With summer just around the corner families are starting to plan their vacations, and if you’re considering bringing your kids to the beach then there are few better choices to pick from than a variety of Turkey holidays. Whether you’re relaxing on the beaches of the Aegean coast, strolling through Mediterranean cities like Antalya, or visiting historical sites like the location of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, you and your family are bound to have an experience to remember.
Here are just 5 reasons why a holiday in Turkey is something the whole family will love.
1. Family friendly resorts
All along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast visitors will find resorts that cater specifically to families, providing a range of activities for children of all ages. This not only means that the kids are bound to have a great time, but it also means that parents can enjoy some alone time, as these resorts tend to have childcare services available.
2. Everybody loves the beach
When you’re a kid there are few places you’d rather be than running across the sand and splashing in the water. The beaches on Turkey’s Aegean and Turquoise Coast provide you with pristine stretches of sand and water to enjoy. You’ll also find plenty of calm water, perfect for young kids learning how to swim.
3. Visit historical buildings and castles
While not all kids enjoy spending time roaming through museums, a visit to a castle is a thrilling experience, as so many children’s stories, movies, and fairy tales feature these mythical structures. Consider making your way to a site like Bodrum Castle, founded in 1402 by the Knights of St John and which has a museum of underwater archaeology.
4. Explore a famous Turkish market
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is the most famous of Turkey’s markets, but all throughout the country you’ll find rich, vibrant marketplaces hawking everything from Turkish rugs and electronics to fresh produce and cooked meals. The Kemeralt? Market, in Izmir, is an ideal place for a family to stroll, as it is much calmer than bustling markets like that of Istanbul, but still provides a traditional market experience.
5. Taste the delicious food
Turkish food is something the whole family can enjoy, as there are plenty of possibilities for parents to experience new and exotic foods, along with options that kids are sure to like, such as Turkish style pizza and kebabs. If you’re in the south, be sure to try the local seafood, which the region is known for and is caught daily in the Med.
With beautiful beaches, delicious food, mythical castles, lively markets, and family friendly resorts, why wouldn’t you choose Turkey for your summer getaway? While it may seem like a long way to travel with kids, consider stopping off in a city like London along the way, an experience that will only add to your trip.
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