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Turkey Things to Do

  • Topkapi Palace

    Istanbul Things to Do

    For me, the highlight of the entire palace complex was the Harem. The harem is a maze of exquisite rooms where the sultan’s wives, concubines, and even his mother, lived. The entire harem consists of 400 halls, terraces, rooms, wings, and apartments that are grouped around the sultan’s private residence. Only about 40 have been restored and opened...

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  • Icmeler beach

    Marmaris Things to Do

    Marmaris is nice but unfortunately is not the best beach... If you like to spend more time on the beach I recommend to go Icmeler Beach. Its very easy just pick the Orange MiniBus (Dolmush) till the last stop where is exactly where the beautiful Beach starts!... Its also nice to walk around icmeler which is smaller than Marmaris. On the way back...

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  • Kaleici - Old Town

    Antalya Things to Do

    The Turks are not so happy to mention it, but the city of Antalya was built by Greeks, as almost all the old city-fortress in south of Turkey. Of course the Romans were developing the entire area as part of their flourishing imperium. With a history going back for more than 2200 years, Antalya is still a focal point in the Mediterranean area. Now a...

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  • Blue Voyage

    Bodrum Things to Do

    I would like to thanks a lot to dear captain and crew for the wonderful charter holiday that we had on Cobra King from Bodrum. Yacht, crew, service, foods, water sports,everything were memorable for us. Especially, chef cooks very well and tastefully of traditional Turkish foods and international cuisine. For sure when we come back we ask for mega...

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  • Boat Trip

    Icmeler Things to Do

    There are two options for sailing in the wonderful little craft that sail from Ismeler. You can go to either Marmaris for 10 L or Turunc for 15 L return. Either trip is worthwhile, especially Turunc where you hug the high cliffs along the coast to Turunc. (Go any day of the week to Turunc - the Monday market that is highly promoted consists of 4...

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  • Blue Lagoon - Oludeniz

    Fethiye Things to Do

    Also called Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz is a resort village in Fethiye. It's one of the most popularly photographed beach with amazingly blue ocean and beach and most of the time lands on the top 5 beaches in the world. Oludeniz is along the 500kms Lycian Way walk. Less than half an hour dolmush ride from Fethiye town at TL4. Beautiful town, enticing...

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  • Apollo Temple

    Side Things to Do

    Whilst exploring the Temple of Apollo, you will see very close to the Temple the remains of a Basilica. You can see domes built of brick and an expanse of space that is surrounded by walls that are varying heights as they have fallen with the weather and age. There is a sign giving a little information about the Basilica which is written in four or...

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  • AnitKabir - The Ataturk Mausoleum

    Ankara Things to Do

    "The Anıtkabir" (Monumental Tomb), crowning a prominent hill in the center of Ankara about two km west of Kızılay along Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvarı is the Mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. You enter the tomb complex between two square kiosks and several stylized statues. The kiosk...

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  • Virgin Mary House

    Ephesus Things to Do

    The house of Virgin Mary is considered to be the last home of Mother Mary. The Christians visit here for pilgrimage and it has been also visited by the last 3 popes. Outside the house, you can find 3 fountains which are believed to provide health, love and wealth. You can also see the wall of wishes. The visitors write their wishes on a piece of...

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  • Rock Sites of Cappadocia

    Turkey Things to Do

    If you need a reason to visit Turkey, one word is enough - Capadoccia. Of course, you will see many other (also very interesting) places, but this area is... unique. A couple of days is enough, but Goreme, Uchisar, Zelve and Nevsehir are words that you will never forge

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  • Agia Sophia - Ayasofya

    Istanbul Things to Do

    We left the Blue Mosque and walked through the beautiful gardens to Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya. Before entering through the Imperial Gate, you come upon the Byzantine Frieze of sheep from AD 415 (stop and take a peek!). And once through the doors, you are struck by the sheer enormity of the mosque. Then you realize how cold(!) and dark it is inside....

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  • Castle

    Marmaris Things to Do

    Marmaris Castle was rebuilt from scratch in 1522 by the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent when he had set out for his campaign on Rhodes, for which Marmaris served as a base. Lord Nelson and his entire fleet sheltered in the harbour in 1798, en route to Egypt to defeat Napoleon’s armada at the Battle of Aboukir. Since 1979, renovation work...

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  • Hadrian's Gate

    Antalya Things to Do

    Antalya's famous city icon, the Hadrian's Gate is located along the main Ataturk Street in Kaleici. People start their walking tour of the Kaleici (old Antalya) through this gate. The gate was built in honor of Roman Emperor Hadrian's visit to Antalya during the year 130. The turkish call this gate the Uckapilar which means 3 gates because of its...

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  • St. Peter Castle

    Bodrum Things to Do

    Bodrum Castle (Bodrum Kalesi), located in southwest Turkey in the city of Bodrum, was built by the Knights Hospitaller starting in 1402 as the Castle of St. Peter. Sir Thomas Docwra was one time captain of the castle. In 1522 when faced by attack from Sultan Suleiyman, the Grand Master of the Hospitallers ordered the Castle to be repaired. In...

