Turkey Just Has To Go On Your Bucket List
August 25, 2020
A fantastic and beautiful land in the balance to decide whether it is Asian or European … one thing is certain … it seems to unite two continents, as if it were a bridge over which we find a thousand-year history, a decidedly tasty typical cuisine and appreciated, infinite landscapes of natural beauty that extend from white beaches to imposing mountains … up to Istanbul, a city worth visiting … full of histories where it is possible to pass from Asia to Europe with a scheduled ferry in less than an hour …
A fantastic honey-colored landscape born after cooling a great volcanic eruption, for its color it would seem almost the work of very ingenious bees …! But here there are also Byzantine churches with frescoes, underground cities … today you can book in “5-Star Caves”, go horseback riding and even flights in hot air balloons …
Certainly the best known archaeological site as well as being the most famous in Turkey and perhaps the best preserved … a mixture of Greek and Roman skills and architecture …
In Turkey there are many, and it is almost a have to try one to feel regenerated … almost reborn … the most popular and fantastic ones are those of the fascinating historic district of Antalya or Sultanahmet in Istanbul.
One of the 10 most beautiful long-distance routes in the world: 500 kilometers between Fethiye and Antalya. This is the Teke Peninsula, the cradle of the ancient Lycian civilization. The trail through pine and cedar forests dominated by 3000 meter high mountain peaks, through villages, extraordinary coastal views and the remains of a myriad of ruins of ancient cities such as Pınara, Xanthos, Letoön and Olympos.
A combination of sun, sand and blue water make the Turkish coasts one of a kind; among the greatest Mediterranean and Aegean beauties there is “Kaputaş”, a tiny bay with brilliant shallow waters and “Patar” , the longest beach in Turkey. Many of the most beautiful beaches are found along the Licia path.
Ghost town with a magical appearance seems to float in a sea of grass, almost as if it were a movie set. Located in splendid isolation on the Armenian border, it is pervaded by a surreal atmosphere. Before being abandoned in 1239 following a Mongol invasion, Ani was the prosperous capital of the kingdoms of Urartu and Armenia. Today only suggestive ruins remain, including those of some churches and a cathedral built between 987 and 1010.
Terraced limestone formations dominated by the ruins of the ancient Roman and Byzantine spa center of Hierapolis, the ‘Cotton Castle’ is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Turkey.
CRUISE IN GULET
Called ‘blue cruise’ four days and three nights aboard a gület, a traditional Turkish wooden sailing boat along the Turquoise Coast in the western Mediterranean.
SHOPPING IN THE BAZAAR
In Turkey there is a market for every occasion; from the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul to the mules that go up the narrow streets of the hilly bazaar of Mardin, the shadow theater, a covered market in Bursa up to the bazaars dedicated to silk or precious carpets.