Turkey is popular destination(the Danish call it Rejsemål Tyrkiet) due to its location, which makes it a truly, uniquely Eurasian country. Lying directly on the Mediterranean in the Anatolian region of West Asia, it is bordered by three seas: the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Meanwhile, the countries which border Turkey include Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Syria, Iraq and Iran. |
In terms of the tourist spots that Turkey has to offer, there are plenty of choices that you can select from. You can have a glimpse of domes and minarets filling the skyline of Istanbul; check out the Roman ruins; laze around in one of the beach town at the Antalya Province; be amazed by the misty mountain landscape of Central Anatolia; or even participate in a crazy foam party in Bodrum.
Top 10 Must-Do Activities in Turkey
Now, no matter where you interests lie as a traveller, there is a sight for you to see and an activity for you to indulge in when visiting beautiful Turkey. Take a look at the following list: 1. Experience true Turkish culture by catching an appearance of the Whirling Dirvishes and participating in a traditional Turkish night. The Whirling Dirvishes are famous for their rituals and dance, performed by the Mevlevi-order. Istanbul and Konya are a couple of cities where you can catch one of their performances. Meanwhile, a traditional Turkish night involves sampling the Turkish culinary treats at a buffet meal with meze, followed by folk dancing and belly dancing.
2. Explore the Byzantine wonders. Some of the most magnificent sights in Turkey are actually offbeat tourist spots, like the Church of St. Saviour in Chora. Its dazzling structure created with Byzantine influence is a must-see.
3. Ferry around one of the busiest waterways in the world: Bosphorus. Every half an hour, a ferry sails up and down the Bosphorus-Eminonu route. The ride will expose you to picturesque views of lush parks, yalis or waterside mansions and palaces in Turkey.
4. Haggle for Turkish carpets at the Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is a shopping haven where you can haggle for plush Turkish carpets and buy other local goodies.
5. Indulge in a Turkish bath. You’ve never really been to Turkey unless you’ve pampered yourself with a relaxing Turkish bath.
6. Marvel at the magnificence of the Aspendos. Located in the Antalya region, Aspendos is one of the largest and best-preserved Roman theatres in Turkey which was built from around the 2nd century, AD. Today, the theatre is still being used for concerts, dance shows and wrestling matches. 7. Take a magical balloon trip in Cappadocia. How do you feel about taking a hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia? This place will give you a remarkable bird’s eye view of the lush city below – and make you appreciate Turkey in a whole new light.
8. Travel back in time by visiting the heart of the Ottoman Empire. History buffs will have a blast visiting the Topkapi Palace, which served as a seat of the Ottoman power for more than 300 years. Some of the must-see spots here include the Harem and the Imperial Treasury.
9. Visit Ephesus. As one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in the world, your visit to Turkey will never be complete unless you give this spot the once-over. A previous inclusion in the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, once stood in Ephesus.
10. Walk the city walls to have a glimpse of Turkey’s past. The walls of Constantinople, the largest surviving Byzantine structure in Turkey, are a must-visit. The walls encompass the old city in a great arch, a truly marvellous representation of Turkish engineering.
These are just some of the things that you can do and places that you can visit in Turkey – it has plenty more in store for you, whether you’re a first-time or return visitor in the country.
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