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Best Places To Stay In Turkey: Turkey Villa Holidays Guide

     Welcome to the No.1 website for renting luxury villas in Turkey. For a relaxing Mediterranean destination with a difference, Turkey offers the chance to enjoy exciting experiences in a unique location without having to travel too far.

     Find out all about this popular country at the edge of the Med with our comprehensive Turkey travel guide.

     Learn all you need to know about the best places to stay, top things to do, must-see beaches, restaurants and more as you plan your dream holiday in Turkey.

     Located at the end of the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey is a dazzling destination where the best of East and West collide to create an unforgettable destination bursting with rich culture, warm sunshine and an endless array of thrilling experiences.

     From beautiful Aegean coastline to world-famous historical sights, sensuous cuisine, magnificent architecture and alpine peaks there's something for everyone to enjoy in this fascinating country.

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Why choose Turkey?

     Drawing influences from great empires of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans, whether you want a relaxing coastal retreat or a holiday adventure, Turkey makes it easy to mix the two.

      Enjoy miles of golden sands edged by mountains and green alpine valleys, flavour-filled foods that hit every sense, sensational World Heritage sites as well as relaxing hot springs and mud baths.

     Spend your days relaxing on the many blue flag beaches or travel inland to see beautiful jagged gorges and rushing waterfalls, historic castles, stunning city ruins from Ancient Rome and Greece as well as traditional villages.

      Visit sprawling bazaars piled high with aromatic spices, precious antiques and artisan souvenirs that sit alongside impressive museums, mosques and former imperial homes. Sample juicy kebabs, sticky baklava, fresh produce and sweet pastries.

     Take a boat out to sea or try some of the many water sports on offer. Between jet skiing, paragliding and windsurfing, you'll find plenty of water parks, caves and some of the best diving spots in the Med.

      Amongst Turkey's most popular places to stay, the regions of Bodrum, Dalaman and Alanya are home to lots of stunning luxury villas or families, couples, large groups and weddings, complete with private pools and top facilities.

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Best things to do in Turkey

      There's so much to keep you busy in Turkey, even if you just want to relax on the beach there's still lots of options for companions to do whilst you unwind.

     Networks of taxis, minibuses and coaches make travelling round Turkey's many popular resorts easy and you'll find plenty of reasons to zig zag across regions with such a great variety of top attractions to visit.

     From the best beaches to must-see sights and fantastic restaurants, here's our top picks of the best things to see and do in Turkey.

Best things to do in Turkey:

Best beaches:

     Turkey's 3000km of golden sands are infamous and one of its biggest draws. With 350 blue flag beaches in Turkey, you'll quickly discover there's a huge choice of top, picturesque beaches to choose from.

Cleopatra Beach, Alanya, Turkey

     If you want to find Turkey's best beaches, Kaputas Beach, Cleopatra Beach and Blue Lagoon are all iconic must-see locations. Whilst all three offer famously sit in stunning surroundings, both Kaputas Beach and Blue Lagoon offer large quantities of shallow waters where children can play safely.

Blue Lagoon Beach Oludeniz

     Kaputas has a long descent down many steps which has the advantage of ensuring it doesn't get crowded with tourists. At Blue Lagoon and Cleopatra Beach you'll find lots of watersports as well as restaurants and bars.

     Konyaalti Beach, Cesme Peninsula and Bodrum Peninsula are also popular beaches with top facilities, beautiful views plus restaurants and shops close by.

Kabak Beach

     For a quiet hidden bay, the pine covered hills of Kabak Beach, the clear waters of Cirali Beach, the white sand cove of Butterfly Valley and Iztuzu's eco Beach are all picture-postcard perfect serene spots where you can relax in a tranquil idyll surrounded by natural beauty.

     All three beaches are positioned amongst striking mountainous settings. At Cirali Beach you'll find the ruins of Olympus at one end and a WWF loggerhead turtle conservation area at the other.

Patara Beach

     For Turkey's longest stretch of coastline, Patara Beach delivers 18km of pristine sands. This sensational beach sits alongside the well preserved remains of the ancient city of Patara in a national park where you'll find loggerhead turtles and a huge range of birds.

Best local attractions:

     Turkey is a place where you'll never run out of top things to see and do. From resplendent historic sights to water parks, jeep rides through the alpine mountains, watersports and castles, there's plenty to keep you busy.

     Some of the most popular attractions in Turkey include its many World Heritage sites. The ancient Carian city of Halicarnassus, submerged Myndus in Gumusluk and Ephesus are all top places to visit in Turkey

Ephesus World Heritage Site

      Ephesus is one of Turkey's most visited sights where you'll find well a huge range of preserved buildings, streets and temples of what was once a major ancient port

     There are also lots of impressive museums filled with wonders from Turkey's rich history as well as incredible architecture at every turn and lots of beautiful Byzantine art. The Aya Sofya Museum, also known as Hagia Sophia encapsulates all three with a glorious Byzantine facade, dazzling Renaissance interior and superb historical artefacts.

