Frequently Asked Questions
about vacation in Turkey and the Turkish Riviera
Find below all the most asked questions about vacation in Turkey and in the Turkish Riviera, asked by travelers on Google and in our mailbox.
Answers were prepared by professionals of tourism on the Turkish Riviera.
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Turkey is a very vast country, with many possibilities of road trips. For a first trip in Turkey, we recommend to book between 10 to 15 days to be able to see several summer towns, the surroundings and some antique cities. However, if you prefer to only stay in the hotel during your whole vacation, a week is plenty enough to enjoy the beach and the summer vibe.
Yes! Turkey is an amazing country to visit, with countless possibilities of travel and entertainment. In Turkey, you can ski in the mountains, hike in the forest, swim at the beach and shop in the city center during the same day! It is definitely an amazing country with a large amount of natural beauties to see and a warm and welcoming population. Check all the amazing things to do in the Turkish Riviera.
Antalya and Kusadasi are both great destinations for family vacations in Turkey. Antalya offers stunning beaches, historical landmarks, and amusement parks such as the Land of Legends, while Kusadasi has fun-filled water parks like Adaland and Aqua Fantasy, as well as the ancient city of Ephesus.
Families with slightly older children can create unforgettable memories by visiting Pamukkale and Cappadocia. Both locations offer unique experiences: Pamukkale boasts a dreamlike landscape dotted with snow-white travertine terraces and thermal springs, while Cappadocia is known for its hot air balloon rides, underground cities, and fun activities like horseback riding and safari tours, which can be a thrilling experience for the whole family.
In Turkey, the butik otel is a small hotel with a host that is usually also the owner of the establishment. The butik otel can usually host no more than 100 people, and gives a special attention to each of them. Another particularity of the butik otel is that it usually provides a home maid breakfast with fresh products, a swimming pool and a great natural environment. In Turkey, the butik otel is more expensive than normal hotels. Check our selection of the best boutique hotels in the Turkish Riviera.
A resort hotel in Turkey is a very impressive commercial hotel that can host a large amount of vacationers and provide food & drinks at any time, swimming facilities, lodging, sports facilities, entertainment, spa and sometimes shopping possibilities. In Turkey, the resort hotels have their own beach accessible from the hotel. Check our selection of the best hotels in the Turkish Riviera.
The exact details of what is included in an all-inclusive package in Turkey may vary from hotel to hotel, but typically it includes accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), as well as snacks and local drinks throughout the day.
A la carte dinners, imported drinks, and other activities like spa treatments and water sports are generally not included in the standard all-inclusive package. However, some hotels in Turkey offer an “ultra all inclusive” package that includes imported alcoholic drinks, and other perks.
The best wait to pick a All-Inclusive hotel in the Turkish riviera is through online booking, at least 2 months prior the trip. Each hotel has a cota of travelers it can host per season. Usually these hotels work very closely with online booking agencies and websites like Booking.com, Hotels.com or Trivago, and allow them to book a certain amount of rooms only. Check our selection of the best all-inclusive hotels in the Turkish Riviera.
The best time to visit Turkey is during spring and fall. It means between May, June, September and October. Whether it is a city trip or a summer beach town vacation, during spring and fall, the prices are cheaper, the hotels have more space because the crowds of summer are not yet there and the weather is perfect, not too cold, not too hot.
Yes! Turkey is an amazing country for vacation, with countless possibilities of travel and entertainment. In Turkey, you can ski in the mountains, hike in the forest, swim at the beach and shop in the city center during the same day! It is definitely an amazing country with a large amount of natural beauties to see, water or air sports and a warm and welcoming population. Check all the amazing things to do in the Turkish Riviera.
While Marmaris also has its own unique charm and attractions, Antalya may be the better option for those looking for a family vacation.
The Antalya region is famous for its gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, and of course its numerous amusement parks like the popular “The Land of Legends”, which offers thrilling rides, water slides, and live performances. The region also boasts a range of outdoor activities such as boat tours, rafting, jeep safaris, paragliding, and diving.
On top of that, Antalya has a wide selection of family-friendly hotels and resorts, many of which offer all-inclusive packages with various amenities and services tailored to families, including kids’ clubs, playgrounds, and babysitting services.
The best month to visit Turkey in September. The weather is warm but not too hot, the crowds of summer are away and the prices are very affordable.
Turkish Riviera is considered as the most beautiful and fun place to spend summer holidays in Turkey. Specially summer towns like Cesme, Didim, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye or Antalya.
The most beautiful cities of Turkey are:
Turkey is in Asia.
Russian tourists tend to visit the Turkish coastal areas along the Turkish Riviera, with the most popular destinations being Antalya, Alanya, Belek, and Side. These areas are known for its beautiful beaches, year-round warm climate, and wide range of all-inclusive resorts. In addition to these, Istanbul is also a popular destination for Russian visitors.
Turkey has become a popular destination for British tourists, with several towns attracting a significant number of visitors. One of the key Turkish destinations for British tourists is Fethiye. Other hot spots for British travelers are Çeşme, Marmaris, Bodrum, Didim, and Antalya. In fact, according to statistics, British citizens owning property in Turkey have reached a record high of 32,000, making them the largest group of foreign buyers of property in the country.
