If you did not book your summer holiday in advance, chances are you are confronted with peak-season prices this month of June. You will have to wait until end of August to get a reasonable deal. Fortunately, we have Turkey, a Eurasian country that has become a year-round destination hence can offer budget-friendly and stylish summer holidays.
Turkey holidays has become very popular among holidaymakers because it offers so much more and you get a great value for your money. The border of Asia and Europe, this is country steeped with history and rich culture, exotic food and timeless fashion. In fact, this is a place where I enjoy receiving postcards most. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to museums, mosque, castles, cathedrals, including diamond postcards not to mention the glorious beaches.
1. Visit Hagia Sophia. This cathedral-turned-museum was once the largest building in the world for nearly a thousand years. It remains one of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world.
2. Visit Ephesus. The largest and most important centres of the ancient Mediterranean world, Ephesus is considered one of the best preserved sites of antiquity. The temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, once stood here.
3. Bargain for souvenirs in Grand Bazaar. This is one of the oldest covered markets in the world since opening in 1461 and spreads across over 58 streets .It currently has over 4000 shops, selling everything from Oriental rugs and antiquities, to hookahs, jewelry, souvenirs and ceramics.Don’t forget to bring home some Turkish coffee and delicious sesame covered simit.
4. Enjoy a boat trip. You have a choice of cruise on Bosporus in Istanbul or you can take a day trip cruise to Turkey’s coastline and enjoy dolphin-spotting in Marmaris. Alternatively, you can take a boat cruise to Kekova and see a fallen Roman town under the sea.
5. See the Trojan ruins. A 3,000 year-old wall – portion of the legendary walls of Troy still stood here. It has been identified as as the site of Trojan War, the greatest story ever told outisde the Bible.
Several diamonds such as The Spoonmaker’s Diamond (fourth largest of its kind in the world) and some Aigrette can be seen at Topkapi Palace Museum so don’t miss to visit as well. Last but certainly not the least, end your holiday with an experience of authentic authentic hamam or Turkish Bath.Sooth those aching muscles away. After all, no holiday is ever complete without ever visiting a spa.
Rumi, the great Sufi mystic poet, who lived in Konya in the 13th century, describes a Turkish experience this way:
Come again, please come again.
Whoever you are.
Religious, infidel, heretic or pagan.
Even if you promised a hundred times
And a hundred times you broke your promise,
This door is not the door
Of hopelessness and frustration
This door is open for everybody.
Come, come as you are.