The oriental highlights of Turkey

A holiday in Turkey also offers many great highlights far away from bathing tourism. The following highlights should not be missed:

Aphrodisias - a city around 2000 years old, of which only a quarter could be made visible in excavations. Aphrodisias was named after the goddess Aphrodite and partly shows very well preserved remains from times long past. It is located in the southwestern part of Turkey, near the town of Geyre.

Aspendos - an ancient city centered around a very well-preserved ancient theater. It is considered the best preserved Roman theater in the Mediterranean and is around 1800 years old. Public events can still be attended here.

Ishak Pasha Palace - the approximately 200-year-old palace is located in the east of Turkey and, according to records, was built between the 17th and 18th centuries. Due to the good location on a hill, the palace can be seen very well even from a distance.

Kekova - the island of Kekova is located off the coast in southwest Turkey and can be wonderfully visited during a trip to Turkey. The highlight of the island are the remains of the partially submerged remains of the city of Apollonia, which was devoured by the sea after an earthquake.

Interesting archaeological sites in Turkey
Other tourist attractions in Turkey include the numerous archaeological sites on the Aegean coast, such as the former Greek city of Pergamon. One of the highlights is Ephesus, one of the oldest cities in Asia Minor. It houses the Temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. The temple and other excavations are located near Selçuk, about 70 kilometers south of Izmir. Historically significant remains from ancient times can also be discovered on the Turkish Riviera. For example, you can visit the Temple of Apollo in Side. A trip to the ruins of Xanthos, which are located in the southeast of Turkey and have already been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is also worthwhile.

In the middle of the country are also the cave church and the rock monuments of Cappadocia. In the rock tombs of Myra, visitors can expect an impressive construction of the tombs, because they were built into the rock walls laterally instead of into the earth.

What to consider
Interesting facts about a vacation in Turkey
Depending on the country and airport, it takes three to five hours flight time from Europa.

Turkey is a popular travel destination for Europa, especially in April. In the Istanbul area, the travel period between May and October is the most suitable. The regions of Antalya and Kemer are characterized by very hot summers with temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius and mild winters with temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius. Therefore, the ideal travel months for the Turkish Riviera are May and June or September and October. With an average annual temperature of approx. 15 ° C, Turkey is also an ideal holiday destination for winter.

The low season prices, i.e. from November to April, are real bargains and ideal for childless couples.

You can enter Turkey with your passport or with your ID card. The national currency is the Turkish lira. You can safely exchange your euros in many places in Turkey, e.g. at the airport, in hotels or in shopping areas.

However, the exchange is generally recommended in a bank to avoid high exchange rate fees. Withdrawing cash from the EC card is usually no problem at the holiday resorts. When paying by credit card, the identity card must often be shown. Whether and where it could be dangerous can be found in the news or travel warnings from the Federal Foreign Office.

Turkey is in a constant balancing act between the past and the modern. This dichotomy is clear in several areas:

Religion - the Turks are very much influenced by their religion. The majority of the Turkish population is committed to Islam. For this reason, the country's official holidays are based on the Islamic religion. The two biggest holidays in Turkey are the Lenten Breaking Festival and the Feast of Sacrifice.

Clothing - women in particular should dress more covered. Men should always keep their upper bodies covered and adapt to cultural customs as well. There are stricter rules regarding clothing and shoes for places of worship.

Medicine - tradition in this area has been of great importance for many centuries. The so-called “Kocakari”, or “old witches” in English, are so-called folk doctors who have a wide variety of home remedies for their patients.

Music and dance - outside of Ramadan, music and dance are an integral part of Turkish culture. Even while on vacation you will surely be able to see one or the other belly dance performance in the hotel or outside the hotel. This traditional folklore dance can look back on a history of over 500 years and is typical of the former Ottoman Empire.

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