Thinking of booking a villa in uzumlu turkey in july/aug. Anyone been? What is it like? Thanks
@julie_nicholas, on Twitter, wants to know what kind of travel plug is needed for Turkey? Any traveller tips would be welcome! Thanks.
Hi all, I am planning a two week backpacking trip through Turkey. Can anyone help me with some travel advise for this country. I will be there mid-May. I would just like to know some general things such as: -What is cost of living like. -Transport -A few not to miss sites -etc Looking forward… Read more »
Hi, Can anyone recommend a route to take throughout Turkey for the first two weeks of December?
Any cliffs to dive off ? Best place to snorkel ?
Hello, I am kavin i am planning to get explore to the Turkey next week.I get this package Midday Travel through search engine.Have you any experience with this tour package.I need your support. Thank you
Hello dear travelers – I will have 3 – 4 weeks to spend in Turkey with my family. I am planning on ~ 1 week in Istanbul and then ~2-3 weeks on the coast. **Any advise of a nice region on the coast to rent a villa/house for 2-3 weeks? *Time of travel – late… Read more »
Given this amazing country’s holiday popularity and long standing twin personality in the eyes of the holiday industry what are your opinions or experiences of Turkey? Independent backpacking dream or too full of overpriced resorts?
The ethereal landscape of Cappadocia is one of Turkey‘s top attractions, and the fields of naturally-hewn “fairy chimneys” and mysterious rock caves here have intrigued visitors for years. These days, however, there’s only one way to take in Cappadocia’s unusual formations – from the air. On still days at dawn, a swarm of hot-air balloons slowly ascends as the… Read more »
Some of Turkey’s finest sights lie in the tract of Anatolia that stretches east of Ankara; the fact that very few travellers go out of their way to see them simply enhances the allure for those who do. Coming from Ankara, the first sites of note are a clutch of ruins from the ancient Hittite… Read more »
While they lack a country of their own, Turkey’s Süriyani or Assyrian population have found an unlikely rallying point – a football club in Sweden. Assyriska, a second-division team based near Stockholm, is made up entirely of immigrants, two-thirds of whom are Syrian Orthodox Christians who have emigrated from Turkey. In 2006, Midyat-born journalist Nuri… Read more »
Turkey stands astride several major bird migration routes and possesses some very bird-friendly habitat. Well-known birdwatching sites include the Göksu delta near Silifke, the Belen Pass en-route to Antakya, and Lake Van. On an active birdwatching holiday you could expect to tick off nearly three hundred different species. For a database of bird species and… Read more »
West of Ankara lie two cities which, though off the tourist radar, are immensely appealing, and serve as perfect opportunities to take the true pulse of Turkey. First up is salt-of-the-earth KÜTAHYA, an initially scruffy-looking place where, if you look a little harder, you’ll find some of Turkey’s most delightfully located museums, as well as… Read more »
Between April and September, storks are a common sight across Turkey, which forms a stopover between the birds’ winter quarters in Africa and their summer habitat in the Balkans and central Europe. The clattering of their beaks is an equally common sound. Storks mate for life, and around thirty thousand breeding pairs are believed to… Read more »
When the first Turkish nomads arrived in Anatolia during the tenth and eleventh centuries, the landscape – rolling grassland dotted with rocky outcrops – must have been strongly reminiscent of their Central Asian homeland. Those who choose to trek through the region today are an equally hardy bunch, braving long journey times, occasionally tricky roads… Read more »
While the main attraction near Van is the Armenian island church of Akdamar, nearby St Thomas and the splendidly isolated church on the island of Çarpanak are almost equally worthwhile. The ancient Urartian settlements at Çavuştepe to the south and Ayanis to the north also make excellent day-trips from Van. The rocky foothills to the… Read more »
Most of the few travellers who reach the wild, impoverished mountain town of HAKKARİ, 200km south of Van along the gorge of the Zab River, do so after a three- to four-hour bus trip through some spectacular mountain scenery. The town itself is dramatically situated high above the surging river, backed to the east by… Read more »
Centuries of Armenian rule have bequeathed eastern Turkey a series of superb ruins that pepper the modern-day border; most are made from a peach-coloured stone known as duf. Many visitors find this area even more scenic than the one that holds the Georgian ruins: think lofty, rolling fields instead of crinkle-cut valleys. You’re almost certain… Read more »
South of Kıdrak, the Yediburun (Seven Capes) headlands constitute some of the most beautiful and least exploited coastline in Turkey, with several isolated villages lying just inland. The mountains, which reach close to 2000m in height, plunge dramatically into the sea, making road construction, and therefore tourist development, extremely difficult. What tourism there is remains… Read more »
İstanbul is home to Turkey’s best restaurants, including several that lavish time and skill on old Ottoman cuisine, and, thanks to the lengthy coastline, fish is a firm menu favourite. Snacks are ubiquitous, with kebab stands, pastry shops, fast-food outlets and cafés across the city catering to locals, workers and tourists alike. Restaurants around tourist… Read more »