THINGS TO DO IN TURKEY
By Team Think Orange
Deciding which country to choose for an interesting vacation from the numerous travel locations can be challenging. Amongst the list of top interesting travel locations is Turkey – a country with so many natural wonders. And with friendly people, great tasting food, historic archeological spots and breathtaking views – Turkey has it all. But how do you decide what to do in Turkey to make your vacation memorable? Well, look no further – here is our list of things to do in Turkey.
Try Out Some Great Food
As a travel destination, Turkey has some of the best cuisines that are sure to thrill your taste buds. Trying out these dishes when in Turkey would definitely add some flare to your vacation. One such delight is the famous ‘wet burger’ easily found in Taksim Square in Istanbul. The meat, dessert dishes, soups, salads and vegetarian dishes are great tasting options on your menu. Still looking for a little extra? Be sure to try the very sweet baklava, that is in abundance everywhere.
Browse the Bazaars
Istanbul is world-renowned for it’s massive Bazaars. Both the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar are definitely worth a visit when you’re in the city. Be sure to allow yourself as much time as you can, because the variety and volume of items to browse is enormous. The biggest challenge for you will be to see how well you can resist buying more than you can carry!
Visit The Sultan Ahmed Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as The Blue Mosque, is a wondrous sight. Its perfectly built domes, and its minarets are iconic. With an exterior this dazzling, it’s only normal that you are lured inside for a better feel of the worship center. Its interior is nothing short of remarkable. It features elaborately ornamented stained glass and an impressive light system. And with it’s awesome spaciousness, this mosque is sure to create a lasting impression on all who visit it.
Explore The Göreme National Park
Connecting with mother nature is always a blessing. The Göreme National Park affords you this opportunity. It is one of Turkey’s most remarkable locations with breathtaking landscapes and beautiful natural features. With it’s amazing rock formations, it is an enchanting place to visit. This natural wonder is located in Cappadocia, which is known for its underground carved churches and villages. Exploring Cappadocia’s Göreme National Park while you’re in Turkey would be a fun addition to your bucket list. Make sure you stay in our preferred hotel in Cappadocia – the Yunak Evleri cave hotel.
View Cappadocia From a Hot Air Balloon
Cappadocia is famous for a lot of things, one of which is its amazing scenery. To get a good feel of the location, you can fly over in a hot air balloon. You are sure to admire the fairy chimneys and the properly carved pillars worked by the locals.
One of Turkey’s premier historical attractions, the ancient city of Ephesus, should be on everyone’s list. The UNESCO World Heritage site, not far from the port city of Kusadasi, is the largest city ever uncovered. Built in the 10th century BC, it thrived for centuries, before being destroyed by the Goths and eventually abandoned after earthquakes. There are quite a lot of sites still intact, like the Library of Celsus, and the amphitheater that can seat over 24,000 people.
See the Black Sea
Not far from the bustling city of Istanbul, you can you visit the small fishing villages in the Black Sea. As an easy day trip, you will step back in time when you stop in Sile, famous for its sandy beaches and lighthouse. And Agva, situated between two rivers, is a popular vacation spot for citizens of Istanbul. It’s also a great place to get a good lunch of local fish.
Stop For Coffee in Izmir Kordon
Many people say that Izmir Kordon has the best coffee in Turkey. This may be clear from its large number of cafes. You can enjoy your coffee while being serenaded, as you take in the gorgeous view and flow of the sea. Afterwards, there are great hikes you can engage in, or you can hop on a carriage and go for a ride.