With its mix of ancient minarets, beautiful coastline and fast-paced metropolitan cities, Turkey offers an exciting variety of honeymoon destinations. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway by the beach, or an exciting cultural journey through a fascinating past, Turkey is a fantastic destination for romance this year.
Istanbul offers a vibrant romantic retreat immersed in culture and fascinating history. Divided by the Bosphorus, the waterway linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, this exciting city has a foot in both Europe and Asia. Steeped in relics of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman eras together with the colourful chaos of modern life, Istanbul is a fantastic city to get away to and revel in both the old and new. The main attractions are concentrated in the old part of the city, Sultanahmet. Visit the Hagia Sophia Museum with its Byzantine mosaics and gilded interiors, or venture to the Topkapi Palace, seat of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. The city’s iconic Blue Mosque dates back to the 17th century, an awe-inspiring sight popular with many visitors to Istanbul. It is also worth venturing past at night when the mosque is beautifully lit. Alternatively, relax after your wedding with a real Turkish steam bath at the Hamman. One of the traditional baths, you will be steamed, soaped and pummelled by an experienced masseur.
Compliment the romance of this beautiful city with a stay at the A’jia boutique hotel. Ideally located on the shores of the Bosphorus, this is a perfect place to retreat after a day exploring the bustling streets. Contemporary interiors are housed within a traditional Ottoman mansion, effortlessly combining elegance and grandeur. Honeymooners can relax in style and admire the views of the Bosphorus from their balcony or take a dip in their own private Jacuzzi.
If you fancy a more relaxing time away, journey to the Turkish province of Antalya. With beautiful beaches, historic ruins and charming hotels, honeymooners are treated to a winning combination of romance and culture. Antalya City is a beautiful place to spend a day exploring, walking the city’s tree-lined boulevards, visiting Hadrian’s Gate and admiring the views from the Clock Tower at Kalekapisi and Republic Square. Honeymoons are all about relaxing and what better place to unwind then the pristine beaches of Olimpos and Cirali. Located in front of two charming small villages, the beaches offer quiet seclusion in a beautiful location. Nearby Antalya city is Manavgat Waterfall, a picturesque spot perfect for enjoying a romantic picnic. Take in the dramatic view as you enjoy cool drinks in the shade of the tea gardens.
Tucked into a little side street near Antalya’s historic Kaleici district, the Tuvana is a beautiful boutique hotel dating back to the days of the Ottaman Empire. The rooms have been elegantly decorated to include the royal comforts of 18th century romance. Ottoman painted ceilings, hand woven rugs and gold leaf mirrors feature in the rooms, while a marble en-suite complete with a Jacuzzi awaits you in the bathroom. Honeymooners can relax in authentic Turkish style whilst exploring the beautiful Antalya province.