Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Turkish Honeymoon Delight

Romantic Turkey
 A honeymoon should be the most memorable trip of a lifetime, one you will remember for years to come. Turkey with its outstanding hotels, beautiful scenery and ancient sites offers you something out of the ordinary. With breathtaking beauty, many historical and archeological sites, and a tradition of hospitality, Turkey has become one of the world’s most popular destinations for honeymooners.

The country’s geography is so diverse, you can experience four different climates in one day. If you’re interested in staying along the shore, that’s not a problem. The country is surrounded by 3 different seas. If you are interested in hiking, mountain climbing, or skiing, the Turkish mountains are perfect for winter or summer vacations. Recently the country has had a tremendous increase in holistic tourism. They have hot springs, healing waters, and muds, which come highly recommended by the medical authorities as a remedy for many diseases. Shop for one of their traditional Turkish hand crafts which could include rugs, ceramics, wood crafting, embroidery, or any of the other amazing crafts found here. Whatever type of experience you are looking for, Turkey surely will not disappoint. Let us introduce you to some of the highlights of this wonderful country.

Shopping at the Bazaar in Istanbul
 One of the most famous and well known cities in Turkey is Istanbul. Did you know Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents? It lies along the two shores of the Bosphorus which links the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. It is Turkey's largest city with a population of approximately over 12 million. Istanbul is also at the heart of the economy of Turkey. The largest companies and banks, the media and advertising agencies all have their headquarters in this city. As you exlore this beautiful city, you will see Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, monuments, walls and ruins. While it still remains a historical city, it is a vibrant, modern and future-oriented metropolis. Bazaars and ultra-modern shopping centers and department stores, street vendors and stock brokers, old crumbling buildings and skyscrapers coexist, giving this city a multi-faceted outlook and flavor.


Beautiful Izmir
 Next, we introduce you to the third largest city in Turkey, Izmir, known as the “Beautiful Izmir”. Located at the start of a long and narrow gulf where you will surely see yachts, passenger ships and gulf streamers its geographical location means that visitors can enjoy a Mediterranean climate, natural beauty, a rich cultural, and historical heritage, not to mention great beaches, thermal waters and spas. In addition, this city boasts a rich cuisine featuring grapes, figs, olives, citrus fruits and seafood. As a lively and cosmopolitan city, it occupies a significant place in Turkey's cultural life with the International Arts Festival and International Fair.

Wonders of Ephesus
 Take a drive for approximately one hour, to one of the most important archeological sites you will ever visit, Ephesus. Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, you can explore the area and see The Temple of Artemis, visit the Virgin Mary’s cottage, where she spent the last years of her life, visit the Church of the Virgin Mary which is also known as one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse. With all of this history, its’ no wonder Ephesus is considered one of the greatest outdoor museums of Turkey.

Bodrum, a location known for its climate, natural beauty, magnificent coves and history, is also a place where modern nightlife allows you to party until the sun comes up. The seaside villages, bays and coves are world-famous and each offers its own charm and custom. As for the city, Bodrum has been the imprint of many cultures and civilizations including the Roman and Byzantine. Some of the sites we would recommend is a visit to Bodrum Castle, originally built by The Knight’s of St. John, it is now were the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Take a tour of the beautiful bays and coves where you will swim in water that is all different shades of blue. No matter what type of water experience you are looking for, Bodrum promises not to disappoint.

Ballooning over Cappadocia
 Cappadocia is a stunning area of worldly rock formations, subterranean churches, and underground dwellings, some of which are over-whelming. The city was a sanctuary for the early Christians who escaped persecution by living and worshipping underground. Two of the most impressive underground cities are Kaymaklı, which has 8 levels, and Derinkuyu, which reaches down to 60 yards. These underground cities, built by Christians in the 7th century to avoid being persecuted, were created as self-sufficient environments which included bedrooms, kitchens and storage rooms. It is also believed there are an estimated 3000 rock churches in this area, not all of them are open to the public. Besides the archeological beauty of this city, Cappadocia is also famous for its carpet-weaving, wines and the distinctive red pottery of the Avanos area.

Beautiful Antalya in the Turkish Riviera
Last, but not least Antalya, the Turkish Riviera. This area is the most stunning area of Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast. This is a thriving modern city, with a historic centre within the old city walls. This area has been revived in recent years, with many of the wooden Ottoman mansions being restored and turned into boutique hotels. Cars are not allowed on the narrow streets of the old town so it is a good place to soak up the atmosphere around the charming harbor. The city is set high on cliffs, with many of its grandest hotels overlooking the sea on the outskirts of the town. The beach area of Lara, the best beach in the area, is known for its golden sand. Want to head up into the mountains? You can view the most beautiful scenery by visiting the spectacular Düden or Kurşunlu waterfalls.

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of the wonderful cities of Turkey. Give us a call so we can assist you in planning your honeymoon to this amazing country. Our agents can be reached at 866-720-5435 or via email at info@honeymoonsgalore.com