20 Best Places For Cheap Holidays in Turkey. We may all have different understandings of holidays. I m ay want to travel and see as much as possible, but you can choose a hotel holiday where you can lie down and rest, or you can go to a place where you can camp and dream of having a holiday surrounded by nature. Although we have different holiday dreams, we all consider our budget while making our plans. An affordable holiday is always the most enjoyable. And think about it, does it sound better to take a vacation all year or to take vacations often in a year? I think the answer is obvious. There are many places where you can have a cheap holiday in Turkey, which we can define as a holiday paradise.
List of Top 20 Places For Cheap Holidays in Turkey
- Balikesir – Erdek
- Izmir – Sigacik
- Canakkale – Gokceada
- Balikesir – Ayvalik
- Aydin – Didim
- Izmir – Foca
- Bartin – Amasra
- Duzce – Akcakoca
- Canakkale – Assos
- Balikesir – Avsa Island
- Aydin – Guzelcamli
- Balikesir – Akcay
- Antalya – Olympos
- Mugla – Datca
- Mersin – Erdemli
- Mugla – Akyaka
- Karabuk – Safranbolu
1. Balikesir – Erdek
While holiday destinations such as Bodrum, Alacati and Cesme had not gained their popularity today, Erdek was one of the first holiday resorts in Turkey. Erdek, which is a district of Balıkesir, was preferred very often because it is very close to many cities such as Istanbul and Bursa. Although not as it used to be, Erdek is a frequently preferred holiday destination today, because it is possible to have a holiday at very affordable prices compared to the holiday resorts in the south of the country. Think of it this way, you can spend at least 7 days in Erdek with the money you would spend for only 4 days in one of the popular holiday resorts.
2. Izmir – Sigacik
When the words Izmir and holiday come together, one thinks of Cesme and Alacati. Yes, the atmosphere of Ceşme and Alacati is different, but since it has become very popular in recent years, it is both very crowded and a little expensive. At this point, Sigacik, the charming neighborhood of Seferihisar, Turkey’s first town with the title of calm city, comes to our rescue. Especially if you are tired of crowded cities and holiday resorts and you are looking for a peaceful getaway, you should definitely go to Sigacik. You will understand what I mean when you go and you will always want to go to Sigacik from now on. In addition to all this calmness and peace, you can also have a very cheap holiday in Sigacik. Some of the old stone houses of the neighborhood have been converted into hostels and have become affordable accommodation options. Sigacik is 50 kilometers away from Izmir. You can reach Sigacik if you take the 829 bus after you buy your Izmir flight ticket and go to Cumaovasi with IZBAN from the airport.
3. Canakkale – Gokceada
When you say island vacation, you directly think of the Greek Islands, right? Of course, you may not always be able to allocate enough holiday budget to go to the Greek Islands. Okay, I’m telling you the formula: Gokceada. You can even increase your budget for the next year’s holiday, as your holiday in Gokceada will be affordable. Holidays in Gokceada are not only cheap but also peaceful and enjoyable. You can fully enjoy this island, especially while visiting the famous Greek villages of the island. Do not forget to taste the Greek dishes. These meals make you forget the diet or something. Who needs a diet on vacation anyway? If you are into water sports, you can do windsurfing and kitesurfing at Aydincik Beach on the island. If you want to explore underwater, Yildiz Bay is perfect for diving.
4. Balikesir – Ayvalik
In Ayvalik, one of the most peaceful holiday destinations in the North Aegean, your understanding of vacation can completely change. All of its olive-smelling streets meet the deep blue sea in Ayvalik. For a while, you imagine that you are standing in the middle of such a street, choosing a house for yourself and living there. Especially while watching the sunset, you feel like you are in a completely different land. There are many places you can visit in Ayvalik, but if you want to swim, you should definitely try Sarimsakli, Altiova and Armutcuk beaches. You can also pass by Cunda Island and swim in the beaches there. I am sure that you will love Cunda’s unique atmosphere. So, how are the prices, you might be thinking.Do not worry about food and beverage expenses during your Ayvalik holiday, because in general, everything is affordable. For accommodation, you can find budget-friendly boutique hotels, hostels and aparthotels in both Ayvalik and Cunda. It can be a bit crowded on public holidays and holidays and it is necessary to be early in making a reservation.
