Take a step back in time as you explore the wonders of Turkey, a country steeped in history and intoxicating culture whose ancient monuments and almost surreal surroundings have been keeping visitors enthralled for centuries. Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey’s rich past offers wonders from every major period in history – from the medieval Bodrum castle to the mighty ruins of Ephesus and the excavated ancient city of Troy. Its landscapes are also sure to thrill, whether you’re lounging on the sun-drenched beaches of the Turquoise Coast, discovering the incredible snow-white “cotton castle” scenery of Pamukkale or exploring Cappadocia, with its lunar-like terrain and ancient underground cities. Best of all, thanks to the vast array of cheap flights to Turkey from the UK, this dazzling destination is just a few easy clicks away.
You’ll find the best bargains on flights to Turkey during the winter season, particularly during the month of November. December and January tend to be the wettest months, and July and August the hottest and most popular with visitors. Turkey makes for an enjoyable getaway during spring and autumn too, with warm days, balmy nights, cheaper accommodation and fewer tourists. If you plan to be in the Mugla region in April, make sure to check out the annual Kite Festival held on Sarigerme beach, and tourists in the Aegean Region during the winter months should try to catch a camel-wrestling tournament. If you’re searching for a good deal on return flights to Turkey during peak season, it’s worth booking as far in advance as possible and comparing prices to different destinations before choosing where to fly.
Historically, Turkey’s been a popular destination with British holidaymakers, so you’ll find many non-stop flights from multiple UK airports. Monarch Airlines offers direct flights to Antalya from London Gatwick and to Dalaman from Birmingham, Leeds, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. easyJet operates regular flights to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir from a variety of UK airports. British Airways flies to Istanbul from Heathrow and offers seasonal departures to Dalaman and Bodrum, while Turkish Airlines flies to Istanbul from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester. Almost all UK flights to Istanbul land in Ataturk International Airport, but Turkish Airlines also flies to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport from Gatwick. Other airlines worth checking out before you book include AtlasGlobal and Pegasus Airlines, which serve a number of Turkish airports from the UK.
There are a number of options for making the journey from Turkey’s airports to the nearest city centre as stress-free as possible. A taxi is probably the most convenient option from most airports, though it is unlikely to be the cheapest option available. From Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport you can take the metro, a tram or the comfortable, air-conditioned Havatas Airport Bus to the city centre. Havas Airport Buses are the most reliable public-transport option from Bodrum Airport, while if you land at Dalaman Airport you can use the available Havas services to nearby towns. From Antalya Airport the no. 600 bus runs every 30 minutes to the city centre, while the 800 goes to the most popular resort areas. Hiring a car from the airport is also an option worth considering, especially for travellers staying off the beaten track or looking to explore a little further during their trip.
Shimmering azure-blue water gently laps against the shore of a powder-soft white-sand beach with a backdrop of lush green forest and spectacular cliffs. The spectacular inlet of Oludeniz, which translates as Blue Lagoon, just a short journey from Fethiye, is hailed as one of Turkey's most breathtaking beaches – and with good reason. Appreciate the beauty in all its glory from above with a tandem paragliding dive off the top of nearby Babadag Mountain. To continue the idyllic experience, take a boat to nearby Butterfly Valley beach and enjoy its secluded tranquillity.
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