• Charlotte Brenner

    Falcon’s Holiday Guide to Turkey: Everything you need to know before you go


    Have you booked yourself a summer holiday to Turkey? You can be sure that you’ll have a good time with Falcon. However, a little planning goes a long way. The more you plan, the smoother your holiday will run. Here are a few things that you need to know before you jump on that plane to a Turkey resort.


    The rules regarding entry are easy, but have changed slightly recently. You still need a visa to enter Turkey, but whereas before you could obtain your visa when you entered, now you should apply for an electronic visa before you travel. Your passport must also be valid for at least six months from the date that you enter Turkey. Once you have taken these simple steps, you are on your way.

    Tourist info

    The unit of currency in Turkey is the Turkish lira, divided into units of 100 kuruş. You should change some of your money into lira before you go and the rest when you get there. Some places will allow you to pay in euros if you wish to do this.


    Airport transfers

    If you’re flying into Dalaman International Airport, you can catch an airport shuttle to Marmaris and Fethiye these destinations. There are several shuttles running from the early hours into the middle of the evening. If you opt for the bus, you’ll have to take a taxi to the bus station first, which is 15 minutes away. If you’re flying into Adnan Menderes Airport, there are various bus services to and from the airport, including route 204 which connects with the underground system. Hourly shuttles are also available.


    Summer weather

    You can be sure there’s warm weather coming your way on your holiday in Turkey. In the summer the average high temperature will hit the heights of 34ºC in the Bodrum district of the country, with August being the hottest month of the year. In the Dalaman district this drops to a slightly cooler 31ºC in July and August, with 23º to 26ºC being the average temperature June to September here.


    Out on the Turquoise Coast, there are some great attractions waiting for Irish visitors to discover. You can visit Őlüdeniz, a pretty resort in the Fethiye district, and take it easy on the beach or instead take to the skies with some paragliding. This is a popular activity in the district. Or visit the Ancient Roman Port at Antayla close to the famous Lycian Way. In Marmaris you can go on a jeep safari tour, explore the castle or take the family for a splash around in the water parks.


    Over on the Aegean coast you can simply live the easy life on the beaches, or you can get out and explore. The ruins of the city of Ephesus lie near the village of Selcuk. This metropolis was once a city of 250,000 inhabitants and the capital of Roman Asia Minor. If you’re staying in İzmir, you can enjoy the Kültürpark and its 50 metre high parachute tower, the giant Ferris wheel, sculptures on the west side of the pond and events such as the International İzmir Festival.

    Turkey is a terrific destination. Being prepared for your trip can make it even better! Book your trip with us and have a lovely, stress-free time.

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