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  • Beach

    Icmeler Things to Do

    We did not actually go on the beach through our two week stay apart from walking along it at night when it was quiet. As the photo shows it is very crowded and the sun beds and canopies are very close together - the most densely used beach I have ever see. In central Icmeler you have to pay to use the beaches but this does give you access to...

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  • Lycian Tombs

    Fethiye Things to Do

    One reason why I came to Fethiye is to see the rock-cut tombs on the side of the mountain in Fethiye - the Tomb of Amyntas. On my second day, I roam around the town looking for these tombs, passing by several historical stuff before finally reaching the place - on foot. It's located right at the large mountain at the edge of the town. There are I...

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  • Aspendos

    Side Things to Do

    Aspendos is probably one of the best-preserved theatres of the antiquity that I have seen. It was built for 15.000 spectators. Still used today, the theatre’s galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to the architect’s success.

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  • Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

    Ankara Things to Do

    In a rather modern town, and after visiting the Ataturk Memorial, we were taken to the Civilizations Museum. I thought it was just another museum, to fulfill a couple of hours in a common city, with no many attractions, and I entered without any enthusiasm. The strike came absolutely by surprise. My God. There, lined in the long corridors,...

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  • Celsus Library

    Ephesus Things to Do

    It's a long way down the main road, lined with the ruins of several buildings that your guide will describe in detail. Finnaly it all ends facing the library, whose facade is the best preserved of all, and the most harmonious. An excellent detail in the historical visit, that withdraws importance to everything that is next to it.

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  • Grand Bazaar

    Istanbul Things to Do

    You will either love the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) or not. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to visit the Grand Bazaar. However, by the end of my trip to Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar would not even rank in my top ten Istanbul favorites. Of course, it is still a must see. Everyone knows the stats: one of the world's largest and oldest...

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  • Bazaar

    Marmaris Things to Do

    Over 1000 small shops make up the Grand Bazaar and you must visit if in town. Several long passageways make up the bazaar and it concentrates on bags, shoes, clothes, leather goods souvenirs jewellery etc - aimed mainly at the British visitor the goods are mainly fake but in fairness some are such good copies they are hard to distinguish from the...

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  • Düden Waterfall

    Antalya Things to Do

    We have planned to see that waterfall just before the "normal" shopping in Antalya. Every year we "waste" few hrs for shopping in the big modern Shopping Centers around Antalya. We haven't expected too much from that waterfall, especially after we have been few times lost in "nowhere" following the road signs. In that dry environment, with its...

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  • Gumbet

    Bodrum Things to Do

    The beach at Gumbet is a great escape from the frenzy of Bodrum Town and is only a short taxi ride (or Dolmus if you like) away. The beach is of a good quality and has a range of watersports and activities available. Many of the sun loungers are available but at a small cost (about 5YTL) but this is for the whole day. If you do not wish to...

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  • Marmaris

    Icmeler Things to Do

    When having a holiday in Marmaris, a good idea for having a break for the beach life is to go to see the cosy small and sweet town of Icmeler. It is also a holiday resort, but much smaller and with less services and e.g. restaurants/clubs and bars than Marmaris. This makes Icmeler an ideal place to come for even a whole holiday with kids or elderly...

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  • Calis Beach

    Fethiye Things to Do

    Calis Beach is a 2 km long pebble beach located west of Fethiye's town center and marina. It is where many of the town's hotels are located and features a paved boardwalk along which there are dozens of cafes, restaurants, and bars. To swim at Calis Beach you should wear sandals or water shoes because of the pebbles and rocks. The water is clean...

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  • Manavgat Waterfalls

    Side Things to Do

    Not exactly spectacular... Anyway a lot of tourists come to see the waterfall. A pic-nic place , some restaurants and of course some shops with everything tourist are buying... And yes that almost makes it a cosy place. A small entrance fee is charged. A nice place to stop by , take some pictures , have a drink... And maybe have dinner...

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  • Citadel

    Ankara Things to Do

    The old town of Ankara and its citadel are located on a hill just east of Ulus. This is the oldest part, with old Ottoman houses on narrow, quiet, twisting streets. Some of the old houses are dilapidated and others are nicely restored and in great shape, some housing restaurants or hotels. The area also provides some nice cafes and eateries, and...

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  • Grand Theatre

    Ephesus Things to Do

    The biggest construction remaining in Ephesus, and the most impressive after the Library is the great theatre. Built under Greek influence, it was enlarged and transformed by the Romans, an, despite the effects of time and earthquakes, it still impresses by its size and wise conception, integrated in the hills.

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  • Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet

    Istanbul Things to Do

    What can be said about the Blue Mosque that hasn't already been said? For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see it. It is as synonymous to Istanbul as the Grand Bazaar. It is what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Statue of Liberty is to New York, the Taj Mahal is to India. It is one of the most famous and most recognizable buildings in...

