Best time to visit: April, May, September, October, November
Average high: 18˚C
Average low: 7˚C
Price of meals: 2/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Culture
As the country that was once considered the centre of the world, connecting East and West along the famous Silk Road, Turkey is an immense nation of stunning landscapes, historical and cultural
wonders, and hidden treasures. The hot sun and extensive coastlines along three separate seas make it ideal for beach-goers, sailors, swimmers and divers, while its mountainous terrain feels almost purpose-built for thrill seekers.
For history buffs wanting to indulge in eastern and western history alike, Turkey boasts numerous well-preserved ruins and century-old buildings still in use. From the Ottoman-built Topkapı Palace to
the Roman ruins of Ephesus, nothing more perfectly combines the two cultures than the objectively beautiful Hagia Sophia—if there could be more than seven wonders of the world, we wager this one
would make the list.
Nature and history blend together perfectly throughout the country, making it a delight to explore for outdoor types and culture lovers, alike. Derelict buildings that once lined the Silk Road still occupy otherwise deserted green and desert landscapes, ancient theatres are built into rocky outcrops, and Mount Nemrut in the east is still covered in the remains of mighty statues to once powerful gods and kings.
While Turkey’s climate can be wildly varied, from burning sun to heavy rains, this can be a blessing for adventurous travellers. The glorious sunshine in late spring and early autumn make for some of
the world’s most beautiful coastline sailing, passing hidden coves, white sand beaches, and high, forest-covered cliffs. The high cliffs of Babadaǧ Mountain in Ölüdeniz are home to some of the best
paragliding spots in the country and are the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view over the turquoise water. Meanwhile, winter in Anatolian plateaus reaches minus temperatures, bringing snow with it for
skiing and other winter sports opportunities.
Turkey is a vast country of varying landscape and borders multiple oceans, and it has a changing climate to match. Istanbul lies on the coast of the Sea of Marmara and is where you can find more moderate weather; the Mediterranean coast to the west has very hot summers but is prone to more rainfall; and the eastern climate, bordering the Black Sea, has cooler summers and cold winters.
Inland from all of these are the warm, arid mountains and high plateaus. May is one of the wettest months, but the cool weather makes it more comfortable to explore.
The cost of living in Turkey is almost 50% cheaper than living in the UK and this is reflected in a few places better than the meal prices. An average meal for one costs approximately ₺20 (~£3.40) and you can expect to pay between ₺50 (~£8.50) and ₺100 (~£17) for a three-course meal for two. The price of a beer can be as low as ₺8 (~£1.40) or as high as ₺18 (~£3), with coffee slightly cheaper, whereas water is as cheap as ₺0.5 (8p).
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