delights: take a holiday of a lifetime in Turkey by Adam Singleton
As one of the world's most culturally
unique holiday destinations, it's hard to pin down Turkey into any specific
continental camp. On one hand, it's strongly rooted in its Middle Eastern
origins and still basks in its rich Ottoman heritage. On the other, Turkey
is a fiercely modern, secular state that bridges the divide between Europe
and Asia with ease. However, the only real way to evaluate this intriguing
country's significance to the modern world is to visit - and any holiday
in Turkey is guaranteed to be an unforgettable one.
|Turkey's diverse geographical
regions mean that a visit to the country could incorporate a city break,
mountain trek and seaside holiday all in one. Fly to Istanbul, Turkey's
largest city, and experience its stunning cityscape, vibrant arts scene
and exciting café culture. Take in Turkey's diverse museums and
art galleries, including the Istanbul Modern, Istanbul Archaeology Museum,
the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and the Pera Museum.
Or if you're interested in
finding some valuable antiques while you're on your holiday in Turkey,
don't miss The Grand Bazaar, which dates back to 1455. Of course no trip
to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the Haghia Sofia, a spectacular
building which was one of the greatest Christian Cathedrals of the Middle
Ages before being converted into an imperial mosque in 1453. Today, it
is known as the Ayasofya Museum.
Additionally, make sure you
visit Turkey's often-overlooked capital of Ankara. Although smaller and
less cosmopolitan than Istanbul, Ankara is home to many museums, important
Roman archaeological sites and a range of public parks. Moreover, Ankara
is home to Turkey's foremost performing arts organisations, including the
Turkish State Opera and Ballet, Turkish State Theatre and the Turkish Presidential
And if fun in the sun is
what you're after, make sure that you spend some time on the "Turkish Riviera".
The Turkish Riviera is the name used to denote Turkey's Antalya Province
and Mugla provinces, and offers tourists several hundred kilometres of
sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters. With a range of ancient fishing
towns, harbours, memorial tombs and coves found along the shore, the Turkish
Riviera is one of the country's most beautiful - and most visited - destinations.
As a result of Turkey's newfound
popularity with holidaymakers, its beach resorts and city hotels tend to
be quite costly. So if you're hoping to take a trip to Turkey without blowing
your bank account, it's probably a good idea to look up villas in Turkey,
which you'll often be able to rent for a lower price than other forms of
accommodation. Many villas in Turkey come complete with swimming pools,
gardens and space to sleep upwards of four people, so can come in especially
handy of you're on holiday with a large group of friends or family - so
you'll all be able to enjoy the magic of Turkey together in comfort.
About the Author: - Adam
Singleton is an online, freelance journalist and keen amateur photographer.
- Enjoy a Sailing Holiday with plenty of culture and tradition
by D. Browall
Turkey, which approximately
has 71,000,000 inhabitants, is located both in Asia and Europe. The country
is bordered by Bulgaria and Greece in the northwest region, Iraq in the
southeast, Iran and Armenia in the east, and Syria in the south. Its capital
city is Ankara but the largest is Istanbul. You can have the best sailing
charter Turkey in the south and west of the country's 80 provinces.
The country is full of culture
and tradition. Its history is very colorful and energetic, but full of
rage, conflict, and wars. It was managed by many empires. During the ancient
times, particularly in 1800 BC, most of the country was inhabited by the
Hittites. In 8th century BC, the Greeks occupied the country. After two
centuries (6th century BC), Turkey became part of the Persian Empire. However,
the Persians did not last long. Soon after, it was invaded by Rome in 395
AD and was managed as a province. Still, the country was overrun by the
Ottoman Turks in the 13th century AD.
|Cruising a sailing yacht
in Turkey means sailing along the many gulfs and bays of the much indented
Turkish coast. It is also a journey back in time, with a plethora of archaeological
sites, castles and temples that reflects its importance in ancient and
medieval times. The Turkish waters is usually separated into three different
-The Lycian Coast: a wild
and rugged landscape with an grandiose display of mountains, cliffs and
-The Carian Coast: this is
the most popular cruising area and includes the two largest yacht charter
bases; Bodrum and Marmaris. .
