- Turkey Family holidays
A lengthy coastline at the far north-eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea makes family holidays in Turkey an ever-increasingly popular choice for many sun-seekers. While it has historically not seen the kind of traffic that its neighbours - including mainland Greece, Crete Island and Cyprus - have had over the decades, more and more families are recognising the great value that a Turkish holiday has to offer. At the same time, the development of resorts along the country's western coastline has created an enviable region for summer breaks, and one that continues to cater for tourists from all over the world to a higher and higher standard.
The Turkish Riviera
It's a sure sign that a location is finding its feet as a holiday hotspot once its coast becomes known as a 'riviera', and the growing popularity of family holidays in Turkey have led to about 60 villages and towns in the west of the country becoming known as the Turkish Riviera. These are the resorts that look out over the Aegean Sea towards Greece, at the eastern limit of the Mediterranean, and they offer beautiful beaches and warm bathing conditions, everything you need to have fun on the sand and in the sea with the kids.
Best of the Med
The nearby Mediterranean Sea gives it name to several hallmarks of the region, including the typical diet and the local climate, and both of these can be found on cheap family holidays in Turkey too. The climate - warm and sunny throughout the spring, summer and autumn - holds true on the Turkish Riviera, although conditions are more changeable further inland. Equally, the coastal parts of the country offer a cuisine more dominated by seafood and the traditional traits of the Mediterranean diet.
Wonders of the World
You're bound to be excited if your family holiday to Turkey offers the opportunity to see the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At Halicarnassus you can still see the footprint of the Mausoleum, the great above-ground tomb that once dominated the skyline. Meanwhile at Selcuk, which was once the ancient town of Ephesus, there is the original location of the beautiful Temple of Artemis. Sadly the temple does not survive to the present day, but for history enthusiasts the chance to see where it once stood should still be a thrill.
Why Turkey is so great for families
The people of Turkey love children and always go the extra mile to make sure that younger visitors are made to feel just as welcome as their parents. Family holidays in Turkey offer visitors the chance to explore spectacular coastlines and enjoy delicious food. Turkey is also home to a fantastic variety of theme parks and other family-friendly attractions. All of this, coupled with Turkey's enviably relaxed lifestyle, ensures that weary families can relearn the art of relaxation during their stay in this beautiful country.