What Makes Turkey the Perfect Place for a Family Holiday
|May 24, 2013||Posted by under Places|
With an incredible historic capital city filled with culture, vast regions of beautiful countryside and glorious sun-soaked coastlines, Turkey really does have it all.
Indeed, it is the perfect location for a cheap family holiday, with plenty of child-friendly beaches and activities to suit all ages.
A combination of Baltic, central Asian and Middle Eastern influences means the cuisine, architecture and culture is an eclectic mix that will appeal to everyone. Do not miss out on the mouth-watering kebabs, mezes and baklava dishes available from street stalls and restaurants the country over.
With many of Turkey’s cities still displaying reminders of the Ottoman empire, taking your little ones to the country will help them invoke a sense of heritage and may end up being quite the educational trip!
Read on to find out the top family-friendly spots in Turkey.
The small resort of Oludeniz has been named by the World Travel Awards as Europe’s Leading Beach Destination for the last two years in a row, and it also won the Top Beach Destination accolade at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2012 Awards. With its long strip of golden sand and calm azure sea surrounding it on three sides, Oludeniz is the perfect spot for a family beach holiday. It even contains a lagoon where children can play safely under the watchful eye of their parents, while older teens might like to take advantage of some of the many activities on offer. Sail up in a microlight or paraglider to take bird’s-eye pictures of the stunning scenery, or try your hand at diving a little further out in the bay.
If you prefer some time away from the beach, take the kids to the Fethiyes market on a Tuesday and introduce them to the art of haggling. You can even book a family horse-riding session through the deserted town of Kayakoy, which is now preserved as a museum. You can also take a stroll down Lycian Way, which provides picture-postcard views of the coast and turquoise waters.
If your family is more culture vulture than sun-worshipper, the capital city of Istanbul will not disappoint. Founded in the Byzantium era in 660 BC, it has since served as the capital for four different empires. Its strategic position on the historic Silk Road means this is the perfect place to witness the meeting of East and West.
History buffs will love the Topkapi Palace, which was home to a number of unfortunate leaders, including Selim the Sot, who died of drowning after drinking too much champagne, and the former concubine Roxelana, who became the consort of Süleyman the Magnificent. Little ones will be glad of the chance to let off some steam in the nearby Gülhane Park.
Where to Stay
With average annual temperatures peaking in the 30s during the summer months and cooling to just below double figures in the winter, weighing up where to stay in Turkey will depend on whether you prefer the sea or dry land. There is a range of budget accommodation options available to families, including villas on the coast and hotel rooms right in the heart of the action in Istanbul.
Of course, it is not only Turkey that has plenty to do for those wanting a family holiday. There are lots of other European destinations that can all be visited on a budget - follow this link for more inspiration for your next family holiday.