-The Ionian Coast: a coastline
starting in Izmir in the north and reach all the way to Bodrum in the south.
Here you will find the best climate in the whole of Turkey and a lot of
The coast of Lycia is an
ideal place for cruising. This place has many ports and harbors. The waters
of Lycia can reach as far as Gocek. The portion of the so-called "East
Lycian Coast" covers Antalya, Kas, and Fethiye. These places are ideal
for cruising because of its several attractions such as its coves, beaches,
cliffs, and mountains. However, these areas are sometimes regarded by many
ancient sailors as a dangerous sailing ground because of its tempered waters.
Nevertheless, all its harbors are safe and protected.
One of Turkeys most attractive
tourist activities is sailing along its calm, relaxing, and stunning sea
waters. In particular, most tourist yachties go to the coasts of the Mediterranean
and the Aegean. Aside from yachting, Turkey can also offer its historical
and archaeological sites. You can find a handful of the country's ancient
architectures in Istanbul (the largest and the former capital city). You
can visit the world-famous Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Pera Palas,
Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, and the Dolmabahce Palace. If you are not into
prehistoric buildings, you can have a stay at Istanbul's modern shopping
malls, which are among the largest shopping centers in the world.
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Holiday - Land of Turks
Situated between Europe and
Asia, Turkey seems to have the best of both continents with it. Turkey
is a developing Eurasia country that also borders with the Middle East.
Holiday in turkey is a perfect thought, especially, if you are interested
in its ancient and historical background as well as its archeological treasure.
The first ruler of this land of Turks was Kemal Ataturk.
Things to do in Turkey
When visiting the Turkish
land for a holiday in turkey, there are numerous things you can do to make
your holiday a memorable one. These are:
- You can enjoy the adventure
loaded activities like water sports in the Mediterranean and Aegian resorts,
such as windsurfing, diving, water rafting sailing and water skiing.
|You can do mountain climbing,
rock climbing on the famous mountain ranges like the Kackar Mountains (in
Black Sea region) and Mount Ararat (in eastern Turkey). - You can go shopping
in Istanbul grand bazaar as well as along the streets of up market Nisantasi
and Istiklal Caddesi. The Istanbul grand bazaar is known as world's largest
and biggest covered market.
- You can also go trekking
and skiing in turkey to enjoy your Turkish holiday. The Lycian Way stretches
to 500 km and is between Fethiye and the Antalya, offering a great trekking
region along with amazing greenery to add to the trekking experience. You
can also go skiing in various resorts such as south of Bursa, Palandoken,
Erciyes and many more.
- Go golfing at various golf
courses spread across the resorts and the major golfing area is in the
Belek's Mediterranean resort.
- Do not forget to relish
the Turkish bath in your Turkish holiday; these are famous as 'Hamam'.
The best of hamams are situated in the Istanbul, such as Cagaloglu Hamam
( sultanahmet) and Galatasaray Hamam (Beyoglu).
- If you are visiting in
the months of June and July for your holiday in turkey, do not miss the
Ballet festival and Aspendos International Opera.
Things to see in Turkey
Some of the top most Turkish
attractions not to be missed when holidaying in turkey are Goreme Open-Air
Museum, Ancient City of Ephesus, Kaymakli, Turkish Hamams, Blue Mosque
(Sultan Ahmet Camii), Swan Bar, Topkapi Palace, Kapadokya Balloons, Yerebatan
Sarayi (Underground Cistern), Sultanahmet District, historic town of Safranbolu,
Ishak Pasa Palace, Lake Van, Mediterranean city of Antalya, Bodrum, Bosphorus
suburbs, Sumala Monastery (54 kms fromTrabzon)and more.
Best time to visit or
holiday in Turkey
Visit Turkey in winter if
you wish to enjoy your Turkish holiday with winter sports. But if you wish
to holiday in turkey while enjoying the sun, sand and beaches, make sure
its summer when you holiday in the land of Turks.
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