How to spend your time

Turkey is a varied and beautiful country, with great weather ranging from pleasantly warm to very hot between April and October.

Here are a few ideas of how to spend your time in Turkey. Visit our Experiences page for more ideas, and browse our sample itineraries for lots more detail.

  • Archaeology, Religious and Cultural Sites

The whole country is littered with incredible ruins and history, you’re spoilt for choice in Turkey. The most famous of  the numerous ancient sites is Ephesus, located on the Aegean coast. This large site is considered to have some of the best preserved ruins in the country.

In Istanbul visit the Aya Sofya (striking 6th Century domed church), the Blue Mosque (a must for any budding photographer). We also recommend you visit Topkapi Palace (an opulent and expansive palace from the Ottoman Empire), to name just the top three.

Museum fans will be spoilt for choice and there are museums in every town dedicated to specific events or the local area, covering both ancient and recent history. Our quirky favourite is the Göreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia which is a UNESCO world heritage site, a collection of monasteries and rock-cut churches.

  • Hiking

There is something for all levels of experience in Turkey. The best known hike is the epic Lycian Way, one of the world’s Top 10 long distance walks. The 500km trail is easily broken into manageable chunks and you can do all or just part of it. It’s a rewarding trek taking in cedar forests, mountain scenery, countless ancient ruins, coastal stretches and passes through quaint villages.

Cappadocia is also a delight to explore by foot, as you can get right into the caves, carved churches and the underground cities on half day excursions. If you are not afraid of heights, a gentle hot air balloon ride over the lunar landscape is unforgettable.

  • Beach Time

Wrapped with coastline and blessed with great sands and clear seas, it’s no wonder some extremely touristy areas have popped up in Turkey. Some areas focus on larger resorts, with waterparks and restaurants to cater to international tastes.  However, these areas can easily be avoided! With a little planning you’ll find towns with a more local feel and hotels with more authentic styling and service. That’s the Fleewinter speciality! However, in peak season some of these places still get very busy with locals and in-country tourists

Take a look at our South-West Coast page to compare the beaches and find the best one for you.

  • Gulet Cruises

We highly recommend a gulet cruise, whether you choose to spend a few nights on board, or just a day trip. A gentle cruise on these traditional wooden vessels is a wonderful way to explore Turkey’s magnificent coast.