Situated at the intersection of south-eastern Europe and western Asia, Turkey provides a fantastic destination for a holiday. One of the world`s oldest continuously inhabited regions, Turkey offers breathtaking scenery, impressive mountains, luxuriant pine forests and beautiful golden beaches lapped by exquisite turquoise waters. More than 2.5 million British nationals visit the country every year.
There are villa holiday options to suit everyone, ranging from relaxing beach holidays for the sun seekers, to water sports for the more adventurous and a dramatic coastline waiting to be explored. South-western Turkey, including the provinces of Antalya, Muğla and the attractions of the Lycian Coast tends to be the area most popular with tourists.
The many popular resorts in this region include the city of Antalya, the capital of the province of the same name. On coastal cliffs, surrounded by mountains, continued investment over several decades has produced a renowned international tourist resort. However, Kaleiçi, the restored historical centre of the city, with bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping retains much of its historical character and charm. Antalya has ample, top-quality villas for holiday rental, to suit all tastes and budgets. A Turkish villa holiday in Antalya allows tourists to enjoy luxurious villa accommodation, offering superb views, whilst enjoying the glorious sunny climate, extensive sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters.
The port of Bodrum, in the Muğla Province, is an international centre of tourism attracting worldwide visitors. Formerly a fishing village, it came to attention of tourists in the early 1970s. As with Antalya, substantial investment has resulted in the preservation of Bodrum`s original features, but with the addition of tourist facilities, including plenty of quality holiday rental villas to suit all tastes and pockets. The result is a spectacular blend of the old and new, with the whitewashed cottages on the village hillside contrasting starkly with vividly coloured bougainvillea. Other original features include cobbled streets, the hustle and bustle of the bazaar and a skyline dominated by the magnificent 15th century Castle of St. Peter.
The town of Dalyan, also in Muğla Province, is rated amongst the best of the smaller Turkish resorts. Situated on the delta of the on Dalyan Çayı River, this small, quiet, charming town is at the middle of a conservation area, with loggerhead turtles nesting on the nearby Iztuzu beach, whilst rare bird species, including Kingfishers and Egrets are also resident. Within the town, new building has been minimised to ensure that the town`s original charm is preserved, although it has a superb selection of top quality villas for holiday rental.
Villa accommodation is especially popular with visitors to Turkey as those staying at such accommodation can often enjoy private swimming pools and attractive gardens. Additionally, villa accommodation tends to offer more flexibility (and often quality) than staying in a hotel and can offer a few “home comforts” with which hotels struggle to compete. This is perhaps the major reason why villas in Turkey prove such a monumental success with visitors to the country`s various resorts.
Are there any places in Turkey you think best avoided?
The Foreign Office advises against travel to within 10km of the border with Syria, and to the provinces of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces. These are areas well away from holiday resorts and tourist sites. Here’s a map from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website to help you plan your next trip to Turkey: