Here's Why You Should Visit Turkey Soon
May 1, 2019
by Bhavya Sankhyan
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 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 so for its surrounding water has a vibrant turquoise color. I went to Antalya to attend a destination wedding. Antalya is famous all around the world for its beautiful beaches. It was one of the appalling experiences of my life, that I feel everyone should have. Antalya’s weather is as people-soothing as it is eye-soothing too. The sky sets its color to rose pink at sunset, all significant hotel decorations and the market decorations are usually done using pink roses. The most astounding view was of the Anand Karaj which is situated at the Dock and is extended up to one kilometer into sea.
Rixos Premium Resort
It is the top-notch resort in the country. The resort has two mini-theaters, a golf club, seven lawn tennis grounds, and a massive game zone stadium. The best part of Rixos premium resort was the Adventure Park called the Land of Legends and is referred to as the Disney land of that resort. On the top of it, there is a beautiful French street within the resort which mirrors the French culture, and there are also traditional handicrafts that are sold there which are of high quality and low price.
Top things to look out for
The most sorted out part of Turkey is its transportation system. Every place is connected with well-organized land and water transport system. There are metro cards provided by the government for the same. The transportation system in Turkey has been one of the most efficient transportation systems that I’ve ever witnessed.
One of the core practice in Turkey’s culture includes the art of Tattoo making. A large number of people have got a tattoo in Turkey. Also, Turkey is famous for its outstanding technology when it comes to hair transplant treatment. Models and actors from all over the world come to Turkey for the finest quality tattoo making and hair transplantations. People in Turkey are very particular about maintaining Cleanliness around the nation. You can eye lots of luxury cars randomly going around. More food item than not are for non-vegetarians, and the spices used to have a traditional touch to it. In Istanbul, there’s a world famous Indian Spice Market which has thousands of Indian spices and herbs. Islam is the only religion followed here. Most of the architecture is done shaped like tombs. Women are generally in Hijabs. Clothes in Turkey are available at bare minimum rates and at the same time they are of very high quality.
It is a very famous Turkish mastic ice cream. It is similar to and inspired by the Syrian dessert booza. The Dondurma typically includes cream, whipped cream, salep, mastic, and sugar as its main ingredients. It is so believed the dondurma was originated from the city and region of Maraş and hence it is also known as the Maraş ice cream.
Top cities in turkey
Istanbul is the principal city in Turkey that ropes Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The Old City part of Istanbul reflects the cultural influences of all the empires that once ruled here. When I landed in Istanbul, I had a significant problem in communicating with people. Most of the people there do not understand English and converse only in their regional language.
On top of everything, Istanbul is the most expensive city in Turkey. The Currency of Turkey is Lira. People were hospitable and friendly, warm and welcoming. You can wander around the streets, and the people will make you feel at home.
Top places to visit in Istanbul
In Istanbul, from Monday to Saturday, every night a street bazaar is set up known as “the Grand Bazaar” which sells clothes, bags, and jewelry at amazingly low prices. The bazaar is full of hustle bustle at night.
The Galata Tower
(Galata Kulesi in Turkish) — Called Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Latin) by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn’s junction with the Bosphorus. It is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its environs.
Sultanahmet (The Blue Mosque)
Another place that is a must when it comes to visiting is the 17th-century mosque, facing the Hagia Sophia. Sultanahmet is famous for its grand, beautiful blue tile work ornamenting its interior walls. It has six slim minarets that distinguish it from other mosques as other mosques generally tend to have two or four towers. Like most other mosques, Sultanahmet also houses a madrasah, a hospice and the tomb of the founder, Sultanahmet is one of the leading tourist destinations in Istanbul for its beauty and its peaceful soul.
Süleymaniye (the Magnificent)
Istanbul is also the house for another magnificent mosque, The Süleymaniye Mosque.the mosque is the second largest mosque in the city after Sultanahmet, and is the best place for sightseeing in
Istanbul. This magnificent beauty was built in the 16th century for the magnificent sultan Süleyman by a famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. It comprises of tall, slender minarets ( pretty typical for Ottoman architecture) with large domed shaped buildings supported further by half domes resonating with the style of the Byzantine church Hagia Sophia (which was in the later days converted by the Ottomans into a mosque known as Aya Sofya). The design also depicts Süleyman’s ‘second Solomon’ ego, as it demonstrates the Dome of the Rock. The courtyard is colonnaded peristyle and has an exceptional grandeur.
It is a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.
Bodrum is a city situated on the Bodrum Peninsula, and it stretches from Turkey’s southwest coast into the vast Aegean Sea. The city features twin bays and has a view of the Bodrum Castle. This medieval fortress was built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C. The city is also a gateway for nearby beach towns and resorts.
The visa process for the country is also straightforward and hassle-free. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to visit this beautiful country. I’m confident that you will be mesmerized by the culture, astounded by the view and will end up finding your peace somewhere along with the lovely sunsets. Visiting Turkey was the most beautiful and memorable journeys of my life. I’ve had my share of Turkey, it’s your turn now.