On the north-eastern Mediterranean coast to the east of Greece, 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, though its lovely coastline of sun-soaked sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, azure seas and lively resorts place Turkey firmly in the 21st century For example, Antalya is home to the Mediterranean's largest floating nightclub, whilst Gumbet and Marmara offer world-class bars, restaurants and clubs.
Turkish Holiday Highlights
Turkish people have a reputation for friendliness and hospitality and you can test your bartering skills at local markets for anything from carpets and brass ware to antiques and watches. Turkish food is a perfect blend of east and west, with many dishes descended from Ottoman palace cuisine; try traditional Mezze, with as many as fifteen small dishes, and visit a hamam (traditional Turkish baths) whose treatments will leave you feeling incredibly invigorated and ready to enjoy your Turkish holiday to the full!
Mid-May to September is perfect for the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, though be aware that 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 good times to visit.
The typical Turkish taxi is a compact five-seater car which can seat two passengers comfortably, three passengers with a bit of a squeeze, and four passengers (one in the front seat) if the driver agrees. All taxis are required to have digital meters (taksimetre), and to run them. This doesn't mean they always do. If your driver doesn't start the taksimetre, or tries to haggle at the start of the trip instead of running it, just point to the meter and say Taksimetre! (TAHK-see-MEH-treh).
The exception is for inter-city or airport-to-resort or resort-to-resort trips, when a set amount, usually posted somewhere, is the rule and is usually cheaper. Haggling is always an option, and if you want to tip your driver, just round up the fare to a convenient amount. A useful, cheaper alternative to the taxi in some situations is the dolmush (shared taxi or minibus).
Airport transfer times depend on which resort you are travelling to. For example, Antalya airport to the Gloria Resorts in Belek is approximately 30 minutes.
Currency is Turkish Lira or Euros can be used.
Please note that after 10 April 2014, it will not be possible to get a visa on arrival in Turkey. Visitors arriving in Turkey after this date must obtain an e-visa online before travel. For the latest visa entry information, please see the Turkey Consulate website. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated the entry requirements section of the latest travel advice for Turkey to reflect this change.