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Vacation In Turkey

10

May

Although Turkey is a relatively small country there is much to see and do. The capital city, Istanbul, is a bustling metropolis filed with boutiques, museums, beaches and fabulous restaurants. This vacation destination is safe, fun and filled with excitement. You can come alone, invite a friend or even bring your entire family with you to Turkey. Before you can plan out your itinerary you will need to select a hotel to stay in and purchase airline tickets.

While Istanbul is where the action is at, you might want to check out some of the smaller towns and cities that make up this majestic country. Atalya is located on the coast of Turkey and it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Yachting, sailing, swimming and jet skiing are just some of the activities that you can partake in this coastal city. By contrast, Amasya is a great place for tourists that are interested in the history of Turkey to visit. You can look for cheap flights to Turkey, book a room and then travel all over the countryside.

Most importantly, make sure that you visit Turkey at the best time of year. By going in early spring you can avoid the busy tourist season and enjoy the sights without having to fight the crowds. Visit the wineries, stay at different luxury hotels and visit the numerous archaeological sites. Alternatively, you can pack your bags and come to Turkey just to relax. You don’t have to make any plans at all and you will still find plenty of things to do each day. Once you come to Turkey once you will want to return again and again. Go and visit some of the countries that surround Turkey and discover a new part of the world.


Turkey-Country at the Crossroads

03

February

For centuries, Turkey has been the bridge between East and West, between Christianity and Islam, between Europe and the Middle East. Although many things have changed over the years-Turkey was formerly Dogubeyazitknown as the Ottoman Empire until the end of WWI, and Istanbul, was known as Constantinople-Turkish hospitality, and the beauty and mystery of the land have remained unchanged. Although Turkey is moving quickly into modernity by stabilizing the economy, cleaning up its human rights record, and trying to retain a secular government, whether or not the country is allowed to join the European Union remains to be seen.

Although the Turkish economy is stable and fairly strong these days, the country still remains a bargain for tourists and visitors, especially when compared to other destinations in the Mediterranean. Budget travelers can travel, eat, and sleep for about $40-60 a day, while around $100 per day, allows one to sleep in nice hotels, eat well, and travel in style. In the major cities, dollars, euros, and other major currencies can be used, but when traveling in smaller villages off the beaten path, keeping a ready supply of Turkish Liras is advised.

Turkey has a modern transportation system in place, and visitors can easily and cheaply get in, out, and around the country via airlines, ferries, trains, buses, and cars. The trains are typically slower than the buses, but many do have sleeper cars for long-distance travelers, and can be a good value. The Bosfor Ekspresi train connects between Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, and Sofia.

Istanbul has to be considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with domes, minarets, and modern building all standing side by side in a city that as been home to philosophers, crusaders, mystics, artists, and holy men for centuries. Surely, no trip would be complete without a visit to the Aya Sofya, or its western name, Haghia Sofia. Built 15 centuries ago, the structure was first built as a Christian church, but became a mosque for several centuries before finally ending up as a museum. Another gorgeous religious structure that shouldn’t be missed is the Blue Mosque, or the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet. A perfect example of the perfection and harmony that Islamic architecture strives for, the mosque contains the largest courtyard of any Ottoman mosque, and six minarets.

Although Turkey’s cities are enormous, loud, and chaotic, plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the Turkish sun exist in the resorts, smaller towns, and islands that make up the rest of the country. Bodrum is one Istanbulof Turkey’s most gorgeous resorts, replete with picturesque white houses and villas, and a bay that is usually dotted with sailboats, swimmers, and others enjoying the Aegean waters. Although Bodrum is a place to come for relaxation and rejuvenation, partygoers can dance the night away in the town’s famous discos, which pump out the beats until the early morning hours.

Turkey is both modern and old fashioned. At once European, Asian, and Middle Eastern, it was one of the first multicultural societies on the planet, and a melting pot of different ideas, cultures, customs, and arts, but also a place still defining itself. Visitors will be awed by the architecture, inspired by the art, and romanced by the energy and verve that the cities and people have to offer.