experiences

Family Holidays at Turkish Riviera

If you crave a relaxing vacation with the whole family, book a stay at one of Fethiye or Antalya’s five-star resorts, which all bear the Safe Tourism certificate. Relax at the spa or just read a book on the beach, while the little ones enjoy themselves at the hotel’s special kids club with all-day activities. You can always spend a day together later, with a private boat tour or exploring the many historic sights, such as the Lycian Olympus, the mythical home of the gods, or the Church of St. Nicholas in Demre. St. Nicholas had a reputation as the protector of children and sailors in the 3rd century AD in Türkiye, and is known to have inspired the modern-day popular icon of Santa Claus -the legendary old man bringing presents to children on Christmas Eve.

With more than 8,000 km of coastline, it’s no wonder that Türkiye is a great destination for watersports of all kinds. Almost all of Türkiye’s beaches have their own watersport clubs where equipment can be rented. Get your kids excited about kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, or kite-surfing in the clear waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

Your kids will be fascinated by the intricate sculptures made entirely of sand, which are erected every year for the International Sandland Festival in Antalya. The sand art festival has been going strong since 2006 and features a different theme every year, turning a more than 7,000 square meter space in Lara Beach into a giant outdoor exhibition. Visitors are even able to watch artists from all around the world in action as they create their fascinating sand sculptures. This summer’s theme is all about outer space so be prepared to take off into the cosmos with an array of unique sculptures.

Save the Turtles on İztuzu Beach

This particular beach in the western Muğla province has become a prime nesting area for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), which arrives every year in early summer to lay its eggs. About two months later, the baby turtles emerge and make their way tentatively to the sea. Join the volunteers during this special time to help protect and save these rare reptiles.