A question on many travellers’ lips: is now the right time to travel to Turkey? The short of the long is a resounding YES! In fact, Turkey is still a firm favourite among travellers – even more than ever before. With the perfect mix of delectable food, colourful culture and friendly locals, it’s easy to understand why it’s becoming one of the most popular destinations in the world. So, if we were you, we’d book those tickets for future trips to Turkey right now, because this transcontinental destination is hot, hot, hot!
Here are some of the other reasons why now is the best time to travel to Turkey:
This is quite literally where east meets west. The country is a natural land bridge between Europe, the Caucasus, the Black Sea coast and the Arab Peninsula. As such it has plenty of European and Asian influences from all sides. Even though there are always some things to keep in mind, it’s one of the most accessible Middle Eastern nations.
The Goreme Valley Open Air Museum in Cappadocia! Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the famed President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The Travertines in Pamukkale. The site of the Temple of Artemis. The poignant Gallipoli Battlefields. Troy and Pergamum! There is no end to the many wonderful things to see and do.
Turkish food is without frills but full of flavour. If the thought of finicky French food puts you off, this is going to be right up your alley. Meat lovers, assemble! There are lamb dishes in every shape and form. Not to mention 50+ types of kebab! Warm, crusty flatbreads fresh out of the oven. Glistening olives, dew-dappled tomatoes and creamy cheeses. And plenty of Asian influences to boot. This is a great place to eat.
Turkey’s bazaars are legendary. Yes, there are crowds, but, man, is it worth it. This is where you’ll find epic pottery, lanterns, fabrics, spices and more. Istanbul is also home to the Sahaflar Çarşısı. This second-hand book market has been around since the Byzantine period! How amazing? Also – Turkish Delight. Sample it wherever you go and take home at least a few varieties.
The Turks are super relaxed and welcoming. The locals are friendly and their customs are fascinating. Locals are quick to welcome visitors into their shops, restaurants and homes and share their way of life.
There are so many facts to know about Turkey and an abundance of reasons to visit this incredible destination. Turkey should be on your must-visit list and the time to book that trip is now!
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