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Turkey Holiday

Turkey- the diverse land- rich in historical sites, cultural norms, watersides, caves, mountains, mesmerizing towns, forests, and excellent architecture, beautifully straddles two continents: Europe and Asia. Famous for its landscapes, vibrant activities in four seasons, and delectable cuisines, it lies among the top five tourist destinations in Europe.

Enveloping over 8000 km of coastline, it attracts everyone whether tourists want a secluded and relaxing holiday on its pristine, white-sand beaches or want to indulge themselves in watersports like snorkelling, scuba diving, cruise tours etc. Mountains regions are to hike and adventure. Nightlife across the country is a fun time. The cities are replete with historical places,including amphitheatres, ruins of Roman baths, mosques, and twoof ancient Greece’s most prominent temples. Bazaars are brimming with local artefacts and souvenirs at affordable prices.

It has enormous lodging facilities from single rooms to luxury villas and hotels to all-inclusive resorts to serve its visitors the most comfortable and excellent places to stay and get the most out of their holiday.

So, no matter, whether you are lazing, culture vulture, or adrenaline junkie, Turkey has something for everyone.

Istanbul

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The largest and most sought after city of Turkey, Istanbul, with its major port, is on everyone’s bucket list. It is one of the most desired holiday destinations in the world. This dazzling metropolitan city straddling Europe and Asia, is brim with an incredible array of ancient sites, astonishing beaches and cultural values. You can stay here for a few days to a few weeks without getting bored. There is always something new to explore in this vibrant city. You will also find the grand imperial structures from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in Istanbul.

Major attractions:

  • Blue mosque
  • Topkapi palace
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Grand bazaar
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Archeology museum
  • Sulemania mosque
  • Spice bazaar
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Chora church
  • Galata tower
  • Historic Faith mosque
  • Istiklal Caddesi and Taksim
  • Bosphorus Strait
  • Temple of Apollo

Things to do:

  • Sightseeing tours
  • Cruise or ferry ride
  • Relax on beaches
  • Try traditional breakfast and local cuisines
  • Walk tours
  • Shopping
  • Enjoy live music
  • Street food tasting
  • Stay at halal places

Where to stay:

Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Turkey

The central Anatolian region and centuries-old city of Turkey always have new tales to tell. It is the second most popular holiday destination after Istanbul. The Fairy chimneys of Cappadocia are the one of its kind that makes Cappadocia a unique destination for holidays. The uneven landscape and hot balloons provide a perfect backdrop for the pictures.

Every morning the fascinating hot air balloon rides give you an enthralling experience. The underground sites and caves are some of the hidden gems to be explored during your Turkey holiday. If you want off the beaten path vacations in Europe, Cappadocia is definitely one of the best locations, with its cave hotels and cave churches in Goreme National Park.

Major attractions:

  • Fairy chimneys of Pasabagi
  • Red and Rose Valleys
  • Village of Goreme
  • Kaymakli Underground City
  • Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Zelve Open- Air Museum
  • Ihlara Valley
  • Churches at Cavusin
  • Uchisar’s Rock Citadel
  • Kayseri
  • Sites along the road to Hacibektas

Things to do:

  • Fly over the valley in the Hot Air Balloon
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Explore various churches
  • Visit the museums
  • Stay in cave hotels
  • View fairy chimneys
  • Shop local ceramics in Avanos
  • Take a day trip to major attractions
  •  Ramble the old town of Urgup

Where to stay:

Cappadocia has enormous exceptional options to stay. Here are some of them to stay for a unique and enthralling experience:

Antalya

Antalya is a cosmopolitan region with blissful weather, turquoise beaches and scrumptious food. It boasts two of the best beaches in Turkey: Konyaalti beach and Lara beach. Famous as a Turkish beach holiday destination, it mesmerizes vacationers with its picturesque beauty, astounding old town, and other attractions in the city. This lively location has a great nightlife culture, glitzy boutiques, opulent villas, hotels and Turkey’s Foremost Mediterranean resort. The lodge’s prices start from as low as€6 per night for one person.

Furthermore, it houses many archeological places comprising ruins of Aspendos, Termessos, Perge, and Side. Nonetheless, Antalya has so much to offer as a holiday stop in Turkey, even if someone is not a beach junkie.

