Turkey, a country between Orient and Occident, surprises the visitor with heartfelt hospitality, an over 4000 km long coast with long sandy beaches, small bays and picturesque villages. Water sports enthusiasts enjoy excellent swimming, surfing and diving opportunities. Sailors dream of lonely bays, inviting marinas and more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The seaside resorts Marmaris, Antalya, Bodrum and Alanya attract active vacationers, families and lovers of sun, sand and sea to their beaches last minute every year. Many of them book last minute.
Marmaris is surrounded by dark green pine forests. The sea is crystal clear and a rich underwater fauna is just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy a walk through the bazaar, stroll through the small castle on the harbor and refresh yourself in the evening with a delicious drink in one of the numerous bars. During the day, take a taxi boat or a rental car and visit the small town of Turunc, where the clock ticks a little slower than in the large holiday centers. To the west of Marmaris, the Datca peninsula juts out into the sea with the resort of the same name, and to the east lays the magnificent Lycia, a region known for its rock tombs.
Between the Dalaman River and Phaselis near Antalya, these Lycian art monuments have defied wars, storms and other disasters for millennia. In this stretch of land lies the fantastically beautiful lagoon “Ölü Deniz”, this fine sandy headland, framed by turquoise blue water, is a real gem from nature’s treasure chest. Kas, Kalkan, Fethiye or Iztuzu Beach, one of the world’s last egg-laying areas for the great hawksbill sea turtle, are further highlights of this wonderful area on the Turkish west coast. Those interested in art and history visit Troy, immortalized by Homer. Once the capital of a great empire, today you can find the remains of ancient temples, agors and theaters everywhere.
One of the most famous cities and well-known archaeological sites in Turkey is Ephesus (Efes) near Selcuk. Under Roman rule this settlement, founded by Androklos according to legend, grew into one of the largest cities of antiquity. Ephesus encompasses all the riches of the Ionian culture and greatly influenced the ideas of the time. The Artemis Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the World of that time, other great temples, statues, theaters, bazaars, libraries symbolize the former fame and fortune of Ephesus. Visitors should plan at least one day for this epochal cultural heritage, especially in the morning and in the evening the entire complex is bathed in natural, atmospheric light. Further inland, Pamukkale shines in the truest sense of the word with its snow-white sintered terraces,
Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures. There are always many last minute offers there too. The secret and unofficial capital of Turkey on the Bosporus unites Christian and Islamic culture. After almost two thousand years of rule, Roman emperors and Ottoman sultans left behind impressive buildings that today’s visitors can discover on their forays through the metropolis. Not to be missed is Haghia Sophie, which was created in the 6th century and used to be a symbol of the Christian Orthodox faith, conquered by the Ottomans in 1453, expanded with minarets and transformed into a mosque. Today the entire building complex is a museum. Also worthwhile is a tour of the Grand Bazaar with its thousands of shops and haggling traders, one of the main attractions for holidaymakers. A Bosporus boat trip is less hectic.
The view wanders over small harbors, castles, ruins and sprawling palaces. Back on land, a visit to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, better known as the “Blue Mosque”, is a must. The only mosque in Istanbul with six minarets is one of the most beautiful in Turkey. Wide boulevards, modern shopping streets, Turkish baths and a multitude of comfortable hotels make Istanbul a popular travel destination. A top address for an entertaining weekend trip, not just for last-minute travelers. Wide boulevards, modern shopping streets, Turkish baths and a multitude of comfortable hotels make Istanbul a popular travel destination. A top address for an entertaining weekend trip, not just for last-minute travelers. Wide boulevards, modern shopping streets, Turkish baths and a multitude of comfortable hotels make Istanbul a popular travel destination. A top address for an entertaining weekend trip, not just for last-minute travelers.
The region around Antalya is also a popular last-minute holiday destination, especially for sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts. The tourism center, located on the southern Mediterranean coast, owes its popularity to the miles of sandy beaches, the huge range of accommodation of all categories and the inexhaustible entertainment program by day and night. Restaurants, bars and discos open their doors for holidaymakers in the evening. But also guests who prefer to spend the quiet, romantic and more idyllic evening on Turkey’s sunny coast can do so to their heart’s content between Antalya, Side and Alanya.
Excursion destinations such as the waterfall of Manavgat near Side, the castle hill above the Bay of Alanya or the nearby Köprülü National Park with its impressive canyon landscape round off the colorful range of holiday attractions.
Last minute vacationers who want to see and feel the original Turkey travel to Inner Anatolia, visit the Göreme basin with its tuff cones and cave churches. Away from the tourist route, Lake Van, located at around 1700 m, presents itself. The Eastern Anatolian mountain lake is almost eight times the size of Lake Constance and offers secluded beaches and pure nature. The region is an Eldorado for mountain hikers, ornithologists and hobby botanists. Sporty holidaymakers climb Mount Ararat, which is over 5000 meters high, at the foot of which, according to biblical tradition, Noah’s Ark is said to have been stranded.
Turkey, a huge country between Europe and Asia, invites you to a relaxed holiday in a friendly atmosphere.
It is highly recommended in Turkey to explore the area with a rental car and to get to know people better. Many of the attractions can be reached either by bus or rental car. Turkey offers a variety of last minute trips every year.