Amazing Ways To Experience Turkey
The Republic of Turkey is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia (Europe and Western Asia) which has cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. This rich country would leave you in awe.
Based on personal experience, this is how you can truly experience Turkey.
Haggle in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
From Persian carpets to pottery, spices to clothes and so much food you’d get full just staring and breathing in the amazing aromas. The Grand Bazaar boasts of more than 4,000 shops and it is the world’s oldest and largest covered market situated in the heart of Istanbul. It’s colourful, it’s chaotic and it’s truly an experience.
Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride on Princes’ Islands
Feel like royalty as you’re drawn through the meandering streets of Princes’ Islands. The islands are a chain of nine small islands (four open to the public) in the Sea of Mamara which are worth a full day’s visit. They are reached by ferry from the coast of Istanbul and a great getaway from the busy vibe of the mainland city. The only mode of transport is by the horse drawn carriages which I must say, is a peaceful way to see the beauty of the islands. Filled with culture and rich history, it’s a must-go.
Cruise between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus River
The day river cruise is a great opportunity to see Istanbul from a different perspective. With incredible views and a hilarious and lively team of staff and hawkers onboard, it’s an unforgettable trip along the river which separates the Asian Turkey from the European Turkey.
Admire The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia
With more than 20,000 handmade tiles embellishing the structure, The Blue Mosque is awe-inspiring. Only open to the public at specific times, so plan wisely. A great bonus is that it’s free entry! Opposite The Blue Mosque is Hagia Sofia, originally a church but now a museum. With intricate designs adorning the walls and ceilings, most tourists stroll around constantly look up in awe. There is a point which is believed to have been the center of the world inside the church-it’s pretty cool to the stand there and feel super important with yourself.
Round up your trip with a visit the ‘Turquoise Coast’ of Antalya
Being a resort destination at the south coast of Turkey, Antalya is the ideal location to put your feet up and enjoy the sun and magnificent blue waters. The rich culture of Turkey is still heavily felt here and there are great tourists’ locations such as the Antalya Aquarium-which boasts of being the World’s Biggest Tunnel Aquarium at 131m. From personal experience, it gets quite hot and humid in the summer months so go prepared with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your gorgeous skin.