Turkey Travel Guides for Backpackers

The Best Of Kusadasi

Turkey is a popular touristic destination. One of the most famous resort is Kusadasi because it is a beautiful place with a lot of nice beaches, history and really good prices. The service in the Turkish hotels is really good and usually, everything is all inclusive which can save you a lot of money in your vacation. Close to Kusadasi are the Ancient City of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary and Artemida’s Temple, which is guaranteeing you a lot of nice experience through the history. There are many sightseeings you can visit in Kusadasi without spending so much money […]
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Here's Why You Should Visit Turkey Soon

Every time someone says “Turkey” you either start imagining a beautiful place or your stomach starts growling for that delicious dish! That’s the beauty of this word. But, here I’m talking about the beautiful paradise of the Turkey nation. Mustered between eastern Europe and western Asia, Turkey is Stuffed with rich cultures of ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Top resorts to visit Antalya Antalya is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled with Old Harbors and beaches flanked by large hotels. It’s a gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast, it is called […]
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Top 10 Museums in Istanbul

  Istanbul is famous for it’s Bosphorus, historic peninsula, mosques, bazaars and great food. All of these are true, and even though travelers enjoy the treasures of Istanbul all these great places overshadow Istanbul’s most prominent museums. Personally, when I visit a city, museums are the best places to begin sightseeing for me. Because I believe, museums hold history and culture. In this article, I am going to write about the 10 best museums you can visit during your trip to Istanbul! Even if you already live in Istanbul, this article has great tips for you!  1-Istanbul Archeology Museums Established by […]
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Göbeklitepe, First Temple of the World is in the History Scene

Anatolia, the lands where thousands of civilizations were born and destroyed, the lands were believed to be the first human stepped on, the first plow was used, and the first university of the world was founded astonishes us by uncovering yet the unknown ones. The excavation which is still being carried on since 1995, has revealed a very ancient temple which dates back to 12.000 years ago, older than ruins of Sumerians, Urartus, Hittites or Assyrians in Anatolia, and older than England’s Stonehenge, Malta temple and  Egyptian Pyramids. I have been to the Aegean, Mediterranean and European regions of Turkey […]
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5 Best Things To Do In Konya

If you're looking for a unique travel experience in the heart of Turkey, Konya is the perfect destination you've probably never heard of. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in Turkey, Konya is the birthplace of the Whirling Dervishes, has a bustling student community, and happens to be one of my favorite cities in a country full of incredible places to see. Konya is historically more conservative than someplace like Istanbul and, if you’re looking to party, you’ll be hard pressed to find alcohol in this city. I found in Turkey that most of my expenses were covering meals […]
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The 5 Best Niche Restaurants in Istanbul

During the first year that I lived in Istanbul, the rich history and culture were more than enough to keep me happy. However, one can have their fill of even Turkish restaurant foods. It was then that, after penetrating deeper into Istanbul’s back streets, that I discovered yet another layer of what this city has to offer. Some places focus on a story or a demographic or a people native to Turkey that I had not considered before, others are eager to be open-minded and offer something different. It taught me that there is genuinely something for everyone and every […]
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Istanbul: Whirling Dervishes, Galata Tower and Topkapi Palace

Turkey is an amazing country with rich history and captivating culture influenced by Hellenistic, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. I lived in Turkey for many years and I knew that one needs a life time to explore this beautiful land. When I planned our trip, I was excited to share this country with my family. Below, is the story how we spent our first day in Istanbul. Galata Tower We stayed in Karakoy, an old quarter of Taksim area, known for its restaurants, hotels, and shops. The Galata Tower is a relic landmark of the city which was built in 14th […]
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Istanbul, Turkey; A Bridge Between East and West

Istanbul, Turkey is a city that is practically alive. By day, it showcases its abundant history through the towering spires of mosques and cobblestone streets. Monuments to the age when Romans and Turks ruled melt right into the everyday scene and around every corner is a chance to see how history itself has unfolded. Istanbul has been home for Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Christians, Europeans, and Asians alike- and today, it still stands as a city that can be a home for anyone. Throughout the centuries, the city has morphed and adapted itself for its new inhabitants, while still holding onto pieces […]
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5 Must-See Historical Monuments in Erzurum

