Whether you choose the city or the sea, time here can be spent seeing ancient sights and lounging at the water's edge...
The fascinating and beautiful country of Turkey continues to grow in the minds of holidaymakers as a destination worth visiting again and again.
You can book a flight to Turkey to visit beach resorts in areas such as Dalaman, Antalya, Bodrum and Izmir. This is where Mediterranean waters lap gently on to the sand.
From airports in these areas there is easy access to the popular holiday resorts of Marmaris, Gumbet, Altinkum, Kusadasi, Icmeler, Olu Deniz, Kemer, Side and Fethiye, plus the ancient city of Ephesus.
The coastline in the south west presents perfect days spent enjoying the plentiful sunshine and swimming in the warm seas off superb beaches, evenings taking advantage of great food and warm hospitality, and nights enjoying a variety of nightlife. The party resorts of Gumbet, Marmaris and Bodrum are more likely to draw crowds looking for a livelier after-hours scene.
Adventurers will want to have a go at scuba diving, river rafting and a host of other adrenaline-pumping activities.
Located in the north west and straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the only city in the world that sits on two continents. The clash of cultures creates an intoxicating blend of things to do, see, eat and drink for tourists. It's where the sights, sounds and smells of the Middle East mesh perfectly with European influence, and Istanbul has plenty to offer city break visitors.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more commonly known as the Blue Mosque, is a striking building. Thousands of camera lenses try to capture its beauty, as the dome and its sharp turrets pierce the sky above Istanbul.
Equally resplendent is Hagia Sofia. Once a mosque, it is now an impressive and interesting museum (and somewhere to escape the heat of the city for a few hours). Topkapi Palace is also worth adding to your Istanbul itinerary.
Alternatively, consider a trip to Ankara. The political and government centre of Turkey has a café culture, a lively nightlife and numerous fascinating historical sites.