In everyday life, cars are the preferred method of getting around however,  according to Mintel’s Holiday Car Hire UK 2017 report, only 33% of British holidaymakers were forecast to hire a car whilst on holiday in 2018.

There is a common perception that hiring a car whilst on holiday is complicated and expensive.

That’s where Discover Car Hire can help. There are over 2,000,0000 cars in 150+ countries car rental offers provided on their website  and they have a unique comparison facility that means you can book the perfect vehicle for your needs at the best price. With great prices on all car groups, including luxury cars, people carriers and minivans, as well as personalised assistance during the reservation process, you can be sure you will receive the best car rental experience.

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Car rental in Turkey

There are many advantages to hiring a car in Turkey when you are on holiday, the biggest of which is you are free to go where you want, when you want – you can just get up and go.

Turkey is a vast country, with a dramatic, varied landscape and steeped in history. There is so much to see and do, it’s an absolute certainty that you’ll want to fit in as much exploring as possible. Many historical sites and places of interest are within driving distance of your chosen resort.

To make it easier to decide how best to spend your stay in Turkey, here’s a selection of places to visit to make your holiday one to remember.

Ephesus

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Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey. | by Tanya.K.

Famous throughout history for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the great and sacred city of Ephesus lay in ruins until the early 20thcentury. Now it is one of the most extensive archaeological sites in the world.

Pamukkale and Hieropolis

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Pamukkale. Photograph courtesy of mybestplace.com

One of the natural wonders of Turkey is the thermal spa of Pamukkale . Pamukkale is fed by a mineral-rich freshwater spring, emanating from a higher plateau. As the waters have  spilled over the plateau edge over the centuries, they have deposited their minerais into a seam of limestone several meters thick, creating a travertine waterfall.

Visible from far accross the surrounding countryside, its stalactites give the appearance of newly fallen snow.

The Turks named this rare geological feature Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle”.

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Hieropolis. Photograph courtesy of Denizli.org

The site is also the location of the ancient spa of Hieropolis (which means “holy city”), built there by the Romans to dominate the the spring waters and harness their reputed religious and mystical qualities.  While not in the same league as Ephesus, they do merit some exploration.

Izmir

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İzmir: Pearl of the Aegean. Photo Credit: Turkey Home

Turkey’s third-largest city, Izmir, has been an important Aegean port since ancient times, when it was known as the Greek city of Smyrna; its seafront is as fetching and lively as any in the world. The city’s rich and fascinating heritage reflects the fact that it has been the home of Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Levantines and Turks over the centuries. Today, the city still enjoys its small but culturally colorful Jewish and Levantine communities – and its unique and delicious cuisine attests to this. Despite its monumental history, Izmir and its delightful sea towns are among the must see places during the summer. If you want to enjoy sun, sea and the sand, you should definitely add Izmir to your holiday-route.

Cappadocia

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The fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Photograph courtesy of The Penn Stater Magazine.

A day’s travel away from the coast, Cappadocia  is a region not to be missed. It’s a landscape of astonishing beauty, shaped by wind and water into hundreds of tall columns called ‘fairy chimneys’. The area also became a refuge for early Christians, who carved hundreds of frescoed churches into the soft rock of the pillars and surrounding hills. These now form one of the most important collections or early Christian and Byzantine art in the world, recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

Driving Tips

Traffic drives on the right in Turkey.

The speed limit on most roads in Turkey is 90km/h. In cities and on some rural roads, the speed limit is usually 50km/h and on motorways it is 120km/h. Traffic police often carry out spot checks and on-the-spot fines are levied if you are speeding.

Make sure you carry your driving license and passport with you at all times.

Turkish road signs conform to international standards with the standard signs.  It’s worth making sure you know some of the most important road signs e.g. Durmeans stop, Dikkat means watch out.

And finally…

Drive slowly and enjoy the scenery. After all, that’s why you hired a car.

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