A vision of Turkey conjurs up ideas of a fusion of east meets west, old and new. Ancient buildings stand alongside modern architechture, swanky shopping malls perch next to traditional bazaars. This country has a rich and fascinating culture and some wonderful natural wonders, plus beautiful landscapes and breathtaking coastline to explore.
Turkey’s Mediterranean climate makes it’s the perfect destination for a summer beach, activity and watersports holiday. Late spring and early autumn are a wonderful time of year to visit, soak up warm, dry days and pleasant evenings and with the added advantage of the resorts being a little quieter too. July and August brings long hours of sunshine, it is hotter and more humid so you’ll appreciate the beautiful sea breezes and love the balmy evenings.
North of Izmir, Foça is formed of two villages, Eski Foça (Old Foça) and Yeni Foça (new Foça). Eski Foça is the larger of the two and is found next to two small bays and a lovely small harbour. Step back in time, soak up the authentic vibe of this small fishing town with some great harbour-side restaurants. Browse around the local shops, selling textiles, leather goods, silver and an abundance of Turkish delicacies, the perfect opportunity to practice your bartering skills. If you fancy seeing Foça from the water, take a boat trip from the harbor and enjoy the stunning coastline.
Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre is just 83 miles away (1 hour 45 minutes by car) and should not be missed. In the ancient world Ephesus was the centre for travel and commerce, it was a major Roman port city, positioned on the estuary of the River Kaystros. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus ad the Great Theatre. Many know Ephesus for its famous Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, although little remains of the site today.
We are super excited to introduce the newest addition to our Mark Warner summer portfolio, Phokaia Beach Resort in Turkey. Commanding breathtaking views across the bay, this resort positioned just on the outskirts of Foça boosts an excellent choice of accommdation; stunning, mature gardens and daybeds that swap the huge swimming pool found at the heart of the resort. Not forgeting the vast array of activities on and off the water that will find you struggling to find time to venture to the tempting spa and Turkish bath - but something you must simply do!
Find out more on our new resort Phokaia Beach Resort.
Food is a mix of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Meditteranean dishes. when dining out the most popular option is to choose Meze - a selection of smaller dishes to share with family and friends.
Turkish breakfasts always include some delicious local pastries, dried and fresh fruits plus all the usual buffet produce you come to expect. At lunch and dinner you'll find plenty of spreads that will include lamb, seared chicken, Turkish kebabs (and not the take-out variety!), kofte, cooked or marinated vegetables, salads and fresh fish. It wouldn't be a Turkish dessert if there wasn't the option of Baklava - a rich, sticky, sweet, flakey dessert made with filo-pastry, honey and nuts.
A great past time for Turks is playing a very competitive and vocal game of Backgammon; you'll catch many a local sipping on a sweet apple tea or drinking a strong black coffee whilst doing so - both must be sampled at least once when visiting Turkey. For something alcoholic, try the aniseed aperitif Raki, another favourite local tipple - this will knock your socks off!
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UK passport holders must have at least 6 months remaining on your passport from the date that you enter Turkey.
Visitors to Turkey must also obtain an e-visa prior to travel by visiting the following website https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en. This can be done up to 3 months in advance of your travel date and cost 20 USD. Passengers will be emailed documents 24 hours after application and you must print copies to carry with you during travel. Passengers without an e-visa will not be granted entry into Turkey.