Turkey Off The Beaten Path

  • Deck chairs, Umbrellas and the beach
    Deck chairs, Umbrellas and the beach
    by greekcypriot
  • Country lane in Bitez
    Country lane in Bitez
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  • Cypress trees behind and orange grove
    Cypress trees behind and orange grove
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Turkey Off The Beaten Path

  • Asian side

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    "Caddebostan" is located on the Asian Side of Istanbul and is a perfect area to have a walk at the beach side as being away from the city hassle ... Day and night, many people go there to jog, have a walk with their kids and dogs, for bicycle or just to have fun on grass and have their coffee ... Especially on weekends its a huge crowd. Special...

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  • bosphorus boat trip

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Having a "Boat Trip" on The Bosphorus is one of the must's of a Istanbul visit as you will have so many options to start with ... Most tours usually start / end at the Karakoy and Eminonu ports, but here as an alternative I will suggest you to take a public bus from Besiktas and ride along the seaside about 30 mins till you reach Yenikoy and...

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  • hammam

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    This historic hamam in "Tophane" is one of Istanbul’s most beautiful and has only recently reopened after years of restoration. Contemporary "Turkish Hamams" find themselves in a difficult position. For centuries, these public bath houses were an integral part of Ottoman life. Islam places great significance on cleanliness and hamams were the...

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  • Ortakoy

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Ortakoy is a neighbourhood, formerly a small village, within the Besiktas district of the city located in the middle of the European bank of the Bosphorus. One of the most visited spots of the city by locals and also by tourists due to its several aspects as nightlife, bars, restaurants, cafes, street vendors, shopping and so on ... :) Several...

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  • old houses

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    "Galata" was an important trade center between the years of 1267-1453 for the Genoese. Today The Association building, as the seat of the Chamber of Commerce was made by ​​the Genoese at the beginning of 1300 years. The building is located across from the Chamber of Commerce building, a local board of directors consisting of 24...

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  • theodosian (city) wall

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    The Walls of Constantinople are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople, Istanbul ... With numerous additions and modifications during their history, they were the last great fortification system of antiquity, and one of the most complex and elaborate systems ever built. You can admire them...

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  • Chora church Museum (Kariye )

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Thats a beautiful park just across the Chora Church Museum, actually park is kindda newly opened up in 2011, very nice alternative to have a rest after the Museum visit ... Nice place also for the families w kids and several options for food and beverage needs .... :)

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  • Rumeli Hisari

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Rumelihisarı is a fortress located in the Sariyer district of the city on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople. The three great towers were named after three of Mehmed II's viziers,...

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  • Bosphorus zoo

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    There is sort of a modern zoo 35km away from Istanbul....They call it bird paradise and botanic garden. But it is not easy to get there. First go to bus terminal 'ESENLER' (take a cab) , The bus name is GEBZE KOOP number 3. Ask the driver to put you out. WRITE THE NAME DOWN WHERE U ARE GOING. The bus will stop under a bridge along the route. Walk...

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  • the Roman Aqueduct

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    The Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri) is a Roman aqueduct which was the major water-providing system of the Eastern Roman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey). Completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD, it was restored by several Ottoman Sultans and is one of the most important landmarks of the city. The aqueduct...

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  • smoking nargileh

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    There are many places around sultanahmet to enjoy some nargileh. And when in Turkey, do as the Turks right? Try some nargileh, it is quite fun. Ask the waiter to demonstrate some tricks for you, chances are he's a nargileh pro, and might have some cool things to show you!

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  • Galata Tower

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Galata Tower , XIV century Genoese tower 67 meters height is a best place to see the sunset in Istanbul. From there you can see most of the areas of this huge city. Europe and Asia, the Golden Horn and Bosphorus, the minarets of the grand mosques, sultan's palace, bysantine acqueduct, tile roofs of Beyoglu, new and modern suburbs, bridges,...

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  • Sunken Palace Cistern

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    En las guias aparecen muchos sitios para visitar en Estambul, pero uno que no hay que perderse, aparte de los importantes, es la Cisterna de la Basílica de Yerebatan. La combinacion del sonido del agua de la cisterna y de la musica clasica, junto a la luz tenue, te haran escapar por un momento del bullicio de mercados y las calles de Estambul....

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  • Seven Churches

    The Seven Churches of TURKEY Revelation, also known as The Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and The Seven Churches of Asia (referring to the Roman province of Asia, not the entire continent), are seven major churches of Early Christianity, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation. In Revelation, on the Greek island of Patmos, Jesus...

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  • Bosphorous Dinner Cruises

    Whatever you do, try to avoid taking the Bosphorous dinner cruises. Make sure you know at least someone at your dinner table, otherwise you risk being the only one who speaks English, German, Spanish or any other European language.

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  • Biblical Tours in Turkiye

    Turkiye is the mother land of Christianity and the Bible....The itineraries suggested here among biblical and historical sites in Turkiye are given with the assumption that you have a car and a good map (available from the Turkish Ministry of information) a good guidebook and a Bible aswell.Itinerary I:Istanbul-Izmir-Ankara and back 7 days 1st day...

