Turkey is a fascinating country with a reputation for great hospitality, and for being very family orientated. It is also gaining a reputation for adventure travel. This combination of child-friendly activities and a family-friendly culture make it a great destination for families looking for something different from a traditional sun and beach holiday. Due to its unique position between Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Turkey also has an impressive history, a rich culture and wonderful food. It also has a huge range of beautiful landscapes and sites of geological interest, so there is a lot for families to discover and explore.
If you have more than a passing interest in history Turkey has some world class archaeological sites that may also appeal to your family: the theatre and Roman houses at Ephesus, the stadium at Aphrodisias, and Sultanahmet (‘Old Istanbul’) to name a few. However also be alert to local sites that may appeal to children such as Patara, birthplace of Saint Nicholas (Father Christmas), which is next to a sweeping, white sand beach.
While most families tend to stay around the Turquoise Coast, adventurous families may also enjoy discovering the bustle of Istanbul, exploring the unique landscape of ‘fairy chimneys’ and rock cut churches in Cappadocia, or camping in the Taurus Mountains.
Food can often be a challenge when travelling with children. However the simple yet tasty home style of much Turkish cooking and the adaptability of most cooks should ensure that your children’s needs are met, while allowing you to enjoy the many exciting flavours of traditional Turkish food.