A favourite area of Turkey for sunny, family holidays, holidays to Bodrum combine beaches with fantastic resorts and hotels
Turkey is such a fantastic destination for a holiday, whether you prefer a quiet villa with friends in Bodrum or an all inclusive family holiday in Belek. Holidays to Turkey have become incredibly affordable in recent years with more and more excellent hotels and resorts popping up and offering a variety of self catering, half board and all inclusive accommodation. When you think of Turkey, you might also think of a cheap city break in Istanbul, which is another great opportunity to discover a new city.
If you're new to Turkey as a destination, have been before and want to try somewhere new, or simply want to learn a little more about what there is to see and do, below is our guide to holidays in Turkey in 2020 and 2021. So take a look at where to stay, what to do, what is the weather like in December and lots more for planning your next getaway.
Bodrum, Antalya and Dalaman are the three main holiday airports in Turkey, serving the bulk of the Turkish Mediterranean coastal holiday resorts. You can fly to all three from many UK airports including the big ones like London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow, as well as more regional airports such as Newcastle, Belfast and Bristol. All the big UK airlines including easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2 and TUI fly direct from the UK to Turkey, however, we always recommend booking an ABTA and ATOL protected, flight and hotel package holiday to ensure you are financially protected.
In Turkey, if you're not hiring a car, it's worth prebooking your airport transfers to have peace of mind that it's all been organised and you know where you're going. This can be the easiest and affordable way to get from the airport to your hotel. While many all inclusive hotels are self contained, if you do want to venture out and explore, it's relatively to take a wander in the local area. Booking with a tour operator, there may also be a number of day trips or excursions which can be booked and paid for, allowing you to explore the region or discover a fun new activity in the comfort of having a reputable travel brand organising it for you.
Depending on where you stay, will depend on what you do. For a city break, you'll definitely need to head to Istanbul if you've never been. While one night is far too short, a few days in the city is perfect for taking in the top sights and attractions, and enjoying the local restaurants and cafe culture. If it's the beaches and sunshine you're after, areas like Dalaman, Bodrum and Antalya are where you should head.
Many of the top beach resorts have a huge range of things to do, from cultural excursions to discover more about the region, to watersports and boat trips. And in certain areas there are some stunning walking trails too, perfect for a cooler day away from the pool to enjoy some incredible views. From Antalya, why not discover Pamukkale's calcium pools, or head into the deep blue sea and try out scuba diving?
There are both a range of accommodation options and resort options depending on your preference. And there are lots of different resorts within the four main areas (Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir and Antalya). If you like to be close to lots of bars, restaurants and nightlife, then areas like Marmaris or Bodrum offer cheap hotels and easy access to the clubs and entertainment. There are also lots of smaller towns dotted along the coastline if you prefer something a little quieter.
Some of the bigger family-friendly, all inclusive resorts to take a look at are the Jiva Beach Resort, Dolphin BE Grand Resort, Kaya Belek Hotel and the Fantasia Hotel Deluxe Kusadasi. If it's a villa holiday you're after, take a look in and around Bodrum for some great stays with brands like Jet2villas or James Villa Holidays. Booking your villa and flights together as part of the ATOL scheme is also a recommended option.
Turkey enjoys some great weather between April and October, ideal for a beach holiday in the sunshine, and you'll find most hotels in the tourist areas are open between these months. July and August temperatures can reach into the mid 30s, while the winter months of December and January can get to the low to mid teens. You'll still be able to find a few hotels open in winter, however, there won't be many and you might find that some of the hotel facilities such as kids clubs or entertainment is limited or closed.
Some of the cheapest prices and best times to travel can be during the shoulder seasons in April and May, and September and October. Holiday prices do increase during the school holidays though.