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  • It takes lady's months or even years

    It takes lady's months or even years to weave a rug.The large silk rugs can take 3 ladies upto 6 years to complete.They are very expensive because of this.The rug i liked,about the size of the one in the pic was about£280 including delivery.I will start saving up.I loved the turkish delight you could buy in shops.It was all cut up and layed out and...

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  • Konya to Adana

    Itinerary VIII Konya-Adana 3 days 1st day Konya-Gilistra and Catal Hoyuk konya-Gilistra(Lystra) and back 64 km Konya-Catalhoyuk and back 114 km total 178 km

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  • Antioch and Attalia

    Itinerary IV antakya-antalya 4 days 1st day Antakya-Adana Antioch-Iskenderun (alexandretta) 57 km Iskenderun-toprakkale 55 km toprakkale-misis-yilankale-adana 78 km total 190 km 2nd day Adana-silifke adana-tarsus 39 km tarsus-soli 38 km soli-kizkalesi 52 km kiz kalesi-cennet cehennem (paradise and hell) 10 km cennet cehennem -silifke (Seleucia of...

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  • from istanbul to Antioch and Ararat Mt

    Itinerary III Istanbul to Antakya via Agri dagi(Ararat Mountain) 1st day istanbul-eskisehir 315 km ,eskisehir- ballica (pessinus)67 km ballica-gordion 54 km gordion-ankara (ankyra) 103 km total 539 km 2nd day Ankara (ankyra)3rd day ankara- sungurlu ankara- bogazkale (hattusas) 197 km bogazkale-alacahoyuk 33 km alacahoyuk-sungurlu 37 km total 267 km...

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  • Antalya to Izmir

    Itinerary VI Antalya -Izmir 3 days 1st day Antalya-Pamukkale Antalya-termessos 25 km termessos-Isparta 148 km Isparta-dinar 62 km Dinar-Laodikea 112km Laodikea -Pamukkale ( hierapolis) 10 km total 357 km 2 nd day pamukkale-aydin pamukkale-colossae 30 km colossae-denizli 25 km Denizli-geyre ( aphrodisias) 100 km geyre-aydin 98 km total 149 km 3 rd...

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  • Ankara- Capadoccia

    Itinerary VIII Ankara-Urgup and back 2 days: 1 st day Ankara-Kirsehir 192 km Kirsehir-Nevsehir 92 km Nevsehir -Goreme-urgup and back ( capadoccia) 50 km total 334 km 2 nd day Nevsehir-ankara Nevsehir-derin kuyu and back 60 km Nevsehir-aksaray 79 km Aksaray-ihlara ( ihlara valley) and back 64 km Aksaray-ankara 223 km total 426 km

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  • Kurdistan

    Kurdistan is a country on the eastern part of Turkey as well as part of northern Iraq and Iran.It is not a formal country and never been independent, however, the Kurds themselves knows who they are, their culture, language and land. It is a beautiful country to travel and see archaeological sites and mountain scenery.Unfortunately due to the...

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  • Rákóczi Memorial Museum in...

    The Museum is in a 17th century Turkish house, where the Hungarian national hero Francis II Rákóczi spent his last 15 years, during his exile, from 1720 till his death in 1735. Sovereign of Transylvania, a man of honour, had promised his followers total independence from the Hapsburg Empire. Many had given their lives for this aim; their families...

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  • kargi bay- datca - mugla

    I live in Turkey,I've been lots of beaches,but I'haven't seen like that before.As clear as drinkable water.if you like swim,you love this place.Don't forget your swim glasses. You can see bottom of the sea quite clearlry.if you are lucky You can swim with gooses.Just 5 km from Datca city center.Also shower,WC and restaurant.

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  • AMASRA

    The town that was a passion for......Princess Amastris, her name-giver who followed the sea trade routes and longed for her shores;...Fatih Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, whose army took Istanbul by moving his ships overland in the night and setting them down in Golden Horn;...Necdet Sakaoglu whose knowledge of the town’s history;...me for I miss sea...

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  • APERLAE

    Lying one kilometer west of the western end of the Kekova Gulf are the ruins of Aperlae. To reach them you can hire a boat from Kaþ or Üçðaýz. From Üçðaýz, you get off at a little restaurant and then walk west following the white-red paint marks of the Lycian Way. If your boat comes from Kaþ then it can take you right to Aperlae. Alternatively,...

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  • SURA

    A couple more kilometers west of Andriake along D400 – the coastal highway – are the ruins of Sura. The village was not an independent town but a dependency of Myra. House tombs and sarcophagi ca be found scattered about near the highway. Far below are the remains of a temple devoted to Apollo though inscriptions seem to give equal time to Souzon –...

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  • ANDRIAKE

    Andriake was the port for the ancient city of Myra. It is just off the coastal highway D400 about 5 km west of Demre. Today there is still a port of sorts for glass bottom boats and gulyets which give day tours across to Kekova. Most of the ancient port is now silted up and the ruins sit among salt marshes. Little remains of note can be found...

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  • LIMYRA

    Founded in the 5th century BC, there was a well-known Spring Oracle here which could foretell the future is a fashion similar to the nearby Fish Oracle in Sura. Bait would be given to trout swimming in a pool. If the bait was taken, all to the good. If not, well ….One ruler of Limyra, Pericles, served as governor for all Lycia during the Persian...

