Named as one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2013, Turkey is a fantastic destination for your next holiday. Whether you fancy sunbathing on a beach on the Riviera, haggling for a carpet in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, or exploring Anatolia, you are sure to find plenty of ways to experience this intriguing country. Here are just a few of the things that await you in Turkey.
Istanbul: The Crossroads of Empires
This beautiful city on the Bosphorus has seen the rise and fall of civilizations. Wander through its streets and feel transported back in time. Some well-known sites include the Hagia Sofya, which has a collection of frescoes and mosaics that is world-renowned as a collection of both Christian and Islamic art. You can also visit the Blue Mosque, which is an important religious site in the Islamic faith.
Istanbul also offers a unique shopping experience. In the open-air markets, known as bazaars, you can find just about anything. In the Grand Bazaar, you can find specialty products like carpets and Turkish coffee pots, but in the Spice Bazaar, you can find any number of high-quality spices that you can use at home to cook the delicious Turkish food.
At the end of the day, you can take an evening cruise through the Bosphorus and see the sunset as the city lights up for the evening, a truly beautiful view.
The Fairy Caves of Cappadocia
Over in eastern Turkey, you can visit a mysterious and striking rock formation known as the fairy caves, where thin pieces of rock point upward into the sky. It was here where Byzantine Christians carved churches and homes into the caves of these rock formations and hid from the Muslim invaders. It is a unique and interesting place that can be explored either on foot or from above with the aid of a hot air balloon.
Soak Up the Sun in Marmaris
If it’s sunshine and sand you’re after, you will definitely find them in the seaside city of Marmaris.
A stone’s throw away from the Greek island of Rhodes, this sunny bit of paradise is know for golden beaches, glittering ocean waves, and delicious food and wine, Marmaris is the quintessential holiday spot. To accommodate the waves of tourists, Marmaris hotels offer a range of prices that make this destination a great choice for just about any budget.
More Turkish Delights
These are just a few of the fantastic adventures that you can have in Turkey. You can also visit the ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, admire the Ottoman architecture in the village of Safranbolu, or go trekking in the Kaçkar Mountains.
The cuisine alone can be adventure, with different flavours coming together in delicious and complicated ways. Some typical dishes include eggplant stuffed with lamb and spices, lentil soup, and mezze dishes such as stuffed grape leaves, olives and cheese. For dessert, you can sample homemade baklava or the famous Turkish delight, which is made with sugar and rosewater.
Either way, Turkey is a terrific place to spend a holiday. On your next holiday, book a trip to Turkey and come and see for yourself!