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Turkey is a transcontinental country split between Anatolia and the Balkans. It is a predominantly mountainous country, which makes for beautiful scenery but occasionally harsh weather in these regions. In contrast, Turkey also has many gorgeous beaches which are perfect for enjoying the hot and sunny climate experienced by a lot of the country’s most popular resorts. The difference in climate is due to the country’s location across such a wide area of land. This can make Turkey a great destination for a varied holiday.
There is no shortage of things to do and see for tourists in Turkey. The country is home to many attractions, including historical monuments left over from times past, museums, theme parks and stunning areas of natural beauty. Turkey is an incredible mixture of old and new, with an abundance of features that give a glimpse into the past as well as bustling metropolitan cities like Istanbul. We would definitely recommend a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city dating back to the 10th century BC, as well as the Hagia Sophia, a beautiful mosque with incredible architectural design.
Turkey is the perfect holiday destination for any traveler. Couples will love exploring this fascinating and vibrant country, with a mixture of sightseeing opportunities and beaches perfect for relaxing on and soaking in the sun. Turkey is a great destination for a Family Holiday too, with plenty to keep kids and adults alike entertained including museums and theme parks. No matter your interests, Turkey has something for everyone.
Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer weekly flights from Dublin to Tukey between the months of March and October with an approximate flight time of 5 hours. Budget Travel offer package holidays to Turkey at amazing prices!
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Many of Turkey’s cities, such as Istanbul, have a lively nightlife scene with plenty of bars where you can drink and dance the night away. No matter what type of night out you’re looking for, Turkey has something to offer. From traditional Whirling Dervish shows to boat parties and pub crawls, there are plenty of opportunities for a great night out in Turkey.
There are plenty of restaurants throughout Turkey offering authentic Turkish cuisine. While on your holiday, we recommend trying kebabs at a Kebapcıs or some home cooked dishes at an Ev Yemekleri. If you’re looking for a snack after a night on the town, head to an İskembe salonus where you can try authentic Turkish dishes like tripe soup. If you’re missing the home comforts you’re used to, you’re sure to find something that suits your palette in one of the many restaurants all over Turkey.
A visit to the Legoland theme park is sure to make for a fun-filled day for the whole family, with lots of rides and attractions for all ages. The Istanbul Toy Museum is another must-visit for families, as you’ll get to see and learn about the collection of over 4,000 pieces that it houses. Turkey has plenty of attractions that are sure to make your Family Holiday memorable.
There are lots of beautiful beaches in Turkey which are perfect for enjoying the country’s hot climate. Some of the most popular include Patara, the Bodrum Peninsula and Kaputas Beach. Many of Turkey’s beaches have a range of facilities like sun loungers on offer for tourists and are surrounded by bars, restaurants and cafes, so you can make a day of your trip to the beach.
When you visit Turkey, you’ll find plenty of places where you can buy a souvenir to take home. Some of the country’s specialties include rugs, textiles and jewellery, all of which can be found in shops and at markets all over the country. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest shopping centres in the world, with over 3,000 stores selling items such as carpets, ceramics and teas. The Arasta Bazaar is another very popular spot for finding traditional Turkish goods. Turkey is a relatively cheap country, so you’re sure to find a bargain on your shopping trip.
The streets of Istanbul fill with music over the course of this 15 day festival, with performances, concerts and events taking place as well as talks and workshops. If you happen to be visiting Istanbul during the Arts & Culture Festival, we definitely recommend catching a show and immersing yourself in the Turkish music scene.
Turkey is a great destination for a holiday all year-round. Visiting during the Summer months means you’ll get to enjoy the weather at its best, and the cities will likely be buzzing with tourists and locals. Visiting outside of peak season means you’ll get to experience Turkey without the crowds which can be great if you’re planning a sightseeing holiday, and prices will be lower than during more popular months.
The Turkish Lira is the currency used in Turkey.
Turkey is 3 hours ahead of Ireland.
Getting around Turkey is easy as there are a range of public transport options available, including buses, trains and trams.