As 2016 is rapidly approaching, it’s time to think about what we want to achieve and the places you want to tick off on your bucket list. One of the places that has been on mine for a while now 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 becoming a hot spot for tourists and here’s why 2016 is the year to visit this striking country!
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!
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! I have heard that the Kahvalti is the best dish you can eat. 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!
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!
*Currently its neighbouring country Syria, is dominating the news. I cannot tell you that it is safe and I cannot tell you that it is not, so you will need to make up your own mind. Stay well away from the Syrian border in the Southeast of Turkey and check out your national embassy on where there’s risk of terrorism happening. I have a strong opinion that you cannot let terrorism stop you from doing what you want to do as long as you’re heading to a safe area and not being completely stupid and heading to the middle of the war zone! Every embassy has a website that you can quickly check the countries status. Taking a tour is a great option if you don’t feel comfortable travelling alone at this time!
Let me know if you have been and what the highlights were for you. I hope to see you in there in 2016!