ŞANLIURFA | BALIKLIGÖL Urfa is a city that is located in Southeastern of Anatolia, and the provincial capital of SANLIURFA province. The modern city of Urfa is a situated about 8 km east of the Euphrates River. Urfa has many excellent old buildings and plenty of connection with Christianity and Islamic tradition. Since 1984, Urfa is officially renamed as SANLIURFA. There are different places that travelers must see and some useful information to know about SANLIURFA. Cave of ABRAHAM: Urfa is supposedly the birth place of Abraham (called Ibrahim in Arabic who was among great Prophets) and henceforth an important Islamic place to visit. The atmospheric Bazaar is quite charming with its hustle and bustle. The ancient ruined castle with newer walls dating from around 814 AD on the rocky promontory at the south side of the town. GOBEKLI TEPE which is famed as the oldest temple in the world. It has changed the way that archeologist look at history. Its existence pre date farming and settlement, and so it proves that man had religion before he even lived in a village or a town. BALIKLI LAKE: The Lake is a wonderful place to stroll and has an almost mystical atmosphere and 1000’s of carps that surface to feed is quite amazing. They even follow you along the banks as you walk. The sunset is particularly beautiful here and worth staying longer to experience. Urfa seems to be a very safe city, there is a police sentry box in the BALIKGOL lake area where you can report any problems. However, according to the local youngsters, there is a dangerous substance abuse going on around the gate of the Citadel on the hill after night falls, so better avoid hanging around the stairs leading there at night. Wish to have great vacation in Turkey for all travelers.
MOUNTAIN VACATION BABADAG (ancient MOUNT CRAGUS) is a mountain near FETHIYE, in MUGLA which is located southwest of Turkey. FETHIYE is a tourist town with an international atmosphere. It has an excellent marina and good night life. The town is excellent for touring inland of the country, and it’s probably the only city in the world where you will find Sarcophagus in the street. Summer is extremely hot with temperatures well above 40 degrees, but in spring it is cool with great weather for travelers. The nearest airport served by international airlines is in Antalya. A fantastic way to get around FETHIYE and the surrounding region is renting a motor-powered scooter. They are widely available on the streets. There are some activities that travelers can enjoy: + Hiking + Beach activities such as swimming, parasailing, lounging and canoes. + Paragliding: FETHIYE is one of the most famous place around Europe to try this extreme sport. + FETHIYE Amphitheatre + Tuesday Farmers Market + AMINTAS rock tomb is located in the Cliff in the back of the town Center. It’s a great place for visiting. + The Lycian Sarcophagus + The KADYANDA + AFKULE The great drink that everybody should try in Turkey is AYRAN. AYRAN is a very popular yogurt drink, which some find refreshing. Beer is widely consumed, But neither beer nor AYRAN have special connection with FETHIYE. Wines are acceptable, but generally not of the very high standard. There are some villages along the route, usually 10km in between, where accommodations run by families as guest houses. And the prices can be vary depending on the place, even in the same hamlet. Off season an average price is 50 dollars for two people, half board villages about the same price without food. However at some remoter sections wild camping is your only option.
BEST WINSTER VACATION SARIKAMIS is a town and the district of KARS province in the eastern ANATOLIA region of Turkey. The town sits in a valley and is surrounded by mountains, which many of are covered with pine forests. It has very long winters, with the average of 7-8 ft. of snowfall, and has short, dry summers. In the recent years SARIKAMIS has developed as a winter skiing resort, with one of the world’s longest PISTES. KARS is one of the highest city in Turkey. The city is situated at an altitude of about 2000 meters over the sea level. You can get there by train, by bus and plane, ANADOLUJET offers regular flights from Ankara to Kars airport. There are few taxis serving to the city center. But it’s pretty small place so it’s possible to cover it by foot. There are places to see and activities to do in this lovely city. Kars castle is situated on the side of the hill facing the city. FETHIYE mosque is in the city center, and it’s originally built as a church by Russians in the occupation period. Therefore it is the only mosque in Turkey which has distinctive architectural style. The Armenian church of Apostles just below the castle, now known as KUMBET or KETHUDA mosque, is also well worth a look. The building was originally an Armenian church but it was converted into a mosque by Ottomans in 1579. Ancient Armenian graveyard full of thousands of KHACHKARS, which is located on the left side of the castle on the hill. The entire hill is covered with broken KHACHKARS. CUMA HAMAMI Travelers can have Turkish bath. For this amazing bath check out ANADOLU HAMAMI which is located in YUSUFPASA. GRAVIER cheese is delicious, you can try it. There is shop near to the castle where you can buy the cheese.
