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April 13, 2012 04:00 ET

Pluck Out the Best Deal Around-Visit Turkey in 2012

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 13, 2012) - Trips abroad that promise a cultural melting pot, ancient sights as well as great accommodation may sound expensive, but all this is available via low cost holidays to Turkey.

This country truly has something for everyone and the added bonus is that favourable exchange rates make it an affordable option for UK travellers. The Post Office currently offers rates of around 2.65 Turkish Lira for one pound, so you might be able to stretch your budget further than if you travelled closer to home.

Spread your wings

If you haven't considered Turkey as a holiday location before, then you maybe need to know where the most well-known destinations and beautiful beaches are located. Turkey has a long, winding coastline that is dotted with many resorts. They border turquoise waters and fine sand beaches, and are perfect for sun holidays. Izmir Province on the Aegean Coast is known for its golden sand and vast number of historical sites and traditional villages.

Resorts cater for couples and families, especially those who enjoy sea sports and water parks. Further south, you'll find the Lycian Coast, which is home to Dalaman. The region is a mixture of beaches washed with crystal-clear waves, overlooked by quiet resorts that take in the mountainous views. Mediterranean trips are usually associated with Spain or Cyprus Holidays, but Turkey also has a coast in the Med. Antalya is a lively destination that is the perfect reflection of the country's East meets West character.

Marmaris is another popular location for people on Turkey Holidays. It also lies on the Mediterranean coast and supplies everything that you may want from an affordable break in the sun. The area is used to catering to holidaymakers and offers various activities like water skiing and sailing. Hotel fringed sands are ideal for relaxing under the hot sun while the nearby promenades are a hive of activity with travellers searching for bargains and Turkish treats.

Get stuffed and shopped out

Turkish cities generally mix old traditions with new attitudes, giving an exotic feel to trips to the country. Some historical monuments are thousands of years old, such as Roman marketplace remains discovered in Izmir. As well as these ancient signs of retail therapy, the country remains a modern shopper's paradise. Beach-fringed cities are home to markets teeming with items that can be complete bargains depending on your haggling skills. The country's staple dishes are a combination of middle-eastern and Mediterranean delights among others, but there is also fast food on offer for those moments when only a cheeseburger will do. You can also take your pick of evening entertainments, from traditional belly dancing shows to large nightclubs where you can party into the night.

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