10 must see places in Turkey (part 1)31st March 2014
Turkey is ranked one of the world's best travel destinations and is listed amongst the top 10 most beautiful countries in the world.
So if you’re jetting off to Turkey this year, here are our top 10 ‘must see’ places in Turkey;
1. Ölüdeniz (meaning ‘dead sea’ – The lagoon was given it’s name due to it’s stunning calm and crystal waters)
This gorgeous holiday resort is famous for being home to the blue lagoon (the national nature reserve that offers up beautiful turquoise blue waters and a Blue Flag beach)
The beaches, bays and hidden coves in this Turkish resort are postcard picture perfect and no one should dare stay in this resort without venturing to one its many sandy beaches.
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A visit to Cappadocia is a MUST for every Turkey traveller – the combination between nature and art is unique.
Take a few days of your time – you will not regret it. Walking and hiking - this is the way to explore Cappadocia so a good pair of walking shoes is essential. Summers can be very hot and winters are pretty cold but if you stay in one of the cave hotels you will be up for a surprise.
Cappadocia is suitable for every age – however most of the attractions need at least a minimum of fitness.
If your budget permits you should take a hot air balloon trip, especially on lovely summer morning (note: morning starts at 5 am!) its well worth it and the ballon will give you the chance to observe the whole moonscaped area at one glimpse.
Read more about Cappadocia or See YellAli's 2 DAYS CAPPADOCIA TOUR
3. Greek Orthodox Monastery Turkey
The Sümela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery, standing at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altindere valley. The monastery was Founded in 386 AD during the reign of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I (375 – 395), and legend has it that two priests undertook the founding of the monastery on the site after having discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain.
4. Ancient Ephesus (One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World)
Ephesus was an ancient Greek and later a Roman city, in the 1st century BC it had a population of more than 250.000,making it one of the largest cities in the mediterranean world. The ruins that are visible give some idea of the city's original splendor, and the names associated with the ruins are evocative of its former life. Walking around Ephesus is like a step back in time, this ancient city is so well preserved and restored that it gives you a clear insight into how this ancient city would have looked and felt;
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5. Mardin (the old city)
Mardin’s Old City is easily toured by walking. The maze of meandering streets leads visitors along terraced houses and popular sites like Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery, (one of the oldest monasteries in the world) and the Sultan Isa Medresesi, a medieval monument that once served as an astronomical observatory. Zinciriye Medresesi, a 14th century Islamic school, features beautiful courtyards and art works. The Great Mosque, with its soaring minaret, is hard to miss. Although closed to the public, the citadel presents fantastic photo opportunities. Throughout the Old City is a myriad of shops selling the likes of jewels, pottery, silverware, soaps, coffee, leather and traditional headdresses.