Turkey begins with it’s smallest part in the European mediterranean, west of Greece and continues into the middle east bordering 8 countries including Bulgaria, and Iran. It’s flight time to major airports from Ireland is around 4 or 5 hours.
It’s weather can be a warm 22 degrees in the north (Istanbul) and a very hot 30 degrees in the southern coasts with 12 hours of sunshine per day, and a warm 24 degrees sea temperature. It has a 80mm of rain in April and low humidity.
There are lots of beaches along the Turkish mediterranean Aegean coast and plenty to see and do in it’s ancient towns and cities, here are the highlights:
Kusadasi, Izmir - Kusadasi the west coast of Aegean coastline with stretches of beaches, filled with resorts, water sports and everything you expect for families. Check out the Aqua Fantasy for the kids or spend some time in the Dilek National Park. or relax on Long Beach.
Antalya - The resort town of Antalya is a mediterranean enclave filled with aquariums, aqua parks, water sports and even jeep safari, keeping both teens and kids happy. Or hit the many small sandy beaches with the smaller children..
Yalikavak - Bodrum - The beachside coastal town Bodrum is full of everything you expect from a resort town. If you have older kids and looking to get away from the beach, try heading to the town of Yalikavak has more for big kids like horse riding, cycling and is a bit cheaper than the nearby resort town.
Dalyan, Dalaman. - Dalyan is laid back spot perfect for families with beach sports, river tours and ancient sites to see. Iztuzu beach is stunning and the nearby famous sulphur mud baths are a chance for everyone to get muddy.
For those with a budget, check out the tree-lined mountains of the seaside resort town of Marmaris in southwest Turkey. A port town that has a huge tourist crowd so there are plenty of hotels that have both swimming pools and kids clubs. Because it’s a large budget resort check out some of the quieter resort hotels that are kid friendly. If you don't fancy the bright lights of a resort town and fancy some village life, head out along the eastern side of Bozburan peninsula to it’s quiet sleepy picturesque coves of Turunc, or Kumlubuk.
Bodrum is south-west of Turkey and away from the crowds that offers beautiful woodland hills and crystal seas. The peninsula has lots of crowd free beaches for those who want a quiet holiday, with enough coves that you could find your own hidden beach. Ortakent is a good option if you have older kids as there are a range of water sports. For younger families there is plenty to do in the nearby resort towns with great beaches, aqua parks, hotels with kids clubs. For parents, there are plenty of bars, shopping, cafes and historical sights with the 600 year old St. Peters Castle, underwater museum and a 4th century amphitheatre.
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