, temples, amphitheatres and traditional villages. Ephee, a beautifully preserved Roman city, and Crusader-built Bodrum are perfect examples of Turkey's fascinating history.
Turkish people have a reputation for friendliness and hospitality and you can test your bartering skills at local markets for anything from carpets and brassware to antiques and watches.
Mid-May to September is perfect for the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, in July and August temperatures can exceed 45 degrees! For cooler-weather sightseeing-type holidays, spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) are ideal to enjoy the rich history that Turkey offers.
Here are our favourite resorts
Gloria Golf Resort
Why You'll Love It: If you are a family looking for an excellent all-inclusive resort and a fun-filled destination the kids will beg to go back to, don't be fooled by the name Gloria Golf Resort! There's no doubting that the golf here is world class. But we believe golfers and families alike will love this top class all-inclusive resort, because there is simply so much for children to do.
From £2129 per family. View Resort.
Why You'll Love It: You'll be wowed by this stunning luxury resort set in acres of beautifully lush gardens just a stone's throw from the sea. A short stroll will take you down to the shimmering blue sea or let the kids be royally entertained with a dazzling array of activities from a superbly positioned waterpark, to the Kids' Club and Gogi Kids Fun Jungle.
From £807 per person. View Resort.