It is been two weeks that we have not posted and guess what? We really missed you but now we are back!!
No worries, you can always follow our journey in FlySoulmates Instagram and Facebook pages;)
This time, we are taking you to a country that is very dear to us, Turkey! We’ve always wanted to travel to there, an unique destination that straddles Asia and Europe, perfect if you’re looking for the perfect combo nature, culture, history and food!
Moreover, with Turkish airlines, the destination has become more and more accessible to people all over the world.
Packed to the brim with ancient monuments left over from a parade of conquerors and endowed with showcase scenery that never fails to impress. If you re planning a trip to Turkey, we compiled a quick guide to its beaches, cultural shopping hubs and cruise destinations – precisely all the best places to visit in Turkey.
With no further delay, let’s deep dive in our travel bucket list:
1. Aya Sofya
Located in the famous capital of Istanbul, Aya Sofya is renowned as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Byzantine glory of the Aya Sofya Museum (Hagia Sophia) is not only one of the top things to do in Istanbul, but also in Turkey. The architecture of the buildings will take you back in time to remind you of old Constantinople’s power and the Ottoman conquest. This monument is a must-do for every tourist visiting the country.
Not to be missed, the mighty ruin of Ephesus is a city of colossal monuments and marble-columned roads. One of the most complete, still-standing Roman cities in the Mediterranean region, this is the place to experience what life must have been like during the golden age of the Roman Empire. A sightseeing trip here will take at least half a day to cover the major highlights. If you really want to explore, it will definitely longer so make sure that you plan your visit so you don’t feel rushed and enjoy a sunset there. It is just fabulous 🙂
The unreal rock valleys of Cappadocia is everyone’s dream to visit. Cliff ridges and hill crests are home to rippling panoramas of wave-like rock or wacky-shaped pinnacles that have been formed by millennia of wind and water action. And if you don’t feel like hiking for the views, this is one of the world’s top destinations to take a hot air balloon ride. For this kind of beauty, you can even do both. As if it was not already enough beauty, you will find in these valleys are the rock-cut christian churches of the Byzantine Era.
Sumptuous beyond belief, the Topkapı Palace takes you into the fantastical, opulent world of the sultans. It was from here that the sultans of the Ottoman Era carved out an empire that would extend up into Europe and down through the Middle East and into Africa. The interiors, with their decadently exuberant tiling and lavish jeweled decor, are an unforgettable peek into the Ottoman’s power base.
One of Turkey’s most famous natural wonders, the pure white travertine terraces of Pamukkale (“Cotton Castle” in english) cascade down the slope looking like a snowfield amid the green landscape. Although the travertines are themselves a highlight of a Turkey trip, the vast and rambling ruins of Roman Hierapolis, an ancient spa town, lie on the top of this calcite hill, providing another reason to visit. For the best photographs, come at dusk when the travertines glow as the sun sinks below the horizon.
The top sightseeing drawcard for Eastern Turkey, Mount Nemrut’s summit funerary mound is scattered with the broken remnants of once mammoth statues, which guarded it. This place has to be one of Turkey’s most peculiar archaeological sites. The giant stone heads of long-forgotten gods stare out from the summit, casting an eerie atmosphere over the barren mountaintop. The time to come is at sunrise, so you can watch the statues as they loom out of the dark.
Just south of Antalya, the jaw-dropping mammoth bulk of the Roman Theater of Aspendos celebrates the pomp and ceremony of Marcus Aurelius’ rule. Considered the finest surviving example of a classical age theater still standing in the world, it is one of antiquity’s star attractions. Although the theater is the main reason for a visit here – and for most visitors on a half-day trip from nearby Antalya.
8. Cruise on Bosphorus
The stunning Bosphorus strait connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean. Though it is the most overlooked destination, it has a lot to offer. You can take a full Bosphorus tour by night by the ferry. The ferry leaves before dusk providing great Istanbul sunset views. For the cruise lovers, you will even be able to explore the mediterranean sea and make a quick stop to Bodrum, Fethiye and Olympus!
Impossibly turquoise-blue water. Check. Lush green forest tumbling down a cliff to a white sand beach. Check. The sheltered inlet of Ölüdeniz, just a short journey from Fethiye, is Turkey’s most famous beach, and with scenery that might as well have fallen off a perfect postcard, it’s easy to see why the beach get crowded easily. Oh, did we mention that Ölüdeniz is one of the world’s top paragliding destinations?
Last but not the least, Turkey is famous for its gastronomy. For those who did not know, according to legend, the renowned “croissant” takes its origin from the turkish attack in Vienna in 1683, they tried to dig a tunnel in order to penetrate Vienna unseen. But they hadn’t counted on the Viennese master bakers, who at an early hour were already at their ovens and noticed the noises coming from the Turkish tunnellers. They immediately raised the alarm and the cover was blown. During the following celebrations a pastry was invented in the shape of a crescent reminding the Turkish. It was later then made famous to the world by the French.
That being said, from the tasty kebab to the coffee via the sweets and the croissant, we can’t thank the Turkish enough for all the delights.
Turkey is a destination, staggeringly rich in sights as well as sites. As you tick off the best places to visit in Turkey from your list, remember to walk through the ancient ruins where time stopped; enthrall your senses with the natural scenery; relish the tasty local cuisine; and bask the warm at the beaches. This is Turkey!
We will leave you on some amazing pictures of turkish gastronomy to excite all your senses 🙂