TO LİVE İN A SPRİNG MORNİNG İN ORTAKOY Ortakoy, Istanbul’s European side of the Bosphorus, the neighborhood and connected to the Beşiktaş district. Ortakoy district, which consists of Mecidiye- Ortakoy neighborhood and is a settlement established along the slopes of a valley opening to the beach. Kuruçeşme, Nation, Levazim, Balmumcu northern boundary of the district, which is surrounded by a neighborhood called Defterdarburn Yıldız neighborhoods. Ortakoy Mosque is a symbol of the neighborhood. In ancient times, the name of the Arkheio (Argion) is said Ortaköy, Byzantine during the period of name “Ayios Fokas” tr. District, by the name of the Byzantine Emperor Basil took the Ayios Fokas monastery built here. Byzantine Emperor VI. The Leon meet with the lover Zoe, Damianu Palace is suggested that in Ortakoy. The settlement of Turks in Ortakoy has been the period of Suleiman the Magnificent. Another factor also in the neighborhood, and especially square of Istanbul to become the center of attention, three monumental structures representing the three religions (Ortakoy Mosque, Church of Ayios Fokas, Etz Ahayim Synagogue) are close to each other. They are in a consistent unity and harmony with the surrounding original structure group. Organic tissue around the narrow streets of Ortakoy Square, the lack of structure in the gardens, the bay windows and compliance structure makes it different view of the environment. Damat İbrahim Paşa Fountain in the square and the old mosque is another important works, to until 1723. Ortaköy’s classic air to breathe in the beachside should sit in the tea gardens. A quiet spring morning will be perfect for exploring the Ortaköy and the environment. Ortaköy from very almost every district of Istanbul can be reached by bus and metrobus lines. Using ferries lines also came from there to come to Besiktas than come to Ortaköy district.
ANTALYA VACATION DUDEN waterfalls are a group of waterfalls in the province of Antalya in Turkey. The waterfalls are located 12 km north-east of Antalya. Summer is one of the best time to visit this city. Visitors can get to DUDEN from Antalya by bus, car, bicycle, rental car or public transport called DOLMUS (mini bus in Turkey). Antalya is rich in history and art, therefore, there are lots of places for visitor to see and activities to do. KALEICI, the old quarter: It was built by Roman emperor HADRIANUS as the entrance arch to the city. HARDIANUS gate will lead you to district. KONYAALTI BEACH (west of town) LARA BEACH (east of town) Antalya Zoo and Natura Park is located on the north of the city. Further out of town PERGE RUINS: The fantastic Roman city ruins with a hippodrome. DUDEN FALLS: The DUDEN falls make pleasant side trip from Antalya and its surrounding gardens are popular for picnic spot. The DUDEN River extends from the Taurus Mountains in the Mediterranean and creates two cascades known as the upper and the lower falls. ASPENDOS: A beautiful intact theater from Roman times. SIDE: An ancient Roman city near MANAVGAT. TERMESSOS: An ancient ruins in nature setting. DEMRE/MAYRA Antalya Museum: A world class archaeological collection housing the finest exhibition sites right along the Mediterranean coast. This museum is one of the largest museum in Turkey. Old town/KALECI: This part of city includes many accommodation; White garden hotel, KALE’S home stay, SIBEL PANSIYON, MEDITERRA art hotel, ALP PASA Hotel, TUVANA Hotel, Hotel blue sea garden and TERRA ANATOLIA house. Antalya police department has a tourism police section where travelers can report passport loss, theft or any other criminal act, they may become victims of. They have staff multilingual in English, German, French and Arabic.
