Things to Do in Turkey if You’re Not Big on Heat
We’ve all heard the cruel jokes about people who might burst into flames in direct sunlight. However, when your skin is fair and you’re set to go on holiday to a hot spot, it’s definitely no laughing matter, even less so if your mates want to spend their days frying in the sun.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to fun and helpful things to do when you don’t handle the sun so well. Put sunscreen and calamine lotion on your shopping list — it’s always good to be prepared — and sit back and read why Turkey is a great choice for you anyway.
Plan meals around the hottest hours
Take time out from the sun to refuel with a lunchtime meal and hydrate yourself. The hottest hours tend to occur between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm: the perfect time for a nice long lunch!
Kick back in a cool restaurant that offers plenty of shade, or soak up the warm weather from safely beneath a café parasol. By the time you’ve eaten a hearty meal and drunk some water (or something stronger if you prefer a tipple) the sun will have started to relax a little. That’s your cue to get back out and enjoying yourself!
Have a nap, siesta-style!
Take a tip from the Spanish: they’re very much used to the sun but still take a timely break with a siesta. There’s no shame in going for a short nap in the afternoon, especially if you were out on the tiles the previous night or need to sleep off your lunch.
The siesta originated just along the Mediterranean from Turkey, so there’s every reason to duck inside for a couple of hours and snatch a power nap!
Sample Turkey’s amazing shopping experiences
Avoid the heat by doing some really cool shopping trips. Turkey has a wide variety of indoor malls and covered markets that allow you to shop until you drop — but not from sunstroke.
Cities such as Marmaris are bursting with shopping spots. Why not meander around a mall or bounce down to a bazaar for the afternoon? You’ll find souvenir ideas, exotic rugs and beautiful fabrics. Plus you can haggle over spices and sample sweet treats like Turkish Delight or baklava!
Become a culture vulture
Stroll around and take in classic architecture — it’s more refreshing than lurking at the fringes of the pool. Just put on a hat, a T-shirt, some UV-protective sunglasses and more than a little factor 30, and you’re good to go get some culture!
Turkey has some remarkable Roman and Ottoman architecture, as well as some from the Crusades. If natural history is more your thing, there are some stunning locations, such as the Tomb of Amyntas, which is carved into the rock face of a mountain, in Fethiye.
There are plenty of things to do on a holiday in Turkey, even if you’re fairer than most. If you need more general advice, take a look at our piece on everything else you need to know. Then head out to Turkey with Falcon Holidays and have a top-notch trip.