5. Aydın – Didim
The sea of Didim, one of Aydin’s most popular holiday destinations, is very beautiful and clean at the same time. With its long beaches and clear sea, it is a favorite region especially for tourists. Of course, all these beauties also bring a little crowd. Didim’s famous Altinkum Beach can be a bit crowded especially in summer, but the sea season in Didim is also open in spring and autumn. For this reason, I think you should choose to spend your first vacation or last vacation in Didim. Of course, see Altinkum while you’re there, but I recommend you to stop by Akbuk, Sapli Ada, Akkoy and Lake Bafa. There are many Bays in Didim and all of them are worth exploring. You can join boat tours to explore. You should definitely see the Aquarium Bay, which has a tremendous beauty. Although Didim is crowded, it is an affordable holiday destination. In addition to hostels and aparthotels, Didim hotels with all-inclusive concept also offer a very cheap holiday opportunity.
6. Izmir – Foca
There are many places where you can have a holiday in Izmir. For example, I just talked about Sigacik. Now it’s Foca’s turn. Foca is actually divided into two as Old Foca and New Foca. You can observe the historical texture and stone structures of Foca best in Old Foca. The most interesting place you can see in Old Foca is Siren Rocks. You can see the Mediterranean seals living on the rocks, whose name is based on Greek Mythology, but don’t worry if you can’t see them, you will definitely hear their voices while walking in Old Foca. There are piers and restaurants along the coastline. During the day, you can swim from these piers and have your dinner at the restaurants by the beach. Don’t worry, all the restaurants are reasonably priced.
7. Bartin – Amasra
Let’s turn our route to the Black Sea a little bit. In Amasra, one of the most beautiful holiday resorts of the Black Sea region, you can get away from the chaos of daily life and have a quiet and cheap holiday. Since it is a small town, it has an untouched beauty, but don’t let it make you think that it can be boring because it is small. In Amasra, you can have as much fun in the evenings as in popular holiday resorts, and you won’t pay too much. Whatever kind of entertainment you are looking for is available in Amasra. You may prefer the spring months when the air is the cleanest to go to Amasra, but this period may not be very suitable for swimming. For this reason, I can say that it would be the best choice to make your Amasra trip coincide with the month of June. Amasra hotels are quite successful in terms of price and performance. If you prefer to buy a bus ticket on your way to Amasra, you will have an unforgettable holiday at affordable prices.
8. Duzce – Akcakoca
Another cheap holiday destination in the Black Sea region is Akcakoca. This is a lush place with its valleys, streams, waterfalls and hazelnut groves. The sea of Akcakoca, which has a 40-kilometer-long beach, is clean and its sands are fine. She has a virgin beauty, so you will understand. When this is the case, it is extremely enjoyable to swim and have a holiday here. In addition, Akcakoca hotels have their own beaches. You can choose such a hotel or you can evaluate hostel, apart hotel and boutique hotel options. Whichever you stay, you can be sure it will be affordable.
9. Canakkale – Assos
How about a holiday to Lesbos Island? Assos, which is exactly opposite Lesbos Island, is one of the places with the most oxygen in our country. Its air is so clean that you will be intoxicated with oxygen. Also, Assos has a very romantic atmosphere. You can have a romantic getaway with your lover or spouse. There are many coves with untouched beauty and clean sea where you can swim in Assos. You can especially go to Kadırga Bay and enjoy swimming against the lush green landscape. Pensions and hotels located close to Kadırga Bay also attract attention with their affordable prices. Boutique hotels are more concentrated in Assos and there are options for every budget.
