Exploring The Different Sides Of Turkey

Turkey has many associations, all different depending on who you ask. Some think of crazy partying and beach life, others think of ancient theaters and exotic belly dancers.

I have visited Turkey several times, and it offers so much for many types of people, from newly-weds looking for romantic honeymoons – to the crazy adventurer, and the lazy beach lover.

Whatever you’re looking for, you can probably find here; history, nature and culture are all mixed together.

When you search for turkey holidays online you find some of the most amazing pictures - from amazing crystal clear water, long stretching beaches, romantic restaurants and beautiful nature.

The typical tourist hubs Alanya and Antalya makes it possible to be in Turkey wihtout really realising it, but if you’re looking for more than fake label clothes and cheap “fish bowl” drinks, you don’t have to travel very far to experience the real Turkey.

History

If you want to see some of the most impressive remnants of Turkey, I really recommend a visit to Ephesus.

Ephesus is the best preserved ancient city in the Mediterranian, and you can really get a feel for the way they used to live.

Established in 6000 BC, the city was built around a temple, and in the 1st century BC it was the second largest city in the world.

Ephesus has a really interesting history, and it’s fascinating walking around the ancient remnants of the library, temples, theater, latrine and even brothel!

Adventure

If you’re looking for some adventure holidays, there is a place about half an hour from Ephesus where you can try sky diving for a reasonable price.

However, one of the most fun adventure things to do in Turkey is, in my opinion, white water rafting.

There are plenty of places to do this, and you can choose yourself where you want to go depending on how dangerous you want the ride.

The rafting here varies on a scale from 3 to 5.

Culture

A night at a restaurant with Turkish belly dancing show will definitely be a memorable one.

Turkish belly dancing is influenced by Arabs and Egyptians, although the Turkish style is much more playful.

In Turkey they’re known for their energetic, athletic style – and for having very revealing costumes…

But really, these women can move in ways few people can, to a difficult but rythmic beat using finger cymbals, and if you’re a girl who loves all things of glamour and glitter, you’ll love their outfits!

Another way to experience the Turkish culture and traditions is to try a traditional Turkish bath / Hamam – it’s similar to a sauna, but more related to the ancient Roman bathing practices.

They even have these cushions exfoliating your skin with foam, splashing hot and cold water over your body – what fun!

(photo credit: Wikipedia)

12 Responses to Exploring The Different Sides Of Turkey

  1. Shawn February 21, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    turkey is on my RTW plan for next year, the history and culture really fascinates me!

  2. Priyank February 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi Sofia,
    It seems like Turkey has lots to offer for everyone! I really hope to go here sometime soon!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 22, 2011 at 2:24 am #

      It really does, we’re hoping to return there this summer for a few days :)

  3. Arundhati February 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    I have an identical Ephesus picture on my blog as well! I guess it’s hard to miss the library in Ephesus. I missed the belly dancing, though, and instead took in the Whirling Dervishes. Nice, but prolly not as much fun!

    Arundhati @ http://wanderzoo.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/being-vegetarian-in-turkey/

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 22, 2011 at 2:08 am #

      Whirling Dervishes looks fun, I never saw it, maybe next time :)
      Yeah the library is hard to miss, but I was more interested in the Brothel and toilets they had..! ;)

  4. Annie February 22, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Whenever I think of Turkey I think solely of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque and the tea. Seeing photos of the beautiful beaches pop up recently has really surprised me! I’d be open to experiencing all sides of this country, including the belly dancing, sounds like fun!

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      Hey Annie, thanks for sharing what you associate with Turkey, there really are so many ways to experience this country – and thanks for adding the tea! ;)

  5. Natalie - Turkish Travel February 23, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Can I add Cappadocia to your list? Thrill from the hot air balloon and views for the perfect photograph as well. It is also a cheap place so great for anyone traveling on a budget. Three campsites there.

    • Sofia - As We Travel February 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Of course, thanks for adding! I’ve never been there myself, but it seems truly incredible, especially seeing it from a hot air balloon.

      Great to know that there are campsites there, I’ll keep that in mind :)

  6. Sarah Wu February 26, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    Seems like a very interesting place to visit for the future :)

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