Everything about Istanbul
Istanbul is a very attractive city to visit, receiving 8 million foreign tourists each year. It is the only city in the world that connects two continents, Europe and Asia. Istanbul provides a unique experience as it offers a modern European city, as well as an ancient culture with Eastern-style bazaars and Ottoman architecture. Istanbul is the only city in the world, which has been the capital city of both Muslims and Christian Empires. It was the pearl of the Byzantine Empire, known as Constantinople. It was known as the most important city of the Christian world for more than 1000 years. The city was known as ‘Istanbul’ during the Ottoman Empire and it was home to the Ottoman Sultans. Istanbul owes its historical importance to its strategic location and access to the Bosphorus . The French discoverer, Pierre Gilles, wrote in his book in the 16th century: “Though all other cities have their periods of government and are subject to the ...
Everything about Izmir
Izmir – The Third Largest City of Turkey Izmir is located on the west of Turkey, on the Aegean coastline. It is the most important and the biggest settlement of the Aegean Region, and the third largest city of Turkey. Turkish people generally call Izmir as ‘Beautiful Izmir’. It is located at the beginning of a long and narrow gulf full of yachts and passenger ships. It has a warm climate, allowing residents to enjoy five months of summer and has a very modern way of living. Izmir is probably the most laid-back commercial city in Turkey. The restaurants and cafes located by the seaside is packed with people during lunch breaks and after work, and during summer months, residents prefer to have a long weekend, starting on Thursday. Out of all the cities in Turkey, Izmir is the most modern one, and it is where the Christians, Muslims and Jews live together. Due to its close proximity to holiday resorts, such as Cesme ...
Everything about Bodrum
Bodrum always been an attractive destination since the early centuries. Homeros once called Bodrum, ‘the land with endless blue’. Bodrum witnessed many wars and nations trying to conquer the town. The ancient name for the are is HalikarnAssos or Halikarnas in Turkish. However, there are also documents showing that the town’s name as Petrium (derived from the Aziz Petrus Castle) and being changed to Petrum, Potrum and finally to Bodrum. Bodrum is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey, attracting large number of Turkish and foreign tourists. The area offers a holiday experience for all budgets, however it is a well preferred resort with the high society and the royal families from all around world. As well staying at the hotels, many choose to visit Bodrum by luxurious yachts. Due to the landscape of the resort, Bodrum is ideal for blue cruising. The nightlife in Bodrum is one of the best in Turkey. We would advice you to try some ...
Didim is a very popular holiday resort with beautiful coast of long sandy beaches, on clear turquoise waters and has many ancient historic sites. It has a microclimate enjoying 300 days of sunshine per year, with warm winters and where the residents are still able to enjoy water sports and the beaches in January. Didim’s most attractive bays are those furthest away from the centre that are smaller and quieter particularly Haydar which is off of a dirt road around the shores of Akbuk (White Bay). As the main roads into Didim have recently been renewed it’s very easy to reach here via Bodrum and Izmir airports and because of its superb location, in the 1980s many people from Turkey’s larger cities, especially Ankara, built holiday villas and apartments where today foreigners are fast buying them up many of which are Turks that live and work abroad. Countless hotels were built to accommodate the growing number of visitors, mostly from the UK ...
Everything about Ankara
Ankara is Turkey’s capital city and the second largest with a population of around 4.5 million, it lies in the heart of both Turkey and Central Anatolia, is the seat of the Turkish Government and where the majority of foreign embassies are based. The city appears to live in two separate time zones and has gained this double identity due to the speed of which it was developed after being declared the capital of the Turkish Republic in 1923. This former small provincial town was known as Angora, named after the soft goat’s wool it produced and the older city still exists in and around the citadel, the site of the original settlement. Modern Ankara has been built around the old city, almost engulfing it, whilst trying to create a modern governmental seat emulating Westernised states. Although not as attractive to visitors as Istanbul , it has excellent museums along with other sights that would keep you busy for a few days. History of Ankara Originally ...
Cappadocia The Fairy Chim
Cappadocia is one of the world’s most unique environments with hills, valleys and canyons, and great expanses of volcanic matter and rock formations that make up this fairy tale landscape with pillars, pinnacles, cones, mushrooms and chimneys that tower up into the sky as high as 40m (130ft). These were created from eruptions of three volcanoes, Erciyes, Hasan and Melendiz that dominate Cappadocia covering the former plateau of Urgup with ash and mud. Over the millennia the compressed volcanic ash changed into a soft stone called ‘tuff’ and the erosion of this from rain and wind is what created the strange fairy chimneys that Cappadocia is now famed for. These formations have been used by many different cultures as dwellings along with underground cities they made from tunnels and caves. Largely ignored by invading armies of great empires, the native people living there took full advantage of the regions natural resources as they continue to do so even today with the rock ...
Kusadasi meaning "Bird Island" and being dubbed the Turkish “Las Vegas by the Sea”, 90km south of Izmir , the resort lies several kilometres along the coast and well into the surrounding area. Population Over the last 30 years the residential population here has grown to around 60,000 and rises to over 500,000 during the summer when the resort fills with tourists. Visiting Kusadasi This is the first stop for many visitors to Turkey with ferry links from the Greek island of Sámos and Aegean cruise ships dropping their vast crowds of passengers for day trips to Ephesus and other historical sites nearby. The recently constructed yacht marina, built to draw more business from the Greek Islands opposite, is one of the largest and best northwest of Marmaris . New arrivals coming to Kuşadaşı are generally accosted by touts offering accommodation, leather goods, carpets etc., and one of the main reasons for staying here are the good connections to the nearby attractions, beaches and its ...
Another of Turkey’s major Mediterranean resorts, being third after Kusadasi and Bodrum and tourism being its main source of income. There is little left of the once sleepy fishing village since the construction boom of the 1980s with 10km around the bay with large number of hotels and properties, although it does manage to retain its charm. As Dalaman airport is close by, this means both domestic and foreign tourists pour in constantly during the season which makes the city packed. The town’s population swells from around 40,000 to 400,000 during high season and its nightlife rivals anything else to be found on the Turkish coast. Also called “Yesil Marmaris” (Green Marmaris), it becomes extremely humid during summer months. Marmaris Attractions There are plenty of things to do to do in Marmaris with ample shops for bargains, especially if you like wearing fake designer labels, lots of bars and restaurants and a very busy night life with one street (Bar Street) just for dance music or the high-tech ...
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