10. Balikesir – Avsa Island
Avsa Island is a great option for Istanbulites, as it is very close to Istanbul and cheap. It is very easy to reach the island by sea buses from Bostancı and Yenikapi. Even if you do not live in Istanbul, you can come to Istanbul and go to Avşa Island with affordable Istanbul flight tickets. There are many untouched Bay on the island. You can especially visit Mavikoy, Cinaralti Bay, Kumtur and Tavşanlı Bay. You may have heard that the island is a little small and thought you might get bored in the evenings, but the back of the island is an entertainment paradise. Among many nightclubs and discos, you can choose the one that suits your sense of entertainment. Besides, you will have fun for a very cheap price compared to the popular holiday resorts of Turkey. In terms of accommodation, there are many affordable options on Avsa Island.
11. Aydin – Guzelcamli
If you have never heard of Guzelcamli, which has been hidden next to Kusadasi all this time, today is the time. The most well-known and popular place of Guzelcamli is Dilek Peninsula National Park. Known for its rich plant and animal diversity, this park also has bays that impress with their natural beauties. The sea of these coves is so clean and clear that you can swim for hours. You can also stop by the Zeus Cave in the park. There is also an interesting tradition associated with this cave. Since the name of the park is “Dilek Peninsula National Park”, they tie a cloth to the section at the entrance of the cave and make a wish. If you want to do the same, don’t forget to take a piece of cloth that you can tie with you. Let’s come to the prices. Accommodation options are quite economical compared to the popular holiday resorts of our country. Eating, drinking and activities will not strain your budget.
12. Balikesir – Akcay
Your holiday in Akcay, which is located near the Kaz Mountains, will be filled with the harmony of green and blue. With its thermal springs and clean air, those with health problems often prefer Akcay. Especially Gure Hot Springs welcomes many tourists every year. You can go here and try the healing waters. You will feel very healthy when you return from Akcay. The most beautiful beach of Akcay is Altinkum Beach. You can spend peaceful time here all day long. Camlibel Village, located around the Kaz Mountains, is 6 kilometers from Akcay. I think you should definitely visit this village while you are in Akcay. You can have a real village breakfast at an affordable price and on the spot, compared to big cities. To stay in Akcay, you can choose hotels by the sea or thermal facilities. All accommodation options are quite cheap. Especially if you book early for the summer period, you can have a more economical holiday.
13. Antalya – Olympos
It is now obvious how popular Antalya is as a holiday city. I think Olympos is the most different town in Antalya, where there are hundreds of hotels with all-inclusive concept. Unlike all other resorts, it has preserved its simplicity and peaceful atmosphere. It is already 85 kilometers away from Antalya city center. Don’t be intimidated by this distance. It is very easy to go to Olympos with Kumluca buses from Antalya Airport. If you like trekking, you can also reach Olympos via the Lycian Way. Of course, this requires different planning. For this reason, I invite you to our article about the Lycian Way. The only thing you will not find in Olympos is a hotel by the sea, because the coast of Olympos and the Lycian road pass right next to it, but all Olympos hostels and aparthotels are very close to the sea and at affordable prices.
14. Mugla – Datca
Although it is not as popular as holiday resorts such as Datca, Bodrum and Cesme, it is a place frequently preferred by tourists. Especially from the Greek island of Symi, a lot of foreign tourists come with daily tours. Despite this, it has not lost its calmness and natural beauty. It has not become an expensive holiday destination. The most interesting and important beach of Datca, which has a very long coastline and more than 50 coves, is the Gebekum Sand. A microorganism found here ate the sands on the beach and formed new sands. Of course, this place is now under protection. You can see many plant and bird species here.
15. Mersin – Erdemli
Antalya is not the only place where you can have a holiday in the south of our country. In Mersin, you can have a very enjoyable holiday against the Mediterranean. It will also be a cheaper and longer holiday than the holiday you will have in Antalya. Besides swimming in Erdemli, there are many places you can visit. For example, you can go to Kizkalesi by fishing boats from Erdemli shores. I definitely recommend you to swim in the beach, which has received the Blue Flag Award, in front of the Castle. Let me remind you that there is no airport in Mersin. You have to fly to Adana and go to Mersin from there. You can use HAVAS services for this.