Absolutely! Turkey is an excellent destination for families with kids, offering a wide range of activities and attractions that keep children of all ages entertained, such as:
- Beaches: Turkey has many stunning beaches, particularly along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, where families can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.
- Water parks: There are several water parks in Turkey, such as Adaland and Aqua Fantasy Kusadasi, Aqua Dream in Marmaris, and Troy Aqua in Belek, which offer a range of slides and pools for children and adults.
- Historical sites: Turkey is home to many historical and cultural sites that can be both educational and entertaining for children, from the ancient city of Ephesus, the Sunken City of Kekova, and the ancient city of Myra in Antalya.
- Theme parks: For even more excitement, Turkey also offers a range of thrilling theme parks like Vialand in Istanbul and Land of Legends in Turkey. With rides and attractions to suit all ages, these parks are sure to get your family’s hearts racing. Other popular parks in Antalya are Sandland, Antalya Aquarium and Dino Park.
- Delicious cuisine: Turkey’s rich culinary heritage offers a wide range of healthy and delicious options that can appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. From grilled meats to fresh fruits and vegetables, to sweet treats like baklava, your kids are sure to love the diverse flavors of Turkish cuisine.
In big cities, you can dress as you want. Shorts, skirts, or clivage are ok. However, in villages, it is more respectful to wear covering close if the population is conservative.
Most of the restaurants and hotels don’t have a selection of dishes with pork. However, you can buy some pork in Istanbul in Macrocenter supermarkets.
Turkish people are very friendly and welcoming. If you are a guest, they will everything in their power to make you happy and satisfied of your trip to Turkey.
There are 2 white drinks in Turkey. The first one is ayran, a mix of water, salt and yogurt. It’s a refreshing drink to consume during meals. The second one is Raki, a very strong liquor that Turkish people enjoy to drink at night, specially with a fish meal and mezzes.
No. Only people who work on the tourism industry will speak a good English. Otherwise, Turkish people don’t really talk foreign languages including English.
In Turkey, inhabitants speak Turkish. It’s a latin language with latin alphabet.
Yes. There are no major issues occurring in Turkey right now, even in the cities close to the Syrian frontier like Mardin or Sanliurfa.
Yes of course. Many women, including me, travel freely in Turkey.
Yes. People take care of foreign women alone in Turkey.
Nowhere actually. All the places are good to visit in Turkey.
A 3-course meal will cost you around 100 TL per person in Turkey. If you eat in a high-end restaurant or if you get alcool, this price can rise up to 300 TL. Check our selection of the best restaurants in the Turkish Riviera.
In Turkey, the tip is variable. If you liked the service, you can give up to 25% of the bill. But if the service is mediocre, you can give around 5%.
A vacation in Turkey will cost a minimum of 60 €/$ per person per day (40 € of accommodation and 20 € for food). This price doesn’t include entertainment, cultural or water activities or alcool and shopping.
If you’re looking for an affordable holiday destination in Turkey, then you might want to consider Didim. Located on the Aegean coast, Didim is known for its long sandy beaches, ancient ruins, and relaxed atmosphere. Other affordable destinations in Turkey include Kusadasi, followed by Fethiye, Cesmeand Marmaris. Antalya and Bodrum can be more expensive, but boast a lot of high-end resorts.
However, keep in mind that the cost of your holiday will ultimately depend on the type of hotel you choose. Didim may not have as many luxury options as Antalya or Bodrum, which is why you can find more affordable hotels. On the other hand, even in more expensive destinations like Antalya and Bodrum, there are plenty of mid-range hotels available if you are willing to do some research.
Bodrum, Gocek, Marmaris, and Antalya are the most expensive holiday destinations in Turkey. These regions offer deluxe hotels and resorts, high-end marinas, exclusive nightclubs, fine dining restaurants, and designer boutiques, making them popular among travelers looking for a luxurious holiday experience.
While Gocek is known for being a fantastic place to rent yachts and indulge in a luxurious sailing experience, Antalya is renowned for its deluxe hotels and resorts. Some very private areas like Olympos have very luxurious hotel options too.
The price of a night in a hotel in Turkey depends on the type of hotel you pick. Here some approximate prices, per person:
- A hostel will cost around 20 €
- A pansyon (cheap local hotel) will cost around 25 €
- A boutique hotel will cost around 35 to 50 €
- An average resort hotel will cost about 60 to 75 €
- A luxurious resort hotel will cost from 90-100 €, up to 500 € for the most expensive ones.
Check our selection of the best hotels in the Turkish Riviera.
A 2-week vacation for 2 people, in a resort in a beach town in Turkey will cost you approximately 3000 € / $ (summer 2022).
Hotels in Turkey may be relatively inexpensive due to several factors such as currency exchange rates, lower cost of living in Turkey, and government incentives to boost tourism. Another reason is the high level of competition, which can lead to lower prices as hotels try to attract guests with more affordable rates.
In Turkey, it is considered rude to:
- Eat in public areas unless its a picnic area
- Sit in public transportation (bus or metro) when an older person is standing and there is no seat left
- Speak loudly in public areas
- Let other people pay the bill (everybody always fights to pay it, although now not so much because of the economical crise)
- Refuse a cup of tea or coffee
- Step in a house with your shoes
And many other things…
Turkish people kiss the hands of quite elder people to show them respect.