Singles Holidays to Turkey
It wasn’t too long ago that Turkey was a mysterious place to British people, but the tourism boom opened up its wonders to the point where it is now a mainstream destination, loved by millions of European visitors every year.It’s the perfect blend of truly ancient culture and immaculate weather alongside all the trappings of modernity, which makes for the perfect getaway destination for singles.
A great favourite pastime for singles in Turkey is walking. There are some excellent coastal walks and we highly recommend taking in the beautiful scenery with like-minded people. It’s the perfect ice-breaker as we normally go in groups of eight or more – you’ll probably find friends for life. For something less strenuous, how about a cruise in a gulet, the type of boat that has plied these waters for centuries – but now with showers, electrical appliances, a bar and a mini restaurant.Would seven days be enough for you? There are also cruises of Turkey and the Greek islands in a modern cruise ship to consider – not quite as quaint, but with anything you could ever want on tap.
Or how about a typical beach holiday, Turkish style? Soak up the sun and the natural charm and civility of your hosts as you top up your tan on some of the softest sandy beaches Europe has to offer. It really is singles heaven, with so much to do and so many people to meet.
Turkey is one of those destinations you can visit all year round, basking in glorious sunshine for most of the time, with summers been particularly hot and dry.
As with most Mediterranean climates, the best time to visit if you like warm weather are Spring through to Autumn, right through until November, as it enjoys a relatively cooler temperature whilst staying relatively dry also, perfect for long days on the beach or sightseeing. Even during the winter months you can expect mild temperatures with a good amount of sunshine, however rain is more likely, especially along the coastal regions.
The city of Istanbul experiences hot summers, but also cold winters, with heavy snowfall, as does the east of Turkey with its mountainous landscape, so be sure to wrap up warm if you are visiting at this time of the year. If you’re heading on a trip to Central Turkey, its spectacular plateau landscape provides low rainfall and icey cold winters, whilst summers are lush and green with a pleasant and temperate climate.
The people of Turkey are known for their generosity and warmth, with it often being said that they are the most hospitable people on earth. As a guest in their country, it goes without saying that you’re unlikely to leave Turkey without being invited to enjoy a drink tea of tea with them. They take great pride in their hospitality.
The Turkish take great pride in their food, with the cuisine being a mixture of many influences from around the country. Meals are eaten three times a day. The largest is generally in the evening meal, where family and friends come together to socialise, but lunch is also a major meal.
Unlike their neighbours Turks aren’t particularly touchy feely, on initial meetings, greetings tend to be formal and reserved. A simple handshake with direct eye contact is often the norm when holding initial conversations with people.
Turks are devout Muslims so it’s important you adhere to the local dress code, by not wearing scantily clad clothing and covering up when you’re away from the beach or resort.
Tipping: In Turkey it is expected that you tip between 5-10%, in restaurants, cafes and bars. If you are extremely satisfied with the service you received, it’s good tipping etiquette to tip 15% on top. It is not the norm to tip taxi drivers so don’t feel obliged to.
Greetings & Language
If you’re looking to socialise whilst on holiday, it’s handy to have a few simple phrases on hand to converse with the locals.
To say hello, it’s ‘Merhaba’, pronounced Mare-Ha-Ba.
Be sure not to forget your please and thank yous, to say thank you it’s ‘Teşekkür ederim’, pronounced Te-Sh-Qu-Err Ed-Err-Im and please its ‘Lütfen’, pronounced Lut-Fen.