Whether you are an art, history or culture lover or you're looking for some thrill and wish to indulge in great food and retail therapy, Turkey has something for everyone. This perfect vacation spot is a must- visit, and here are 9 reasons why you need to book your holiday to Turkey right away!
Turkey is a food haven. Turkish delicacies comprise of meat, aubergines, salads, nuts, olives and exquisite Mediterranean spices. Some of the must-try dishes include Manti - a meat-stuffed dumpling served in every Turkish home, Iskender kebabs, Kumpir - baked potatoes mixed with butter and kasar cheese and Yaprah sarma. Fulfill your sweet tooth craving with the iconic Turkish delight and Baklava. Ruling social media worldwide, is Turkey's famous ice-cream sold at stalls wherein the Dondurma vendors put up a spectacular show while serving.
Tea is a major part of the Turkish culture and hospitality. The slow-brewed apple tea is sure to tingle your taste buds. Interestingly, Raki or lion's milk, the famous Turkish drink is an aniseed flavoured spirit.
Famous for its antiques, spices and handicrafts like carpets, rugs, kilims, lamps and pottery, Turkey is a shopping paradise. When in Turkey, you must indulge in some retail therapy at shopping spots like the Grand Bazaar - 61, Spice bazaar, Hamammonu, Kaleici etc.
4. Hammams/ Turkish Baths
Turkeys Cotton castle is a natural thermal pool park in Pamukkale. This pool park is a must-visit for tourists around the world.
Turkey is home to a wide array of wildlife. Turkey is the nesting home for Caretta Caretta Turtles and Green sea Turtles. The Northern Bald Ibis an endangered species, known as Kelaynak here can be found around Birecik and surrounding habitat. The last surviving colony of Monk Seals is found around Foca. Wild Yilki horses and Anatolian sheep are also found in Turkey.
You will come across some real hospitable people on your trip here. You will always be invited for a cup of tea by the locals.
7. Sports and activities
With over 8,000 km of coastline, Turkey is popular among water sports lovers. Windsurfing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, Canoeing are some of the popular water-sports to choose from. Other activities include paragliding, hand gliding, trekking and hiking. Not a sports enthusiast? Enjoy the scenic view of Istanbul on a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia or a river cruise on the Bosphorus.
8. Striking landmarks
Turkey has remarkable amounts of archaeological and architectural wonders spread all over the country. From imperial palaces, historic churches and mosques to the ruins of Ephesus and underground cities of Cappadocia, Turkey is a must-visit for archaeology and history enthusiasts. When in Turkey, you are most likely to come across a structure that might change your aesthetic perspective.
9. Karagöz Festival
The week-long festival hosts performances by Karagöz shadow puppeteers, Western puppeteers and marionette performers each November in odd years.
So book your Holiday to Turkey right away!