Ankara: A culturally and historically rich country, Turkey is a destination that every Gallivanter should add to their bucket list. This aesthetically beautiful land of contrasts that range from mountains to beaches, lively cities to calm and sleepy villages, can turn out to be a perfect escape from the monotony.
While you can spend weeks in the country and still not feel satiated, here is a list of 5 things that you just can't afford to miss while visiting the exquisite land of Turkey.
World Famous Turkish coffee
Here, coffee is not only a beverage but it's a symbol of hospitality, refinement, friendship, and entertainment. For almost 5 centuries, coffee has been an inseparable part of Turkish culture.
It's not like any other coffee. It has a very detailed brewing technique that gives the beverage a unique taste. It is served in an ancient style handmade decorative cup that will take you back in time. If you are looking for souvenirs that you can take back for your friends, this is it- a small part of Turkey wrapped in a packet.
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar
Let's face it, shopping is an integral part of shopping. And Grand Bazaar, in Turkey, is synonymous to shopping.
Grand Bazaar is more than just a sightseeing spot. From carpets to spices, this place offers everything that Turkey is known for. Situated in the middle of this market, is Turkey's one of the largest Spice Bazaars.
Grand Bazaar covers 61 streets, with more than 4000 shops which attract nearly 400,000 visitors on a daily basis. Overwhelming as might sound, this market ensures a wholesome shopping experience for tourists.
Hot Air Ballooning at Cappadocia and Pamukkale
What's better than walking through the beautiful streets of turkey, you ask? Experiencing a bird's eye view of Cappadocia and Pamukkale.
The landscape of Cappadocia and Pamukkale is like something you might have never experienced before. As the Hot Air Balloon will take you far away from the land, be ready to be hypnotised by the spectacular and surreal landscape that will lie below you.
You will gently drift over the fairy chimneys, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards. The different colours of the diversified landscape will leave you breathless. And you wouldn't want to skip such an experience.
Stroll the waterfront in Izmir
With over 8,000 years of history, a spectacular setting on the Aegean Sea and the buzzing cosmopolitan vibe of Turkey's third-largest city, Izmir is a sight to savour. Make sure you go for a stroll and take in the beautiful coastal view of Izmir and absorb the atmosphere of an ancient Mediterranean hub.
Gobekli Tepe, an archaeological site situated in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. The year 2019 has been officially declared as "Year of Gobekli Tepe" in the country, approximately 12 km northeast of the city of Sanliurfa. The year 2019 has been officially declared as "Year of Gobeliketepe" in Turkey.
Turkish for "Potbelly Hill", GobekliTepe is placed approximately 760 m above sea level and is a UNESCO heritage site. Turkey is a wonderful and enriching experience. From discovering intense ancient traditions to falling in love with a diverse Turkish culture, this destination has the potential of giving you an experience of the lifetime.