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One of my favourite places in the world is Turkey. The country fascinates me with its rich culture and not to mention Turkish food is my favourite kind! The country has some of the most beautiful places to visit including serene beaches and mind-blowing architecture.
It is relatively easy to get to Turkey these days as Istanbul has 2 major airports, both which you can get very affordable flights onwards to the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
It is becoming a hot spot for tourists and here’s why you need to visit Turkey right now.
4 Reasons to Visit Turkey Right Now!
Turkey really has it all. Three sides of the country are surrounded by water so you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world here. The bonus is that it is still relatively quiet with not much tourist action here so you can find a spot to yourself on a beach paradise with the Mediterranean water at your feet! If you’re not convinced yet then maybe the words crystal clear waters and pristine beaches might persuade you.
Not only are there amazing beaches but inland is so interesting and gorgeous as well. It has a very diverse landscape including the ‘Fairy Chimneys’ where there is only one way you should take it all in, a hot air balloon ride above them!
It was formed by volcanic eruptions centuries ago, I definitely think these are on the list of top wonders of the world. Definitely take a tour with Encounters Travel to get the most out of these beautiful sites around the country! It makes it a lot easier than hiring a car and worrying about the responsibilities that comes with it.
The Architecture and historic ruins
The cities will blow you away. You have to discover the Mosques, especially the Blue Mosque which is the largest and most dazzling one in Istanbul. The historic castles are also mind-boggling with every city having its own!
Hieropolis which means ‘Sacred City’ was believed to be found by the God Apollo. The ruins of this city are simply astonishing and somewhere you have to discover when coming here. If you liked the ruins of Rome, you’re guaranteed to love Hieropolis even more.
You will also find monasteries literally built into the mountains which is a sight in itself! Near the black sea area is a monastery called Sumela. It’s one of the most stunning places you can trek up to and because you’re in the area, you also could check out the seaside town Amasra, where you can take a dip in the Black Sea!
The Turkish food
Turkish food is fresh, full of flavours and leaves you satisfied. You could eat your way around the country which makes it attractive to the foodie travellers!
One of the best dishes you can eat while visiting Turkey is the Kahvalti. It’s kind of like Tapas for breakfast, including a selection of cheeses, tomatoes, olives, spicy sausage, bread, cucumbers, menemen (scrambled eggs with sausage and tomatoes), berry jam and Nutella.
Of course, you can’t leave out the çay which is a Turkish black tea! The Turkish love tea and have it with nearly every meal. They do a delicious apple tea too which is very popular.
Turkish food is very meat-based. You will find a lot of different grilled meats and the famous, kebab which you most definitely need to try. Another great dish is the Pide which is a Turkish pizza. They usually fill it with cheese, meat and egg too. It’s a very delicious lunch option although not very healthy!
If you are vegetarian don’t worry though. There are a lot of dishes that are meat-free. You can find a lot of rice as well as fresh vegetables.
A great way to learn more about food is by taking a food tour around Istanbul. It’s a great way to learn about the country through food!
You can be in two continents at the same time!
Istanbul spreads across Asia and Europe. Surely that is something to tick off your bucket list. If you cross the main bridge in Instabul you can experience both continents as one side of the bridge is Europe and the other in Asia.
Let me know if you have been to Turkey before or what makes you want to visit Turkey the most. Is it the food, history or is it the beautiful landscapes?
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