Experiencing Turkey

by Kelly on September 22, 2014

A mix of ethnicities make Turkey a culturally interesting destination that entices its visitors from across the globe to visit. They don’t sell themselves short either. With a plethora of unique, baffling, stunning, and even bizarre places and towns, Turkey will be sure to satisfy any travel itch that may need scratching. Here are just a few of the top places that better be on your itinerary.

Konya

Feel humble as you enter one of the oldest cities on earth. Ruled under the Seljuk Dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries this large city located in the Anatolia Region will delight you with its beautiful architecture. The Seljuk Palace and Alaeddin Mosque are two of its must see buildings. The structures are admirable and remarkable.

Antalya

The Mediterranean Coastline has no shortage of breathtaking spots along its coasts, and Antalya is no exception. Beautiful beaches along a shoreline that’s dotted with authentic restaurants, fun bars, and plenty of resorts. The mountains that flank the side provide a fantastic scene, and as you walk around, take in the greenery around you and keep an eye out for the ancient ruins.

Mount Nemrut

This is where Turkey shows its funky side off, without giving up its beauty. Hike to the top of this mountain and be reward with one of the most magical sunrises that possibly exists. After getting your energy from the golden rays, walk around and explore the odd ancient heads that are scattered about. Statues and rock heads from 62 BC were put here by King Antiochus and have since toppled and decorate the top of this mountain haphazardly.

Pamukkale

A winter wonderland that is actually not what it looks like. Despite the icy look, these terraces are made of travertine and are created by the sedimentary rocks that flow here in the highly mineralized hot spring. The white terraces have been bathed in for years and the tradition keeps on. There are nearby ruins, temples, baths, and Greek monuments to wander around as well.

Istanbul

Your Thomas Cook flights will land you in many destinations, but some may not be as impressive as Istanbul. With its rich culture, diverse East meets West characteristics, and being one of the largest cities in the world, this is the top destination to visit in Turkey. The Hagia Sofia, a basilica turned mosque, traces back to the 6th century. It’s one of the highlights to experience while here as well as the Blue Mosque. Adorned in thousands of blue tiles, this building is nothing short of magnificent.

Ephesus

This is the most incredible history lesson of your life. This is one of the largest old Roman Empire cities as well as the beholder of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The archaeologically impressive site of Ephesus is on of the most popular attractions in the country. No surprises here. The remarkable Temple of Hadrian, the stunning Celsus Library, and a huge theater are a few more of the incredible sites to be seen here.

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Michael - Turkey Travel September 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

Glad to see Ephesus and Istanbul on the list. If going to Konya, you should also stay in Cappadocia in a a cave hotel!

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