Major attractions:

  • Hadrian’s gate
  • Konyaalti beach
  • Lara beach
  • Ruins of Aspendos
  • Duden waterfalls
  • Visit Antalya museum
  • Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque
  • Roman fort of Hidirlik Klesiis
  • Other castles and fortification

Things to do:

  • Indulge in watersports
  • Shop from the local bazaar
  • Relax on beach
  • Stroll around the old harbor
  • Sightseeing
  • Boat trips
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Where to stay:

The best villas to relax and enjoy in Antalya are:

Ankara

The City of Ankara, Turkey

Ankara- the capital city of Turkey- is the second-largest city in the country. This capital city is a sprawling center of industry, business and politics. However, it is the best location holding some of the top museums of the country to get insight into the extensive history of Turkey. 

Major attractions:

  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
  • Anitkabir
  • Ruins of Hittite capital of Hattusa
  • Gordion
  • Eymir Lake
  • Citadel Neighborhood
  • Erimtan Archaeology & Art Museum
  • Haci Bayram I-Veli Cami
  • Ankara Painting and Sculpture Museum
  • Cer Modern Arts Center
  • Genclik Park

Things to do:

  • Explore the town
  • Discover Ulus’ Roman Remnants
  • Get insight into the extensive history of the country
  • Take a tour of neighboring sites
  • Explore the galleries
  • Shop from local crafts in the stunning neighborhood (Hamamonu)
  • Visiting the Ataturk Mausoleum (Anitkabir)

Where to stay:

Bodrum

Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum is located on the southwest shore at the fringe of the magnificent Aegean Sea and is a part of the Turkish Riviera. This port region is speckled with luxury villas and resorts. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna, which keep spreading the fragrance in the air. This is because of its distinctive geography, diverse climate and geological structures.

Bodrum peninsula is famous as a hedonistic region among foreigners as well as among Turks.

Major attractions:

  • Bodrum Castle
  • 15th-century shipyards
  • Gumbet bay
  • Barski Bay
  • Bodrum Harbor
  • Windmills
  • The ancient theatre of Halicarnassus
  • Halicarnassus Mausoleum
  • Ada Bogazi (the aquarium)
  • Torba
  • Ephesus
  • Dedeman Aqua Park
  • Bodrum Maritime Museum
  • Cotton Castle

Things to do:

  • Turkish bath
  • Adventure in stunning hot springs
  • Examine the relationship of Bodrum with the sea in the marine museums
  • Have a fun time with family in Aqua Park
  • Take a boat trip through the Peninsula
  • Relish a jeep safari excursion
  • Explore the old town

Where to stay:

Here are some of the best villas in Bodrum for a private and luxury stay.

Marmaris

Marmaris Beach, Turkey

Marmaris has a pristine turquoise coastlinewith white sand beaches. Holiday in Marmaris let you relish the boat rides, Ottoman castle exploration and watersports, particularly scuba diving. Other than beachside, this port city is one of the Turkish Riviera’s Luxury Resort. There is also a dolphin therapy center and a castle. In addition to these, the Taurus Mountains provides an idyllic backdrop for the pictures.

Major attractions:

  • Marmaris beach
  • Long beach
  • Icmeler beach
  • Turunc beach
  • Old town
  • Ottoman castle
  • Marina
  • Grand bazaar
  • Rhodes Town

Things to do:

  • Lazing on beach
  • Watersports (scuba diving, swimming etc.)
  • Old town visit
  • Visit Paradise Island
  • Enjoy with family in Aquapark
  • Eat-in local restaurants
  • Take a Turkish bath
  • Chill out on boat rides
  • Explore different locations of the city.

Where to stay:

Turkey holiday experience

Undoubtedly, Turkey is one of the best holiday destinations, which must be on everyone’s bucket list for all its major attractions and uncountable exciting activities to be involved in. Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Ankara, Bodrum and Marmaris are worth visiting cities boasting beautiful scenery, dazzling shorelines and modern towns with deep historical backgrounds. However, there are endless things to explore in other cities as well, including Fethiye, Bursa, Oludeniz, Sanliurfa, Izmir, Kusadasi, Didim and Dalaman. Turkey holiday will not be a worthless experience. Instead, each day offers you new adventures and lifetime memories.

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