Traveling to warm countries during the peak summer tourist season can mean battling big crowds and elevated prices – but don’t let that put you off entirely. You can avoid the usual pitfalls by scheduling your beach vacation a little earlier in the year. For the best deals while still getting to enjoy the sun, consider a Turkish excursion in the spring.
There are certain inland areas of Turkey that get chilly in the winter and carry their cold temperatures into the beginning of the year, so stick to the coastline when looking for places to stay. Targeting coastline hotspots around the Mediterranean Sea is your best bet for springtime warmth.
A popular destination and deserving of a spring visit is Marmaris along the southern coast. After a relaxing stroll along the water’s edge, you can explore the extravagant nightlife that offers lively clubs and bars. The luxurious beach is covered with lounge chairs and resort staff are available to cater to your every need.
For those of you with an intrepid spirit, a visit to the Butterfly Valley is well worth the trek down the rocky slopes. Fairly untouched by mass tourism, the beach is located between two cliffs and camping is allowed near the sapphire-coloured water.
Olympos is a region that is under conservation to protect it from becoming too developed, so it’s the perfect place to revel in Turkey’s natural beauty and sparkling turquoise waters. It is also home to the Yanartaş burning stone, a collection of twenty flaming vents, which were once thought to have mystical powers although analysis has shown they’re caused by naturally burning methane gas. Whether myth or science, seeing the Yanartaş at night is an unforgettable experience.
For the complete package in one location, Ölüdeniz is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Turkey. Even in spring, there may be more crowds here than other areas but for good reason. Famed for its Blue Lagoon, the water is crystal clear and popular for swimming or water sports. A promenade stretches along the beach and is lined with bars, restaurants and trendy shops.
Turkish days in spring are long, giving lots of daylight time to soak up the sun. Keep in mind though that the evening can still be a little cool so be sure to pack some layers so you’ll stay warm at night. With a little planning, there’s no reason you can’t save money and still enjoy all the wonders to experience in Turkey.
Jane Shelley is an Australian travel writer. She loves venturing to Asia, Europe, Britain and the United States, writing about things that catch her eye including different foods and fashions.
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