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  • Asian side

    Istanbul Favorites

    You could be forgiven for thinking Istanbul's attractions all centre around historical sights, but for me a lot of them centred around - fish. We frequently went to Kadıköy which means Judges Village. This is an area on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and it has some excellent restaurants. We would walk along the front where rows of fishing...

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  • Mugla Markets

    Marmaris Favorites

    Mugla is a town that isn't overflowed by tourists yet. It has a charming old town and i loved the market place! I think the satue what you see on the picture is from Ataturk. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk(1881 - 1938), the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President. As President for 15 years, until his death in 1938, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk...

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  • Beaches

    Bodrum Favorites

    there is something for everyone!! if you want to just lie down and relax on the sunlounger turgutreis, torba, gundogan and bitez is for you. If you are into water sports crowded and loud fun beaches then stay in gumbet , bodrum if you like private beach loud music and big cushions to lie down orange club in gumbet is the place to go...it also turns...

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  • History

    Ephesus Favorites

    The ancient city occupies the territory of several square kilometers. You can see the map of the Ancient city and the typical way of excursion (green color) on the picture. This place became known since the 19th century. The history of excavation began in 1859-74 on the Odeon and the theatre. It was carried out by J.T.Wood under the auspices of...

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  • Bosphorus

    Istanbul Favorites

    And where does all this fish come from? Well, Istanbul is surrounded by water - the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea. Here are some fishermen in Beşiktaş. Beşiktaş which means cradle stone is located on the European side of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahçe Palace is located here. In the background you can...

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  • Beaches

    Marmaris Favorites

    Icmeler is a real beach place, if you like sunbathe on the beach during your vacation, Icmeler is the place to be. It has a nice walking boulevard with lots of restaurants. The beach is covered with sunshades and reclining chairs. Icmeler is about 5 km from Marmaris every 15 minutes a bus is driving from Icmeler too Marmaris.

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  • Sightseeing

    Bodrum Favorites

    Bodrum's harbourfront and marina are full of hustle and bustle with bracing sea breezes to counteract the hot sun, The boats are packed tightly like sardines and a sea of masts and red flags sway in the wind. From luxury yachts to small speedboat, every conceivable type of craft is here but mostly it's the gorgeous wooden Turkish gulets, used for...

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  • Celsus Library

    Ephesus Favorites

    The Celsus Library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built ca. 125 B.C.E. by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father C.Celsus - the General Governor of the Province of Asia, in the year 135 A.D. and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. Designed with an exaggerated entrance -- so as to enhance its perceived...

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  • blue mosque

    Istanbul Favorites

    Take a quiet walk inside the blue mosque and be sure to sit down on the carpeted floor. I think the interior is best appreciated from a humble, low position, the height at which one would be praying. Look upwards, trying to ignore the bustle of tourists and admire the beauty of the place.

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  • Tourist Information Center

    Marmaris Favorites

    Take a look to marmaris guide sites. Marmaris Tourism Center İskele Meydanı (Ferry Jetty Square) Marmaris, Muga Turkey Hours: Mon–Fri 8.30am–7pm; summer open Sat & Sun Located right near the docks, the tourist center is sure to help you with all your needs. Unfortunately they do not appear to have a website. Three very comprehensive...

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  • Sailing

    Bodrum Favorites

    Bodrum is such a great place for sailing in. There are loads of Islands dotted all over the peninsular that you can pull up to and sail to. One such Island is opposite Kadikalesi and Turgutries. I like to call it the double humped Island but im sure it has a proper name! I was sailing there last summer with a company called PURE...

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  • Grand Theatre

    Ephesus Favorites

    There are two things you'll never forget about Ephesus, the library and the theatre. This 24,000 seat arena is one of the great theatres of ancient times. Accessed through monumental entrances called vomitoriums (love that name) the stage witnessed all different types of entertainment during its life. Interestingly it had metal reflectors around...

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  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul Favorites

    Turkish: Ayasofya, Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia) is a former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum, in Istanbul, Turkey. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the...

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  • Buses

    Marmaris Favorites

    I did this trip in a Dolmus. The views on the section coming into Gokova are STUNNING!! The Bus climbs a Mountain, then coming down the other side you look down into a valley full of rich agriculture, rugged Mountains, the Sea, Villages with orange coloured roofs, it was so pretty, once again, I wished I wasn't in a Bus as the views were incredible...

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  • Curettes Road

    Ephesus Favorites

    It is the small portion of the sacred way, running between the Celsus Library and the Hercules Gate. It took its name from the class of priests referred to as "curettes" in long lists found at the clerical school of priests. Colonnaded galleries with mosaics on the floor were located on both sides of the street with a roof to protect the...

