Searching for that perfect beach holiday? Turkey has both famous and less famous beaches plus wonderful seaside resorts, each with its own charm. Kusadasi, for example, is a historic resort with a marina, fishing harbor, promenade and sandy beaches such as the Silver Strand and Ladies Beach. Visit the Mediterranean Coast, or enjoy the view on the Aegean Coast. Alanya was formerly a fishing village, now a seaside resort with beaches and an old harbor set in the middle of a bustling city center. From your holiday home in Turkey you'll also want to visit Bodrum, a must because of its beautiful beaches and water sports and entertainment facilities. Marmaris is another popular seaside resort that lies near the sea and has a marina, picturesque center, Turkish bazaar and numerous shops for that perfect souvenir.
Looking back on thousands of years of history, Turkey is an ideal choice for a special family holiday. With so much culture and so many different historic landmarks and ancient sites to visit, you will certainly have to be selective during your cultural holiday in Turkey. A definite must visit is the city of Istanbul, the historic heart of the country. Here you'll find such cultural treasures as the Hagia Sophia basilica, the 17th century Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years, and several archaeological museums, one of which houses the famous Alexander Sarcophagus. The ancient city of Ephesus is another destination you can easily reach from one of our holiday homes in Turkey. Famous during antiquity for being the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the "seven wonders of the ancient world", today you can visit a host of Romans ruins which include an amphitheater and the Temple of Hadrian. And if you've ever wondered about the infamous Troy, well now you can visit it, although the historical remains are less impressive than the history itself.
From the awe-inspiring to the soothing, Turkey is a land of mystery and intrigue. A great place to start your journey is the town of Goreme, situated among the eerie "fairy chimney" rock formations of the Goreme Valley in Cappadocia. Here you can go exploring in the Goreme National Park or in the town, which is home to a number of historic churches including Tokali Kilisel which contains some really beautiful frescoes. Not only are the rock formations and churches beautiful, but this is also a great place to pick up an exquisite kilim rug to take home as a souvenir. You can also head southeast and visit the ancient city of Mardin, built upon a hillside. Home to the world's first university, the famous Silk Road once passed through this town, although today you're better apt to get a bargain on silver than on silk, even though its bazaar is relatively haggle-free. Meanwhile, nature lovers can explore the region of Camalti with its coastal marshes and salt fields, or visit the bird paradise of Izmir or the special Lake Karagol. You'll have plenty of time to haggle over what you want to see and do on your next holiday in Turkey!
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