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Holidaying in Turkey | Planning a Vacation to turkey
Are you looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of your work and routine and set off on a holiday that would inspire you with a land rich in its history, diverse in its culture and modern in its outlook.
Imagine yourself walking through the bustling streets of a country that is probably one of the oldest inhabited regions on the globe. As per historians, the Anatolian Peninsula that holds most of modern Turkey today is the place where the earliest human settlements existed.
The Republic of Turkey is a Eurasian country surrounded by eight countries that include Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. In a country where Asia converges with Europe, the landscape is studded with scenic mountains in the East, golden beaches, mysterious rock formations and the famous Turkish Riviera in the southwest.
CITIES TO VISIT
The most important cities to visit while in Turkey would obviously include those in the Turquoise Coast like
- Bodrum and
- Ankara (the capital),
- Izmir and
TURKISH RIVIERA AND THE BLUE VOYAGE
The Turquoise Coast as it is popularly known is the other name for the Turkish Riviera. It has the heady combination of beautiful weather, warm sea, and a coastline that stretches beyond the horizon along the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
The architectural and natural beauty of this place attracts many tourists every year to soak in the sun and sights. It is believed that during the Roman era, Marc Anthony had presented the Turkish Riviera as the most beautiful wedding gift to Cleopatra.
The internationally acclaimed Blue Voyage is a weeklong trip for tourists to take on Gulets ( a traditional Turkish sailing boat) along the Turquoise coast.
They sail away to ancient harbors, cities, mausolea and cozy beaches hidden away in the small coves, among the lush forests and sunlit streams that lace the coast.
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Istanbul has the modern chaos of a city booming in its economy. Shops and skyscrapers, streets busy with taxis, people and public transport are all the regular sights you would see in any city. But with a map to guide you, drink in the sights of ancient architecture found in the mosques and palaces that have stood the test of time. Istanbul is the cultural and economic hub of Turkey.
Art, entertainment, tourism, shopping, education, commerce and trade all begin here. It offers a mixed bag of entertaining delights in the form of jazz, rock concerts, theatre, opera, ballet, musicals, classical music and finally good Turkish and International cuisine.
The blend of Byzantine and Ottoman empires and culture is evident in the architectural wizardry. The Blue Mosque built in the 17th century, gets its name from the colored tiles that are placed in the interior upper level. It was built during the rule of the Ottoman Empire and is one of the most popular sights that silhouette against the horizon.
The Byzantine Hippodrome was the scene of all games during the Ottoman history that scaled 500 years. The monuments that surround the Hippodrome are worth visiting. They include the 3500 year old Obelisk of Theodosius made of Egyptian granite bought in 390 AD by Constantinople from the Emperor Theodosius.Also worth visiting are two important places- the Hagia Sophia which is a basilica turned mosque and one of the most impressive buildings here.
The Topikapi Palace housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years of their rule where they lived in hundreds of rooms and harems with their concubines, servants and children.Other attractions include the Kapalicarsi, which is the Grand Bazaar that forms a covered labyrinth at many levels.
You would find bargains on Turkish carpets that assure you of everything except a flight out of Istanbul, glazed pottery and tiles, meerschaum pipes, expensive alabaster lamps and ashtrays, copper and brassware and…well, possible everything you have on your shopping list!
While you shop and bargain, a good walk to the market is better than taking a taxi that runs through arduous routes. Besides, when you walk, you see more…who knows, you may even find Aladdin’s lost lamp! Beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers.
The market closes at midday for ritualistic prayers and is closed on Sundays. Take your pick from the 4000 odd shops and walk through a maze of colors and treasures that you may never know the real worth of until you buy one!
It is the capital city and falls in the Anatolian Valley. It offers a host of inexpensive but good restaurants and cafes for the traveler to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.
Ankara houses the Museum of Anatolian civilizations and Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Near Ulus square lie the ruins of the Temple of Augustus and Rome.
EPHESUS and SELCUK
Ephesus that falls on the Asian side of Turkey, was once the capital of the Roman province. One of the Seven Wonders of the World-The Temple of Artemis, The Roman Library of Celsus, and Odeon, are some of the Roman ruins to visit here. Selcuk is a town, 3 km away offering tourist attractions like the Basilica of St John the Apostle and The House of Virgin Mary.
The city is known for its exhibition of art and some of the older parts of Selcuk have retained the traditional Turkish culture.
Goreme and Urgup lie in this region that has a great visual appeal because of the mysterious formations of rocks and caves. Attractions include visits to the caves, rides in hot air balloons that afford you a majestic view of the landscape below, hikes to the volcanic valleys, walking through underground cities, a visit to the open air museum in Goreme that holds a unique collection of beautifully painted ancient cave churches decorated with Byzantine frescos.
The lodging experience here offers a stay in a cave room with all the comforts of a hotel.
This is an ancient city founded in 2 BC, lying north of Antalya. It has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The trip offers a view of the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and the tombs of Necropolis. The Pamukkale springs located close by are believed to have healing powers. Visitors are allowed to bathe in these hot springs.
Their characteristic white frothiness is due to the calcium rich waters.
The monastery is located in the Trabzon province in Northern Turkey and is probably the most inaccessible locations to build anything on. Yet, this amazing and impressive architecture strikes out from the cliff face that is a 1000 foot above the valley! It miraculously clings on like a clam to a rock.
The monastery was founded by Barnabas, a Greek monk in the 4th century.
It houses some of the most beautiful frescoes and relics and is only accessible by foot. You can reach there within 40 minutes by hiking through thick woodland. Check for your wallet before starting out because there is an entrance fee at the top.
Turkey offers something for everyone. History, art, culture, food, music, theatre…it is the perfect blend of everything that can stir your senses and help you relax, rejuvenate and discover yourself in another land.
Written by Elizabeth Dcosta – Travel blogger.
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