Like any other prime holiday location, Turkey would normally be gearing up for a season packed with tourists. The streets full of people, sunbathers unable to move on the beaches, but not this year.
According to recent statistics, one travel company reported a 40% drop in summer holiday bookings, and prices are crashing as a result; making Turkey a best value holiday destination.
With the recent terrorist attacks, people are opting out of their usual holiday to its clear waters and hotter climates, and some cruise liners have cancelled stops in Turkey altogether. However, many experts are telling people not to panic.
The reality of the threat is that most of the attacks have taken place in the south-eastern provinces, and aside from this, security has been massively tightened. While it is perfectly normal to exercise caution when booking your holiday this year, it's important not to forget why Turkey is such a well-known tourist hot-spot.
Why Turkey is still a top destination?
The Aegean cost is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. With a rich history stretching far back into Turkey's past, these water routes ran the economy of the ancient world, so it's the perfect destination for even the most experienced traveller.
The northern coast is the starting point for the Asia Minor, so why not head there first to take in the dozens of historical attractions in the area. Take a rock valley tour that delves deep into Cappadocia, and experience the impressive nature of the ancient cave churches. Or, how about a balloon ride that will give you unforgettable views high above the jagged peaks of the stunning landscapes?
Plus, it has conditions to suit all varieties of people; if you're a born hiker, you'll be able to discover its remote mountain villages, or explore the lush pine forests teaming with natural wonders. If you prefer the sun and sea, head out to Kusadasi, a delightful seaside town perfect for anyone who loves to watch the world go by.
Where to stay?
Izmir is a must-stay city, with a vibrant city life that has one big difference - it's home to shops, restaurants and a cinema that all float! You'll still be surrounded by emotive architecture, and artefacts that date back to the 2nd century AD, but it's perfectly matched by the manicured gardens and walkways that make this a developing urban city.
For most people who visit Turkey though, Ephesus is the place to be! With unparalleled archaeological significance as well as a thriving modern economy, there will be something for every culture-vulture.
Plus, there are some amazing last minute deals to Turkey departing next week; A1travel are offering a 5-Star, all Inclusive week away with return flights for just £148pp . With all of this in mind, you should consider Turkey as the best value holiday destination of the year. If you're thinking of heading out to Turkey this year, then don't wait around - get in touch now to secure the best deal.