10 reasons to Travel to Turkey

One of my favourite places on this earth, Turkey has brought some of my most treasured experiences and memories. I first travelled there on a solo adventure in 2012 and still to this day talking about it brings a crazy amount of joy and appreciation! From sunset hot air balloon riding, to pristine waters during Turkey sailing, a good balance between bazaars and beaches and mix of history and culture. A country spread across two continents, Turkey really does have it all! Here are 10 reasons to Travel to Turkey!

 

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The vibrant metropolis, Istanbul has plenty to see and do.  Must-sees include the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Ottoman palace of Topkapi, the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque with its intricate design and the leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus. This diverse city comes alive at night and the people are the friendliest bunch I have ever met! There are so many neighbourhoods in the huge city so its hard to choose where to stay in Istanbul, my top pick would be either Sultanahmet or Beyoğluas they are very central. Have a read of this Istanbul itinerary for the best places to visit!

2. The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar has over 66 streets, 4000 shops and 25,000 workers! It is insane! And a glorious adventure for all your senses!

3. Inspiration

One of my reasons for adoring this country so much is the endless amounts of inspiration. The colours, the smells, the tiles and the flowers on the every corner.With so much history, culture and natural beauty your days will be filled appreciating your surroundings.

4. Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

Turkey is incredible in itself without being able to take a hot air balloon over the Goreme National Park at sunrise- but yep that’s what they offer! It is the most surreal and rewarding experience you will ever encounter! So glad my first hot air balloon ride was over my favourite place in the world 🙂

5. Pamukkale

Pamukkale, also known as ‘Cotton Castle is a geological wonderland. Also the home of the ancient city of Hierapolis, over the centuries the two have come together as one touristy phenomenon catering to all travellers. Pamukkale is an enchanting sight and every photographs dream. The beautiful calcium enriched pools and ancient city earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site title in the 1970s.

6. The People

The Turkish are the most hospitable people on earth!  Every shop, home and hotel you’re invited into, you are offered tea. In fact, they go out of their way to make sure you successfully travel around their country and leave with plans to promptly return!

7. The Turkey Coast

The tranquil waters of the Mediterranean Sea are stunning! Best to see from your 4-day cruise- the best food I ever had was on one! The company and views weren’t too bad either!

8. Gallipoli

As an Australian, my trip to Turkey would not be complete without a tour of the historic WWI battlefields of Gallipoli. Anzac day is an incredibly important day to pay respects to the fallen soldiers, Gallipoli and ANZAC Cove brought similar emotions and appreciation. A surreal and sobering experience.

9. Turkish Delight

The food here is so incredibly delicious! With Middle Eastern, Asian and European influences, Turkey has some of the best food I have ever eaten! The best part, most meals are served with free appetisers of salad, soup, bread and of course tea!

10. History

Turkey has a rich and interesting history. The Hittits, Hellens, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and the Ottomans as well as a great number of other civilisations rose and fell here through thousands of years, leaving behind a multitude of historical and archaeological sites. Some of the must-see sites are Ephesus, Troy, Gallipoli, Cappadocia, the wonderful mosques and castles in Istanbul, Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

I used Road Runner to create a customised itinerary when I was in Istanbul and cannot recommend them enough!

Been to Turkey? What are your top reasons to travel to Turkey?

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