Introducing the best resorts in Turkey – read tips

It is almost always summer in Turkey

In Turkish beach resorts, the tourist season starts early and lasts well into the fall. The heat starts already in April-May and there is still enough warmth for September-October. In the spring and fall, there is more space on the beaches than during the busy summer months. Turkey is known for its great beach towns and affordable prices, which is why tourists choose Turkey as their holiday destination time and time again.

However, in addition to its stunning beaches, Turkey is much more than a traditional beach holiday destination. The country has wonderful mountains, interesting culture and delicious food, which is why it is worth taking full advantage of Turkey’s diversity on holiday.

Introducing the beach ball, all the most popular destinations – choose the direction of your holiday from these!


The beach town of Alanya is one of the most classic resorts in Turkey. Alanya, which is lively for tourists, has a wealth of services, hotels, restaurants, beaches, sun and activities.

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Alanya is one of the most famous classic destinations in Turkey.

In Alanya you can also explore the scenery of the centuries-old fortress, the lively nightlife of the harbor and the shopping of the bazaars. About 130 km from Antalya city and airport, Alanya is a beach holiday destination for both families and couples.

>> Read more tips for Alanya from Rantapallo’s destination guide!


Centrally located in the Anatolian Highlands, Ankara is the capital of Turkey and at the same time its administrative and commercial center. Ankara has good transport links around Turkey.

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The Turkish capital, Ankara, hits the route of only a few tourists, despite the city’s attractions.

The most interesting sights in the city are Anitkabir and Kocatepe Mosque. Ankara is especially suitable for short visits by cultural tourists.


Known for its beautiful scenery and old town, Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast. In Antalya, a city break with shopping and evening outings is combined with a sunny beach holiday.

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Antalya is a huge city of millions and there are numerous beaches near the city.

Built next to the Taurus Mountains, the city’s most fascinating sights include the old town of Kaleiçi, the old Roman harbor and the lively bazaar. Antalya is suitable for almost every holidaymaker interested in beaches, cities and culture.

>> Read more tips on the Antalya Beach Ball Destination Guide!


The scenic Belek is especially popular with golfers – there are several high-quality courses on the outskirts of the destination. The modern resort is just a short bus ride from Antalya, where it is convenient to go shopping.

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There are many beaches in Belek, in addition to which you can also spend an active holiday in the destination.

In addition to golf, Belek on the Mediterranean coast has many other activities, from tennis to horse riding and windsurfing. The clean sea water in the area attracts water predators.

>> Read more tips for Belek in the Beach Ball Destination Guide!


The diverse Bodrum offers holidaymakers attractions, shopping and a lively entertainment and evening life. This resort is especially known for its entertainment options, such as the large Halikarnas open-air disco.

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Bodrum’s atmospheric old town is a charming place to visit.

The city also has two beaches and many attractions, such as the fortress and the old town. From Bodrum, for example, you can take a day trip to the island of Kos.

Bodrum is especially suitable for city holidaymakers, groups of friends and couples.

>> Read more tips for Bodrum in the Beach Ball Destination Guide!


One of the most popular beach resorts on the Turkish coast is the village of Gümbet. The Gümbet offers a wide range of leisure facilities, including promenades, cafés and clubs, and water sports.

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Gümbet is a joyous holiday destination, especially popular with groups of friends.

The surroundings of the Bodrum Peninsula and nearby towns are easy to hike. From Gümbet, you can quickly walk to the neighboring village of Bitez, which is one degree quieter. As a holiday destination, Gümbet is especially suitable for groups of friends and water sports enthusiasts.


Içmeler is a smaller and quieter holiday destination than the neighboring town of Marmaris. Içmeler is located on the shores of the Aegean Sea, north of Rhodes, and is known for its scenery and restaurants along a small canal that runs through the city.

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Içmeler, close to Marmaris, is also a popular destination.

The promenade, which starts from Içmeler, continues to Marmaris, seven kilometers away. The lush city with its long sandy beaches is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday and especially as a holiday destination for couples and families with children.


Located on the Asian-European border, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and a diverse cultural destination. The centuries-old balance between Eastern and Western influences has left its mark on this exotic city, whose streetscape includes both mosques and modern skyscrapers.

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Istanbul is a fascinating city between Europe and Asia.

Istanbul’s most famous attractions include the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Istanbul is especially suitable as an urban and cultural holiday destination.

>> Read more tips for Istanbul in the Beach Ball Destination Guide!


Located on the Aegean coast, Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey. The port city, which was destroyed by fire in 1922, has a modern look and is not considered one of the youngest metropolises in Turkey. In the background of the magnificent coastal boulevards of Izmir are the rugged mountains.

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Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey.

Izmir is also an excellent base for tourists interested in history. In addition to the Archaeological Museum and the ruins of the Agora in the city, Izmir is an easy day trip to the ancient city of Ephesus.

>> Read more tips for Izmir in the Beach Ball Destination Guide!


Cappadocia is the name of a region located in the plains of Central Anatolia and includes several provinces. Cappadocia of space nature is known for its rock formations, which resemble tapered chimneys. The friendly village atmosphere and great hiking opportunities attract visitors to the area.

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A hot air balloon ride above the spectacular valleys is a classic Cappadocia experience.

In Cappadocia’s numerous caves, tourists can even stay in mysterious cave hotels. In addition to hiking, one of the area’s most popular activities is a memorable hot air balloon ride at sunrise.

>> Read more tips on the Cappadocia Rantapallo destination guide!


Kusadasi is located on the Aegean coast near the island of Samos and is a popular beach holiday and sailing destination.

There are several great beaches in and around Kusadasi, the most popular of which, Kadinlar Denizi, is about three kilometers from the center. The most famous attractions in Kusadasi and its environs are the old town of Kusadasi, the city of Ephesus and the snow-white Mount Pamukkale. The city also has a nice nightlife and shopping opportunities.

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Kusadasi’s location is convenient for tourists, with many attractions nearby.

There is a water park in Kusadasi for families with children, so it is easy to recommend the destination to a wide range of holidaymakers, from active travelers to those traveling with the family.

>> Read more tips for Kusadasi from Rantapallo’s destination guide!


Called one of the most beautiful resorts in Turkey, Marmaris is located on the Aegean coast near the Greek archipelago. Marmaris ’long sandy beaches and promenade attract beach holidaymakers, Suleyman’s centuries-old fortress to enjoy culture and the Disco’s lively nightlife.

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Marmaris is one of the most famous resorts in Turkey, which is why the city has excellent tourist services.

Two water parks in Marmaris often become a favorite with families with children. Marmaris is also suitable for a wide range of holidays, from solitary holidays to families with children.

>> Read more tips for Marmaris in the Rantapallo destination guide!


The most popular places to visit in the idyllic village of Side are the long promenade, the car-free downtown area, the old town of Side and the Roman theater. In a small town, almost everything you need can be found within walking distance, but excursions can also be made further afield.

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There is plenty to see in Side.

Side beaches are fine sand and good excursion destinations for the whole family. Side is a suitable and affordable holiday destination especially for families with children.

>> Read more tips in Sideen Rantapallo’s destination guide!

Text: Jenna Lehkonen and Maria Hietala
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