The fantastic country of Turkey features wonderful beach resorts in Dalaman, sparkling blue seas, never-ending sunshine and a staggeringly beautiful coastline. It is also a land with magnificent past, and everywhere you turn during your holiday in Turkey you stumble across relics of ancient civilisations. Ancient, modern, and infused by the exotic, Dalaman holidays offer a great escape from the ordinary.
There is something for everyone, whether it is lazing on the beach or scuba diving, playing golf or haggling for souvenirs, exploring a quiet hilltop village or dancing the night away in bustling cosmopolitan resort. There is a wide range of accommodation available, including active resort hotels, family, spas and sport hotels. This vibrant eastern Mediterranean country is fast becoming our best-loved holidays destination.
Dalaman holidays offer a refreshing east-meets-west blend of culture, cuisine and colour – with a climate that’s hard to beat, too. Straddling two continents, and centuries of civilisation, Turkey has more ancient monuments and world heritage sites than even Greece. Yet this is a country firmly looking forward – determined to show that Dalaman holidays offer the most tempting range of good value resorts and comfortable, well looked after accommodation.
Turkey is a transcontinental Eurasian country. Asian Turkey (made up largely of Anatolia), which includes 97% of the country, is separated from European Turkey by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles (which together form a water link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean). European Turkey (eastern Thrace or Rumelia in the Balkan peninsula) comprises 3% of the country.
The territory of Turkey is more than 1,600 kilometres (1,000 mi) long and 800 km (500 mi) wide, with a roughly rectangular shape. It lies between latitudes 35° and 43° N, and longitudes 25° and 45° E. Turkey's area, including lakes, occupies 783,562 square kilometres (300,948 sq mi), of which 755,688 square kilometres (291,773 sq mi) are in Southwest Asia and 23,764 square kilometres (9,174 sq mi) in Europe. Turkey is the world's 37th-largest country in terms of area. The country is encircled by seas on three sides: the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. Turkey also contains the Sea of Marmara in the northwest.
The European section of Turkey, East Thrace, forms the borders of Turkey with Greece and Bulgaria. The Asian part of the country, Anatolia, consists of a high central plateau with narrow coastal plains, between the Köroğlu and Pontic mountain ranges to the north and the Taurus Mountains to the south. Eastern Turkey has a more mountainous landscape and is home to the sources of rivers such as the Euphrates, Tigris and Aras, and contains Lake Van and Mount Ararat, Turkey's highest point at 5,165 metres (16,946 ft). Lake Tuz, Turkey's third-largest lake, is a macroscopically visible feature in the middle of the country.
Turkey is divided into seven census regions: Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia and the Mediterranean. The uneven north Anatolian terrain running along the Black Sea resembles a long, narrow belt. This region comprises approximately one-sixth of Turkey's total land area. As a general trend, the inland Anatolian plateau becomes increasingly rugged as it progresses eastward.