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  • Nisantasi

    Istanbul Favorites

    Nisantasi parking can be very peculiar.... Well, just imagine, you need to drop by your girlfriend, there is no free parking plance in front of her house (to be frank, parking is a nightmare in Nisantasi), so what can you do? Yeap, after giving it a second thought, you park you Mercedes S600 right on pedestrian sidewalk, clogging somebody's...

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  • Icmeler Bay

    Marmaris Favorites

    Have a trip on the FINDING NEMO BOAT! Fun for all the family and its very safe for FAMILYS! you can email them on findingnemoboat@yahoo.com Children are especially welcome and the foods fantastic! The boat is yours privately and will take you to all the best places = with NO LOUD MUSIC! BLUE SKYES, THE WAVES GENTLY LAPPING THE SIDES OF THE BOAT =...

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  • Topkapi palace

    Istanbul Favorites

    gotta agree with all the TopKapi would be the best to see. I dont recall there being a tour guide there BUT I do recall when we went back for a second day it was closed for the day - was it Monday? i can't recall but might be worth checking out which days the sites are open when setting up your plans enjoy the trip and bring home great...

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  • Ortaköy

    Istanbul Favorites

    Istanbul has a perfect relationship with the sea. The straight protects the coast from big storms, and that allows the Turks to treat it almost as a river. Big and small boats, palaces and restaurants almost at water level, and a special care to turn to the water "the city's face best side". Will it be alike in winter?

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  • Museums

    Istanbul Favorites

    The Istanbul Museum Pass is not as good of a monetary value as I initially thought, the price increased from 72TL to 85TL right about the time we visited ($43.65US) but it did save us a little time waiting in line and got us to visit a few places that we probably wouldn't have otherwise seen. The pass is good for 72 hours from the time you start...

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  • Suleymaniye Mosque

    Istanbul Favorites

    (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii) is a grand mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built on the order of sultan Suleiman I (Suleiman the Magnificent) and was constructed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. It is considered to be a kind of architectural answer to the Byzantine...

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  • Grand Bazaar

    Istanbul Favorites

    You need to experience it, at least once.... I did it twice, though... Grand Bazaar, one of the best touristic offer of Istanbul, a maze of rows, tonnes of different stuff..... 90% of tourists.... locals either sell, or pass thru to cut the way between the two streets.... One of the places where locals are multilingual and can guess your...

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  • galata bridge

    Istanbul Favorites

    Galata Bridge is one of my favourite places in Istanbul. The reason is not its appearance or constructional value, but the sentiment I feel for it. This fondness had started well before I came to Istanbul. One day, looking around for books about Turkey, I came across a little book by Geert Mak called "The Bridge". The author came to Istanbul in...

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  • various mosques

    Istanbul Favorites

    Before heading to Istanbul I have heard a story (hard to tell true or not), that mosques in Islam world are build in a principle that everyone could hear the voices of muezzin. So, by such logic the net of mosques could be very frequent. Istanbul proved that mosques are in every corner, small or big ones, some you could recognize just because of...

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  • Sunsets

    Istanbul Favorites

    I don't have the photographic evidence to back up this claim, but if you have ever witnessed Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque rendered as silhouettes against the sunset , you have witnesssed one of the wonders of the world. Personally, I was too busy enjoying it to photograph it. However, I do have some sunset photos of...

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  • Dolmabahce Palace.

    Istanbul Favorites

    A crispy winter air was lighted by rare in those days sunshine, sun rays played on a white snow and glossy windows splashing blinding sparks all around, "not a bad day for a walk" I thought and we headed to Bosphorus, one of my favourite places to be in Istanbul.... live is always buzzing near big water.... ships slowly move back and forth,...

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  • Egyptian Spice Bazaar

    Istanbul Favorites

    The Spice Bazaar is also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. It is located in Eminönü behind the Yeni Camii which means the New Mosque. In fact its buildings are part of the New Mosque complex and the stallholders' rents help pay for the upkeep of the mosque. Personally I found this bazaar much more interesting than the Grand Bazaar. It was also much...

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  • bazaars

    Istanbul Favorites

    Hi VidER, I have never heard the words Grand Hajj Eid and Eid al Adha, but I checked the calendar and I guess you mean Feast of Sacrifice. 1. All markets and restaurants will be open. Most shops close only at first day, and open next day. Some stay closed more. These are valid for the regular places. The most touristic shopping place Grand Bazaar...

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  • Hippodrome

    Istanbul Favorites

    This huge obelisc is really 1/3 of the original egyptian one. Teodosios brought it from Egypt, but it was broken and only the upper part is kept. At the basement you can see reliefs in stone of the former Hippodrome scenes. At this pic you can see the Emperor having “A day at the races”.

