I visited Turkey last week. It was friends reunion so 1 hour delay and 2 hours 45 minutes of flight I finally reached Istanbul where I have to catch my friends. One of them was coming from Dubai and other from Bahrain. We choose Istanbul as prime destination but Ölüdeniz and Pamukkale were also included in our plan. Well we didn’t visit whole turkey obviously but whatever we saw it was amazing and then i decide to write about my experience in Turkey…Why you need to visit Turkey??
Ottoman Empire History and Archaeological Sites:
Ottoman Empire, empire created by Turkish tribes in Anatolia (Asia Minor) that grew to be one of the most powerful states in the world during the 15th and 16th centuries.
With so much history to its name, Turkey also has a lot of fantastic museums that actively preserve findings from the many archaeological sites all around the country. From the world’s largest mosaic museum (Zeugma in Gaziantep) to Istanbul Ottoman palace museums. Beside this you will find remarkable amount of archaeological sites spread out all over the country. From Istanbul palaces and mosques to the ruins of Ephesus to the underground cities of Cappadocia. There’s plenty to visit while you’re here.
Friendly and Helping people:
Turkish People are nice and friendly, you will always find them very helping. They are known for their generosity and profound hospitality. When i was there i faced little bit problem because most of them don’t speak english but it’s not mean they are not willing to help and that’s the thing i like them about most. Wherever you are they will help you and guide or at least they will try hard to do it. Plus you will find turkish coffee on many places as welcome gift.
Besides of big cities Istanbul and Ankara Turkey is full of beautiful and very famous landscape, you can find snow on Uludağ Mountains to hiking in the Rize Province and beautiful beaches included Ölüdeniz a beautiful view of mediterranean sea. Let’s not forget the very famous white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. It’s a complete package place everything you will find there.
Cheapest paragliding ever:
If you are looking for cheap and safe adventure then Ölüdeniz beach is best place in turkey for this. Paragliding is very cheap here and totally safe. You will fly with your co-pilot and highly professional equipment and include pick and drop service from main Ölüdeniz valley. Everything will cost you 50 Euro each person but in off season. We did this in december and usually take flight from 1200 meter but in summer. We took flight from 900 meter because from that point to toward up was cloudy but it was amazing view and very very cheap.
Every city in Turkey has its own kitchen culture, including distinct ingredients and all of them are so flavourful. With Middle Eastern, Asian and European influences, Turkey has some of the best food. As such, Turkish cuisine is much more than tasty kebab and baklava, including fresh seafood and meze, a whole world of desserts, huge breakfast spreads, Ottoman classics, vegetable dishes, and much more. The best part? Most meals are served with free appetizers of salad, soup, bread and usually a tea at the end.
Well organized domestic flights:
When you are travelling Turkey, keep this in mind that turkey is very big country and road trip won’t be a good idea if you don’t have long vacations that’s why plan is best option moving inside turkey. Domestic travelling in Turkey is so easy and cheap, you can find flight for almost everywhere inside turkey in very good prices without any delaying or hectic and sometime you can find one way flight as little as Euro 20. It will save your time, money and energy.
Patara, Bodrum, Ölüdeniz and Kalkan have some of most beautiful beaches. Turkey’s entire coastline is basically composed of beautiful beach towns. One of the best ways to experience Turkey’s many beaches and the Mediterranean or Aegean Coast is by taking a Blue Cruise. It’s cheap and include variety of options. Summer is best time enjoy turkey’s beaches with friend and family.
Value For Money:
With all of its beauty and wonders, Turkey is far more cheap for backpacking. People always assume that travelling turkey will be expensive due to part of europe. Well quality of accommodation, food, transportation and sites are definitely worth the few extra bucks but still it won’t make your budget out.
Walking on the street and viewing markets and bazaars is also incredible experience. The hustle and bustle, the smells, the people and the energy in these places is phenomenal. With such an incredible cuisine, it’s no wonder that Turkey also has a lot of food shopping opportunities from open-air markets to bazaars and everything in between. The many neighborhood markets are where locals buy their fresh produce, while the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar is where tourists like to do some shopping. From Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to the quieter, tourist-free bazaars in the east, they are all exciting!
Smoking Sheesha Pipe (Nargile):
If you are a smoker then you definitely know Sheesha but even if you are not smoker you can enjoy this flavoured tobacco water pipes all around in turkey. It’s cheap and best way to socialize with local people. Sheesha with turkish coffee is best combination for resting and socializing with friends and family but of course you can have coffee only in these bars.