Turkey without all inclusive and towels in the form of swans on the bed? She exists!
Our Turkey – These are places where only locals go. This is the age-old dust of old cities and the neon light of the best clubs. These are gatherings in cozy cafes over a cup of coffee with an oriental aroma.
About a visa
If you go to Turkey to relax, visit relatives and friends or meet with business partners, you do not need a visa. For up to 30 days, you can stay in the country absolutely freely. Turkey is open 24/7!
About the road
The fastest and easiest – by plane. More than 80 airlines fly from Russia to Turkey. The Aviasales service will help you choose a suitable departure city and a profitable ticket.
But there are plenty of other options. If you prefer a scenic road on the ground, then you can get there:
- by train through Armenia and Georgia,
- by car through Georgia,
- by ferry from Sochi or Novorossiysk.
When to go
If you want privacy, and rest for you is not only the beach and the sea. At this time, there are still no crowds of tourists in Turkey and you can safely enjoy your vacation and explore interesting places without the sweltering heat.
If you don’t like to roast in the sun, but lie on the beach I already want to.
If you cannot live without the sea, sunbathing, beach parties, sea excursions and diving. At this time in Turkey the high season – be prepared for a large number of neighbors on a sun lounger!
“Velvet season”. No comment. Golden sunrises and sunsets, warm evenings and active beach holidays.
If you prefer spa resorts or ski tours.
Where to relax and what view
The main tourist cities of Turkey
Suitable for those who prefer a beach holiday, because it is here that the heart of the Turkish Riviera with the best beaches and developed infrastructure is located.
Atmospheric resort town on the Mediterranean coast, known as among lovers of “lazy” rest, and among young people who prefer noisy parties.
Very popular among Russian tourists. Kemer is not only a resort town, but also the capital of Turkish shopping.
The most «party» resort of Turkey, the capital of the country's nightlife with a record density of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and discos per square kilometer.
This resort on the Aegean coast has retained its authenticity, here is a very beautiful sandy Altinkum Beach (translated from Turkish «golden sands»), marked with the Blue Flag, and the Temple of Apollo, which has been preserved here since the 8th century BC. BC
It is a bridge between Europe and Asia, between the traditional East and the modern West. Throughout its rich history, he managed to change several names and visit the capital of four empires: Roman and Byzantine, Ottoman and Latin.
The second largest city in Turkey after Istanbul and its capital. It is interesting precisely as a more authentic Turkey. Many ancient sights from Roman times have been preserved in Ankara: Roman baths, Julian's column and a Roman temple, from the Byzantine era, the Hissar citadel and a cemetery are especially interesting.
A city located in the north – The western part of Anatolia, near the Dardanelles and Mount Ida, is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Troy is known for the most part because of the Trojan War (and that very horse), described in many works of the ancient epic, including the famous Odyssey. and the Iliad Homer.
Sights of Turkey
The symbol of Istanbul on the coast of the Sea of Marmara. It is especially recommended to visit the square in front of the mosque during morning or evening prayers.
Green Canyon (Green Canyon)
The largest reservoir in Turkey. The canyon is cool and very beautiful. This is one of the best destinations for walking tours during author's tours to Turkey.
One of the most unusual and beautiful places in Turkey with a fabulous lunar landscape, over which dozens of balloons soar at dawn, stunning underground cities, cave churches and houses carved directly into the rocks.
Panagia Sumela Monastery
It is located on the chalk rock of Trabzon. The icon of the Mother of God Panagia Sumela was kept in the monastery, which, according to legend, was painted by the Apostle Luke. It is a popular pilgrimage site with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the monastery every year.
According to biblical legends, Noah's Ark once moored to it. On the slopes of the mountain there are many glacial caves, a national park, flowering valleys and picturesque glades, as well as ancient monasteries.
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
The symbol of the “golden age” Byzantium, the best example of Byzantine architecture. Its height is 55.6 m, and the diameter of the dome is 31 m. The sum equal to two annual Byzantine budgets was spent on the construction of the magnificent cathedral.
An underground reservoir built by the Greeks in the 4th century. At first glance, it resembles a palace, because it consists of 336 nine-meter columns that differ in appearance. For its intended purpose, the Basilica was used until the 16th century. And now classical music concerts are regularly held here.
The ancient city of Ephesus
A huge open-air museum. Archaeologists restored it and prepared it for tourists to see. The main attraction of Ephesus – Temple of Artemis – one of the seven wonders of the world.
The ancient city of Side
The main archaeological area of Turkey, as well as one of the most popular resorts. It is located on a peninsula 75 km from Antalya. Here you can see the ruins of the temple of Dionysus, Tyche and Fortune, a huge theater where gladiator fights were held.
Here is a rather unusual attraction. In 62 BC. e. King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built a tomb for himself on the top of a mountain. Its center was a mound almost 50 meters high and 150 meters wide. Under it is the coffin of the king, around – statues that tourists come to see.
What to eat
The star of Turkish sweets. Delicate dough petals and nut filling ooze with honey. Baklava is very satisfying to eat on a tour to Turkey, a couple of pieces are enough.
A world famous bagel champion. And the most famous “street” food in Turkey.
Freshly caught fish is immediately grilled and served in bread or lemon juice with vegetables – a real treat!
Another story. Rich, sweet and spicy, with a rich foam that the Turks are so proud of.
Winter drink, it is made from special salep flour obtained from dried orchid roots. The rest of the ingredients are less exotic:
- rose water for fragrance.
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