Eskisehir, which is a full student city with its universities, has become a preferred destination especially for weekend trips in recent years. Since it is a student city, cafes and restaurants in the city are suitable for student budget. In this way, it is also an ideal place for a cheap holiday. Bus tickets are also very cheap, as it is very close to Istanbul and Ankara. The nightly prices of the hotels with a view of the Porsuk Stream in the middle of the city will not strain your budget. And when you choose these hotels, you stay in the heart of the city’s colorful nightlife. Of course, if you want to be close to Odunpazarı Houses, which is one of the most colorful spots in the city, you can choose hotels that have restored these houses and welcome their guests. When you go to Eskişehir, you can take a gondola ride on the Porsuk Stream and go to Sazova Park, where you can take wonderful photos with its fairy tale castle. It is impossible not to discover the famous tastes of the city. You should try cigborek, balaban kebab, met halvah and nuga halvah.
Gaziantep, the gastronomic city of our country, is a city that decorates the travel plans of those who love to eat. Alinazik is the address of a cheap getaway with a delicious travel plan with flavors such as kusleme, lahmacun unique to Antep, menengic coffee and of course baklava. If you plan your travel in advance, you can buy affordable Gaziantep flight tickets and allocate your holiday budget to food. Don’t worry, restaurants such as Kebapci Halil Usta, Imam Cagdas, Kocak Baklava are very popular, but they are very affordable. Even if you eat a lot of food in these restaurants, the account is suitable for your budget. Gaziantep is not only famous for its food, but also for the Zeugma Mosaic Museum.
18. Mugla – Akyaka
Akyaka, which hosts the most beautiful colors of green and blue in the Gulf of Gokova, is one of the places where you can have a cheap holiday in Turkey. Besides affordable Akyaka hotels, you can have a budget-friendly holiday thanks to the abundance of camping areas. You can start the day by setting up your tent against the Azmak River view and entering the ice-cold water to wake up early in the morning. Akyaka is a very convenient town for kitesurfing. If you want to make your holiday unforgettable with different experiences, you can take kitesurfing lessons. Of course, you should definitely check before deciding whether the fees of these courses are suitable for your holiday budget. If the courses are not suitable for your budget, you can rent a bicycle in Akyaka and tour in nature. I also recommend you to join the boat tours on the Azmak River.
Located at the northernmost tip of the Black Sea, Sinop is one of the must-see cities in Turkey. Since the entrance fees to the beaches in Sinop are very affordable, this is a place you can consider for a sea vacation. Guzelyali Beach, Karakum Beach, Harzana Beach and Sarıkum Lake Beach are among the most popular beaches of the city. The entrance fee to Sinop beaches is very affordable as well as the businesses around the beach are also very cheap. In this way, you can have a cheap sea vacation in Sinop compared to the popular holiday resorts of Turkey. Accommodation fees in Sinop will not shake your budget either. Wherever you prefer to stay in the city, you can find apart hotels and hostels. When you go to the city, you should definitely see the Historical Sinop Prison, which dates back 4000 years. Inceburun Lighthouse, the northernmost tip of Turkey, should also be on your list of places to visit.
20. Karabuk – Safranbolu
Safranbolu, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is almost an open-air museum. This place, which has hosted many civilizations, has been an important point throughout history as it is also on the busy caravan routes. Safranbolu, which has a beautiful historical texture of each Ottoman house on its streets, is ideal for an affordable weekend holiday. The overnight accommodation fees of Safranbolu hotels, which serve by restoring historical mansions, are also very reasonable. When you go to Safranbolu, I recommend you to taste the famous Turkish delight with saffron. I’m sure you’ll want to take it with you when you can’t get enough of it. While you’re here, you should definitely visit Tokatli Canyon. To watch the canyon, you should also go up to the Crystal Terrace, which was built at an altitude of 80 meters. The floor of the Crystal Terrace, a first in Turkey, is made of unbreakable glass and is located right on the edge of the cliff. You can take great pictures of the canyon from the terrace.