A AUTUMN AT BUYUKADA Where? Büyükada is related to Istanbul which is one of the most big cities of Turkey. Even if, it is an island, Büyükada is visited by many native and foreign tourists. It seems completely a city as an island which is related to Istanbul. You can join many kinds of activities at Buyukada. It is so suitable for your holidays. How to go? If you want to go to Buyukada, you should go to Istanbul initially. However, you can go to Buyukada via maritime lines from other cities. After you go to Istanbul, you can use ferry to reach Buyukada. Generally, there are services of ferries for Buyukada. To go to Istanbul or Buyukada, you should check the timetable of ferry. When should you go ? The best period to go to Buyukada is between spring and autumn. You can go throughout the year but in spring or autumn you would be more relax for trip. Especially Buyukada is middle of the sea and climate of it, Buyukada is more comfortable in spring and autumn seasons. What can you do ? There are many things to do in Buyukada but first don’t forget getting on coach in the island. There are also places for nature walk and museums to visit. You can find many activities because Buyukada is completely a touristic place. You can swim and do water sports at places near the sea. You can come to Buyukada for excursion or short trips for a week. Furthermore, don’t forget visit the house of famous writer Reşat Nuri Güntekin. Where can you stay? There are many hotels, motels, and lodgings in Buyukada. You can book a room for you via Internet. You can find a room easily in Buyukada Hotel moreover it is preferred by most of the tourists. There are many stopovers in Buyukada because not only tourists but also citizens of Istanbul visit there. Even if, you go to Buyukada at a weekend or for one day, you can find a place to stay but you should go there at a season except for tourism seasons.
GOURGEOUS SUMMER IN AYVALIK Ayvalık Contemporary of Greek has been named Ayvalık or Kidoniyes. Turkey’s Marmara Region is a district of Balıkesir in the rest of the provinces in the Aegean region. It remains the western province of Balikesir. Located in the coastal town of Ayvalık on the Aegean Sea is one of Turkey’s most important tourism centers. Throughout history, many cultures have hosted. So, it is one of Turkey’s most important districts. In ancient times it was known as a kind of Kidonia meaning wild quince. First settled in the region or those of the villages of Lesvos is thought they may have come from Crete Kydon Kydonies region. The name was given Hekatonis Ayvalık Islands. This name, the largest of the islands Nesos (Moshoni, Cunda or Alibey Island) or Nasos said the head of the ancient city with the same name, which came from the god Apollo also known as Hekatos. Agia Paraskevi Monastery, Taksiyarhis Church, Ayazma Church( Church of Faneromeni), Satan’s Supper and garlic beaches must be strictly observed. Izmir with county road 155 km. Bursa-Susurluk 170 km, Canakkale 167km, Ankara 657km away. Ayvalık district is to ferry tourists from Greece and reaches about two hours to sea buses. Ayvalık is provided by road transport to usually domestically. Direct flights are available from almost all metropolitan cities. Those are who prefer the airline by plane is from Koca Seyit airport (45 km) in Balikesir- Edremit or reach Ayvalık town by road to come from Izmir. The fast ferries transportation from Istanbul between Istanbul and Bandirma can be presented as a different option. There will be consistently fabulous in here in the summer with the winds. There are many different options to stay here. Pension is a great place to live in experience of the old Greek houses.
ÇEŞME Where is it ? The holiday resort Çeşme is located in the Aegean Region. It is a district of İzmir and it entertains many tourists as the coast of Aegean Sea every year. How can you go? Actually, it is so easy to go to Çeşme and there are a number of ways. If you come from abroad to İzmir by airplane, you can reach the Çeşme by bus, airport services, or taxi. Another choice is that ypu can go to İzmir from Istanbul by airplane or by bus to Çeşme directly. Moreover, there are buses to Çeşme from every city of Turkey. When should you go ? Çeşme is completely a holiday resort. You can relax with swimming in cool waters of Aegean in boiling hot of summer and spring. Çeşme is lucky in terms of location and summer is the best season to go to Çeşme. What can you do ? Join a boat trip in the centre of Çeşme. Enjoy with rythim of music in any beach of Ayayorgi cove. Taste the ethnic cuisine of Eat gummy ice-cream when you go to Çeşme. Stroll all around the marina of Çeşme. Eat gummy Turkish shortbread. Swim in the big beach of Ilıca. Have a breakfast at Manzara Cafe on the old road between Çeşme-İzmir. Go to night clubs in Ayayorgi. You can ease your holiday with rent a car. Where can you stay ? Ilıca has one of the most beautiful beaches of the region and it is suitable to stay and it is known as Maldives of Turkey. Ilıca is a heaven for holiday with its golden sands and turquoise sea. There are many good and qualified hotels by the sea in Ilıca. Especially, Çeşme Sheraton ve Ilıca Hotel should be preferred by people who want to benefit from sea-beach-sun in Ilıca. Shortly Çeşme Çeşme is one of the most famous places in Turkey with its 2 km length sandy beaches, qualified lay-bys, and thermal places. Çeşme which entertains thousands of guests is highly active in summer season. Çeşme is a town that is appealing every kind of people with its night clubs, beach parties, and quiet breakfasts. Çeşme-Ilıca beach and health spas are one of the most strange and difficult places to find and they are located at the same places near the coast. Heat of the water is about 58° in these health spas.They are beneficial for some diseases such as rheumatism, gouty node, defects in metabolism, rickets, skin, women, hepar, and urinary tract diseases. There are modern lay-bys near the spa. Furthermore, there are thermal pools and baths in these lay-bys. Transportation to Çeşme spas is possible by buses from Üçkuyular.
