December 6, 2012
- Thomas Cook joins forces with the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office to bring you the inside Turkish track
- We reveal the best landmark , resort , beach , city and experiences to help you get the most from your holiday
Whether you are flying into Dalaman or Antalya on your
cheap holidays to Turkey
you need to ensure that you make the most of your time in this stunning country. We have put together our top five attractions to ensure you don't miss a trick on your Turkish trip.
The top tourist attraction or landmark
Literally translated, Pamukkale means 'cotton castle' and is one of
most impressive natural wonders. It is made up of a series of vast white travertine terraces cascading down a cliff, resembling snow from a distance. It is easy to book an excursion from the major beach resorts to the ancient ruins here, which contain baths, temples, a well-preserved theatre, and the largest necropolis or graveyard in Anatolia, containing over 1200 tombs. You can also take a dip in the thermal springs, in use since classical times.
The best beach
The posters of Oludeniz Beach do not do it justice. On one end is the great expanse of Belcegiz Beach, enclosed by the brittle silhouette of Babadag and the landing pad for paragliders sporting jet-propulsion packs. The curved beach is a jaw-dropper, with the water in the Blue Lagoon boasting a stunning three shades of turquoise.
Young couples, large families, adventurous types, backpackers, and package-holidaymakers are all known to flock here in huge numbers.
The best resort
The Bodrum region; a small peninsula on the Aegean Coast, is home to some of the hottest tourist resorts in the country.
town, with its excellent marina in particular is a centre for yachting and boating and the region is made up of a series of 'cove villages', the largest of which is Turgutreis, a popular destination for tourists seeking its extensive beaches, street bars, open-air market and covered bazaars. Gumbet is an upbeat commercial centre while Yalikavak has small, quiet bays and high-class bars and elite restaurants. Quieter resorts, such as Altinkum, Bitez and Torba, are great for family visitors.
The best city