Category: Things to Do

Nightlife in Kusadasi

April 15, 2014

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Night in Kusadasi

The main driver of the economy is nightlife in Kuşadası. Countless clubs and pubs cater to docking cruise ships and natives seeking a taste of the West.

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Izmir: Turkey’s Most “Beautiful” City

March 18, 2014

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Izmir at Sunset

Izmir, the pearl of the Aegean, may no longer be the beauty it once was, before old Smyrna was torched at the end of the Independence War, but the reputation remains.

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The Beaches of Fethiye

February 25, 2014

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Beach at Ölüdeniz

Of the many blessings Turkey enjoys, the beaches of Fethiye may be at the top.

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Turkey’s Black Sea Coast

January 28, 2014

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Amasya on Turkey's Black Sea Coast. Photo courtesy of Acizane via Flickr.

Stretching east of Istanbul all the way to the Georgian border and hemmed in by the looming peaks of the Kaçkar Mountain range, Turkey’s Black Sea Coast is home to some of the country’s most unspoiled landscapes. A world away from the white sands and busy resorts of the Mediterranean coast, the Black Sea region still remains largely undiscovered by tourists but those venturing off the beaten track will find plenty to keep them busy.

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A Local’s Tips for Visiting Turkey

January 21, 2014

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We caught up with local tour guide, Hakan, to learn more about Ephesus and the surrounding area. Read on to learn what to see and do, and where to go if you want to experience the ancient Turkish way of life.

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Tour Review: Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

January 18, 2014

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ephesus

Because of Turkey’s location and history of playing home to many ancient civilizations, it’s known as part of the Cradle of Culture. While Istanbul is full of ancient attractions — for example, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, The Basilica Cistern and Rumeli Fortress — it only paints part of the picture. To further explore Turkey’s rich history, you’ll need to explore other parts of the country, for example, Ephesus.

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Cruising the Gulf of Fethiye

December 31, 2013

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The Gulf of Fethiye, also known as the Gulf of Telmessos, is one of Turkey’s most popular areas for yachting and tourism. Hemmed in to the west by the Kurdoğlu cape, and on the east by Cape Angistro, the Gulf encompasses an abundance of coves and islets in an area known in ancient times as Lycia.

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The Ankara Citadel

December 24, 2013

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Ankara’s lofty Citadel (‘Hisar’ or ‘Kale’ in Turkish) can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Perched atop a hill in the heart of the Turkish capital, it is one of the most recognizable symbols of Ankara. But a visit to this iconic citadel is about much more than just seeing the imposing fortress itself. Inside you’ll find the ancient foundations of Ankara, which may date back to Hittite times some 3,000 years ago, which provide a glimpse of what ancient Turkey might have looked like.

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Taurus Mountains

December 11, 2013

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The Taurus mountains run the length of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, forming the southern border of the Anatolian plateau and stretching for close to 1,250 miles from Egridir Lake in the west to the upper side of the Euphrates River near the Syrian border. Fed by rich minerals in the Taurus’ many streams, rare species of plants and animals have sprung up throughout the range, providing the perfect natural environment for jeep safaris through the Taurus Mountains, hiking, mountain climbing, horse riding and camping.

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The Bodrum Amphitheatre

November 26, 2013

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Modern Bodrum is situated on the site of what was once Halicarnassus, one of the great cities of antiquity, famous for the tomb of Mausolus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Today, little of this once illustrious metropolis remains, but of those structures that do, the Bodrum Amphitheater is one of the best preserved.

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