An extra bank holidays in the year? Are there any sweeter words? We don’t think so. With that in mind, we’ve been figuring out how to make the most of our time off. We’ve done the maths and have figured out, that taking five days off, means we get ten days holidays. Please correct us if we’re wrong!
What better way to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee than toasting her health from some sunny climes! If you haven’t booked yet, don’t worry, there is still time, that’s why we’re here! Whisk the kids away for half term, or simply have a relaxing break with your other half in a few days of hot, hot sunshine.
First up, we think you should head for the sunshine of Cyprus. Spring has well and truly sprung and the crystal clear waters of the Aegean are just the thing for a little pick-me-up. The long, sandy beaches are a site for sore eyes, while the dose of vitamin D means you’ll come home totally relaxed and glowing.
If you fancy something a little more exotic, the gorgeous Turkish resort of Kusadasi will be right up your street. One of those legendary Turkish baths is a great place to start, while the nearby beaches, or pool bars are perfect for a cocktail at sunset.
Start out with an exhilarating, adventure filled and educational underwater tour, by hopping into a submarine and diving over 20 yards under the sea. It’s an unforgettable experience among the colourful, sub aquatic world.
If you prefer staying on dry land, a desert safari is an utterly thrilling ride. Your guide will take you into Bedouin territory, exploring the fascinating lifestyle and (for the romantic at heart) will bring you for a picnic under the stars after the most beautiful sunset.
Fancy getting away from it all? We’re daydreaming about soaking up the sunshine on the deck of a wooden ship gently bobbing along in the Aegean? Maybe you prefer to lounge by the pool with a good book, before tearing up the dance floor every night? Or perhaps you’d like a quiet little beach break with the kids, where there is plenty of room for their bucket and spade. Whatever you’re looking for, we think Turkey is a top tip.
Turkey’s right on the crossroads where East meets West. It’s bordered by a whopping eight countries and three seas, so you can imagine the choice on offer.
For pure relaxation, first stop should definitely include a Turkish bath, speaking from experience; this is a pretty blissful thing to do. An attendant basically scrubs you from head to toe with a kind of cloth, a bit like an icing bag, followed by a serious massage! If you’re not a fan of massages stay away and head for the many spas or yoga retreats on offer.
If it’s partying you’re after, well, there is no better place than Gumbet. There are a heap of open air clubs and some even have 24 hour bars so there’s no excuse! Stay up all night, make friends and watch the sunrise outside some of the best beach clubs in the world. Ps. if you check out Gumbet, definitely take advantage of a boat trip to the Greek island of Kos, it’s like two holidays in one!
If you fancy something a little different, a walking holiday in Cappadocia might be right up your street. This strange rock landscape looks a bit like the moon. There are even underground cities and caves to explore. It’ll make your eyes pop!
For foodies, try out the spicy kebabs and famous coffee in the beautiful surrounds of Bodrum or give the meze dishes a go. With a choice of up to 15 at a time, you will definitely find something you will like. Or how about sampling the sights and sounds and grabbing a bargain on a short break in Istanbul.
Mount Nemrut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For history buffs, start out with the ancient wonder of Ephesus. Its ancient Temple of Artemis dates back to 550 BC and was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Mount Nemrut offers you the chance to see head statues dedicated to the ancient Gods.
So we think there’s something there to suit almost anyone. If you’ve got any other suggestions for things to do in Turkey, we’d love to hear them. Stay tuned for another country focus coming soon.