Our guide to Turkey’s most AMAZING destinations (you’ll never want to go home!)

On Turkey’s southwest coast, azure waters lap golden sand beaches and archaeological sites bear witness to the past of civilizations.

Against a backdrop of lush mountains, towns with cobbled streets and yacht-filled marinas, serve up a rich cuisine that reflects Turkey’s position at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

This is the Turquoise Coast, one of the hottest summer destinations.

At the heart of this glistening coastline are two vacation hotspots that have it all, from picture-perfect beaches to endless adventures, from incredible culture to fantastic places to stay.

Bustling bazaars and the charm of the old town have made Bodrum a longtime favourite, while the divine natural beauty of the Dalaman region lures holidaymakers further east.

Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is one of the hottest summer destinations

And experts from Jet2holidays have found the best hotels and resorts on this stunning stretch of coast, packing them with flights and transfers to create the perfect vacation!

Book with Jet2holidays and you’ll travel with TripAdvisor’s Best British Airline with 22kg of luggage included. Choose from accommodation ranging from three-star to five-star and book it all with a deposit of just £60 per person.*

With flexible durations beyond the usual seven, 10 and 14 day trips, convenient flight schedules and friendly customer assistants in resort to give you insider tips, Jet2holidays has everything you need for the perfect summer vacation.

All you have to do is choose the Turkish beach break you prefer. The Turquoise Coast awaits you.

Dalaman’s delights

Mountains clad in fragrant pine trees plunge into sparkling sapphire waters in Dalaman

Mountains clad in fragrant pine trees plunge into sparkling sapphire waters in Dalaman

Mountains clad in fragrant pine trees plunge into the sparkling sapphire waters of Dalaman. There’s pristine white sand to relax in, pretty towns to explore and the buzz of Marmaris, where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, if you’re looking for a bit more action.

Beautiful beaches, hidden coves with sandy crescents, connect the resorts along this coast. You will find ancient ruins in the hills and can even buy holiday souvenirs in the bazaars.

Looking for fun? Consider the bustling town of Icmeler or the port town of Fethiye in the heart of the Turkish Riviera. Wander the bougainvillea-filled streets of Kalkan or soak up the mountain charms of Hisaronu.

Crystal clear waters

Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon is one of the most photographed beaches in the world

Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon is one of the most photographed beaches in the world

If you’re looking for silky sand, salt water and sunny moments, you’ll love the beaches and tranquil lagoons of the Turkish Riviera.

Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon near Fethiye is one of the most photographed beaches in the world thanks to its turquoise waters almost completely protected by a wide sandbar.

Take a canoe or paddle boat out to explore, snorkel or just relax and enjoy the views from the golden sands.

Graves and mud baths

These incredible ancient tombs are what remains of a 4th century BCE necropolis and were carved directly into the cliff face

These incredible ancient tombs are what remains of a 4th century BCE necropolis and were carved directly into the cliff face

On the way to Dalyan, take a boat trip to the mysterious sulfur pools and mud baths across the vast blue lake.

Spend a morning enjoying the skincare session of a lifetime before heading to the ancient Carian Tombs.

These incredible ancient tombs are what remains of a 4th century BC necropolis and were carved directly into the cliff face.

Island Adventures

The stunning coastline around Dalaman offers a unique opportunity for island hopping between islands and stunning coves in Turkey

The stunning coastline around Dalaman offers a unique opportunity for island hopping between islands and stunning coves in Turkey

The beautiful coastline around Dalaman offers a unique opportunity for island hopping between the islands of Turkey.

Explore sea turtle beaches and hidden coves, or go white-water rafting for more than a touch of excitement.

The beauty of Bodrum in the TurkAegean region

Shades of blue on the Turquoise Coast near Bodrum

Shades of blue on the Turquoise Coast near Bodrum

Once a sleepy fishing town, Bodrum has steadily grown in popularity to become a glitzy vacation spot without losing its authenticity. Golden beaches and sparkling waters form a delightful backdrop to the now bustling city.

There’s a glamorous marina and a charming old town, plus oh-so-stylish restaurants, all crowned by a castle. In the Bodrum region, discover the Turkish version of St Tropez in Turkbuku or enjoy the village atmosphere in Torba.

Colorful buildings overlook the sea in Guvercinlik, while Turgutreis combines shopping and beautiful sunsets. This region has it all.

majestic ruins

The ancient city of Ephesus - a historic destination nearby

The ancient city of Ephesus – a historic destination nearby

Step into the time of emperors and gladiators in Ephesus, in nearby Izmir, once the most important city of Ionaion in Asia Minor, now a beautifully preserved relic of the Roman past.

The ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are also found on the same site.

Or in central Bodrum, a town in Muğla province and neighboring city of Izmir, see how the 15th-century Bodrum Castle stands stoically over the marina. It also houses the Underwater Archeology Museum.

Appetizing cuisine

Enjoy al fresco dining under the stars

Enjoy al fresco dining under the stars

Treat yourself to local specialties like stuffed vine leaves

Treat yourself to local specialties like stuffed vine leaves

Much like multi-layered history, the influence of multiple cultures and heritages can be savored in Bodrum’s food scene.

Although international cuisine can certainly be found on most streets, don’t miss the fresh fish, local green herbs and vegetable dishes known as “zeytinyağli yemekler”, cooked in olive oil. olive, as well as delicious steaming flatbreads, stuffed grape leaves, fresh creamy hummus and sizzling meat skewers.

Better yet, go for a meze and try everything.

Lively bazaars

Take in the sights and sounds of Bodrum Bazaar

Take in the sights and sounds of Bodrum Bazaar

Who could visit Turkey without spending an afternoon strolling through the grand bazaar, tasting everything from steaming tea to glistening fruit that melts in your mouth like honey?

Peruse intricately knotted rugs, dress up in colorful silk scarves, and browse local jewelry at the Bodrum Bazaar.

Or, seek shelter from the afternoon heat in one of the many modern shopping malls that have sprung up around the city.

Wherever you shop, you’ll be sure to find the perfect keepsakes from your wonderful vacation on the Turquoise Coast.

It’s time to explore Turkey

Whether the colors of Dalaman or the flavors of Bodrum have tempted you, Jet2holidays found the most amazing places to stay this summer.

Your whole journey will be protected by ABTA and ATOL and there is a 24-hour emergency helpline should you need help while on holiday.

With free child places* offered by Jet2holidays this summer, book your vacation now and you can enjoy even greater value while exploring Turkey’s glamorous turquoise coast.

To find out more and book your Turkey vacation, visit Jet2holidays.com/turkey

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