Beautiful Cleopatra beach - 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
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 evaluations, 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 heritage (The Greek Bizantiium; The Roman Constantinople and the present 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 spectacular beaches ever. So damn blue and crystal!. Unfortunately they have recently closed this beach for tourism, because it´s unique, perfectly round, sand grains were being stolen 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 )