Turkey is perhaps one of the least known treasures for holidaymakers and it is truly one of the most beautiful countries anywhere, so it’s not surprising that an increasing number of people are choosing to spend their holiday time here. You have so many different choices. Why not decide to tour one of its most splendid cities such as Istanbul? Alternatively, you could be a beach lover and should soak in the sun along the spectacular Mediterranean coast.
If history and culture is for you, then a period of time exploring one of the country’s best kept secrets will show you that in the region of Cappadocia Turkey has an area of outstanding scenery and ancient history all rolled into one.
Cappadocia was part of an ancient trading network and evidence of settlement has been projected as far back as 2000 BC. The scenery is really unique, with the “fairy chimneys,” a feature caused by erosion and some unusual rock formations, which are certainly favoured by many.
Many of us are choosing to get away for an active and healthy holiday, to help us take our mind off the drudgery and stress of modern-day living. You could scarcely ask for a more active experience when you choose to explore the Lycian Way, a spectacular and picturesque walking trail. The Lycian Way is quite a new innovation, only 10 years old and it runs for over 500 km from the coast of the country all the way into the mountains of Lycia. Be prepared for some exertion, however, as there are many elevation changes. Don’t expect to have all the creature comforts of home here and do expect that your walking surface will be on ancient foot and donkey paths, so prepare accordingly. However, you will be rewarded with some of the most natural scenery and the most spectacular views you could imagine.
Turkey may not be one of the most popular of all choices when it comes to a cultural getaway, but in truth it has as much to offer as some of the perennial favourites like Italy or Greece. When you walk the Lycian Way you will meet some of the friendliest people you could imagine. They are welcoming and always willing to offer you advice, even though there may be a little bit of a language barrier. When you choose a walking holiday you certainly get to see more of your intimate surroundings and can really feel the culture of the place. This is something that you miss when you are driving or part of an escorted coach tour, for example.
If you like the idea, but are a little wary, you might like to go along with an official guide; somebody who has a great deal of experience in the area and of course can help you communicate with the locals as you go. Please make sure that you are in reasonable health for a walk of this kind though and remember that there will be numerous steep ascents and descents as you go.
You have some great choices when you choose Turkey for your holiday. Enjoy!