Turkey

Take a holiday to Turkey to visit Istanbul's famous 17th-century Blue Mosque. Then head for sandy beaches along Turkey's Turquoise Coast or Cappadocia's moonscape rock formations. You'll soon realise that holidays to Turkey are all about extremes. Be prepared to mix Ottoman mosques and centuries-old ruins with fast-paced metropolitan cities.

Highlights

Turkey.

For cultural holidays, visit Turkey's former Ottoman capital Istanbul. Head south to the Turquoise Coast's busy resorts on a water sports holiday to Turkey. In the east of Turkey, you'll find remote mountains and Kurdish culture. Hike through cool green forests in the Kakar Mountains along Turkey's northern Black Sea coast.

Urban

Turkey.

Sit on the blue-tiled floors inside Istanbul's Blue Mosque and gaze up at a mix of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Get a taste of modern Turkey with its fusion cuisine and stylish rooftop dining. In south-east Turkey you can feed fat carp in sacred pools at biblical Sanliurfa. Take a holiday to Turkey's centre of mystical Islamic Sufism in traditional Konya.

Rural

Turkey.

Go skiing on holidays to Turkey on Uludag's slopes near Bursa. For an energetic holiday clamber over rocky ground in Cappadocia. Then sink your toes in to the soft white sands of Patara Beach on Turkey's lush Turquoise Coast. Pack your Turkey holidays full of Ottoman history by wandering along the cobbled streets of UNESCO-protected Safranbolu.