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Best Part of the Country to go?

Edinburgh, Scotland
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Best Part of the Country to go?

Morning all,

My girlfriend and I are going to book two weeks to Turkey in January because of various reasons but mainly because we've never had a bad word said about the place and Turkish Lira versus the Euro = NO CONTEST!

So, I'll be 28 next year and my other half 26. We're looking for a holiday whereby 50% of the time we're out drinking, dancing etc and the other 50% relaxing.

Where would be the best place to go? We're fine with noise, music etc etc but don't fancy English, Scottish, British Bars everywhere etc. Fancy a bit culture also.

Any suggestion(s) would be great.



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1. Re: Best Part of the Country to go?

It will be cold weather in January - so not "beach" weather at all!

Why not try Istanbul? A fascinating city, with a tremendous night life - NOT British bars!

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Sorry my BIG mistake!

We're booking it in January but going July/August.

Any ideas anyone now!?!

Sorry once more,


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3. Re: Best Part of the Country to go?

Welcome to the forum!How nice to know that you've heard only good things about this fascinating country.

As Attagul has said unfortunately January is not the time to come if you want a beach based holiday.Even the warmest part down on the south coast will be wet and pretty chilly then.

İstanbul is a great idea and if you want you could split your time and take an internal flight over to Capadocia for 3 or 4 (or 5)days.This is a magical places often known as the "land of the fairy chimnies".You will find more info about it on the Capadocia forum.

Another alternative is to go from İstanbul to Bursa and spend some time at the top quality ski centre there.(yes there are some fab ski centres in Turkey too!).

There are lots of alternatives when sunshine is lacking.İf you enjoy this holiday then you can come back again later on when the sunshine returns.

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Hi Craig, You've made a brilliant choice deciding on Turkey I have been several times and it's a truly wonderful place to visit.

I do however get irked by the Scots and English who can't do without a "full English/Scottish breakfast"

chips or steaks etc for their vacation. Unfortunately these types of places are sprouting up everywhere because of the demand. Sad, but that's life I suppose!

I'm Scottish myself but I prefer to experiment with local cooking and enjoy the more traditional things on offer. I feel it's all part of the holiday experience. But, each to their own.

Marmaris is noisy with lots of British bars but there's a lovely Marina with nice restuarants and it's a delightful place to dine at night. Icemeler is not far from Marmaris it's a smaller resort very nice indeed but I belive it's also becoming more comercialised to cater for the British tourists.

From these places you can go on some great trips. Gulet boat island trips, mud baths and turtle beach, jeep safari and more. A trip to Ephesus is a must but I would recommend an overnight stay. You could also take in a visit to Pamukale on this trip. These are all great value for money. I have some amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

I also stayed in a small fishing village called Yalakavak which has some lovely restaurants where you can watch the sunset and it's close to the town of Bodrum where you can find the nightlife.

I have been looking at Dalyan (went on a day trip to turtle beach) and the place just seems amazing so I hope to be visiting for a longer stay and to discover some of the delights it has to offer. I believe Dalyan has yet to be affected too much by comercialism as some other resorts have.

There is so much of Turkey I still want to see, Istanbul for one....it's sounds magical.

The people are so friendly and welcoming. The scenery is breathtaking, the boat trips are fantastic and great value. You can hire your own Gulet with Captain for a day who cooks lunch and dinner for you. I had this as a surprise for my birthday from my husband....my best present ever.

It's also good fun going shopping to the markets where you can barter for your goods.

I keep saying I'll have to see more of the world but when it comes to the crunch I'm bookin up for Turkey again.

It's simply irresistable!

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I think that Kalkan would fit your bill - it has over 100 lovely romantic rooftop restaurants, stunning views from anywhere that you stay (just make sure that you dont stay too far up the hill so that you can walk easily in and out of town). There are no karaoke bars or all night raves - just nice friendly turkish bars where you can do a bit of dancing if you want to!

There are loads of archaeological sites to visit in the vicinity and stunning coastline scenery - Pinara, Letoon, Xanthos, Kas, Patara, Dalyan, Saklikent gorge, Fethiye - all on your doorstep (and more....)

Take a look at www.enjoykalkan.com for more details and shout if you need any more help!


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I just wrote this for another post and it might be somewhat useful for you...

Too bad that no one has mentioned my favorite area of Cirali..however if you are looking to book a package tour..you wont find it there...that is the beauty of Cirali ...if that is is not a place that caters to the mass tourism of holiday packages...you however can easily book your flight to Antalya and then book your transfer and hotel separate...its actually quite easy..however you might have to check around for good prices on flights...

there are soo many places in Turkey that offer cheap package tours..how if you want to avoid this with the help of the forum and the massive amount of info here..you can very easily do it yourself...

A bit about this area...Cirali is a very small village located about 1 hours drive from Antalya ( 1.5 hrs from the Antalya airport ) and boasts a beautiful secluded 4 km beach, the ruins of Olympos, the flames of the Chimeara ( very romantic under a full moon with a bottle of wine / however after the walk up ), as well as a protected area by the WWF for the nesting of the Caretta sea turtles.

It is a wonderful place for families and the mature traveller and is one of the last remaining villages on the med. coast that has not been taken over by mass tourism.

Cirali would be a good base as it's location is good for day trips to visit the many surrounding areas..

Antalya 1 hr away and Kas about 2 hrs...plus with many worthwhile sights to visit in between..

if you want to experience the real Turkey then visit the small towns or village that are not catered for package tours.

my photos on flickr..


ps...however if you are looking for lively nightlife then Cirali might not be for you...

other options might be Kas, Kalkan, Olu Deniz etc..

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Thanks very much for everyone's replies! Looks like we can get two weeks in July for under £600 for the both of us, BARGAIN! :o)

One other thing, at the current exchange rate, Turkey work out quite cheap? For example, what is the price of a can of Coke, Milk, Bread, Clothing etc?

Thanks once more,


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Hi Sid!

To make it more confusing, I would absolutely suggest Fethiye area. And if you are a bit adventurous you do not need to stay in one place. Go from pension to pension it that way you are most likely to meet the locals. I love this area as it has all to offer within a very small area. And what you do not wish to see, you do not need to see, so avoid the British bars and breakfast places.

Fethiye itself is a very nice harbor town, with more and more real town facilities. There are great restaurant, most of them do serve traditional turkish food. Also great boat trips from Fethiye.

Plus Fethiye has a huge market on tuesday. And Fethiye does have a small turtle beach.

But try also Kayaköy, with the abandoned Greek houses on the hill and a very friendly daily turkish rural life. And Kayaköy is close to the local beach Gemiler with in front of it Nicholas island.

Oludeniz has it all for the young, beach, lounge bars, paraglading. And close to Butterfly valley, paradise beach, Faralya.

You can visit Saklikent gorge, one of the lycian sites (Tlos, Xantos, Pinara, Letoon, Patara)

The area has loads to offer for never being bored, you could have a look at my pictures:


Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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I would follow the suggestions of Villarhapsody and recommend a stay in this area too.But I fear that you won´t get a package tour for this price in high season(6OO for both or each?).

An alternative IMO is Dalyan, a nice and lively small town with a lot of restaurants, bars and shops and a wonderful beach.

And you can get from there to Fethiye and have some trips to all the famous sites as Pinara, Saklikent, Tlos,Patara aso.

And maybe you will get a package tour to this destination. When we have been there in 2006 there were some english people who had booked by FROG (or similar).

Cirali is a very nice and interesting destination too but probably no package tour as well.

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