Turkey’s geography encompasses an attractive range of places, landscapes, ancient cultures, rich gastronomy, and traditions to discover for the visitor and enough reason to travel to turkey. Here are some reasons to must-visit turkey.
Take a boat trip on the Bosphorus.
One of the most popular activities in Istanbul, Turkey’s most visited city, is taking a boat trip on the Bosphorus. This strait separates Turkey’s European part from the Asian region and connects the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea.
On the way that the swallows (tourist boats) make from the Eminönü pier to the north, you will see walls, towers, palaces, and wealthy people’s houses. However, it is also worth taking a local boat to go to the different shippers in the city, to see the daily life of the people who go to work in that transport.
Aya Sofya or Hagia Sophia means in Turkish holy wisdom of God. And it is that, although it looks like a mosque, it was previously an Orthodox cathedral, and today it is one of the most important buildings in the history of Istanbul. For a few decades, it has also been a museum, which we recommend visiting during off-peak hours, due to the enormous queues that form at its entrance, without detracting from the famous Sultanahmet Camii, better known as the Blue Mosque, just in front of it, whose name is due to the more than 20,000 blue tiles that are inside. However, we also recommend visiting the other interesting mosques in Istanbul.
Delight in Turkish gastronomy
Fish, olives, nuts, coffee, There is an immensity of foods that define Turkish gastronomy. However, the omnipresent dish you will find in all restaurants will be the famous kebab, roast meat accompanied by vegetables and potatoes. Yogurt sauce or liquid yogurt (Ayran) accompanies all meals and is essential in Turkish meals.
The Mezzes (or tapas) are also the sarma, which are grape leaves stuffed with rice or meat. But you cannot return from Turkey without having tried the famous baklavas, the typical dessert, which is made up of puff pastry, pistachios (or almonds) bathed in honey.
Enjoy the relaxation of a Turkish bath.
One of the greatest pleasures you can give yourself in Turkey is spending a relaxing afternoon in one of the Turkish baths to recharge your batteries. If you are not used to it, we recommend going to a more touristy one, since in itself, in the more local ones, the decontracting massage may not be as relaxing as a Westerner is used to. There is an entrance for men and another for women, so If you travel as a couple, think that you will be separated during the bath until departure.
Pamukkale (from Turkish, “cotton castle”) is a geological formation created by the hot springs in the area with a high content of calcium and bicarbonate. Over the years, it has developed one of the most curious landscapes of Turkey. They are a large area of stepped terraces of pristine white that look like frozen waterfalls, looking very similar to snow. As you can imagine, it is shocking to arrive at one of the hottest places in the country and find a landscape that seems icy.
Balloon over Cappadocia
Scattered throughout Cappadocia’s valleys, there are peculiar rock formations in Central Anatolia due to the erosion of rivers and the wind, a unique landscape. For this reason, this region is one of the places in the world where more hot air balloons fly over daily: about a hundred balloons of all colors invade the sky every day to watch the sunrise from above, one of the most memorable experiences that you can do in Turkey.
Tuz Gölü, one of the saltiest lakes in the world
The Tuz Gölü, in central Anatolia, is one of the saltiest lakes in the world, even more so than the Dead Sea. From this strange creation of 80 km long and 50 km wide, 70% of Turkey’s salt is produced. The reflections of the water and its infinite white will make you feel as if you were on another planet.
Attend a hypnotic dance of the Dervishes
We advise attending one of the ceremonies were seeing the semâ or Dervish dance, one of the most deeply rooted Turkish traditions, produces drowsiness. But it is an experience that surely will not leave you indifferent. This brotherhood is characterized by praying, dancing for a long time, going around and around its axis to achieve divine grace. Once the ceremony has started and after spending about an hour watching the dervishes dance in a circle without stopping and listening to hypnotic music, rest assured that you will relax. And you can even take a little nap or other.
Have a Turkish tea with a local
The Turks are characterized by being straightforward, open, and hospitable, and indeed more than one, if you start a conversation, will end up inviting you to tea and introducing you to their family. If you have time, accepting the invitation can end up being a great experience to get to know the local culture first-hand.
Browse the bazaars,
If you love Turkish fashion, leather jackets and bags, rugs, pottery, mother-of-pearl boxes, or chess sets (the typical Turkish souvenirs) in the bazaars, you will enjoy yourself like a dwarf. They are usually so large, and with so many product offers, you can take a local taxi and spend hours in there, browsing and comparing haggling. The Turks are friendly and hospitable people, but also great business people, you have to refer to their tradition of merchants for centuries, so think that they are capable of selling a comb to a bald man.
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