Travel Guide to Turkey 2020
Are you looking to freshen your mind and rejuvenate your soul by witnessing breathtaking architecture, visiting historically significant sites, and feasting on some delicious food? Do you want to do that cost-effectively? If so, then Turkey is the best travel destination for you. Turkey has been welcoming millions of tourists for many years. The country has undoubtedly, the most diverse historical sites in the world along with breathtaking beaches, surreal valleys and unlimited adventure. If you’ve never visited Turkey in your life, you should make a plan now.
Find below a concise yet comprehensive guide for all you need to know for your travel to Turkey.
What to do and See?
Istanbul tops all tourist destination lists involving Turkey. Arguably one of the most beautiful cities globally, with elements of different cultures and histories marking it, Istanbul is a must-visit site for all. There is a plethora of things to see and do in Istanbul including the incredible Hagia Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.
Do you wish to lose yourself amidst breathtaking rock valleys, fascinatingly intricate ancient cave systems, and extremely memorable hot-air balloon rides? In that case, you should not forget to make a stop at Cappadocia. This small ancient city looks straight out of a fairy-tale and you’ll want to visit it again and again.
Do you wish to relax at perhaps the most gorgeous natural spa in the world? If yes, then put Pamukkale on your bucket-list. This “Cotton Castle” looks as if it is a snowfield situated in some green landscape, a sight that soothes the eyes and of course, make a breathtaking picture for your Instagram’s feed.
Are you looking for a place that has it all? Embark on a journey to Antalya! From lazy beaches to Ottoman-era mansions to stunning museums, there is something for everyone in Antalya. And not to forget, the finger-licking good food.
Where to Stay?
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If you want to mark your trip to Turkey distinct from all other trips, you should consider cave hotels as your accommodation choice. Situated in Cappadocia, these centuries-old caves provide peaceful and relaxing sites.
Villa and Apartment Rentals
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The best thing about rental apartments in Turkey is that they are ubiquitous and affordable. Plus, you can get one based on your custom needs. Need a five-bed villa? You got it! A small apartment works for you, instead? You have that option too.
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If you are seeking a personal touch at your accommodation site, without the superficial feel of formal hotels, Turkish B&Bs should be your choice. They vary in location, comfort, and cost, but all have one thing in common- the uniqueness of experiences. And you wouldn’t want to miss that!
What to Eat?
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You cannot leave Turkey without trying this traditional delicacy. Also known as Lokum, these mouthwatering sweets are made of a variety of ingredients such as walnuts, chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts and more.
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A ubiquitous part of the Turkish cuisine, the Pide can be found everywhere, from streets to fancy restaurants. Like a pizza, this boat-shaped bread comes with delicious cheese, meat, and vegetable toppings.
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This is a crispy, cheese-less version of a pizza, topped with delicious meat, herbs, vegetables, and spices. It will surely leave your tastebuds tantalized.
How to Get Around?
Turkey has an extensive train network that links all the provincial centers. If you are not in a rush and in the mood to enjoy the scenery that surrounds train lines, opt for this option.
Buses are a luxurious way of getting about in Turkey, and they offer serious competition to domestic flights. You can enjoy snack, television, and beverage services while onboard.
Hailing a taxi is one of the most convenient ways to get by in Turkey. The fares vary depending on towns and distances.
How Long to Stay and Cost of Staying?
Most generally, travel itineraries between six to ten days are suggested for Turkey tourists. One can comfortably cover most of the best tourist destinations in this period, as most sites are situated close-by. Per day costs of staying in Turkey average out to about 20 USD, excluding accommodation, which is also very cheap!
So, that was the guide. Ensure that you enjoy to the fullest and make the best out of your trip to this wonderful country!
Written by: Madi