For many centuries, Turkey has always attracted people from every part of the world to come and experience its charming attractions. From the food cuisines, the unusually beautiful landscapes and the remarkable cultural life, you’ll find Turkey a truly an incredible country. Here is how…
Visit popular attractions without a cost
You know how free things are very interesting. You won’t have to spend any lira (Turkish currency) to visit most of Turkey’s spectacular attractions like Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and its intricate tile works, the baklava that drips with honey and piled high in the windows of the bustling İstiklal Caddesi. What more, you can enjoy the pristine Mediterranean beaches including some of the most favorite spots for tourists like the Bodrum, the İztuzu which is heavily inhabited by sea turtles, the secluded Patara archipelago and the resort towns of Antalya and Alanya, all at no cost.
Enjoy Turkey’s abundant street food for less
Turkey prides itself in its delicious delicacies that can come to you almost wherever you are. There are plenty of street food vendors moving up and down while serving some of the country’s best-known foods. Try strolling in the Bodrum or Izmir’s seaside Kordon park and from here you’ll be lost for choice due to the lively scenes of music and food.
Remember to try out the sesame cone, the sweet honey peanuts, or the midye dolma (stuffed mussels) for only 30 cents. You will love the beehive-scenery of vendors carrying gigantic round trays on their heads as they look for customers to serve. Ask the midyeci (vendor) to show you how to use the top shell as a spoon to scooping out the sweet-smelling rice that’s been flavored with cinnamon and a squirt of lemon juice. Don’t forget to also try out the roasted corn and maybe, a slice of honeydew kavun which has the sweetest taste that will help you to wind up your long day of sightseeing.
Clutch your camera and visit the Mars-like Cappadocia
Cappadocia has always been marketed as a unique earthly place next to Mars in appearance. You’ll be overwhelmed by hiking through the unusual mysterious landscapes of twisted rocks. As you go further, you’ll come across the fresco-decorated ancient cave churches that date as far back as the 2nd century B.C.
If you wake very early in the morning from your cave hotel, you’ll be able to catch a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise. This will help you to have a bird’s view of the impressive land formations of Cappadocia. Be sure to take some nice photos. After that, then you can ascend down into the Rose valley (Güllüdere) where you’ll continue exploring the wild region of Çavuşin especially its spectacular caves, and the rock formations of Love Valley where your day will be made awesome.
Track down the Turkish highlanders on their summer search for greener pastures
During the start of every summer, you have an opportunity to follow up Turkish cattle on their annual migration to the spectacular highlands as they look for the green grass. These mountains are found in the deep valleys of the Black Sea region, in northern Turkey. Remember when the winter buries the pastures, they later come grow back during the spring. So by the start of the summer, they are ready to be feasted on by the cattle. If you happen to be there at the right time, you’ll enjoy taking part in this long-held Turkish tradition that lasts until late July when the Vartovor festivities mark the end of the migrations. During the celebrations, people will dance, sing while playing traditional instruments that resemble Scottish bagpipes.
Get your skin exfoliated in the citronella scented bubbles
If you do this, you’ll leave Turkey with a soft, smooth and silk-like summer skin. Just get down to lie on a heated marble pedestal and then get soaked in the citronella-scented bubbles and warm water while being gently scrubbed by an experienced attendant with a gritty goat-hair kese. Look out for any 16th-century hammam and you’ll be in the right place.
Friendly locals will teach you how to make famous Turkish dishes
Turkish are very friendly people. They are easy going and open to strangers. Do you sometimes wonder how the baklava is made? Ask the waiter and she’ll gladly bring you to the master chef. You’ll be excited to try it yourself and be proud. If you are in the Bostanlı Pazar, just ask one of the female vendors and she will arrange for you to try out this much-cherished food of the Turkish. The other way could be securing a homestay especially if you happen to be in eastern Turkey where you’ll get the best cooking lessons from the most experienced Turkish chefs. You’ll be taught the preparation procedures for the rollingsarma with other accompanying dishes.
Drink more of Turkish hot fragrant çay
Turkish tea is locally known as çay and it is popular throughout Turkey as well as in Northern Cyprus and some Balkan countries. Turkish people are devoted drinkers of this special tea, even during summer it’s never too hot to have it. Tea has always been an important part of the Turkish culture and it is the most commonly consumed hot drink. Offering this tea to guests is part of Turkish hospitality. Tea is most often consumed in households, shops and mostly kıraathane, which is a social congregation of Turkish men.
You can also join the frenzy by taking at least two tiny, tulip-shaped cups of çay and keep drinking until bedtime. Wherever you are, you’ll never be short of this tea that is brown-golden in color. Whether you’re in a busy office, factory, or public parks, you’ll always encounter busy vendors supplying this tea. If you happen to board one of the regional buses, you will be offered free tea in small cups.