Turkey is home to white sand beaches, ancient history and stunning marinas, all of which make this beautiful country a go-to destination for globetrotters.
If it’s a cocktail-sipping, culture-exploring getaway you’re looking for, a spot by the turquoise coastlines of Turkey is a must.
Known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, Antalya offers one of the most popular holiday hotspots in Turkey.
Boasting an abundance of natural beauty, bustling beaches, and historic roman sites, Antalya is the ultimate box-ticker for family getaways.
You can expect glorious stretches of fine white sands with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. If you fancy skipping the beach for the day, there is plenty to keep all the family entertained.
The adventurous among the group can explore the sunken sarcophagus near Kekova Island, while those who prefer to stay on land can step back in time with a visit to the ancient city of Phaselis.
The St Tropez of Turkey, Bodrum, is surrounded by beautiful hillsides, ancient architecture, olive groves and enchanting beaches.
This vibrant resort centres around a breathtaking harbour and is renowned for being one of the best in the Mediterranean. Bodrum as a resort is packed with water and outdoor activities, as well as trendy restaurants, bars and shops.
Adventure-seekers will be welcomed with ample opportunities for trying something new, whether it’s scuba diving or snorkelling at Turkuaz Dive Centre.
Or perhaps you would prefer a more laid-back approach to discovery and opt for a private boat tour to take in the stunning coastline?
After a day full of action and adventure, you can take your pick from the range of exquisite restaurants offering mouth-watering delicacies such as ayran, a filling yoghurt drink, the staple of Turkish cuisine. Or, why not try a trusty Turkish kebab, beloved by locals and travellers alike?
Whether you’re looking for adults-only or family-friendly, Dalaman’s all-inclusive resorts cater to everyone. The beyond beautiful coastline is filled with coves, bays and white sand beaches.
You’ll also find a plethora of dazzling bars, restaurants and shops to explore, as well as amazing watersports. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush and the best coastline views on offer, head to Olu Deniz to paraglide the 1,960 metre high Babadag Mountain.
If you fancy something a little more relaxed, take a day trip to Iztuzu Beach for an afternoon of sunbathing on the golden sands and a spot of swimming with turtles.
The huge city of Izmir is as vibrant as it gets. Izmir has over 8,000 years of rich history to absorb. You will discover ancient ruins, monuments and many more fascinating cultural heritage sights.
Plus, Ephesus is only an hour’s drive away. This amazing site is home to the Roman Library of Celsus and was the original place of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis.
Visit the Izmir Agora Open Air Museum, with ruins that date back to the 2nd century, and the elegant Clock Tower in Konak Square.
A convenient location by the stunning Aegean Sea serves as a spectacular gateway to the resorts at the western end of the Turkish Riviera, such as Çeşme or Kusadasi, giving you more to discover and explore, with a huge choice of beaches and lively nightlife.
Getting there >>
You can fly to Antalya from Newcastle International Airport with Corendon Airlines, Jet2.com, TUI and SunExpress, with a flight time of approximately 4 hours 30 minutes. SunExpress has just announced three new weekly flights from Newcastle to Antalya for summer 2023 – departing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 28 March through to 28 October 2023.
You can fly to Bodrum from Newcastle International Airport with Jet2.com, with a flight time of approximately 4 hours.
You can fly to Dalaman from Newcastle International Airport with Corendon Airlines, Jet2.com and TUI, with a flight time of approximately 4 hours 20 minutes.
You can fly to Izmir from Newcastle International Airport with Jet2.com, with a flight time of approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.