FETHIYE Where? Fethiye is a county of Mugla but it is located in Mediterranean region. It is an enormous heaven which includes historical and touristic structures. How to get ? Besides buses of some bus companies from station, it is possible by airplane if you near an airport. After go to Dalaman Airport, you can reach Fethiye by services in 45 minutes. When should you go ? This county with its summer tourism is in view in summer months and it becomes a heaven at that times. For your summers, Fethiye with its sea, sand and sun is one of the best places of Turkey. SUMMER SEASON 15 APRİL to 15 SEPTEMBER What can you do ? If you come to this county which includes many kinds of activity, you can visit historical structures and natural beauties or let yourself go to hot beaches and deep blue sea. In addition, you can join boat tours, quad bike trips, scuba diving, paragliding, moonlight tours, and wandering sea aquariums. You can also consult your guide in your hotel or get information from tourism stands which is set near the sea. There are night clubs at Oludeniz and Hisaronu, you can have your fling there and also you can be social meeting native and foreign tourists. Where can you stay ? Fethiye with its opportunities for every budget provides you many chances to stay at beautiful places. If you want, you can stay at aparthotels with low prices at Çalış beach or you can prefer hotels with low prices at city centre. If you prefer to increase budget, you can choose select deluxe hotels which is located in Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy, and Ovacik. And if you are a nature lover, you can pitch camp at Kelebekler Valley in this city which includes many camping places. Shortly Fethiye with its deep history and historical artifacts, natural beaches and coves makes your holiday unique and you live unforgettable moments in this natural beauty.
AVŞA ISLAND Avşa, the Sea of Marmara, the ship in Istanbul 5, sea buses with 3 hours and 1 hour and 45 minutes away by boat Erdek. Balikesir is a residential district of Marmara. 11 km from center of town, is 155 km from the provincial center. Another name for the island of Avsa is “Turkel”. But “Turkel” name “Avşa” was changed. In the archipelagos in terms of fields which occupies, Avsa Island of Marmara and then come Pasalimani Island. The length of 7 km and a width of 4 kilometers. By sea buses from Istanbul to 2 hours and 45 minutes. In terms of Erdek town which is reached about 2 hours by ship. Tekirdag – Avsa and Şarköy – Avşa schedules makes large motors, they have two hours to the island.In the summer season fully animated and live with the sea on the island of Avşa and enjoy the sun comes out literally. The first written information about the first indigenous people of the island are located in Avsa, geographer Strabo and Pliny’s book historian. Christians used it as a place of exile for clergy and remained empty throughout the whole Middle Ages. Candidate at the beginning of the 17th century Monastery of the Virgin Mary where he has been given the name because of PNAGIA. Marmara Island who studies the history of Gedeon given by the Patriarchate dated 1892 is testament to the island’s name is written in the Aosika. Before leaving the island the Greeks used their name to AFISSIA. The official name of the island in recent times has been the Turkel. Later on today, the Turkish language form of the name has been used in the history of the island AVŞA. South of the Marmara Sea, west three big (Marmara-Avşa-Paşalimanı) and 9 small islands.