5 Reasons to Travel to Turkey other than Istanbul

Sanjana Sule, August 25, 2015
"The beauty of a landscape resides in its melancholy."

When we think of Turkey, our mind invariably conjures up the image of Istanbul. Call it conditioning, or years of tourism marketing, Istanbul has almost become synonymous with Turkey. While there is no denying the fact that Istanbul is a breathtakingly beautiful place, with bursts of unique culture and history, dating back to time immemorial. But Turkey too has its charm. So we bring to you 5 reasons to embark on your Turkey tours, other than Istanbul. We inspire, you travel. So book your flight tickets, get on a plane, and fly off to experience the Turkish magic with our Turkey tour packages.

1. Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Located in the Anatolian region of Turkey, Cappadocia means “the land of beautiful horses.” Just like its unusual name, is its landscape. Rocky mountains, moon-like craters, and ancient underground caves, such is the charm of Cappadocia. But the best part, hot air balloon ride! Picture a perfect scenario, with the soft setting sun in the backdrop, and a view to kill for. Once you embark on this ride, you’ll realize it’s everything you’ve always wanted.

2. Pamukkale

Pamukkale

You might have tried spas at luxury resorts, but in Turkey, you can try a natural spa therapy. Pamukkale has been famous for its hot springs or pools since the 2nd century BC. These hot spring pools have been attracting people for centuries, so when you’re dipping you’re toes in one, remember you are becoming a part of history.

3. Turkish Riviera

Turkish Riviera.

Legend has it, that the mighty Roman king Mark Anthony gifted this beautiful Riviera to his beloved wife Cleopatra as a wedding gift. Tucked away somewhere in the southwest of Turkey, this place is also called the Turquoise Coast. A name whose significance you’ll realize when you see the emerald waters meet the blue sky, with the white sandy beaches watching over.

4. Tread on, off the beaten tracks

Safranbolu

Places like Istanbul and Cappadocia are commercial and attract a lot of tourists, which leaves some of its other gems, isolated and perfect for an off-the-beaten-track getaway. All of Turkey is studded with relics from the Byzantine and Ottoman era. A walk through the streets of Safranbolu will transport you back in time, as the houses in this small town stand testament to the architecture of the Ottoman empire.

5. Turkish delights

turkish delight

If food is the motivator behind your wanderlust urges, then you don’t require any specific destination. Pick any spot in Turkey and you’re bound to find delicious food. From street cafes to posh restaurants. Baklavas, Turkish delights, Kebaps, Lahmacun, Kuru fasulye, and many other dishes that are complicated to pronounce but extremely delicious. Just as exotic architecture adorns the streets of Turkey, so does the food. So what more are you waiting for?

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