The only thing that compares to the scale of Turkey’s rich history is its extensive landscapes. Well, that and the hearts of its hospitable people and the depth of its captivating culture.
As a matter of fact, Turkey has several substantial traits that will keep you coming back for more. But for the time being, here are just 7 of the best aspects and attractions of Turkey.
It may not be the country’s capital, but Istanbul is still Turkey’s epicentre. In spite of its 2,500-year-long past, the city has a very contemporary and cosmopolitan feel about it. But while exploring, be sure to check out Istanbul’s Old City, where highlights include the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and Aya Sofya Museum.
2.Food and drink
Traditionally, Turkey’s biggest food influences came from Central Asia, but over time it has grown to include Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines to culminate in an array of fragrantly spiced dishes.To experience the best that Turkish cuisine has to offer and save some money in the process, order meze from a restaurant’s menu, which is a selection of sauces, dips, and vegetables.
Once the destination of choice for Greek gods including Pegasus and Apollo, the resort of Dalaman is as close to paradise as you can get in Turkey. Although it is easy to see why Dalaman’s known as The Turquoise Coast with its sweeping teal-coloured waters, this particular region also boasts the historical site of Ephesus, the second-biggest city of the Roman Empire.
Don’t be shocked or surprised if you get invited to a Turkish person’s house soon after meeting them, as this is an extremely hospitable country. Whether you’re joining them for some Turkish delight and some apple tea or to a rooftop shisha lounge, you will be well looked after in Turkey.
Arguably Turkey’s finest resort on the Aegean Sea, Bodrum boasts several shopping opportunities, plenty of great restaurants and an energetic nightlife. However, culture vultures can still get their fix of history, as the Castle of St John and the ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which is one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World, are ripe for exploration.
This might sound like an odd one, but as well as its Black Sea and Aegean coastlines, Turkey has a penchant for other types of water too. So, make time to relax in a steamy Turkish bath followed by a scrub and massage. Alternatively, bathe in the country’s therapeutic waters, such as the pools at Pamukkale near Denizli.
A culmination of old and new, Antalya is yet another popular resort where Turkey’s history sits alongside the country’s blossoming present. By day, you can explore the old town or visit Roman ruins but when the sun goes down, treat yourself to a feast of seafood on the modern marina.
These aspects and attractions of Turkey only scratch the surface of a remarkable country, which is as big as the love you will develop for it after visiting.
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