Turkey’s public baths date back to ancient Roman times, but the traditional Turkish bath, or hamam, was made famous by the Ottomans, initially the lavish baths of the sultans and, later, public bathhouses. Today, the traditional hamam still lives on, not just for tourists, but for local women to meet and catch up on gossip, men to cleanse prior to prayer or pre-wedding or christening bathing. For visitors, it’s an unmissable attraction, offering the chance to not only take part in an age-old Turkish tradition, but relax and unwind after a busy day’s sightseeing.
With its mix of traditional bazaars and modern shopping malls, ardent shoppers will find both big-name designers and quality handicrafts in the Turkish capital. Whether you’re hoping to snag a bargain or searching for unique souvenirs, here’s the lowdown on shopping in Ankara.
With over 40 kilometers of sandy coastline, a smattering of Greek islands and azure waters teeming with tropical fish, Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast is a worthwhile alternative to the busy resorts of the Mediterranean coast, with many great beaches around Kusadasi.
Whether you’re taking a shore excursion while cruising the coast or holidaying in the Turkish Riviera, the sun-soaked port town of Fethiye makes an ideal base for exploring the highlights of the Turquoise Coast. From visiting an ancient Greek city to hiking through Turkey’s longest gorge, here are a few of the best day trips from Fethiye.
Right in the heart of the old town, stretching east of Konak Square, Izmir’s Kemeraltı district offers a vibrant introduction to Turkish life, with its 17th-century shopfronts, vaulted alleyways and traditional street bazaar. The maze of small streets are ideal for a walking tour, and the district is dotted with significant buildings, including the Hisar Camii, the city’s largest mosque, as well as the landmark Saat Kulesi clock tower.
As one of the most popular cruise destinations along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Fethiye sees many visitors who often have only a day or half-day to explore, and it can be difficult to see more than the top attractions on a whistle-stop tour. Once you’ve explored the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos and topped up your tan at the beaches of Fethiye, add another dimension to your trip with one of these four local experiences in Fethiye.
One of the most popular destinations along Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast, Marmaris makes a strategic basecamp for exploring the region’s top attractions. Whether you want to spot loggerhead turtles in their natural habitats, discover some of Turkey’s best beaches or spend the day on a Greek island – here are some of the best day trips from Marmaris.
As one of Turkey’s most popular cruise destinations, Bodrum welcomes a steady stream of cruise visitors throughout the summer months, most of whom spend only a day or half-day in the city. The most time-efficient way to take in the highlights is on a guided tour and there are a number of shore excursions in Bodrum for cruise visitors that guarantee on-time return to your ship.
One of the top cruise destinations of Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast, the lively port town of Kusadasi welcomes hundreds of daily visitors during the peak summer months, with most day-trippers making a beeline for the ancient Greek city of Ephesus nearby. Most cruise visitors find themselves with only a day or half-day to explore the sights and the most convenient way to get around is by pre-booking a shore excursion from Kusadasi, which not only takes the hassle out of organizing your trip, but also ensures on-time return to your ship.
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.