Cruises are one of the most well-loved types of holiday for people of all ages. While on board a cruise ship you will feel as though you are in the lap of luxury. You will be able to enjoy fantastic food; drink and entertainment and then when you dock at a port you can explore different areas at your leisure.
Mediterranean cruises are particularly popular and the ports in Turkey offer something for everyone. Here are some of the ports that you might want to think about when you are planning your next cruise.
Marmaris is a popular tourist destination and it is packed with bars, restaurants and shops. It is a lively and thriving resort and you will find that you are spoilt for choice if you are looking for something to keep you entertained. The port has some of the most amazing fish restaurants which are always busy and the beach is perfect for relaxing on for a few hours. If you have children with you, head to the water park for an afternoon of fun.
As you approach Istanbul you will see its skyline peppered with minarets which rise above the fabulous architecture of the surrounding buildings. Istanbul is home to the Grand Bazaar which is a must for shoppers and sightseers alike and the Blue Mosque which is a stunning example of Turkish architecture. Once you are among the sights, sounds and smells of Istanbul you will instantly see why it is considered to be one of the most interesting cities in the world. For a taste of modern and traditional Turkey, Istanbul is the place to be.
The sights which could await you in Istanbul
For lovers of history Izmir is the ideal port to visit. As you walk around you will be able to clearly see examples of Turkey’s past which are mixed with smart promenades and buildings. In Izmir there is often a wonderfully refreshing sea breeze which is the ideal accompaniment to a hot summer’s day. If you are lucky enough to be visiting when the International Fair or International Arts Festival are being held you must make them part of your itinerary.
Kusadasi / Ephesus
Kusadasi is a large port which welcomes ships of all sizes the whole year round. The port itself is known for its marina and there are beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy close by. The town of Kusadasi is excellent for shopping and you can easily lose yourself in the markets, but it is Ephesus, which is a short distance away that really draws the crowds. Ephesus was at one point Asia Minor’s capital and it is a massive archaeological site which has been painstakingly restored. Here you will find streets paved with marble, the Temple of Apollo and a massive amphitheatre that will take your breath away.
There are many stunning examples of historical architecture to visit
Bodrum is a very laid back and artistic part of Turkey and is filled with charming white buildings and stunning flowers. You can easily get around the area in a couple of hours on foot which make it a great destination to explore. While you are there you should not miss out on the chance to buy leather, jewellery, crafts and pieces of art as there are some unique pieces waiting to be discovered.
Antalya is located on what is known as the Turkish Riviera and it has a wonderful bay in the shape of a crescent, an impressive marina, breath-taking cliffs and sweeping countryside. In the main part of the town you will find narrow streets with shops, bars and homes all jostling for space. If you want to sit back and take in the view head to the main square for uninterrupted views of the mountains in the distance and the picturesque bay.
The ports around the Turkish coastline offer holidaymakers the chance to experience lots of different sights and sounds. Whether you are looking for the chance to visit historical ruins, browse around vibrant markets or simply soak up the sun on a pristine beach, a cruise around the Mediterranean will offer the perfect break for you.
Written by Joanne, who suggests Cruise.co.uk as a good source to find a Mediterranean cruise holiday.