The annual observance of ANZAC day has long been an important holiday for Australians and New Zealanders, held every April 25th to commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought on Turkish soil during WWI. 2015 marks 100 years since the ANZAC troops first landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula, to start what would become an 8-month-long battle against the Ottoman army, and many Australians and New Zealanders will be traveling to Europe to honor the 100th ANZAC Day Anniversary in Turkey.
As the largest city along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and the gateway to the so-called ‘Turkish Riviera’, it’s no surprise that the nightlife in Antalya is legendary and the city comes to life in the summer months, welcoming thousands of day-trippers and cruise visitors each day.
The Turkish capital all-too-often gets over-looked in favor of Turkey’s lively Mediterranean resorts, but those looking to discover the country’s rich history will want to add Ankara to their itineraries too. From an award-winning archeological museum to Turkey’s most important mausoleum; here are a few of Ankara’s best museums.
Admittedly, any trip to Anakara is a bit of a let-down, especially if arriving directly from the extreme vibrance of Istanbul. Apart from Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, there is little to recommend the city for tourism. Few remains of old Ankara exist, and the weighty governmental and military presence makes its power […]
For all of Izmir’s sunny disposition and westward looking attitude, there are few landmarks or attractions in the city to keep tourists for more than a day or two. Most use Izmir as a convenient launch point to the innumerable historical, natural, and vacation spots surrounding, from the ruins of Ephesus and Pergamon to the windsurfing and summer resorts on the Çeşme peninsula. Just outside of Ödemiş, about 75 miles east of Izmir is one of the region’s lesser-known but magnificent gems at Birgi, an easy add-on to an Izmir Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Observing the eternal flames bursting through the mountainsides 30 miles south of today’s Antalya, the ancients required a fitting story to account for such an astonishing natural phenomenon. The answer bore the legend of the Chimera: an indestructible fire-breathing monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. According to the Greek myth, Bellerophon slayed the beast atop Pegasus with a lead-tipped lance. However, the fires remained burning in its lair, now called Mt. Chimera in Olympos National Park.
Happily, it’s a boon for the tourist industry, which welcomes a steady stream to the famous ancient cities of Ephesus, Pergamon, Aphrodisias, Assos, Troy, and Hierapolis, among many others. Sixty miles east of Bodrum, in the upper Marsyas Valley, excavations are underway on yet another ancient city, Stratonikeia, exposing the marble to the sun after centuries under the earth.
Perhaps the only place to escape the persistent rib-cage pounding disco beats of Kusadasi’s raging summer nightlife is at the nearly 70,000-acre peninsular Dilek National Park (also called Milli Park) jutting into the Aegean 15 miles south of the city.
Not a weekend goes by in Istanbul without boatloads of locals and tourists making the approximately one-hour Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul or Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul. In summer, it quickly turns into droves. Far fewer (especially tourists) make the longer six-hour trip to the more distant archipelago consisting of four of the other Marmara islands: Marmara, Avşa, Paşalimani, and Ekinlik.