We had heard many wonderful things about Turkey – its beautiful beaches, amazing sights and friendly people – however, only after experiencing a holiday there, did we realize why people keep returning – year after year.
We had made a choice between several cheap international flights and finally decided on one going to Bodrum airport, from where we carried on straight away with a coach to Kusadasi, our final destination.
The streets are bustling with people, and even walking from the beach to your hotel can be an assault to your senses, as the smells and sounds are so different and exotic.
For those who love bargaining, this place is heaven – you can find some amazing handicrafts and jewelry, as well as dirt cheap rip-offs – but one thing is for sure, it’s impossible to leave this place without having bought something..!
We spent most of our days sunbathing at the different beaches, and our favorite was Ladies’ Beach, a very popular beach with an interesting history.
Between the days of sunbathing at the different beaches along the coast and stuffing ourselves with Turkish food in the taverns, we took some day trips to explore the surrounding area…
Not to far from Kusadasi is Ephesus - it is the best preserved ancient city in the Mediterranean region built on a small hill and one of Turkey’s top sights.
It is hard to describe the feeling while walking along that archaeological site, looking at the remnants of the famous library, the grand theatre and the “Church of Virgin Mary”.
The famous footprint which points in the direction of the brothel is also a classic not to be missed.
It is known for its perfectly white travertines , the ancient city Hierapolis and Cleopatra’s own spa – to have a swim in her own bathroom you have to pay extra, but you can enjoy some beautiful small ponds with clean and slightly blue water for free.
A Quick Tip…
If you decide to visit Kusadasi, or any other city in Turkey, be prepared for a slightly strange traffic jam, where the rules are set by the vehicle with the noisiest honk.
Dolmuses or mini buses are the easiest way to get around the city – you just need to wave and they will stop wherever you are.
After spending 11 days in Turkey, we were more than satisfied with our choice but also very aware that this country has so much more to offer and that is the reason enough for us to go back again.
Jeremy Haze is a blogger and a travel enthusiast, as well as marketing consultant for CruiseAbout – for more information on the benefits this company has to offer you can visit: www.cruiseabout.com.au