Before planning your Turkey vacation, be familiar with what you must visit during the
One of the best preserved ancient theatres of antiquity, Aspendos was built in 155 AD
during the rule of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This ancient monument could
seat between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators.
Patara is amongst the longest stretches of sandy beach found anywhere in the
Mediterranean region. This beach is backed only by olden Lycian and Roman ruins and
swooping dunes with no buildings visible, except of a small café. The beach is also the
breeding ground of the endangered Loggerhead turtle.
Pamukkale, literally meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish language is an unreal landscape
located in western Turkey. It is popular for its white terraces. These terraces are made
of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water with a very high mineral content
from the hot springs.
Situated in the city of Bodrum in southwest Turkey, this castle was built by the
Crusaders in the 15th century as 'the Castle of St. Peter'. This castle is one of the best
preserved monuments dating back to medieval times in the world.
With beautiful six minarets and magnificent architecture, the Sultan Ahmed or Blue
Mosque in Istanbul impresses from the outside and inside as well. It is still used as
a mosque and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul. Interior of the
mosque, the high ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles in different patterns giving
this mosque its famous name.
Other Tourist Attractions:
Library of Celsus, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Anzac Cove, Topkapı Palace, Mount
Nemrut, Olüdeniz- one of the most photographed villages, Cappadocia Underground
Cities, Göreme Fairy Chimneys are some of the other popular tourist attractions in
Best Time for Holidaying in Turkey
The best time to visit Turkey especially the Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts
would be in the Spring months between 'April and June' and the Autumn months
from 'September to November', as the weather is just perfect for sightseeing and other
activities. But, if you wish to enjoy the world famous Mevlana Festival in Konya, then
you must plan your Turkey trip in the month of December.
Must Buy Things from Turkey
As far as the must buy things from Turkey are concerned, you can shop for Jewelry,
leather apparel, handicrafts, carpets, carved meerschaum and exquisitely carved brass
and copperware are all good buys. However, you must bargain for souvenirs if you are
buying various things from one shop, or shopping off-season. So, try your shopping
skills in any season on your Turkey tour. Shoppers should note that most of the shops
remain open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 or 7 pm, (while some take a lunch
break from 1pm to 2 pm).
Explore Options to Reach Turkey
Before booking your Turkey holiday packages, you must be aware of the ways to
reach this beautiful city. To know more, read on:
Turkey has international airports at Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir with some Mediterranean
resorts. Turkish Airlines operates direct flights from Istanbul to twenty-four European
cities, Middle East, New York, North Africa, Karachi, Bangkok, Tokyo and Singapore. It
should be noted that departure tax is US $12.
The daily Istanbul Express links Munich, Croatia, Slovenia, and Bulgaria to Istanbul.
There are every day train and bus connections between Athens and Istanbul via
Thessaloniki. Trains run to and fro Armenia as well.
Major European cities like Vienna and Frankfurt are also within the ambit of Turkish
buses. The buses are usually faster than trains. You can enter Turkey by bus from
Syria, Iran and Georgia.
Turkish Maritime Lines (TML) run car ferries from Antalya, Izmir and Marmaris to Venice
weekly from May to mid October. Private ferries run between Turkey's Aegean coast
and the Greek islands.