If you have never been to Turkey, you are missing a unique travel experience. It is a great destination with a lot to offer families. Here is an overview of Turkey and some of the most family friendly destinations.
When to visit
Turkey is a hot country with temperatures reaching 36C on the Mediterranean. If you have children, you need to be aware of the heat and prepare for it. Make sure that you take plenty of sunscreen and hats for the kids. Beach suits are also worth considering. Check that your accommodation has air-conditioning and take account of the heat when organising days out.
Where to stay
Inland temperatures are lower, so if you prefer you could holiday there instead. Cave hotels are great because they are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Kids love them. There are some lovely examples in the Goreme area.
A little inland, there are some fantastic resorts and destinations. The Canada Hotel is set in beautiful citrus groves yet is close to the beach and is a wonderful base for a family to explore Cirali, which offers plenty of family adventures.
Dalyan is a relaxing resort on the banks of the river Cayi. It offers boat taxi rides to the beach, mud baths, and there are plenty of water sports available nearby to keep teenagers happy.
However, the majority of tourist hotels and resorts are on the coast. Patara has probably the best beach in Turkey and it is a very family friendly resort.
Where to take the kids
Most families are content staying on the beach in Turkey. There is a wide range of water sports available.
Go inland slightly and you will find hiking, horse riding and many other activities available. In the summer, most facilities close for a few hours for lunch because it gets very hot. The rest of the year, they stay open all day.
Miniaturk is great for kids. It is a miniature version of Turkey laid out across a 15,000 sq meter site, and is the world’s largest miniature park. There are some great pools and waterways to enjoy across the 60,000 sq meter site. It is located on the Golden Horn in Istanbul.
Older kids enjoy the fact that Turkey is different. They enjoy experiencing a different culture. Turkey has a long and rich history with some impressive tourist sites to enjoy. Amongst the best are the Aspendos Theatre, Bodrum Castle, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Getting value for money
Booking a family holiday to Turkey is not as expensive as it is to book other holidays. Generally speaking, the cost of Turkish package holidays is low. Once you are there the cost of drinks and eating out is relatively low, so you should be able to enjoy eating out more in Turkey.
As you can see, Turkey has everything that the popular destinations of Spain, Greece and Italy have to offer, and more besides. The Turkish people adore children.
It is a very family orientated culture, so everything is set up for families to enjoy time together. You will not be glared at when you arrive with a buggy in Turkey. In fact, people are likely to lean over and admire your child giving them a friendly pinch of the cheek and a huge smile. It really is a great family destination.