If you’re staying in an all-inclusive resort, it can often be tempting to stick as close to the bars and restaurants as possible. But Turkey is so full of towns, historical sites and attractions, that it seems a shame to miss out on a few day trips. They’re also a great way of making sure everyone in your family gets to do what they want – from kids to grandparents – with the best destinations offering a mix of different sights and activities.
If anyone’s keen on history, the Roman ruins of Xanthos are definitely worth a visit – and they’re comfortably close to the bohemian seaside town of Patra, which has its own fantastic beach and plenty of boutique browsing opportunities for anyone who prefers couture to culture. Elsewhere, the spa town of Dalyan is also one of the best places to go in Turkey for families thanks to its famous mud baths – great for mums and dads who want to detox, and for kids who want to get messy!
The ancient city of Ephesus, once the trade centre of the ancient world, is a must-visit, as is the Sumela Monastery which has just undergone a huge restoration project. Clinging to a cliff near Mt Melat, the 4th century AD monastery is a highlight of the Black Sea.
Finally, you can’t go to Turkey without visiting Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar — 58 streets packed with around 4,000 shops. But get your bargaining skills ready first.