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.
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!
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.
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)