Turkey is certainly one of the most intriguing countries in Europe. It is the place where two different cultures meet and co-exist, the place where east meets west. Turkey has always been a country divided, both geographically and culturally, but it remains a single, unified and proud nation with an abundance of natural riches that attract visitors. As such, the country is a very popular holiday destination, attracting 28.6 million visitors in 2010 according to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Of all the tourist destinations, the resort of Marmaris is particularly popular with British visitors and it is not difficult to see why. Outlined below are five great reasons why you should consider joining thousands of others from the UK visiting this beautiful part of western Turkey.
1. Cheaper travel
Finding a great holiday at a low price is always a major consideration and with several cheap flights to Dalaman airport available, the main artery into Marmaris, finding a good deal is not difficult. Websites offer an intuitive service that can not only locate the best flight deal available, but also offer advice on where to stay cheaply and also which car hire service, if required, offers good value too.
2. Lots to see
Marmaris has many historic monuments and natural attractions around the local area that are well worth a visit. The newly restored Marmaris Castle and Museum and a day trip to the incredible natural pools around Pamukkale are two must-see items. A trip on the boat along the Dalyan River is a great way to relax while the ruins of Caunos and the Lycian rock tombs are truly awe-inspiring.
3. Lots to do
Whether you prefer lazing on a beach, or something a little more active, Marmaris has plenty to offer. As well as sunbathing on the Marmaris and İçmeler beaches, you can enjoy a mud bath at Dalyan spa or visit the Sultan Hamam Turkish Baths to invigorate tired limbs. Additionally, you can enjoy a day at Atlantis or AquaDream Waterparks, or wander around the many shops, bars and local cafés situated around the picturesque marina.
4. Perfect holiday weather guaranteed
No matter when you head to Marmaris, you are guaranteed great weather. The summer is a sun-worshippers delight, with average temperatures of between 23 and 34 degrees centigradeC. In winter, temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees centigradeC and are often considerably warmer than that, making Marmaris an ideal year-round destination.
5. Lower holiday costs
Eurozone holiday destinations have become increasingly expensive in recent times, but Turkey is not part of the Euro and as such, still offers good value for money; accommodation, groceries and entertainment are all cheaper in Turkey, compared with Eurozone destinations.
With great holiday deals, lots to see and do, guaranteed great weather and lower costs when you get there, it is easy to see why so many Brits are finding Marmaris the perfect choice for their holiday destination in 2012.