Kempinski Blog Article
Turkey’s summer season falls between June and August, and these three months are the busiest time of year for tourists visiting Turkey due to hot weather, long of hours of sunshine and many beautiful coastal and historical sights.
The most popular tourist resorts in Turkey are its capital, Istanbul, and the picture-perfect beach resorts of Antalya and Bodrum. If you are planning a visit to any of these Turkish hotspots this summer, this guide has you covered.
Explore Turkey’s capital Istanbul
Spread across two continents (Europe and Asia) and two seas (Black Sea and Sea of Marmara), Istanbul is Turkey’s capital city that has plenty to offer visitors.
What to do in Istanbul?
The famed Bosphorus Strait is a stretch of water that joins the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, and therefore separates the two continents of Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships working along the water, but it is popular spot for tourists to take a boat trip to see Istanbul’s site from the water and to say they have sailed across two continents!
The Blue Mosque is Istanbul’s most photographed landmark, and is a beautiful, historical mosque complete with domes, pillars, delicate mosaicking and stained-glass windows. It still operates as a mosque today, so if you visit, please be respectful and cover up your shoulders, arms and legs.
And you can’t visit Istanbul without taking a trip through the Grand Bazaar. A labyrinth of colourful markets, the Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest, and largest, covered markets in the world – there are 61 streets to explore and over 4,000 shops! Expect to see stalls of pottery, carpets, perfumes, spices, jewellery, antiques and much, much more.
Where to stay in Istanbul?
Looking for a place to stay in Istanbul? Then choose Ciragan Palace Kempinski. Reflecting the beauty of a true Ottoman Palace, Ciragan Palace Kempinski is located on the European shores of the Bosphorus Strait, offering stunning views across the ocean.
With a heated outdoor pool, 310 luxury rooms and suites, a spa and collection of beautiful bars and restaurants, it is the perfect place to relax after a long day sightseeing in lively Istanbul.
Enjoy the outdoors and have an adventure in Belek
Located in the popular Antalya province, Belek is a fantastic destination for those wanting to explore the great outdoors and enjoy some adventure while on holiday.
What to do in Belek?
Belek is Turkey’s top golfing destination, so if you want to play a round of golf on holiday then try one of the town’s many golf courses. The Cornelia Golf Club, Montgomerie Golf Complex or Gloria Golf Club are all great options. And if you are travelling with children, they will love the Land of Legends amusement and water park.
If you do want to go further afield, about an hour North of Belek lies the Köprülü Canyon National Park. With breath-taking scenery, waterfalls, lakes, bridges and mountainous rock faces, Köprülü Canyon is perfect for hiking, white water rafting or kayaking, and makes for a fun and exciting day out for all the family.
Belek has a wonderful public beach that stretches for ten miles too, so if you do need to relax one day, this is the place to do it.
Where to stay in Belek?
If you are planning on visiting Belek, then you will want an equally beautiful place to stay. Kempinski Hotel The Dome Belek is a luxury golf and spa resort, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
The hotel pays homage to its Seljuk heritage with its original design features and interior of the 158 rooms and suites, and features two championship golf courses, spa and outdoor pool too. If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in Belek, then choose Kempinski Hotel The Dome Belek.
Located on Turkey’s western coast, Bodrum is a popular resort town that is filled with culture and magnificent scenery. It is just twenty minutes by boat to the Greek island of Kos, and Bodrum certainly has a heavy European influence.
What to do in Bodrum?
Bodrum Castle should be at the top of every visitors list when staying in Bodrum. Originally built in 1402 and standing at the centre of Bodrum Bay, Bodrum Castle offers beautiful views of the surrounding area and is home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology too. Expect to see treasures from many nearby shipwrecks.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is a historical site that is a popular attraction in Bodrum. Built in 353 BC for Persian Empire Mausolus and his wife Artemisia II of Caria, the finished structure was named by Antipater of Sidon as one of his seven wonders of the world. It was destroyed by earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century, and today lies as an over-ground tomb and archaeological site.
Where to stay in Bodrum?
A luxury 5 star resort on the cliffs of Barbaros Bay, there is no better place to stay in Bodrum than Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum. The hotel is located on the most untouched part of the Bodrum peninsula, and offers visitors unrivalled views of the Aegean Sea.
This exclusive resort has a private sandy beach, infinity pool, luxury spa and a variety of restaurants to enjoy and is the perfect place to relax and thoroughly unwind.
If you have been inspired to visit Turkey during the summer season, then choose a Kempinski hotel for the ultimate relaxing and luxurious stay. To view all our locations, both in Turkey and worldwide, then click here.