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  • Boat Trip

    Marmaris Things to Do

    İf is it your 1st time in Turkey or if you have been before too , when you arrive to marmaris you have to do try turkısh bath all time.I really recommend you turkısh bath in the beginning of your holiday.

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  • Aspendos

    Antalya Things to Do

    Turning off the Antalya-Alanya road at kilometer 30 in the direction of the village of Belkis we come to the best-preserved ancient theater in Turkey. Aspendos was also used as a caravansarai in later years. Caravansarai's are found on the silk route every 27km.

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  • Windmills

    Bodrum Things to Do

    I took the Dolmus to Yalikavak,and to my surprise, at the top of one of the Hills, right on roads edge, were two nice Windmills. Make sure you have your camera ready, luckily mine was! Also, the views coming down to Yalikavak are BEAUTIFUL! I was sitting on the wrong side and on the way back, it was difficult. So, for views, sit right hand side and...

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  • Market

    Icmeler Things to Do

    rWednesdays in Icmeler they have their own market, which was bigger that we thought it would be. Same sort of goods as in the shops but all in one place for you to barter and compare. The fruit and vegetable market looked like competition area. The colours of the clothes, costume jewellery, trinkets, shoes, table wear in beautiful cotton, all at...

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  • Paragliding

    Fethiye Things to Do

    One of the best place for paragliding is in Oludeniz -- with it's panoramic views of the ocean and the Babadag mountains. It's one of the most popular things to do in this village resort. You'll find those colourful paraglides dominating the beach sky in Oludeniz. Tandem paragliding costs from GBP 70 to 100 per person, I think it depends on your...

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  • Pamukkale Bath

    Side Things to Do

    Pamukkale also offers a Spa bath right next to the view points. When we were there the outside temperature was ¡V 4 deg C, yet it was a pleasure of jumping into the hot and healthy waters. Though it was a little awkward of getting out of the water again :-)

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  • Ulus

    Ankara Things to Do

    The focal point of Ulus is Ulus Meydani, a small square with an Ataturk statue and lots of pigeons. Ataturk sits on a horse in this one, and a few gun-toting soldiers stand each side of him (they're also statues!). This seems to be a focal point for old men to gather and chat in the morning, and later on I saw a mini protest here, not a very vocal...

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  • Toilet

    Ephesus Things to Do

    You don't need to use your imagination too much here! The latrines were part of the Scholastica Baths and built in the 1st century AD. They were the public toilets of the city where citizens were charged an entrance fee to use them. In the centre, there is an uncovered pool and the toilets are aligned along the walls. The columns surrounding the...

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  • Bosphorus River

    Istanbul Things to Do

    Our Bosphorus cruise was one of the highlights of our visit to Istanbul. We used the public ferry - IDO. We visited Istanbul while the ferry was running on its winter schedule so there were two departures - 10:35 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. If you plan to disembark at any of the stops I recommend taking the early ferry. If you just want to do the cruise...

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  • Turkish Baths - Hamam

    Marmaris Things to Do

    Complaining from body pains, long lasting headaches, giving up excess body-weight, desire for feeling fresh and young addresses you to a "Hamam" where you feel like a new-born person. If you're after the perfect tan, one of the best ways to start it off is with a trip to the traditional Turkish bath (known as a 'Hamam'). Once you go inside, you...

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  • Perge

    Antalya Things to Do

    Greek and Roman ruins at Perge, an ancient site close to Antalya, situated on a wide plain between two hills 4 kms west of the Aksu river. One of the better preserved archaelogical sites in Turkey. Really worth a visit!

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  • Marina

    Bodrum Things to Do

    There's a long platform jutting on the beach in Turgutreis where local kids jump off to the water. Nice place to swim and try catching fish. It's just beside the marina and overlooking the big mosque.

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  • Butterfly Valley

    Fethiye Things to Do

    Last year I missed the boat tour to Butterfly Valley, my hotel in Fethiye that time told me it left already when I woke up late and trying to book it by phone. Glad I missed it, because it gives me the opportunity to - not only see it - but experience it. I stayed 5 days in the village of Faralya (Uzunyurt) with added side trip to Kabak...

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  • Roman Ruins

    Side Things to Do

    Side was a major port city during the Roman Empire. As a result, there are a number of ruins remaining from the Roman empire. These are located in and around the old town section of Side. There is even a road going right through the ruins, so you can see them without having to leave your car! The most famous ruins in Side are the ampitheater and...

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  • Atakule Tower

    Ankara Things to Do

    I like to see cities from above! When in Ankara you can do it for free up from the Ankara castle or you can pay 7,5TL and take the elevator on the ugly tower of Atakule that is located at Cankaya district. We parked at the lower level and we took the glass elevator to the top. From up there you have 360’ view but a policeman will inform you that...

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  • Agora

    Ephesus Things to Do

    The ancient city of Pergamon consists of three main parts: the Acropolis, the Red Courtyard and the Asklepion. The temple of Athena (530 B.C.) situated on top of the city is surrounded by olive groves and encompassed by crumbling city walls and an ancient necropolis (cemetery). The temple entails six columns on the short side and thirteen columns...

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