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Destination guide

Turkey’s delights

Since its time as the center of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has been a crossroads where cultures collide. Straddling the boundaries of Europe and Asia, and boasting a wide-ranging collection of influences—Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and more—the country has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the world’s most diverse destinations. For visitors to Turkey, vacation rentals promise an ideal base for exploring its finest wonders; the golden sands of Antalya’s beaches, bustling fairs and festivals of the Izmir art scene, and archaeological sites and heritages landmarks of Ankara and Istanbul are all enticing options for exotic getaways.

Things to do

Ancient wonders of Turkey

Built at present-day Bodrum between 353 and 350 BCE, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—one of 2 such structures to be found in Turkey. The construction of this tomb attracted many of the period’s most notable artists, who ornamented its 4 sides with sculptural reliefs. Today, only the foundations remain, after a series of earthquakes laid waste to the original edifice between the 12th and 15th centuries, but an on-site museum displays fascinating artifacts and models that showcase the original splendor of this architectural marvel.

Activities

Turkey's water sports

The Aegean and Mediterranean Seas wrap around Turkey’s scenic coastline, providing ample opportunity for an aquatic adventure. Whether it’s white-water rafting on Antalya’s Köprülü River, catching a gnarly wave off the shores of Turgutreis, or kiteboarding in picturesque Canakkale, there’s no shortage of pulse-pounding entertainment to be had. The turquoise waters of Bodrum, meanwhile, promise ideal conditions for spotting vibrant coral, an enviable variety of plants, and even fascinating sunken-city remains. Due to the recent influx of divers to the coastal resorts of Turkey, vacation rentals are in high demand, so be sure to book early.

Weather

Seasonal shifts in Turkey

The most popular vacation rentals in Turkey are found along the western and southern coasts, where a temperate Mediterranean climate keeps things mild in winter. The region also promises warm, sun-soaked summer days, so beach trips and outdoor excursions are a breeze. Areas near the Black Sea tend to experience cooler winters and wetter summers, though the showers don’t last long. You might not expect to find world-class ski resorts in Turkey, but Ilgaz and Kartalkaya are just 2 of the towns that have turned their snow-filled off-season periods into a prize attraction.

Natural features

Turkey's natural side

To discover a more natural side of Turkey, vacation rentals near Belgrad Forest, a beloved oasis for Istanbul city slickers in search of serenity, are just the ticket. This mixed deciduous woodland is decorated with a variety of hiking, jogging, and walking trails, as well as 9 nature parks and the Atatürk Arboretum. The latter is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, who can stroll around the 3 central lakes and admire indigenous and exotic flora, including the likes of wetland bald cypresses, colorful bird of paradise flowers, and the endangered dawn redwood.

How many vacation rentals are available around Turkey?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 5,716 vacation rentals around Turkey. From 2,788 villa rentals to 1,555 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Turkey?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Turkey. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kaş: 1,596 vacation rentals
  • Fethiye: 870 vacation rentals
  • Kalkan: 1,354 vacation rentals
  • Alanya: 303 vacation rentals
  • İstanbul: 860 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Turkey! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Turkey?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Turkey:

  • Kaş: 1,596 rentals
  • Fethiye: 870 rentals
  • Alanya: 303 rentals
  • İstanbul: 860 rentals
  • Bodrum: 601 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Turkey?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Turkey are:

  • Ataturk Airport (IST): 831 vacation rentals
  • Bodrum - Milas Airport (BJV): 174 vacation rentals
  • Dalaman Airport (DLM): 847 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Turkey?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Turkey. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Muhsine Hatun Mahallesi: 839 rentals
  • Sultanahmet Square: 840 rentals
  • Gocek Marina: 1,263 rentals
  • Oludeniz Beach: 827 rentals
  • Boyalık Beach: 56 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Turkey listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Turkey

Antalya
2,223 vacation rentals
Izmir
146 vacation rentals
Ankara
29 vacation rentals
Muğla Province
2,150 vacation rentals
Istanbul Province
859 vacation rentals
Sakarya Province
53 vacation rentals
Bursa Province
25 vacation rentals
Aydın Province
109 vacation rentals
Balıkesir Province
18 vacation rentals
Trabzon Province
28 vacation rentals
Crete
7,756 vacation rentals
Famagusta District
2,267 vacation rentals
Adjara
294 vacation rentals
Burgas Province
967 vacation rentals
Aegean
7,391 vacation rentals
Macedonia and Thrace
1,718 vacation rentals
Mtskheta-Mtianeti
62 vacation rentals
Imereti
48 vacation rentals
Kakheti
15 vacation rentals
Samtskhe-Javakheti
38 vacation rentals