Beautiful Cleopatra beach - Sedir Island

Sedir Island

The perfectly spheric sand grains are now protected.

...no more stepping on these sands

Assos Temple - Behramkale

Trajan Temple - Pergamum

Library of Celsus - Ephesus

Temple of Diana in Ephesus - One of the 7 wonders

Marmaris sea cost

Constatinople City walls - Istambul

The Blue Mosque - Istambul

St. Sophia Church - Istambul

Kapali Çarsi - Istambul

Troy Ruins entrance

3rd millenium BC Troy ruin

The amazing Pamukkale geological formations

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Country:  Turkey

Highlights:  Gastronomy ★★★★,  Art / Museums ★★★★,   Historical sites ★★★★★, Natural Beauty ★★★★,   Shopping ★★★;  Sports/Adventure ★,  Geographic extremes ★,  Glamour ★★

When to go:  Summer and mid-seasons

Where to go:   Istambul, Izmir, Kusadasi (Ephesus ) , Troy , Pamukkale, Marmaris  and Sedir Island

Downside:  Some cultural obstacles including religion and language.

Our Experiences:  Turkey has one of the best avaliations considering what tourist like the most ( History, Gastronomy, Shopping, Natural beauty, etc );  We have visited the country 3 times. We love the people and the food.  The city of Istambul,  shows it´s triple culture presence (The Greek Bizantiium; The Roman Constantinople and the presente Islamic Istambul ) and it´s double continental presence ( Europe and Asia ) There is nothing similar elsewhere in the world ! Some other Historic sites such as Troy , Pergamum and Effesus have all enormous significance. Amazing! We love history but we also got very impressed with the natural beauty of Sedir Island ( Cleopatra Island ) , near Marmaris.  That was one of the most spetacular beaches ever. So damn blue and crystal!. Unfortunatelly they have recently closed this beach for tourism, because it´s unique, perfectly round, sand grains were being stollen by tourists. So sad. The water springs at Pamullake are also something unique. The food: We can´t get enough of the delicious turkish food such as Kebabs, Bakhlavas, Mezes, Turkish Breads and Boreks. There are some nice restaurants in Istambul where you can try them all.  In one of our visits we brought home one nice silk Hereke Rug.

Hotels we love and recommend:  Renaissance (Istambul) , Kempinski (Istambul )

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