There are many reasons to visit Turkey…
It’s no secret that Turkey is one of my favourite countries. I lived there for a year (2015-2016) and have since returned six times on holidays to different parts of the country.
Due to its proximity to Europe and Asia, luxurious resorts on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, a multitude of historical monuments, and cultural diversity are the main aspects that make it a popular destination.
Why should you visit Turkey
The country has millions of visitors every year, you can’t help but wonder what makes Turkey so attractive to people from all corners of the globe?
Turkey is one of the few countries in the world where a city is set on two continents. When in Istanbul, you can easily travel from Europe to Asia via boat or car.
Turkey is also surrounded by 8 different countries: Iraq, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Syria, which makes it even a more globalized country.
From Pammukale (cotton castle) to Cappadocia (unique rock formations) and Ephesus (ancient ruins). There is a lot to see and experience in Turkey. You could easily spend an entire month exploring Turkey and not get bored.
Turkey is home to many historic sites. The most famous sites are The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque) and Hagia Sophia.
Aya Sophia (Former church, museum, and now Mosque) was originally built in 360 AD.
Directly in front of Hagia Sophia, you’ll find the Blue Mosque which was built in 1616, it currently functions as a place of worship and tourist attraction at the same time
Turkish cuisine is influenced by food from Greece, Armenia, and Georgia. Turkish food is inherently healthy and highly seasonal, with many dishes being built around the multitude of fresh produce available.
Turkey is also responsible for 75% of the world’s hazelnut exports. There is more to Turkish food than kebabs. Some of my favourite dishes are Manti (Turkish Ravioli), Kumpir (baked potato stuffed with toppings), Adana Kebab (lamb and veggies), and desserts like Baklava, Turkish delight and
No matter your taste, you will surely find something nice to buy in the endless markets and malls in Turkey.
In big cities like Istanbul, there are Turkish boutiques and major flagship stores. In smaller towns, you’ll mostly find markets for spices, fresh fruits, clothes, and souvenirs.
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The ruins of two of the seven wonders of the ancient world can be found in Turkey. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus are both ancient buildings that you must see when in Turkey.
Is Turkey worth visiting
Turkey is 100% worth visiting! We never once felt unsafe traveling around the country. In fact, we found the people to be genuinely welcoming and happy to have us as tourists in Turkey
So, have you been to visit Turkey? If you have, or you want to, be sure to share your experiences in the comments below!