A Family Beach Vacation in Turkey: Kids-friendly Hotels, Resorts, Attraction and Beaches
What are the best kids-friendly sand and gravel beaches in Turkey? Which resort is the closest to Pamukkale and Cappadocia? Waterparks, amusement parks and sightseeing attractions are listed and described in our review of the family-friendly resorts in Turkey. All the places mentioned in this review were among the best family hotels named by TripAdvisor.ru in 2014.
The bathing suit season in Turkey lasts from May to October, the hottest months are from June to September. The all-inclusive-style of vacation, with buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, where both children and adults can choose whatever they want, is widespread in Turkey. The Turkish resorts are easily accessible by plane from Europe. There are event managers working in most hotel, but the tour operators do recommend 5 star hotels for families with children.
The best places for a family vacation in Turkey are resorts at the Mediterranean sea (Alanya, Antalya, Belek, Kemer, Beldibi, Bogazkent, Side) and at the Aegean Sea (Fethie, Kuşadası, Marmaris, Bodrum).
Family Vacation in the Mediterranean, Beaches and Best Family Hotels in Antalya, Turkey
The flat sandy beaches, so appreciated by parents of young children can be found on the Lara and Kundu seashores of Antalya; gravel beaches in other districts are equipped with pontoons and piers leading to sea. Barut Lara, Liberty Hotels Lara, Delphin Palace Hotel, Delphin Imperial Lara and Hotel Baia Lara hotels are among the best for families with kids in Antalya.
As for entertainment, there are the Dolphin Aqua Land waterpark and a dolphinarium, the Antalya aquarium, the Aktur adventure park, the Suna ethnographical museum, the Düden and Kurşunlu waterfalls are also worth visiting.
Belek is famous for its flat sandy beaches and the opportunities for quiet relaxation. Such resorts as Limak Arcadia Golf Resort, Voyage Belek Golf & Spa, Limak Atlantis Deluxe Golf Hotel & Resort and Papillon Zeugma are the main family hotels in the region. For entertainment, tourists with children can visit the Troy waterpark or join a tour to the ruins of the ancient cities of Perge and Aspendos, the river Manavgat, and the Köprülü canyon. Belek is also one of the few places in Turkey, where the giant Caretta Caretta turtles lay eggs.
The Beldibi beach is located between Antalya and Kemer. Beaches here are mostly gravel, but some hotels use imported sand to make the territory more kids-freindly. The Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort & Spa, Akka Antedon Hotel and Rixos Sungate Hotel are regarded as the best famiy hotels in Beldibi.
Bogazkent is surrounded by cypress and eucalyptus woods, and it is considered a good place for some calm repose. The Alva Donna Exclusive Hotel & Spa with the Relax pavilion and a huge pool with waterslides is the best place for family vacations in this region.
Families, that are going to visit Kemer, will be pleased with fine pebbled beaches in the Tekirova district. The main attraction for children here is the Moonlight park with sports facilities, swimming pools and slides. The Club Med Palmiye is considered to be one of the best family hotels in the area. Those seeking long beaches with fine pebbles can head out to the Cirali village, not far from Kemer, and stay at the Canada Hotel Cirali Olympos or the Aida Hotel Cirali.
The Side region is full of sandy beaches and ancient sights. The AliBey Resort Side with waterpark, the Paloma Oceana Resort, and the Royal Dragon Hotel are by far the best family hotels here. There are no attractions for children in Side, but it is close to the amusement parks of Belek, Alanya and Antalya. Tours to the Cleopatra bath-house and the Manavgat waterfall are also available to the Side holiday-makers.
A Beach Holiday with Kids in Alanya, Turkey
Alanya is the southernmost holiday region of Turkey. There are a lot of small bays with shallow sandy beaches here, the most famous one being the Cleopatra beach, in the western part of city. Families with kids can visit the Sealanya dolphinarium and the Waterplanet waterpark. Alanya is also close to the canyons and caves of Cappadocia.
Overall, this holiday spot is generally cheaper than Belek or Side. Among the best family hotels of Alanya are the Grand Okan, the Alaiye Resort & Spa Hotel, the Sentido Gold Island, and the Delphin Botanik World of Paradise.
Family Vacation at the Aegean Seashore: Marmaris, Kuşadası, Fethie, Bodrum
The calm Fethie Gulf is appreciated by the lovers of quiet sea for its small bays, protected from the wind. Sand beaches here are mostly municipal, but some hotels do have private beaches. Adults can try paragliding above the blue Olu Deniz bay, and families with children are welcomed by such hotels as the Majesty Club Tuana Park and the Hillside Beach Club in Fethie, and the Liberty Hotels Lykia (with the Kid’s World entertainment center) in Olu Deniz.
Even though Marmaris is considered to be the best place for noisy parties, it also has more than 40 family hotels. Club Anastasia, Club Alize, Hotel Cettia Beach Resort, Club Aida and Neilson Adakoy Beach Club are considered the best family hotels in Marmaris. There is plenty of attractions for kids in Marmaris as well: families with children can visit the Atlantis and the Aqua Dream waterparks, go the the Archeology park, join an excursion to the İztuzu Beach with turtles, and a beach in the Kaputas bay. In the evenings, there is a light show by the musical fountain.
Bodrum is not a very popular destination among families with kids, but there are several quiet hotels, situated far from the night parties here also. For instance, the Ersan Resort & Spa with its own waterpark. The most popular Bodrum attractions are the dolphinarium and excursions to Efes.
In Kuşadası families with kids are welcomed at the Kustur Club Holiday Village, and also the Aqua Fantasy and the Adaland waterparks. From Kuşadası tourists can also go to the ancient towns of Troy and Efes, and to the the Pamukkale geothermal springs.
Information on festivals, exhibitions, and other events for the whole family in various parts of the world can be found in our What’s On section.
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