Water sports are also popular, and depending on the child’s age opportunities include canoeing, sea kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving.
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.
Due to its geography Turkey has several climatic regions, however generally the best time to visit is between April and November. Like other areas in the Southern Mediterranean the summer months can be particularly hot, but if you keep in the shade in the middle of the day where possible, generally protect yourselves from the sun and keep hydrated, you will all have a great family holiday.