Travel Destinations in Turkey
The Old and the New Collide in Turkey
Turkey is a country that expertly blends Asian, European and Middle Eastern influences, and is also one of the oldest cultures in the world, inhabited since palaeolithic times. It has seen the Ottomans, Greeks, Armenians, Persians, Romans and Byzantines sweep across its forests, beaches and mountains.
Now a global, modern country, Turkey is an essential travel destination with a lively culture and brilliant examples of historical architecture. In fact, Turkey has 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the Archaeological Site of Troy and Historic Areas of Istanbul such as the iconic Hagia Sophia with its huge dome and beautiful mosaics, and the Süleymaniye Mosque that is the largest in the city. Istanbul is also famous as a western metropolis great for shopping, eating and enjoying the sprawling nightlife.
Meal times are an important part of Turkish culture, so you would be remiss not to try its fantastic cuisine. Turkish food has travelled the globe but there’s nothing like fresh and spicy Anatolian kebaps, fish lathered in olive oil, homemade baklava or piping hot Turkish tea right from the motherland. Try to dine with the locals if you can, and you’re sure to have lifelong friends. As the Turkish saying goes - 'A cup of coffee commits one to 40 years of friendship.'
Outside of the cities you can find adventure in the form of trekking rugged mountains like Mount Ararat, said to be the final resting place of Noah's Ark, wandering the honeycombed hills of Cappadocia, snorkelling the remains of Celopatra’s Bath in Pamukkale, or kayaking over the underwater city of Kekova.
Travel this country and you’ll see lazy beaches, ancient ruins, frenetic bazaars and soaring cities. Turkey is a land of diversity if nothing else.