LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 12/14/12 -- Turkey has been named as one of the Top 10 tourist destinations in the world at this month's United Nations Tourism Summit. With a rich cultural history and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, it's easy to see why.
Travel in Turkey can take you to many very different regions, each with their own unique identity. The Aegean Coast is a great place to start, combining jaw-dropping scenery with a Mediterranean twist. Sun-seekers can bask on the beaches along the glorious sun-drenched coast, whilst culture vultures can visit the ruins of Troy and many other historic sites.
Ankara is another top destination. The Turkish capital has become a hive of tourist activity over the past few years, but despite this the city has managed to stick to its traditional Turkish roots, with local street markets, open air cafes and world-class restaurants just waiting to invite you in.
Those looking for a touch of home comfort will love the coastal resort of Kusadasi, with its 22km stretch of golden beach. The welcoming locals will entice you into their carpet shops, whilst the large expat community will make you feel at home with their English-style pubs and restaurants. There are plenty of opportunities for excursions, as well as a lively nightlife scene to keep you entertained in the evenings. Enter through the old City Walls and visit the Kaleici Camii - the mosque built in the 17th century for Grand Vizier Okuz Kara Mehmed Pasha.
If you're looking for luxury, then look no further than Goreme, a small village that's famous for its impressive ability to resist change and keep to a traditional way of life. Locals are used to accommodating visitors and will be more than happy to introduce you to their customs, and there's plenty of high-end accommodation for those looking to stay in style.
World-famous Istanbul is a thriving metropolis packed with bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities that never fails to delight tourists. Historic buildings, such as the renowned Byzantine Hagia Sophia (a former basilica and mosque, now a museum) sit next to sprawling shopping malls, whilst visitors can also enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine, served from one of the many great restaurants with outdoor terraces for al fresco dining.
Visit Turkey with Monarch, with great value deals on holiday packages starting from just GBP 178 per person. Find more information about cheap Monarch holidays to Turkey and other destinations around the world by visiting www.monarch.co.uk.
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