March 1st, 2013 by samsb

A Villa Rental Holiday in Turkey

Located partly in Europe and partly in Asia, Turkey has a rich and varied history, white sandy beaches and dramatic mountain ranges.


The only city in the world to straddle two continents, Asia and Europe, Istanbul has been capital to three great empires during its thousands of years history.  Formerly known as Constantinople, named after Constantine the Great,  this imposing city was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and the largest and wealthiest city in Europe during the 12th century.

Today, the 2010 European Capital of Culture still has much to offer any discerning traveller.  Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires have all left their mark, resulting in a fascinating blend of cultures where East truly does meet West.  During the day, why not wander around the ancient monuments, city walls, palaces and mosques and marvel at how past and present collide, by taking in an art exhibition or festival. Afterwards, leave the bazaars and street vendors to enter one of the up to the minute shopping centres.

If after a day of cultural explosion you have energy left for anything more than relaxing in your own private villa, the place dubbed the ‘City of the World’s Desire’ also offers a vibrant night life not to be missed!

The Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts

Rich in both golden beaches and historical sites, these coastlines have plenty to offer. Summers are frequently hot, and you’ll be glad of a dip in the sea, or in your villa rental’s private pool.  Even during the winter months, days can be pleasant and sunny.

The Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts are home to some of Turkey’s best known holiday resorts including Olu Deniz, famous for its turquoise waters and frequently rated among the top five beaches in the world and Fethiye, built on the ancient site of Telmessos.  Together these resorts were chosen by The Times and The Guardian as the best tourism centre in the world in 2007.  Then there is Bodrum, a fishing village with whitewashed houses which is fast becoming the Monte Carlo of the Aegean and Marmaris, a vibrant resort at the junction of the Aegean and Mediterranean.

For the more athletic, the fine sandy beaches of Cesme and Alacati are popular amongst windsurfers, sailors and kite-surfers.

Alternatively, why not venture further into the valleys and hills that back the more cosmopolitan coastline in search of the picturesque villages dotted between olive groves where a highly affordable and relaxing villa holiday could be waiting for you.

The Turkish Riviera

This southwest region of Turkey offers beach resorts and much, much more.  Part of this shoreline was a wedding gift from Mark Antony to Cleopatra and the area is also home to two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Antalya, with its old town and Roman harbour, is the main resort on Turkey’s southern coast and also offers long stretches of beaches, warm waters and a list of activities too great to mention.

So, when considering a destination for your next villa holiday, consider Turkey.  Thousands of years of history to explore amongst beautiful landscapes with a vibrant feel, all at an affordable price.

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Orlando top destination for Brits

Brits just can’t get enough of the sunshine state of Florida, with Orlando the particular holiday favourite for this summer according to recent analysis.

The metasearch website analyses its UK flight search data from the last three months, for travel during the UK holiday period and a departure date between June and August 2014 and came up with Brits’ top summer destinations.

Orlando was the clear winner, proving the theme-park capital and family-friendly atmosphere is something that keeps it at the top of our summer holiday list.

The website also studied the most popular places in the world according to data from 20 of the UK’s biggest airports to create each airport’s “Top 5” summer destinations. Orlando appeared in seven out of 20 of these airport lists.

Other firm favourites were Spanish destinations of Alicante and Malaga, coming in third and fourth respectively on overall most-searched destinations for summer 2014. Both also appeared in the top five for 13 out of 20 UK airport lists. 

“It’s encouraging to see Orlando in favour with Brits this year as a popular place to visit over the summer holidays, with its excellent activities and parks for the whole family. And long-haul destination New York was also popular this summer too – at a time when the climate is warm.

“It seems the traditional Spanish summer break though will always appeal to Brits, with short-haul flights and a practical sun guarantee. It is interesting to see Turkey hot on the heels of Spain however, with Dalaman coming in fifth most-popular destination overall. Sizzling hot weather and great deals on this up and coming destination no doubt will be drawing the crowds in this year,” says Julie Pedersen, Spokesperson for momondo.


1) Orlando

2) New York

3) Alicante

4) Malaga

5) Dalaman

6) Bangkok

7) Faro

8) Palma de Mallorca

9) Los Angeles

10) Tenerife

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