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Things to know about Turkey

2020-02-20
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Situated partly in Europe and partly in Asia, Turkey is a popular holiday destination for visitors from all over the world. Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and attracts millions of tourists every year. Many tourists come to visit architectural sites like the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, and the Basilica Cistern. Other attractions in Turkey include the sites of the ancient cities of Troy and Ephesus. Along the coast, you’ll find beaches and resorts for a relaxing, seaside holiday.

Turkey has several international airports, and it is relatively easy to find cheap flights to Turkey. There are flights to Turkey from UK airports including Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Manchester, with an average flight time of around four hours. You can find flights to Turkey from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, and Luton, giving you a choice of airports close to the capital.

What is the best time of year to fly to Turkey?

The hottest months of the year in Turkey are July and August, with temperatures around 30 degrees Centigrade. You are more likely to find cheap flights to Turkey in the shoulder season, either side of these months and outside the school holidays. If you’re looking for a beach holiday and some sunshine, flights to Turkey in June 2019 or September 2019 might fit the bill while costing you less.

If you plan to tour some of Turkey’s historic sites, you might prefer slightly cooler weather. Flights to Turkey in April or flights to Turkey in May 2019 tend to work out cheaper than travel during the summer months, and you can expect to enjoy comfortable temperatures for sightseeing. For a Christmas break with a difference, try booking your flights to Turkey in December.

Will flights to Turkey get cheaper?

As a general rule, the earlier you book your flight, the cheaper it will be. However, if you are flexible about your travel dates, you may be able to pick up a bargain when you book flight tickets to Turkey. If flights are underbooked, airlines may reduce the ticket price accordingly. The risk you run is that flights will go up in price, not down. Try to book your flights to Turkey tomorrow and you might find high prices, if there are seats available at all.

You may choose to hold out for a sale. Most airlines sell cheap tickets in January, so you can plan ahead for your summer holiday. If you’re serious about finding very cheap flights to Turkey, it’s worth signing up to receive emails from airlines, or following them on social media, so you’ll be the first to find out about deals. Keep your options open, and you may be able to pick up a good deal on your last minute flights to Turkey.

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