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19 Apr

Take a trip to Turkey

IstanbulTurkey – the jewel that straddles two continents

Turkey can be easily reached from the UK and is served by a number of budget airlines including EasyJet.  Here, EasyJet explains that Turkey is infact the bridge between Europe and Asia and offers tourists a holiday unlike any other. Sophisticated cities packed with Christian churches and Islamic minarets, bustling beach resorts with water sports galore, and archaeological sites to rival anything you’ll see in Greece or Italy – Turkey has it all.

The best thing about Turkey is that it is easy on your pockets. What could be better than that? Well, how about an array of beautiful authentic resorts such as Bodrum and Marmaris for starters? These classy towns dot the Turkish coastline, doubling up as chic ports attracting everyone from young partygoers to yacht-owning billionaires and everyone in between. Here you’ll find a range of hotels to suit every budget, restaurants for every taste and bars to keep the younger at heart dancing till dawn.

Beyond these, quaint little mountain villages provide a stop off point for those travelling to Turkey’s vast number of ancient Greek and Roman remains. Roman cities such as Ephesus will leave you breathless, and if you fancy it, you can even look for signs of Achilles in the excavated city of Troy. Although we can’t promise you Brad Pitt, we can promise you impossibly diverse countryside, from lush mountain ranges and fertile valleys, to the volcanic, fairytale landscape of Cappadocia (the birth-place of England’s St George).

Istanbul – combining history and style

But the jewel in Turkey’s crown is without doubt the ancient metropolis of Istanbul, which overflows with history, culture and style. As the capital of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires you needn’t worry about finding enough things to see, or do. Massive one and a half thousand-year-old churches, sprawling palaces and blue-domed mosques as far as the eye can see will keep history buffs entertained for days. And for those of you looking for some top-notch wining and dining, look no further than this sophisticated city with its stylish rooftop bars, world-class restaurants and glamorous nightclubs.

Like most Mediterranean countries, Turkey’s weather is one of its biggest selling points. The crowds flock to its Aegean coast in the summer in search of average temperatures of 30 degrees and uninterrupted sunshine. But the climate in western Turkey is also pleasant during spring and autumn with warm days, balmy nights, cheaper accommodation and fewer tourists. The same is true for the weather in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, which although enjoyable in the summer is better visited during the milder months from April to June and September to November. (source EasyJet).

Golfers Flock to Turkey

Recent news from a survey compiled by KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice is that Turkey is fast becoming a golfing holiday hot-spot.  It has now been named the fourth most-popular golf travel destination behind Spain, Portugal and Scotland.

The low package price is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing a golfing holiday and Andrea Sartori, head of KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice, said: “What’s interesting is that consumers are now saying price is the most important factor when choosing a golf holiday, although the quality of courses is still extremely important.”