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Uncover Turkey’s hidden charms

Book flights to Turkey to experience a symphony of cultures in a country where east meets west.

Its key position along ancient silk and spice routes means this is a land where many of the world’s greatest powers have set foot over the centuries.

Here you can see some of the world’s oldest ruins. The likes of Gobekli Tepe, Hattusha and Nemrut have outlasted the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras.

You can also explore the gorgeous Turquoise Coast, where waves gently brush the white sands and palm trees dance in the sea breeze.

This long stretch of coastline is dotted with rustic villages, yacht-filled harbours and cobblestone streets where shopkeepers and customers chat in the doorways.

Book your flight tickets to Turkey with Etihad Airways and you could be dipping your toes into sparkling waters one minute and sipping Turkish tea with the locals the next.

What's the weather like in Turkey?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

6°C

10cm

FEB

7°C

7cm

MAR

10°C

6cm

APR

14°C

4cm

MAY

19°C

3cm

JUN

21°C

3cm

JUL

23°C

2cm

AUG

23°C

3cm

SEP

19°C

4cm

OCT

14°C

7cm

NOV

10°C

10cm

DEC

12°C

11cm

From May to September in Turkey the weather is typically hot, with daytime averages well above 30°C. Visit in April or November and you’ll experience more moderate temperatures of around 17°C.

Winters in Turkey are generally mild, but can be wet and occasionally snowy. This is peak season for skiers visiting the country’s major resorts. The figures shown are for Istanbul.

Flying to Turkey with Etihad

blue mosque istanbul

Istanbul (IST)

Fly to Istanbul to experience Turkey’s rich past and vibrant present. The Blue Mosque exudes majesty in every light – its iconic six towers rising high above the city. The observation deck of the Istanbul Sapphire is the perfect opportunity to see old and new together.

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kaleidoscope antalya

Antalya (AYT)

With bright white sands, blue waters and waterfalls, Antalya is a kaleidoscope of colours. Fly here to enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation. Lie back on the beach, sip Turkish tea in a quaint cafe or picnic by the spectacular Kursunlu Waterfalls.

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bodrum turkey

Bodrum (BJV)

Visit the ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – once one of the Seven Wonders of the World – and experience Bodrum’s bustling bazaars. Awaken each of your senses in the markets or take to the water and voyage around stunning bays. End the day with a Turkish feast as the sun sets over the city’s yacht-studded marina.

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Reasons to visit Turkey

lake egirdir in turkey at sunset with the sky reflecting in the water

Visit one of the largest lakes in Turkey

Locally known as the ‘Seven Coloured Lake’ due to its ever-changing shades, Lake Eğirdir serves up one of Turkey’s most breathtaking vistas. Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon watching the wildlife.

Surrounded by mountains, the lake offers great walks and plenty of cycle routes. Take a boat trip out on the water to find the best swimming spots.

turkish food kebabs

Enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine

Turkish cuisine combines flavours from Asia, Europe and the Middle East to create an unforgettable taste. Meat-eaters will love kofte, a minced meat kebab paired with pittas and dip, while other dishes are packed with vegetables like aubergine, onion, garlic and tomatoes. For something sweet, try baklava – pastry soaked in syrup with a nutty filling.

pamukkale thermal springs in turkey

Discover the Cotton Castle

Pamukkale, or the Cotton Castle, is a unique historic site in the south-west of Turkey. Here you’ll find wonderfully warm thermal springs, a result of subterranean volcanic activity, heating the mineral rich waters.

The ‘Cotton Castle’ name is inspired by the calcium carbonate left behind by steam, creating a white stone called travertine. Watch as it shimmers in the sunlight and explore Hierapolis, ancient Greek ruins around the pools.

Things to know before you fly to Turkey

meals Food

Turkish cuisine offers a delicious blend of influences from around the world. Staples include meat kebabs and the Turkish pizza called pide. Meze is a popular way to eat – a variety of small dishes such as olives, dips, peppers, flatbread and more.

currency Local currency

Turkey’s currency is the Turkish lira (TRY). You can withdraw cash from ATMs or from the Currency Exchange Offices, known as Zeki Döviz Bürosu. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

globe Language

Turkish is the most common language in Turkey. Kurmanji, Arabic and Zazaki are also spoken in some areas. English is widely spoken and understood in major cities and tourist spots.

socket Plugs

Turkey uses two plug types – C and F, which are 220 V and 50 Hz. These are standard across Europe.

Flying to Turkey: FAQs

Where can I fly into Turkey?

Etihad Airways fly direct to Istanbul Airport (IST), the country’s largest airport. Connecting flights are available to other popular destinations.

How do I get from Istanbul Airport to the city centre?

Pre-book your transfer with Etihad before you fly and a driver will be waiting for you on arrival at Istanbul Airport, providing a smooth onward journey. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or hop on a bus. It should take around 50 minutes to reach the centre of Istanbul.

Why we love Turkey

“You’ll never grow tired of visiting Turkey. Whether you want to lie back and relax on the beach or grab a lahmacun for lunch while exploring the city, this place enriches the soul. The people are so friendly here, too.”

The best of Turkey

Turkey’s rich variety is what makes it such a compelling place to visit. You can find a quiet cove on the sea to soak up the sun for a week, or you can explore the winding lanes of Istanbul – even better, you can do both.

As you travel around, you’ll find echoes of former civilisations – Turkey’s strategic location has attracted interest from empires through the ages, and the rich range of architecture in Turkey tells its own story. That variety extends to the landscape and cuisine too – Turkey is endlessly fascinating.

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