Turkey: where east meets west. It’s a perfect cross-pollination of European and Middle-Eastern culture, both classic and cosmopolitan all at once. This is a country steeped in history and natural beauty that can cater to both those looking for exquisite sights and cultural experiences, as well as those looking for a top-notch shopping spree.
Here are some hidden gems worth looking out for in Turkey:
Found between the dizzying peaks of the Taurus Mountains and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea is Antalya. Here you will find exquisite sights of gorgeous Ottoman architecture and grand Roman ruins. Explore the old, narrow streets and open your eyes to the past. There’s even a chance to feed the shopaholic in you at the port. No wonder this flourishing city is the jewel in the Turkish crown.
If hiking is your thing, then head to Koprulu Park. Find yourself in the lush surroundings of the park’s picturesque forest and follow the track to the top, where you’ll be greeted by spectacular views of the Valley of Koprulu and the Taurus Mountains.
If adventure is your thing, why not take on the challenge of mountain biking the slopes of Selge? Bump along the rocky paths and experience the fantastic panoramic views of the canyons and forests of Ortüluvadi below.
For the shoppers, be sure to visit the Manavgat market. Mix with locals and sample traditional Turkish fare, such as the rich and sweet baklava pastry. There’s also plenty for those looking for a bargain. Head on over to the Side Market, the market to the rear of Demokrasi Boulevard or the covered section of the main market for clothes, watches and jewellery.
Head out to Termessos for an excursion into both natural beauty and historic grandeur, all in one place. The ancient city of Termessos is situated in a protected national park, located at an impressive altitude of 3,444 ft. Witness the spectacular sight of the Greek theatre, among the numerous other ruins and monuments.
All you nature lovers should be sure not to miss the Taurus safari. Bounce along in your 4×4 and enjoy the sights of ibex, deer, chamois, konya sheep and the spectacular brown bear. It’s a real adventure in the heart of Turkey’s stunning countryside.
Those looking for a 5 star holiday to Turkey can enjoy Club Med’s Belek Villas, which are four trident resorts that give you the perfect base from which to explore all the sites and activities above.
Situated on the Turkish Riviera, each villa has its own private indoor/outdoor wading pool and sauna. Your space is completely your own, so you are free to relax in your own environment. The quality butler and concierge service means you don’t need to worry about a thing and they can arrange any activity for you.
You don’t need to go so far afield either; there are plenty of activities in the resort to keep you occupied – and the area is world famous for its golf courses.
If you’re travelling as a family, then there’s no need to worry about the kids. There are both children’s clubs and teen clubs that cater to any age group, so no one’s at risk of boredom. Just make sure your family get a Turkey Visa or you won’t get very far! 😛