7 Tantalizing Places to Visit in Turkey ...

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Ahhh, Turkey.

And, I’m not talking the ugly bird, but the very beautiful land with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.2

Turkey is a delight- if you forgive the pun.

And, after letting me off for the pun, you’ll need to forgive this cliché – there’s a mass of places to visit in Turkey, Although with us Brits, it has gained a bit of a reputation for being another Mediterranean holiday destination, for those cognoscenti who recognize a good travel destination, the places to visit in Turkey offer so much more than just a sun-kissed beach.

So, grab a kebab or a chunk of Turkish Delight as we run through 7 Tantalising Places to Visit in Turkey:

1. Istanbul

Istanbul

Enigmatic, mystical, and stunningly beautiful, Istanbul is one of the great cities of the ancient and modern worlds.2

The city, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is Turkey’s largest city but not the capital (that honor belongs to Ankara).

There are two magnificent personalities to Istanbul.

It straddles the Bosphorus Sea and half the city is technically in Asia, the other in Europe.

Istanbul is crammed with monuments, monasteries and mosques, churches and citadels, palaces and piazzas, markets and modern malls, walls and water features, statues and sites of historical import.

Istanbul is not only one of the best places to visit in Turkey, but in the World.

2. Patara

Patara

There are many beaches in Turkey that claim to be the best.

The one that actually receives awards crowning it as Top Turkish beach is Patara.

But, it isn’t just the stunning white sand beach lapped by the cobalt waters of the Med that makes Patara one of the top places to visit in Turkey.

Patara has a history.

Although somewhat ramshackle and bohemian now, the village was the birthplace of St.

Nicholas (who later ‘became’ Santa Claus).

Before that illustrious figure’s time, the locals built a huge temple and oracle dedicated to Apollo.

Some of the ruins still remain.

There are also connections with St.

Paul and St.

Luke.

Whatever the roll call of famous historical figures, Patara’s 21st century setting is a beauty of traditional life.

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