Topkapi Palace

     The opulent Topkapi Palace home to numerous Ottaman Sultans is another must-see with bejeweled interiors, ornate decor and beautiful gardens.

     If you head further inland you'll find alpine mountains and valleys where traditional villages, waterfalls and gorges intertwine. Take a jeep safari into the hills for stunning views and a great overview of Turkey's diverse countryside.

     Goynuk Canyon, the Babadag Mountains and Olympus National Park are top Turkey attractions that offer a great opportunity to see another side of this amazing country.

Goynuk Canyon

     Goynuk Canyon sits inside Beydglari National Park so you can experience everything from ziplining to hikes through the waterfalls and waterways, rafting and more.

Thirteenth century Alanya Castle

     Turkey is full of fascinating ancient towns and plenty of fine castles. Thirteenth century Alanya Castle is a favourite spot where you'll uncover Alanya's old town, 6km`of ancient city walls and tons of incredible buildings spanning its busy past under many influential empires.

     Other top castles in Turkey include Bodrum Castle, a World Heritage site and Boyabat Castle,

     Take a boat trip along the Turkish coast dotted with islands and pretty cove, indulge in a huge array of watersports or explore some of Turkey's many caves such as Beldibi Caves ....

Land of Legends Water Park

     For family fun there are lots of brilliant aqua parks all over Turkey. Some of the best water parks in Turkey include: Land of Legends, Marmaris Aqua Dream Park, Adaland, Oludeniz Waterworld and Sazova Park.

Dalyan mud bath

     With so much to do, take a chance to unwind with a rejuvenating Turkish bath in a traditional hammam, luxe thermal spa or a mud bath in one of Turkey's many hot springs. The revitalising minerals at the ever-popular Dalyan mud bath and thermal springs are said to be fantastic for everything from back pain to ageing skin.

Best restaurants in Turkey

     Turkish cuisine is flavourful, fresh and diverse with influences from both Europe, Asia and the Middle East. If you want Michelin-starred affairs you'll need to head to Istanbul for Turkey's finest array of starred restaurants.

     However, it is easy to find juicy kebabs, fresh seafood, tasty meze, freshly baked sesame breads, sweet pastries and lip-smacking veggie dishes all over Turkey. Some of Turkey's best restaurants look unassuming from outside so don't always assume the most lavish looking eateries are the best.

Can Can Pide ve Kebap n Antalya

     A fine example is Can Can Pide ve Kebap n Antalya, one of the best places to find authentic Turkish food at easily affordable prices. Mehmet Restaurant is another top eaterie in Antalya with an outdoor dining area boasting views across Konyaalti Beach. In Bodrum, Orfoz, Memedof, La Pasion and Avlu all serve up fine fare with plenty of seafood and Turkish wine.

     Meanwhile the picturesque surroundings at Akkaya Garden Restaurant make it a popular Dalaman restaurant.

Best places to stay in Turkey

     Whether you want to relax, get active or do a bit of both, you'll find a fantastic choice of stunning luxury villas in Turkey to rent. From luxury beachfront villas to 9 bedroom villas for large groups, villas with private pools and villas with sea views, there's something for everyone.

     Browse our top picks of the best places to stay in Turkey today located in Turkey's finest regions. From Dalaman, Bodrum, to Alanya, enjoy top-rated luxury Turkey villas with spectacular views, beachfront locations and scenic settings. With all the plush facilities you expect from a top private holiday rental included, it's easy to find the perfect private luxury villa for your family or group.

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Turkey Holidays: Why go?

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Which airport do you fly into for Turkey:

     Turkey is a huge country so it has a number of busy airports. The largest airports in Turkey are Istanbul Airport and Antalya Airport. However the smaller airports of Dalaman Airport, Milas - Bodrum Airport and Izmir are popular options for resorts, with connections available between Turkey's airports.

When is the best time to visit Turkey?

     It's possible to visit Turkey for much of the year with warm temperatures from April all the way through to mid October.

     April to May and September to October are an option if you want warm weather, quieter resorts and temperatures remaining in the twenties. In April and October you'll find weather in the low twenties rising to mid to high twenties in May and September.

     From July to August you can expect the hottest weather with temperatures of around 30 - 33°C.

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In 2005, John Paul Donnelly, began his luxury villa journey. He spent three years building resorts and holiday apartments in Alanya, Turkey, along with his brother, Joe. The concept was to create the most luxurious villas on the Turkish coastline and provide clients, along with their family and friends, the opportunity to enjoy exclusive holidays together.

By 2008, after the successful development of 3 resorts, JP had well and truly fallen into the world of villa rentals. With a portfolio of 6 villas and a desire to explore new places, he decided it was time to take the villa rental business outside of Turkey. He wanted to give his clients access to beautiful holiday rentals in destinations across the globe.

The expanding villa rental company was rebranded in 2011 to 5 Star Villa Holidays, and today 5 Star Villa Holidays offers over 10,000 luxury villas around the world.

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