Turkey: The real holiday hotspot
Turkey has been a popular holiday destination for many over the years and it’s not difficult to see why. Nestled into the most easterly part of the Mediterranean Sea, with winters reaching an average of 15°C and summers 37°C and perfected by over 300 days of sunshine, it’s no surprise this is a holiday hit throughout the year.
Whether you want a romantic escape, a place to party or a fun-packed family adventure, Turkey can offer it all. The prices remain reasonable too, so whether you want to visit the buzzing city or lounge by the beach, there is a holiday to suit your budget.
Let’s look at some of the best hotspots to visit in the country as well as the local culture.
Turkish capital Istanbul lies to the northeast Mediterranean coastline offering many visitors the best of city and beach life. View the ancient architecture and visit historical buildings and museums or try your luck in the bustling markets where your haggling skills may be tested to the limit.
If you’re seeking refuge, why not try the quaint resort of Kalkan? This attractive coastal town boasts a range of boutiques and friendly local restaurants. Sandy shores are complemented by the beautiful marina set on crystal blue waters making it a scenic and rustic destination with all the comforts and charm you could ask for.
Turkish cuisine has plenty to offer for any budget. From roof-top restaurants to a café with the locals, you can be sure that wherever you go, you will be made to feel welcome! Traditional dishes are a blend of flavours from Asia, Europe and the Middle East and each region of Turkey has its variety of recipes and styles.
Turkey is surrounded by three bodies of water amongst other water inlets and lakes, so it is not surprising that much of the Turkish menu is greatly influenced by seafood. Kebabs are hugely popular with locals and tourists with cuts of meat prepared uniquely to the region and grilled using a coal or wood fire.
Mezes are an array of appetizers using a variety of ingredients, a popular choice on a restaurant menu, particularly with a group to share.
Local alcohol, Raki, is made from collected grapes and traditionally served with Mezes. An alternative drink to end the evening is traditional Turkish Tea. Turkey offers an enticing culture, is steeped in history and offers buzzing social atmospheres so whatever your holiday requires, make Turkey your next destination.
For more details on Turkey and to discover your perfect Turkey getaway, visit: http://www.co-operativetravel.co.uk/holidays/middle-east/turkey
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