Reports show Turkey as most favorable destination for British tourists in 2018 holiday season. Turkey is bouncing back after some challenging years, offering great value for Money holidays in picturesque resorts.
Sunshine-soaked and with a glittering blue seaboard, Turkey’s glorious “turquoise” coast wouldn’t normally rank as a newly rising star. The 300-mile loop of coastline that unfurls like an iridescent ribbon between Marmaris and Antalya has long been a favourite for holiday-makers, with UK visitors in particular flocking to its picture-perfect fishing villages and chic little bougainvillea-laden resorts. But over the last couple of years, following a wave of terror attacks and political unrest, things have taken a well-documented nosedive. Between 2014 and 2016 Turkey’s visitor numbers slumped from 42 million to 25 million. And now? Maybe we’ve all simply had to accept that no country is guaranteed terror-proof. Maybe people have realised that the Syrian border is hundreds of miles from Turkey’s main tourist areas. Whatever the reason, tourism is back on the up, with the first half of 2017 showing a 28 per cent rise compared to the doldrums of 2016.
It’s a destination that has it all-history, culture, beautiful dramatic countryside and lovely beaches. So many cultures have left their mark on Turkey over the years, leaving behind hundreds of World-class buildings and not just in World-famous Istanbul. Further South, the Greco-Roman city of Ephesus is incredibly well preserved and it is the closest you can get in the Mediterranean to what life was like in classical times. For most visitors, the main draw remains Turkey’s beaches and their high quality hotels. These are concentrated in the areas of Antalya, Fethiye, Side, Dalaman, Bodrum and Izmir. Spend some time at sea too, sailing through the Aegean on a traditional Gulet, mooring in deserted coves and dinning on freshly caught fish prepared by the crew. Acticity lovers should head inland for a spot of white water fafting or one of the country’s most iconic sights, ballooning over the distinctive landscape of Cappadocia.
Turkish food is one of the world’s great cuisines and vegetarians are very well catered for. The delicious fresh fish and meat, and locally grown fruit and vegetables make for a very healthy and varied Mediterranean diet.
Having said this we need to remind at this point that Turkey has been receiving a lot of British tourists for many years now with quite a number of such families deciding to buy a house in this country to use as a second home. Thus, British colonies have been formed in regions such as Fethiye, Kalkan, Kaş, Bodrum, Didim and Antalya with thousands of British citizens having settled down at these places.