A beautiful fusion of Islamic culture and European influence, Turkey, should be on the top of the list for your next travel locations. Packed with history, culture and architecture, Turkey is the connection between Asia and Europe.
Here’s a list of locations you need to visit in Turkey and see what experiences these places have in store for you…
It is a city where the continents of Asia and Europe meet with culture and architecture so that rich that you can never seem to have enough of it. Istanbul has a long history which can be seen in its heritage sites and heard through the stories of its people.
1. WALKING TOUR OF ISTANBUL
Take a walking tour with a local guide in Istanbul exploring Taksim Square, Istiklal street, tower of Galata and the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Your guide will share the tales and secrets behind these beautiful monuments and their history.
Ideal Experience for: Everyone visiting the city for the first time.
2. PUB CRAWL IN ISTANBUL
Join a pub crawl for a big night out in Istanbul if you’re looking for the best places to party in the city. Start out with a free welcome beer at the meeting point and then head to at least 3 of the top party spots, where your entrance is free! Act as the locals do and experience alternative venues that tourists have never heard of before!
Ideal Experience for: The Party Animal
Izmir is a true student city known to be very young and vibrant. The city hosts many students from all over the world & almost half of its population is under the age of 30. The broad boulevards, glass-fronted buildings and modern shopping centers are dotted with traditional red-tiled roofs. With 18th-century markets and old mosques and churches, the city’s atmosphere is a unique amalgamation of Mediterranean & Turkish culture.
3. CYCLING TOUR OF IZMIR
Take a Cycling Tour of Izmir to explore the history of the city on bicycle. This is an activity that can get your adrenaline pumping. Take this tour early in the morning to watch the sunrise by the coast and then grab breakfast at a nearby cafe. Riders who prefer to take longer routes can do so by renting the bikes for the whole day and explore the city.
Ideal Experience for: Fitness Enthusiasts and explorers.
4. SPEND A DAY EXPLORING ALSANCAK
Spend a day exploring a different part of Izmir City – Alsancak. It has small streets with lots of bars in old Ottoman era houses where you can have a Çay (Turkish tea) or a beer and you can event try traditional Sheesha/Hookah at these bars. If you get tired you can always unwind and relax at a seaside restaurant watching the sunset, sip on a beer and enjoy some fresh Turkish seafood.
Ideal Experience for: Young Travellers looking for a fun day out
Selçuk is a city is frequently visited because of its close proximity to the ruins of the Roman city of Ephesus—some of the best-preserved ruins in the country.
5. DAY TOUR OF EPHESUS
Ephesus is an ancient city that has been well preserved over the past centuries; a true architectural marvel! Drive from Selçuk to Ephesus to witness these Greek ruins. Learn about the stories behind these ancient buildings & find out about everyday Grecian life and culture. This experience is bound to transport you right back into ancient Greece.
Ideal Experience for: People who are interested in Ancient Archaeology
6. SIRINCE VILLAGE EXPERIENCE
You should definitely try this authentic experience of a Local Turkish Village. Sirince is a quaint turkish village where you can stay at a homestay with a local resident and understand their way of life. One interesting fact about this village is that vehicles aren’t allowed in the village center so you can stroll through the streets on foot. Another little attraction here is Sirince Bazar, where you can buy local crafts and curios. It is the best place to buy a few gifts for your loved ones back home or just to take a part of Turkey back home with yourself.
Ideal Experience for: Travellers who seek quiet and local experiences
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