Turkey

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    Where you don’t need to whirl like a dervish to be entranced

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    Where you don’t need to whirl like a dervish to be entranced

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    Where you don’t need to whirl like a dervish to be entranced

How to enjoy Turkey

Perched at the edge of Europe, Turkey has acted as a gateway between the continent and the rest of the world for many years. Centuries of exotic influence through trade and conquests can be seen in its architecture and culture

  • One of the most relaxing ways to visit bustling Istanbul is a boat trip on the Bosphorus. See the 19th Century sultan’s Palace, Dolmabahçe, Maiden’s Tower and more
  • Visit the Southern city of Adana to see the arched Roman bridge that has withstood earthquakes and battles over more than two millennia
  • Pamper yourself at the glorious Çemberlitas Hamam in Istanbul, its white marble interiors and massages to die for will feel like a real treat

Elegant Byzantine churches sit side-by-side with the ornate domes and spired minarets of mosques in the heart of Turkey’s capital, Istanbul. For a stunning example of Ottoman design, see the delicate stained glass windows and decorative tiles of the 1557 Suleymaniye Mosque. For spectacular cityscape views, head to the top of the observation tower, Galata. Built in 1384 it has been offering wonderful panoramic views for centuries.

Explore the modern, flower-scented, seafront city of Izmir. The city, along with nearby Ephesus and Pergamon enjoy a history dating back to 3000BC. See the Zeus Altar and the Artemis Temple in Izmir and the Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus before a refreshing swim in the Aegean. No trip to turkey would be complete without a mooch about the bazaars. The 1461 Grand Bazaar in Istanbul has a labyrinth of lanes and corridors selling everything from leather to ceramics, rugs and silver.

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    When to visit Turkey

    July and August are hot and humid, December to February can bring snow. The Turkish love an excuse for a party and you are likely to be able to catch an event most months of the year. Highlights include the International Istanbul Film Festival in April and open air concerts of traditional music and whirling dervishes around Istanbul in the summer.

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