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  • Sunken Palace Cistern

    Istanbul Favorites

    The main underground cisterns, also called Yerebatan Sarayi (which translates as "Sunken Palace") is Istanbul's best hidden secret. It was constructed during the reign of Constantine I in the 4th century to serve as a well and a fishing hole for the locals. Try to find the Medusa head at the basement of one of the columns!! Located just at the...

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  • galata tower

    Istanbul Favorites

    Karaköy, the modern name for the ancient Galata, is a commercial neighborhood in the Beyoðlu district of Istanbul, Turkey, located at the northern part of the Golden Horn mouth on the European side of Bosphorus. Karaköy is one of the oldest and most historic districts of the city, and is today an important commercial center and transport hub. The...

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  • galata

    Istanbul Favorites

    Hearing the call to pray. Galata, The ferry port ( Eminönü) at night and where we stopped, Beyoglu. Watching latest Batman movie at an old cinema. Allocated tickets, then escorted to are seats. It was full by 6 and then 8 people. "Let’s movie down a bit". Looked over shoulder and there was the attendant. Guess what!? He put the next two right...

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  • galatas anglers

    Istanbul Favorites

    Galata bridge is connecting Karakoy to Eminonu.. Or connecting Istanbul peninsula to Galata & Pera.. The bridge itself is around a km long. The historical bridge wasburnt after a fire and on 1992 another bridge has been built. This bridge is the meeting point for Anglers.. The scene on the bridge is amazing.. Especially during weekends, you can...

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  • DRIVING IN TURKIYE

    You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving licence. You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have...

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  • Requirements for travel to Turkey

    In addition to having a valid passport, US visitors must obtain a visa for travel to Turkey. Unlike some of the ones you must get in advance, you can purchase the visa upon arrival to Turkey, currently it is $20 and you can use US currency. The visa is valid for 90 days.It's always advisable to check on the Embassy Website in case visa requirements...

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  • A little conversation...

    I was surprised at the warmth and friendliness of the people. They would ask where I was from, and were astonished at the fact that I was traveling alone, without my husband. Some waiters/owners in the cafes, would ask if they could sit with me and keep me company, as I ate lunch. I found them to be very respectful towards women, at least, those...

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  • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE -HATTUSA

    Hattusa The Capital City of HittitesThe archaeological site of Hattusha, former capital of the Hittite Empire, is notable for its urban organization, the types of construction that have been preserved (temples, royal residences, fortifications), the rich ornamentation of the Lions' Gate and the Royal Gate, and the ensemble of rock art at...

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  • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE -DIVRIGI

    Lİttle Brief About Great Mosque and Hospital of DivriğiThis region of Anatolia was conquered by the Turks at the beginning of the 11th century. In 1228–29 Emir Ahmet Shah founded a mosque, with its adjoining hospital, at Divrigi. The mosque has a single prayer room and is crowned by two cupolas. The highly sophisticated technique of vault...

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  • UNESCO World Heritage List

    Humanity has added new value to the places it has lived upon, and left behind masterpieces that carry Its culture to ensuing generations. To affirm the values accepted as the common heritage of all humanity, and to promote them and to transfer them to future generations, UNESCO adopted, "The Convention concerning the Protection of the World...

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  • Holidays

    Public Holidays There are two types of public holiday in Turkey: those which are decided by the government and which fall on the same day each year; and the religious festivals which change according to the lunar calendar and, therefore, fall on different dates each year.On public holidays, banks and government offices are closed. In general, life...

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  • Mobile Phones

    The major GSM operators in Turkey are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. You can use your mobile phone in Turkey if your provider has enabled international roaming. However if you intend to stay for a long time in the country or make several calls, it may be preferable to buy a local prepaid SIM card. Take your mobile phone and passport to a Turkish...

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  • Electricity

    The mains voltage for electricity is 220V and 50Hz. Central European type wall socket (two-pin plugs) is standard in Turkey.

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  • Customs Regulations

    Please note that the following information is intended to give an idea about customs regulations, and our portal does not accept any responsibility for inaccuracy or mis-information. For further and accurate information please visit: www.turkish-consulate.org.uk and www.gumruk.gov.tr.On Entry:It is permitted to bring the following items into Turkey...

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  • Medical Treatment

    You will need to pay for any medical treatment which you receive in Turkey. For this reason it is advisable to take out medical insurance before travelling. It is not difficult to find English-speaking doctors in all but the most remote areas. There are also foreign run hospitals in many of the larger towns and resorts. There are pharmacies in most...

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  • Driving

    You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving licence. You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have...

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