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TURKEY IS FOR SUMMER NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS
Author Name: mdstone
Date: 03/11/03, updated on 03/02/04 (1902 review reads)
Advantages: hot weather, cheap food
Disadvantages: trader hastle
One of the last holidays abroad on people's minds would probably be Turkey, because these days everyone is either partying in Ibiza or booked a cheap holiday to somewhere like Tenerrife or Cyprus.
The weather over in Turkey is very hot, especially during August when i went. Everyday was over 40 degrees, meaning you'll need plenty of sun tan lotion to stop burning. You will however come back with a nice tan (as long as your not parting all night and sleeping all day).
You may very well ask yourself, what has Turkey got to offer? and the answer is, 'alot'.
For a start it is probably one of the cheapest places to go in the whole world in regards to getting more for your £.
They currently have a bit of an economy crisis and their Turkish Lira is constantly dropping in value, which is good news for us travel makers.
Four years ago you were roughly getting about 350,000 lira to the £, compared to just under 1,500,000 (million) lira to the £ at present, so you can see its getting rather ridiculous.
The place i stayed in (for 2 weeks) was Marmaris, 2 hours from Dalaman airport, which is definately the best and most lively place to go in Turkey.
It is situated right on the coast next to lots and lots of bars, clubs and restaurants making it an ideal place to stay. Marmaris even has 2 small water parks, which were less than 5 mins from the hotel i stayed at called 'Emre'.
One of the main parts of the holiday has to be the bartering with regards to buying things.
Most Turks will try to sell you something at a high price, but you can get them down a lot cheaper when you barter.
Some of them are really persistant to get your money and won't take no for an answer and this can be a bit anoying, but afterall it's part of the holiday.
There are some very nice Turks, who are always charming and friendly, but some go over the top, especially when it comes to chatting up the women (especi
The main thing you have to watch out for when you eat the food and drink is that you don't drink Turkish water and don't have ice in your drink unless it's mineral water. You will need to make sure that any fruit or veg you eat has been cleaned properly with water if you
buy it from a market or super market. Also keep an eye out for any meat which may not be cooked properly, as you could end up with food poisioning.
I was fine on my holiday, as most restaurants are very good, you just don't eat out at places on the corner of a road in the middle of nowhere, but eat out in restaurants that are popular and lively.
One question i will ask is what can you eat and drink for £10 a day?
To start with you can get a full english breakfast in any restaurant for about £1. You can then get a small snack in the afternoon and drinks for a total of about £4 and then spoil yourself in the night by getting a 5 course meal for £5. This normally consists of garlic bread to start with, then a starter, then a main course (usually a steak), then ice cream and finally a coffee, apple tea or brandy.
If you don't fancy that you can also go to McDonalds, as it is less than 2 mins away from most places in Marmaris, as there are 2 restaurants. You can pick up a Big Mac for 40p, now thats a bargain.
There is usually a weekly market that takes place in Marmaris which is on a different day to the one in Icmeler 10 mins away.
There are lots of watersports to try out, which are within metres of the hotels on the beach front.
The Banana Boat - Big long yellow thing which floats on the water and towed by a speed boat, usually holds about 5 people.
Ringos - You sit in a rubber ring pulled by a speed boat and fly all over the place jumping waves and skimming your butt cheeks on the water.
Parasailing - You get a huge parachute on your back and are taken out to sea by a speed boat and flown
up into the air (very high).
Diving - You get taken out to sea and are given a tank, mask and flippers, where you go to dive and see all the fish and other life in the sea up close and personal.
Snorkling - Similar to diving, but not down as far under water, merely on the surface.
Of course you also have the old pedal boats and rather fast jet skis to have some fun with.
The jet skis are quite exspensive, working out to be roughly 80p a min, but most other watersports are reasonable prices.
The nightlife in Marmaris is really something special, most of the clubs are open till 4am and are completely free to get in. The drinks may be slightly more expensive, but who's to say you can't get pissed before going to a club?
The doormen aren't really what you would see at home, as you can get in most places wearing shorts, t-shirts & trainers and age is not a big concern either.
There were a lot of bars with big screens showing all the best films and football matches. I was lucky enough to watch England thrash Germany 5-1 surrounded by 80 odd English people cramed into the bar, producing an excellent atmosphere. I also managed to watch Jurasic Park 3 out there, together with a cold pint of beer to help me along. They always have showings of films that are out in the cinema over here for free as long as your buying drinks.
There is one song you will definately here over and over again if you go to Turkey and that is 'Tarkan - Kiss Kiss'. Aparently it has been number one for a few years, which is quite sad to say the least. Having said that it is a really catchy song.
They also have a 'Cha Cha' song which may get on your nerves at first, but will have you dancing to it at the end of the holiday, as it certainly gets people on the dancefloor.
If you prefer a quieter place, you should consider going to Icmeler, which is 10 mins away from Marmaris by Dolmus (cheap frequent bus
) or taxi.
The best thing about the place is that its full of British poeple and all the Turks speak english.
Having made some friends there too, i felt at home, but with more sun. During the first week i was missing home but after the second i wanted to stay and not go back. It feels wierd being home now and i wish i was back there with the friends i made. Anyone who has a good time on holiday will know what im talking about.
All in all i would have to say i would recommend Marmaris to anyone who wants a good time.
I'll be trying my best to save up for next year and make sure i go for 3 weeks to be able to make the most of it.