Turkey is literally where East meets West. Mainly located in Western Asia but also stretching to the Balkans in South Eastern Europe, its strategic position is well documented. Its magnificent coastline, intriguing cities and classical sites must not be missed. It is also an extremely cost effective holiday.
Istanbul, once known as Constantinople, has the largest population in Europe. Partially on the Straits of the Bosphorus, the city lies between The Sea of Marmaris and The Black Sea. Visit the Topkapi Palace, built in 1478 by Sultan Mehmet II. Spend time soaking in the sheer beauty of The Blue Mosque where Moslems still worship, take a boat trip to The Golden Horn, or eat seafood in one of the many fish restaurants overlooking the Bosphorus, perhaps with a glass of raki. Or just wander around this amazing city.
Urgup is a small town in Central Anatolia in the region of Cappadocia. This area of Turkeyis famed for its cave dwellers, beauty and culture. Visit the Fairy Chimneys and the series of underground caves first build by Byzantine Christian monks. With the strange rock formations and the barren landscape it is definitely a place to remember.
Built in the 10th Century BC, Ephesus was an ancient Greek city located in Izmir Province, Turkey. Parts of the city are remarkably well preserved with its library, great gates and theatres. It is fascinating to wander through the streets and imagine the market traders of the time. The hill top town of Selcuk is the closest place to stay when visiting this stunning classical site.
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