Step onto Turkish soil and the colours, smells and flavours will make you want to stay here forever. Turkey is quickly becoming the hot new spot to discover, so here’s some must-see places to check out when you get there.
You won't find anything quite like the white terraces of Pamukkale anywhere else in the world. The western town of Pamukkale is home to thermal waters which flow down white travertine terraces. Walk up and down these cotton-like clouds and swim in the pools. Buy your ticket and allow yourself about 90 minutes to walk to the top of the terraces and back, giving you plenty of time to take some snaps and go for a dip. To avoid crowds, head there in the early morning or late afternoon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely worth visiting.
Be the envy of all your friends when you head to Cappadocia. This spot in central Turkey has a history of filling up Instagram feeds with its fairy chimneys, caves and hot air balloons. Start your day by watching the sunrise, and enjoy the view as the balloons rise up all around you. Head to the Open Air museum to explore the many caves and unique rock structures. You might even want to explore one of the many underground cities out there. End your day watching the sunset in Kizilcukur (Red Valley) and admire the beauty of nature.
The Turkish capital of Istanbul is chaotic and colourful with so many sights to see and places to explore. As the city straddles both Europe and Asia, spend time on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait. On the European side, make sure you go to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The exquisite Blue Mosque is free to enter, however closed during the five prayer sessions during the day. The Hagia Sophia is the most popular museum in Istanbul, allowing the chance to appreciate the mosque’s architecture and art. While the Hagia Sophia costs to enter, it is a must. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing whilst in the mosques. For men, long pants are essential and women will be provided with headscarves and skirts to wear.
To get your fix of traditional Turkish delights, spices and trinkets, go to the Grand Bazaar. Its open everyday except Sundays from 9am to 7pm. On the Asia side, visit the groovy boutiques and coffee shops. Head up Çamlıca Hill for an insane view over the Asian side and the Bosphorus. Whilst in Istanbul, keep your wits about you as petty thieves and cunning salespeople are commonplace in Istanbul.
Pay your respects at Gallipoli for the fallen Aussie and Kiwi soldiers from WW1. Located just outside of Canakkale, Gallipoli is an incredibly moving and sobering place to visit on your travels. Stroll around ANZAC Cove, have a quiet moment by the Lone Pine or one of the many memorials there.
Explore the laid-back port town of Kas. Spend your day walking around the cute streets lined with pink Bougainvillea flowers checking out the shops and cafes. Hang out by the beach or unleash your inner adrenaline junkie and indulge in some water-sports. If you’re a history fanatic, wander around the Lycian tombs and the Greco-Roman amphitheatre. Kas has got a little something for everyone.
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