Turkey is rapidly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. In 2011 it was the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world. But more importantly, tourist arrivals jumped by 8.7% between 2010 and 2011, more than any other country in the
top 10. Turkey holidays are popular for many reasons; the weather a major pull. But aside from plenty of sunshine, Turkey has rich cultural heritage, a landscape that encompasses dry, rocky plateaus and fertile, lush green valleys and beaches that are to die for. On top of all this, it is a cheap holiday destination. On The Beach offers cheap holidays to Turkey focusing on the beachy side of Turkish life, but there is much to do beyond the beach. Read on to find out more.
Paragliding seems to have found its spiritual home in Turkey. High above the beach of Oludeniz hundreds of paragliders jump from steep rocky faces and sail through the sky down to the emerald-gold beach. The unique winds and thermals in the area make the mountains above Oludeniz in Fethiye one of the best places in Turkey and Europe to paraglide. You don’t need to worry about taking on several hundred metres of ‘falling with style’ on your own; tandem gliders mean professional paragliders will be with you the whole way.
More and more people are using their holiday time to learn something new. In Turkey you can learn how to belly dance or cook traditional Turkish dishes in Istanbul or master crane and eight-angle post on yoga retreats in Side and Datca. There are almost endless possibilities for photography and art holidays, generally organised in small groups and often for weeklong excursions or merely half-day locally run courses arranged at your resort.
Volunteering holidays are a great way of giving something back to the country you love exploring. In Turkey you can do anything from assisting with local village building projects to teaching English as a second language. Positions are available across Turkey and there are numerous institutions dedicated to helping you find the right placement. Have a look on goabroad.com for inspiration.