LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2012) - With its intoxicating blend of eastern European and western Asian culture, Turkey has long been a favourite destination for holidaymakers. With great deals on flights with Monarch, getting to Bodrum, Dalaman or Antalya - all beautiful destinations along Turkey's western and southern coasts - just got more affordable.
Bodrum makes an immediate impact on visitors thanks to its juxtaposition of idyllic beach culture and preserved ancient ruins, most notably the remnants of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Not far from that site is the Theatre of Halicarnassus, which can still seat 4,000 of the original estimated 10,000 it held in the late 2nd century BC.
Away from the historical side of things, guests can escape the surface altogether by embarking on a short diving course. Courses include PADI, NAUI and CMAS levels, with the PADI costing around EUR350 over four days and including everything you need right down to the training manuals.
Those keen to head towards Turkey's Turquoise Coast should jet to Dalaman Airport. Flying to Dalaman with Monarch will cost customers near enough the same as Bodrum, allowing travellers a great opportunity to explore this beautiful region, described as the 'Turkish Riviera'.
Long stretches of beach with warm, clear water alongside blue lagoons surrounded by dense, green forests and sand - the obvious natural delights of this region are clear to see. However, there is much to do here besides sunning yourself, with watersports and hill trails common in areas such as Olu Deniz.
Also located in the southwest of Turkey is Antalya which, aside from being Turkey's biggest sea resort, is currently the world's third most visited city by number of international arrivals.
Historical buildings stretching back to ancient times, such as Hadrian's Gate or the second century Hidirlik Tower, blend wonderfully with more modern structures in this booming city, making it a joy to explore. Besides taking in the history of ancient ruins or visiting other highlights such as the restored Ottoman houses in Kaleiçi, guests love to explore the bazaars of the old town centre, experience fine Turkish cuisine in one of the many great restaurants, or take advantage of one of several 'active' opportunities on offer, such as horse riding or even white-water rafting in the nearby Köprülu Kanyon.
Flights with Monarch to these destinations start at just £51 per adult and depart from Birmingham, Manchester, London Gatwick and London Luton airports. You can find more information about Monarch's affordable flights to Turkey and other locations around the world by visiting www.monarch.co.uk.