Although Turkey has developed a strong reputation for the quality of beaches, it has much more to offer along its coastline and in its cities in the form of fascinating historical and cultural sites. A holiday in Turkey will offer you the perfect opportunity to uncover some of the country's varied heritage, as well as spend time on the beach working on your tan.
On the coast you'll also have access to various water sports, as well as some wonderful hiking trails, allowing you to get active if you want. Turkey suits all kinds of holidaymakers - with outstanding family-friendly resorts, towns where you can party into the small hours of the morning and quiet fishing villages where you can find some peace and get close to the country's culture.
Whatever kind of holiday in Turkey you're looking for, you can find it at one of the destinations served by Monarch, either on a package deal or a self-catered break in a villa.
There are three main seaside regions in Turkey - the Turquoise coast, the Aegean coast and the Mediterranean coast. All of these are home to some outstanding resorts - here's a bit of information about some of the most popular:
• Antalya - Antalya is one of largest resorts on the Mediterranean coast of the country and is home to stunning beaches, fascinating historical sites, varied cultural attractions and national parks where you can try all manner of outdoor pursuits. Antalya's old quarter - called Kaleici - is worth a visit, while outside the city you can explore the ruins of the ancient city of Termessos or visit the beautiful Duden Falls.
• Bodrum - On the Aegean coast you'll find Bodrum, another destination where you can have a varied holiday in Turkey. This city also has a fascinating history that you can get a taste of in its winding streets and at its imposing castle. Bodrum has amazing beaches and is also renowned for its nightlife, so is a great place to stay if you want to have plenty to do when the sun goes down.
• Dalaman - Dalaman acts as the gateway to the Turquoise coast, where you'll find resorts such as Fethiye, Marmaris and Icmeler. Think peaceful beaches, quaint fishing villages and historical attractions within easy reach. Depending on where you stay, you can also enjoy a vibrant nightlife.