An exotic mix of the Mediterranean, the Central Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East influences are quite familiar in rich historical land of Turkey. After all, the striking Turkey’s charms lies somewhere in between its spectacular landscapes like Cappadocia, the ancient, mysterical land of Love Valley, the epitome of the stunning architecture of Byzantine, Hagia Sophia, the dervish ceremonies, gypsy festivals and more importantly, the hearty local Turkish people who love to make friends through simplest interactions and ready to chat over an Efes beer! However, the vibrant culture, famed culture and ancient leftover history wow visitors who make their way here while the sparkling landscapes from the sun soaked Mediterranean to the mighty mountains are key highlights which let me fall in love with Turkey!
Looking to get some extra spice on your next trip? Here, I have got what to do in Turkey.
Ishak Pasa Sarayi
Incredibly romantic Turkish palace, Ishak Pasa Sarayı, an architecturally eclectic seventeenth century palace symbolizes as one of the Eastern Turkey’s most emblematic sites. The key highlights to explore in this palace is the artistic tombs of Ishak Pasa and his favorite wife placed in the corner of the inner court. Behind the splendid palace, the picturesque, recently restored Ottoman Mosque really worths a visit due to its marvelously decorated artistic crafts. I am sure, if you will go there now, definitely you will get fascinated after seeing the Ishak Pasa Palace covering the fog!
Orthodox Sumela Monastery
The good name ‘Sumela’ is a Pontic Greek shortening of ‘Virgin of the Black (Rock)’. The Sumela Monastery, the top sightseeing attractions along the spectacular Black Sea coastline that tops tourist’s to-visit list is a world famous beautiful lonely setting and is built into a cliff face. For anyone who makes a long journey to Turkey’s northeast region like me, wandering around this secluded religious monastery is a wonderful and the ultimate blessing from the Almighty!
The spiritual ceremonies of Whirling Dervishes for divine love are a spellbinding worship service of the Mevlevi in long white dresses whirling ecstatically for a quarter hour at a time to the drone of ancient Islamic hymns. The Mevlevi always welcomes non-Muslims to the Whirling Rite in the belief that all people are equal in the sight of God. In my point of view, it’s an honor to witness this religious aspect of Sufism in Turkey.
The mighty ruins of ancient Ephesus are one of the most complete, still-standing Roman cities with a wide assortment of colossal monuments and marble-columned roads. In simple words, it’s a magical place to experience what life would have been during the golden age of the Roman Empire. Just a 3 km away from Selcuk, Ephesus covers a quite extensive area so visitors should allow plenty of time to discover it fully. One interesting fact is that discovery of amulet changes the history of ancient Euphesus! Visit there and explore on your own!
The emerging peak of Mount Nemrut (2,150m) is an abode to the appealing funerary mound of King Antiochus I of Commagene Kingdom. Well-known as Turkey’s most peculiar archeological site, the spectacular terraces of Mount Nemrut majestically lines up to celebrate the own glory of Antiochus and the gods.
Considered as one of the stunning buildings across the world, the Aya Sofya Museum or Hagia Sophia is not only the topmost sightseeing attractions in Instanbul, but also in Turkey. Born as the Hagia Sophia Church (Church of Holy Wisdom), it was turned into a mosque after the conquest of the Ottoman and is now a well-established museum. As per my thought, don’t give a miss to this cherished Istanbul landmark.
Visiting a Hamam
Seeking for comfort and relaxation! I suggest you to try out the traditional comforts of Turkey, Hamams (Turkish Baths) to make an incredibly relaxing way to round off a busy day’s sightseeing. Dive into the enormous space formed with harmony, elegance, wellness as well as the modern comforts to experience the world of relaxation and comfort!
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
The dazzling gem of Turkey, Cappadocia filled with surreal swooping rock valleys is the ultimate dream of photographers to capture the natural panoramas in their camera. The hilly crests and cliff ridge houses wavelike rocks, that are formed by millennia of water and wind actions. And if you don’t feel hiking for these striking views, I suggest you go on a hot air balloon ride as it’s one of the world’s top destinations for hot-air ballooning. On a balloon tour in Cappadocia, you can get views of villages carved out the hilly areas, Byzantine era rock-out churches with glittering frescoes and more importantly, the labyrinth underground cities where the Christians hid from invaders previously. No matter whether you are a natural lover or history buff, you will appreciate the unrivaled perspective on the fair chimneys and stunning features of landscapes on a lighter than air, hot air balloon float for sure!
At the end, if your next stop is Turkey, don’t think twice about going over there! After all, the experience is unique among one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!
Come and visit Turkey to live the moment on your own! And also feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comment box below!