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- Posted:Monday, June 22, 2009
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As the Observer stated over the weekend: "[It] is a great year for grabbing a bargain as tour firms try to tempt us away on holiday in spite of the credit crunch."
And one destination that is apparently fitting this bill is Turkey. According to Quest Turkey Property and Lifestyle Magazine, the country has emerged as a real holiday hotspot for the next few months, with good value for money drawing the tourists in.
It claims that with low food and drink costs you'd find it difficult to spend more than £10 on a meal out, while tourist firms continue to pedal special offers elsewhere.
But of course, there's much more to Turkey than just low prices. The country caters for everyone's needs, with beautiful beaches for the sun-lovers, bars and clubs a'plenty for the partygoers and a rich history for the culture vultures to get their teeth stuck into.
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul stole the show for me when I visited. The gorgeous sixth-century basilica-turned-museum is one of the most stunning buildings on the planet and fully lives up to its reputation as the eighth wonder of the world.
And the great thing was it's so near to lots of other things I wanted to see and do. Sitting right in the middle of Sultanahmet area, there are dozens of really excellent bars in close proximity and the Topkapi Palace, a Unesco world heritage site, is just down the road.