A natural beauty
The Turquoise Coast is the slice of land that curves around Turkey's south-west corner. It's a bit of a natural beauty – the beaches are fine shingle and lapped by clear waters, while the hills are blanketed in shady pine forests.
Seaside resorts are home to quay-front restaurants, bustling bazaars and cafés serving glasses of sweet apple tea. Head inland, meanwhile, and you'll come across traditional, tucked-away hamlets.
Sleepy Sarigerme is perfect place to soak up the traditional side of Turkey, with local markets and authentic tavernas, while the town of Olu Deniz has a relaxed vibe by day and bustling scene by night. It’s also best-known as the home of the beautiful Blue Lagoon. A national park (and one of the most photographed beaches in the Med), the Blue Lagoon comes complete with cream-coloured pebbles, a lush mountain backdrop and incredibly clear water.
Flight time from the UK to Turkey is approximately 4 hours.
There are no two ways about it – Turkey is hot. Summers top 30°C, with an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day and virtually no rain. The coast is cooled by sea breezes, which are particularly welcome in the mid-summer months. Spring and autumn are good times to go, averaging a thoroughly beach-ready mid-20s with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.
British citizens need a visa to enter Turkey. It costs 20 US dollars, and you can apply online. Your Trusted Adviser can let you know how.
In restaurants in Turkey it’s common to leave 10-15% as a tip, unless service charge is included – make sure you check your bill carefully. Round up the fare when paying your taxi driver, although it’s not necessary to tip a dolmus driver. In the very popular Turkish baths, you should tip the masseuse between 10-20%.
The official language of Turkey is Turkish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.