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  • ÜÇÐAIZ

    This little village serves as the transportation hub for the large number of boats of the Kekova Gulf day tripping fleet. To see the town during the day before and after the tourist reach here on their buses is to see two different towns. Most people come to Üçðaýz on those tour buses, a part of a long day trip that might include a visit to the St...

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  • ERFELEK

    On our northern Turkey road trip couple of years ago we had stopped in Sinop for an overnight. We were looking for a place to park our car when a local approached us to say he'd volunteer to be our guide. We agreed. He took us to several places which I will mention in my Sinop pages. Erfelek is a special one, worth mentioning in my Turkey...

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  • THE TURKISH LAKE DISTRICT

    It was back in 2003 when a friend of mine was getting married with a guy from the region, we had the chance to see the lake district. We drove along the eastern shore of Lake Beysehir, which is the largest lake of the region and third biggest in Turkey. Lake Beysehir has become a national park in 1993 to preserve its unique habitat. The area around...

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  • Agva & Göksu

    I put Agva and Goksu under the off the beaten path tips as they are off the beaten for many of the foreign tourists but it is not anymore for the Turks. These pretty places are worh mentioning as they are very close to Istanbul but not known by many foreigners coming and going.Agva is one of the last points northeast of Istanbul, situated on the...

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  • Sarikiz and 12 Geese

    There once was a shepherd called Father Cilbak, who was a widow. Taking his daughter (Sarikiz) with him, he went first to Güre and from there to the village of Kavurmacilar, where he settled down and found work as a shepherd. He stayed at Kavurmacilar during winter, he spent the spring and summer in the mountains. As he did not trust anyone, he...

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  • BOZCAADA (TENEDOS)

    King Kyknos was one of the many children of Poseidon, the God of Sea and Oceans. He ruled the city of Kolonaj in the Miletos colony, which was established in the Lapseki region. Kyknos had a son called Tenes. After Tenes's mother died, Kyknos got married again. One day the stepmother falsely accused Tenes and found a piper for a wtiness. Kyknos...

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  • THE SALT LAKE (TUZ GOLU)

    On your way from southeast of Ankara to the town of Sereflikochisar, a glint of white will strike your eye on the west. This is an announcment for the "white lake"’. Its size and blinding whiteness will dazzle your eyes. For an instant you’ll think it has snowed.It conjures up a feeling of cold even in the stultifying heat of summer. It is too...

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  • GOKCEADA (IMROZ)

    Gökceada, Turkey’s biggest island with a history of more than 5.000 years, the key point at the entrance of Dardanelles, an island that has watched many naval wars, an island that has been ruled by Mycenaeans, Persians, Athenians, Spartans, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese and, now, the Turks...Gökceada is frequently mentioned in myths and...

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  • ERZINCAN

    Erzincan is a city that has risen up from her own ashes. Sitting on a major fault line, the city experienced a number of earthquakes in the past, the one in 1939 being the biggest one. The city was virtually rebuilt after 1939 and that is why the city is very nicely planned.Erzincan is a city surrounded by snow-capped mountains that you will see no...

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  • HARRAN - THE DOOR TO MESOPOTAMIA

    Harran is a picturesque town of distinctive beehive shaped houses 44 kilometres south of Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey. The fertile Harran Plain is abundant not only in grain but in archaeological sites. There are hundreds of ancient settlement mounds here, the most important of which is Harran Höyük, where finds show that this site was inhabited...

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  • KASTAMONU

    A city that gets prettier as one explores: Wedged between the Küre mountains to the north and the Ilgaz range to the south, Kastamonu is an inward-looking Anatolian city that only reveals its beauty upon exploration.With its cultural assets and the natural beauty, Kastamonu offers different activities in every season. Thanks to its rich plant...

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  • AMASYA

    The city of Amasya: Famed for its river, its apples, its houses, its natural beauty. City where Ferhat took the river by the hand and, tunnelled it through the mountain, brought it for Shirin; city founded as 'Amaseia' by the Amazon queen 'Amasis', who gave it her own name; city where Strabo, renowned geographer of antiquity, was born; "city of...

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  • SIVAS - HUB OF ANCIENT ROADS

    The ancient King’s Road, Silk Road and Spice Road, and military roads linking Istanbul to Caucasia and the Black Sea coast all passed through Sivas once. The King's Road from Ephesus passed through Gordion, Ankara, Corum, Tokat and Sivas, from where it continued eastwards into Iran. Successive civilizations which ruled the region grew wealthy on...

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  • Hiking

    I only had one day time to go and take a walk somewhere in the country and it was very nice. The Mediterranean climate is usually very comfortable for such, sunny and warm but not too hot unless you are in the mid of the summer.

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  • Historical Doorknockers of Turkey

    I like to see and take photos of "ladyhand shaped" doorknockersThere many samples of this type of doorknockers in Turkey. Mostly they are from western Turkey. but I got some from Corum in Black Sea region. I keep collecting them with my camera. when you visit Turkey better keep your eyes on details :)

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