Turkey is rapidly establishing itself as one of the top holiday destinations in Europe. Not only does it boast stunning Mediterranean sunshine all year round, but it also has plenty of activities to enjoy and places to go. The country is situated precisely where Europe meets Asia, so its fascinating history has given rise to a unique and distinctive culture. As a result, it’s the perfect place to head to with the kids, as they will never get bored. So see what great holiday deals are on offer here and enjoy a trip abroad with the family that you’ll never forget.
Find treats at the bazaar
Both adults and kids can enjoy a trip around the shops during a holiday abroad, but visiting a bazaar is a much more satisfying experience for visitors of any age. You’ll find plenty of exotic food and trinkets on offer, and since you’ll be actively encouraged to haggle for a good price, you should be able to bag some treats at bargain prices. Even if you’re planning to browse rather than buy, it’s worth it because it’s not some manufactured tourist attraction – it’s a place where locals regularly congregate and therefore a genuine and authentic insight into what life in Turkey is like.
Take to the water
Visitors to Turkey often head for its coastal towns and cities, so it’s worth seizing the opportunity to take a boat trip and head out into the water. If you’re taking a holiday in the Kas area, you can sail to the nearby Ucagizor – an idyllic and unspoiled fishing village. The boat ride should also give you the opportunity to catch sight of the historic village Kalekoy, as well as the island of Kekova.
Learn about Turkey’s history
Plenty of relics of Turkey’s rich history can be seen right across the country. In Istanbul, for instance, buildings such as the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace serve as reminders of its time as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. Kids might also enjoy checking out some of the famous ruins in places, such as those in Ephesus that date back to Roman times. Some stunning ruins can also be found in a place visitors might only know from myth and legend – Troy. A firsthand look at these remarkable sites will inform, educate and entertain kids – and perhaps stimulate a lifelong interest in history.
Sample Turkish food
Turkey’s food combines influences from Europe, Greece, the Middle East and Persia, so adults and kids alike will certainly find plenty to enjoy. Children aren’t known for being particularly adventurous when it comes to food, but there’s no shortage of dishes available that will get them salivating. Lots of eating establishments serve child-size portions, so giving them the chance to sample some authentic Turkish cuisine could be the perfect way to broaden the children’s’ palate.
Head to the beach
A family holiday to Turkey wouldn’t be complete without some quality time spent on the beach with a bucket and spade. Kids can’t get enough of playing in the sand and paddling in the sea – and you’ll find plenty of coastal resorts that fit the bill for families. Iztuzu beach at Dalyan comes highly recommended, as it is long and spacious, so you should never have to worry about it getting overcrowded.