Turkey is one of the best value destinations in Europe right now but where’s still warm in autumn?

If you’re looking for a warm European getaway this autumn, look no further than Turkey.

The city of Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast is thought to be the cheapest European holiday destination right now.

And with average temperatures between 18°C – 25°C in October, while many Europeans see Turkey as the perfect ‘fly and flop’ beach holiday, it has much more to offer than just sun loungers.

Turkey bridges Europe with Asia and is often described as where ‘east meets west’. It shares borders with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Each country influences Turkey’s culture in its own way, so that each corner of the country feels completely different to the others.

Here’s everything you need to know for a last minute getaway.

Where should I visit in Turkey?
Turkey’s capital is Ankara, but its largest city and financial centre is Istanbul. Either one makes for a great jumping off point, but Istanbul is easier to navigate as a tourist.

A view of Istanbul from the Bosphorous.Canva
Turkey has seven regions. These are the Eastern Anatolia Region, Central Anatolia Region, Black Sea Region, Mediterranean Region, Aegean Region, Marmara Region, and the Southeastern Anatolia Region.

The Eastern Anatolia Region is the largest, consisting mainly of mountains and Turkey’s largest lake, Lake Van. The capital, Ankara, is located in the Central Anatolia Region and the tourist hub of Istanbul is in the Marmara.

Each area is famous for different things, but in general Istanbul is seen as the most popular destination. Bodrum works out as the best place to stay on a budget (with the best nightlife) and Cappadocia has some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes. The best beaches are Patara beach, the Bodrum peninsula and Kaputas beach.

Here are 5 great things to get up to on your stay:

Take a trip to Göreme National Park, Cappadocia
Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. The spectacular rocky landscape was entirely sculpted by erosion and contains evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period like no where else. You can also see the remains of ancient human dwellings dating as far back at the 4th century.

While you’re there, you can take a 1-hour hot air balloon flight and look out over the “fairy chimneys”, a nickname for the unique tick formations there. The best time to go is at sunrise, when the skies are a faded orange.