The summer of 2020 has been unique in modern history, with an ongoing pandemic, and travel worldwide has been difficult due to various restrictions.
In the meantime, Turkey remains a summer vacation paradise, welcoming millions of tourists every year. If you haven’t yet taken a summer holiday this year, we have a surprise for you: it’s still summer in Turkey, which means mild weather, outdoor dining, swimming and sightseeing!
This month, in our ongoing series on holiday concepts, we explore Turkey’s best destinations for a late summer vacation – away from the crowds.
In the heart of nature in Ayvalık
Overlooking a sparkling blue bay with views of the Ayvalık Island archipelago and the Greek island of Lesbos, Ayvalık greets visitors with balmy weather, lush nature and delicious Aegean flavors. Like most locales in Turkey, Ayvalık has its share of historical sites; the ancient cities of Troy and Assos are a few hours’ drive from town. Ayvalık itself was an ancient Aeolian port. While the area is busy during the height of summer, it becomes much calmer as autumn rolls in.
To discover more about the late summer charms of Ayvalık, please see our blog, In the heart of nature in Ayvalık.
Bozcaada’s most beautiful camping areas
It must be acknowledged that the concept of a holiday has evolved along with the pandemic, as visions of lively beaches and nightlife give way to thoughts of quiet, uncrowded destinations. Caravan, camping and glamping holidays, along with treks or bicycle tours, tend to dominate our current vacation plans.
In our blog, The most beautiful camping areas in Bozcaada, you’ll find listings of the island’s most picturesque – and uncrowded – areas. Perfect for a late summer camping vacation!
The calmest bays in Bodrum
Just outside of the bustling Bodrum you know and remember are some of Turkey’s most secluded bays. For a deliciously relaxed holiday away from the crowds, please see our blog on The calmest bays of Bodrum.
Whether you prefer a simple tent or a stylish boutique hotel, the Bodrum area offers a delightful vacation destination for anyone seeking quiet relaxation.
Food and nature: Assos
Set between the Kaz Mountains and the North Aegean coast, Assos is still relatively unknown compared to other Aegean holiday centers. With sea, history and plenty of great food, the ambient noise of charming Assos is the singing of birds. Whether you prefer camping, rustic bungalows or boutique hotels, Assos delivers.
In the Assos center, visitors can wander narrow streets with centuries-old structures. There’s also the Assos Ancient City, definitely worth a visit. And, naturally, quaint restaurants offering outdoor dining and Aegean cuisine – which, in this area, tends to emphasize fresh herbs and vegetables.
For a socially distanced summer vacation away from the crowds, add Assos to your list. For more information, see our blog on Assos: Both taste and nature: Assos!
Datça, capital of calm
There are dozens of beautiful locales for a summer vacation in Turkey. But Datça is among the most distinctive – surrounded by mountains and bays, this beautiful district in Muğla has a humid Mediterranean climate that tempers the heat.
Datça is also famous for its almond groves – so much so that there’s an almond festival every February: the Datça Almond Flower Festival. Fortunately, Datça’s delicious almond treats are available year-round.
If Datça sounds like the perfect place for a peaceful summer holiday, find out more via our blog, Datça, the capital of calmness.