When one thinks of ‘Turkey’ the most obvious things come to mind – Istanbul, food, rich cultural etc. But, there is more to Turkey than just this. One of Turkey’s best-kept secret is the North-eastern Anatolia region. In the month of May 2018, my partner and I went on an impromptu 4 day trip to Erzurum. Erzurum is the capital of Anatolia region and has some of the most breath-taking landscape scenery. There are direct flights available to Erzurum airport. But, if there aren’t from where you will be travelling, you can always come to Istanbul and then get a […]
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Top 7 Things To Do In Istanbul, Turkey

My visit to Istanbul can only be summarized as magical. It was indeed a pleasant surprise after another. This magical and ancient city has many hidden gems, and is rich in culture and landscapes which make it an ideal place to visit. I came to Istanbul from a trip in the Balkans. Being in Bulgaria, I met an Argentinian heading there and we decided to take a train to the border and then a bus to Istanbul. Turkey does require visas for US citizens (thing I didn’t know at the time), so make sure to get one at a point […]
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Istanbul – vibrant metropolis between two continents

I do travel to Istanbul a lot for business. This city feels like home, people are so friendly and hospitable. There is something incredibly powerful and positive about Istanbul. No wonder city has been inhabited continuously for more than 6000 years. In Rome Empire times known as Constantinople, today Istanbul it is the only city in the world between two continents: Europe and Asia. Moreover, Istanbul connects two major seas: Black Sea in the North and Mediterranean Sea in the South. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 4th biggest airport in Europe, with annual passenger number exceeding 60 million, it literally connects […]
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Why visit Elazığ, Turkey?

Elazığ, Turkey Elazığ is a small city located in the Eastern part of Turkey, in the region called Anatolia. If you take a look from above, the city seems as an inland peninsula, surrounded by lakes and reservoirs. It is a city covered in history, legends and beautiful landscapes. If you plan to go there, try to eat everything you can, I promise, you won't regret it. The cuisine is simply amazing, especially if you are a lover of spicy food and besides, you have a sweet tooth. [single_map_place] Address [/single_map_place] What to visit? Harput Castle First and the most important place to […]
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Istanbul – oriental trade in Grand Bazaar

İstanbul is a very special city with crazy mix of cultures, history and people. Everything is so interesting here. There is a huge amount of famous historical and cultural sights, places and activities that tourists need to see and try including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Princess Islands, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Istiklal Street, Taksim Square, tour along the Bosphorus, dinner in Kiz Kulesi tower, Turkish coffee on Bosphorus seaside. And there are even more amazing places out of tourists trails, I will tell you about these places a bit later. Today I want to tell you about another interesting […]
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Things To Do: Istanbul

  When you arrive in Istanbul you will no doubt be taken back by the many beautiful Ottoman structures that line the cityscape. The Sultan Ahmad Mosque or ¨Blue Mosque¨, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar are among the most popular attractions, but if you're looking to escape the crowds or experience something a little different there are plenty of other options. See the not-so-common markets Feriköy Antika Pazari The less visited yet equally, if not more enjoyable Spice Bazaar is well worth a see. Vendors line the inside and outside of the bazaar […]
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About Turkey : food, people and places

Turkey, the Moon and the Star, the old Ottoman Empire, is a wonderful country full of surprises and adventures. I was blessed to live there during 7 months and I'm still amazed with the country, its culture, food, people and places. I will tell you about my Turkish adventure . A Eurasian country But only a small percentage (around 3%) is located in Europe. The rest of the Anatolian country is located in the Asian continent. Because of this we can commonly hear “European side of Turkey” and “Asian part of Turkey”. However, it must be said that Turkey is […]
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Four Days on The Lycian Way

  It is 6:30am on a chilled October morning. I am nestled in a cocoon of my sleeping bag and blankets on top of a cushioned wooden platform overlooking the mountains and Mediterranean Sea. I roll the woolen blanket away from my face, sit upright and push my sleeping bag down to my waistline. I have risen just in time for the expansive horizon in front of me to begin to change colors. The watercolor lines of orange and pink distinguish the sea from the sky and create a magnificent palate of soft blended hues. I look directly above me […]
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Cappadocia: flying on balloon over “fairy chimneys”

