Nestled amongst olive grove covered hillsides and pine tree forests, Torba holidays are all about quiet relaxation. If you are looking for a destination that offers something more than your typical beach break, why not make Torba your holiday destination in 2019 / 2020?
Here you’ll be within striking distance of the hustle and bustle of larger resorts, but without the constant crowds. Torba’s quiet beaches provide a relaxing haven to forget all of life’s worries. But if you do fancy something slightly more active, then you can easily organise a day trip by ferry to nearby Didyma and visit the Apollo Temple.
Food-wise you won’t be disappointed by the wide array of traditional Turkish restaurants offering the best of local delicacies. You’ll discover a slightly more buzzing nightlife in Bodrum, just six miles to the South, if you feel the need to let your hair down on the dance floor.
If you are looking for a resort offering plenty of fun in the sun, but fewer tourists, then a holiday in Torba in 2019 / 2020 is the one for you.
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From Torba bay you can easily explore the surrounding hills by foot or by mountain bike. You’ll be dazzled by the area’s natural beauty.
If you can drag yourself away from the gorgeous beaches, then a trip to Apollo Temple is the perfect place to learn about the region's history. The temple is over 2500 years old, and was built as a place to worship the god of music.
Bodrum is only a 10 minute drive from Torba, and it offers visitors some of the more tourist-led attractions. The resort town still has plenty of great historical venues to check out, as well as the vibrant nightlife.
If golf is more your thing, then check out Vita Park Golf Course. The immaculately manicured course is a great day out whether you are playing the front nine or all 18 holes. When you finish on the greens, take the kids to Dedeman Aqua Park to cool off on the winding water slides.
Torba’s cuisine is likely to satisfy even the fussiest eater. Dishes use the freshest ingredients grown in the area and many of the recipes are on the healthier side. Unless, of course, you choose to indulge in the desserts and sweet pastries made in Torba’s bakeries.
Thanks to being located right by the sea, fish is one of the most popular dining options in Torba. Freshly caught and served to holidaymakers the same day, here you can try seafood recipes you have never had before.
Visitors to Torba will find a wide variety of restaurants to sample during their stay. You’ll find small traditional Turkish dining spots situated next to restaurants offering more international flavours. Whether you want to try local delicacies using traditional recipes, or not, you won’t struggle to find somewhere to eat to your heart’s content.
Dedeman Aqua Park offers fun in the sun away from the beach. Tumble down the park's winding water slides and splash into the refreshing pools. Then, take a dip in the wave pool or simply relax on the lounger while the kids enjoy themselves.
If the family loves outdoor activities, why not take a hike or cycle ride around Torba. Venture around the hills that overlook the resort and enjoy a wholesome day out together. Bodrum is home to the Bicycle Festival in May and avid cyclists can take to the trails for some adrenalin-fuelled fun in the sun.
Torba Bay is also a great place to try some water sports. Here you can jet ski, scuba dive or snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea. Scuba divers will be amazed by the marine life found just below the surface, and those who have never dived before can take lessons.
For more culture and history, families can venture to Bodrum Castle. Now a museum, the castle once served as a prison and fortification after it was built in the 15th century.
Action & Adventure
Golf lovers will be right at home on the Vita Park Golf Course. Play the entire course with your own clubs, or take lessons at the golf academy located onsite. Halikarnas Golf Course is also located nearby with a PGA-quality 18-hole course that has been recently developed.
Torba's coastline is perfect for taking long walks as the sun cools down. Whether a romantic stroll or a lengthy excursion with the family, the coastal walks look out across the Mediterranean and provide splendid views to those feeling active enough to explore.
Gumbet Beach is a major local attraction for families on holiday in Torba. The beach has excellent facilities and a plethora of water sports to make sure everyone is entertained. The narrow beach is backed by lush greenery and tree-lined cliffs; a stunning backdrop to a fun day out.
For the beach enthusiasts, Torba offers a selection of pebble and sand beaches, which do not suffer from the overcrowding found at larger resorts. Torba is an unspoilt area where visitors can find plenty of space to spread out on the shore. During the busiest time of the year, Torba Beach is a great escape that provides holidaymakers all of the amenities that they would expect from a top resort. But outside of the summer months, it turns into a sleepier resort town with far fewer guests staying there. If you choose to chase some winter sun, you will practically have the entire resort to yourself.
Torba is a prime location for water sports, if that floats your boat. If you want to explore the underwater world, then you will be astounded by the variety of marine life you can discover. If you would rather ride the waves, then you can take up windsurfing, water skiing or parasailing. With so much on offer, you may never choose to leave the beachfront.
After a day of chilling out on the beach or relaxing by the pool, get ready for a great night out in Torba. Once the sun goes down, you will find plenty of amazing venues to try some funky cocktails.
The hotels in Torba have a long list of activities for guests after sunset. Live music, light shows and karaoke are on the menu in some spots, but if a quiet drink is what your prefer, then head into Torba itself and you’re bound to find a nice spot. For a really wild night it’s best to head to Bodrum where you can dance until dawn. The resort is well-known for its lively venues that stay open until the early hours of the morning. One of the most popular venues for drinks and live music in Bodrum is Mavi. The inside of Mavi is alive with music and visitors can enjoy the sounds of jazz, rock and more contemporary pop music every night of the week.
Find complete relaxation together as you enjoy an authentic Turkish bath. Experience the traditional cleansing as you take in the steam rooms and pools. Once you have washed all the stress away, stroll through the local markets to find locally handcrafted goods that make perfect souvenirs. Rugs, scarves and a variety of spices are on sale at the market places, and guests can haggle with stall owners, just like the locals.
Once the sun sets on Torba, visitors can find a wealth of Turkish and international restaurants. From small, fast food dining options to more luxurious restaurants, there is something for every type of evening out.
Dine on the favourites of the area and sip raki before heading to one of the bar venues near Torba Bay. Then, what’s more romantic than a stroll along the beach in the moonlight? There may be plenty of families on holiday in Torba, but that’s not to say that couple’s wont love a break here too.
The Torba and Bodrum area is home to a variety of cultural festivals that take place each year. In August, visitors can discover the Bodrum Ballet Festival and see world-class dancers take to the stage during the two-week extravaganza.
Culture vultures interested in finding out about Torba's past can explore Apollo Temple; which was built for the god of music. Myndos Gate dates to 364 BC and was the site of a battle between the locals and Alexander the Great. Partly restored, the ancient attraction is still being renovated to its original state. Another thing not to miss is Bodrum Castle; one of the most beautiful and well-preserved sites near Torba. The museum showcases the region's past and visitors can learn all about the history of the local people while on holiday in Torba.
Torba is the perfect destination for those seeking a break from the stresses and strains of real life this year. Come and see for yourself why Torba is the best holiday option for you in 2018.