Land of fairies I’m climbing on the top of another hill, from both sides see marvelous rock towers made by nature, which called “fairy chimneys”. They look like fantastic sculptures from other planet. Tuff sand strew from under my legs and fingers – all these valleys made of volcanic rocks and basalt. In the morning everything covered with blue haze, but in few minutes bright sunrays appear behind the huge mountain and soon they illuminate all valley. White peaks and ridges look like huge cake or sand-box of a crazy painter. Dozens of air balloons, full of emotional tourists with […]
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A Cup of Turkish Coffee at Pierre Loti Cafe,Istanbul

A visit to Istanbul, Turkey  is a sojourn to a place where beauty intermingles with thousand year old civilization. One should never miss a chance to sit, relax and enjoy a cup of thick Turkish Coffee while enjoying the wonderful landscape of this city, and the best place to do this is at Pierre Loti Cafe in Eyup, Istanbul.  Located in Eyup, a district named after a friend of Muhammad, Eyup Ansari, the cafe is popularly known as a place where a French Naval Officer, Pierre Loti wrote his famous piece of novel, “Aziyade”. Aziyade retells a romantic tale between […]
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Istanbul smells so divine

Olfactory journey through Istanbul Introduction Istanbul smells divine, and why wouldn't it? Lodged between two continents it is the breeding ground for some wonderful sights but also some fantastic and unique scents. From the smell of warm greasy Donner meat dripping down the vendors knife to the smell of Turkish tea and jelly rose sweets, Istanbul has everything but that are some wonderful things that our little hidden gems that I'd recommend everybody experiences. In this short piece I'm going to tell you about only a few of the possibilities of what Istanbul has to offer and I hope to […]
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Istanbul – a Lifetime is Not Enough!

First thing to know about Istanbul is that it’s a place where you can’t possibly get bored. It’s a place of diversity, chaos, beauty, history, art, but most of all human kindness – something that you can hardly expeience in most of the world’s huge cosmopolitan cities. I’ve visited Istanbul hundreds of times, so my relationship with this city has long ago passed the line from rational to purely emotional. That’s why in this post I’m not going to make a list of the must-vist places and things you absolutely have to do during your long weekend in Istanbul and […]
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Girls paradise in Turkey

Where should girls go for their summer vacation? When my best friend Jovana asked me where should we go for our summer vacation, nice beaches, delicious cocktails and hot guys crossed my mind. :D We live in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a lovely little country in  Southeastern Europe located on the Balkan Peninsula, so I searched for exciting places in Europe because we didn’t have enough money to go somewhere further.  We were students with part-time jobs but we didn’t have enough money for plane tickets so it has to be a nice place where we can arrive by bus. One sunny afternoon she came […]
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Istanbul: New Land of 3rd Wave Coffee

Hi! I must say that this article won't be about how beautiful Istanbul is, what a marvellous city or etc. It'll be about great coffee shops in Istanbul. If you are in Istanbul or will visit and plus you are a coffee lover, then you should continue to read this. You can trust me cause i'm also a barista, i have a 3rd wave coffee shop in one of the most fancy spot's of Istanbul. Of course, i became a barista after i decided to open my own coffee shop. Actually, i'm an Art Director. So, nice to meet you. […]
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EXPLORİNG HİDDEN PARADİSE – KAŞ

Finally this year we have managed to bring to the life our summer holiday plan. Because we desired this so much. Firstly we've traveled from Istanbul to Izmir with a shared car. We find this transportation from Bla – Bla Car website. Its really useful for whom wants to travel cheaper than the normal bus or plane. As we mentioned our vacation started from Izmir city. We also have to mention that was our first trip to the south part of the Turkey for a long time and we look forward to share all of our feelings about the places […]
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Weekend in Turkey: must do things in Istanbul

Weekend in Turkey: must do things in Istanbul Istanbul is a great place to come for two or three day trip, where the number of sites per square meter is one of the greatest in Europe. It is impossible to see all the sites of former Constantinople in a weekend, the chief commercial, industrial and cultural city of Turkey. So, i will try to describe below the city's best parks and views, cafes and restaurants where to stay and what to see. Stay in the heart of Istanbul’s modern life For those who enjoy shopping and active nightlife will find ideal […]
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