6 Things to do In Turkey
It has a culture that has matured like old wine, natural beauty that has got accentuated with time, the architectural landmarks that show constant up-gradation from traditional to modern structures all existing on the same patch of land under the sun. Turkey is a country where East meets West and history meets adventure. The people are welcoming, the cuisine is delightful, the culture has depth. Turkey has sun-kissed beaches, pine-covered mountains, and more than enough attractions to fully occupy a month’s time.
1. Pamukkale Thermal Pools: Take A Natural Sauna
The Pamukkale Thermal Pools are a very rare and splendid sight that can make you spellbound. The white calcareous landscape that is formed by the thermal springs loaded with limestones that result in a unique phenomenon of calcium deposits that takes various shapes of potholes, stalactites, and cataracts. When you get to glance over the expansive white landscape with turquoise springs formed in different layers with the blue sky above, it is truly a mesmerizing sight. The pools are filled with therapeutic water that has the power to heal diseases such as skin ailments, eye problems, rheumatism, and asthma among many. This is one of the most popular things to do in Turkey.
2.An array of Turkish winter destinations
There is so much more to Turkey than beaches! The country is studded with a handful of exciting must-visit winter landmarks. Whiz past the frozen Lake Cildir on a horse-drawn sleigh. Have a close communion with nature, while you soak in the snowy views of Lake Abant. Have the lovely Sumela Monastery all to yourself, and admire the snowy, forested path that leads to it. There is no shortage of things to do in Turkey in winter.
3. Listen to the call of prayer between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
The most beautiful call of prayer I listened to took place between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia (which although is no longer a mosque, still keeps a prayer room). One muezzin would sing out part of the prayer and then the second muezzin would respond from the other minaret. It was a magical thing to experience, so if you find yourself in the area during prayer time, I suggest you grab a seat at one of the park benches and just listen.
Kaş is a small, quaint little town that runs down a hill right onto the Turquoise Riviera. The town is lovely, clean cobbled streets of stone houses, and a small little peninsula juts out from the town overlooking Mediterranean islands and turquoise waters.
This is the perfect place to spend the day relaxing by the pool with incredible views before you, and then head out for a fantastic evening meal and maybe a touch of nightlife in the town. Nothing too crazy, but enough to share a dance or two with your partner before curling up back in your room as the waves ripple beneath you and drift off to sleep. Yeah, Kaş is amazing.
5. Stay in a Cave Hotel
Even if only for a day, you must stay in a cave hotel for a truly once-in-a-lifetime lodging experience! Cappadocia has many hotels built into the caves that make this region unique. These exotic hotels exist in many towns in the area, but again, you may want to stay in Göreme for its broader choice of hotels, restaurants, and activities.
6. Watch dervishes whirl in the terminal station of the Orient Express
Founded by the Mevlana (AKA Rumi) in the 13th century, the followers of the Mevlevi branch of Sufi Islam are better known in the West as whirling dervishes. Watching them spin in synchronized unison to focus more clearly on God is a mesmerizing experience, especially with hypnotic traditional Sufi music playing in the background. The incongruous venue, the waiting room of the late 19th-century Sirkeci Station, once the terminus of the fabled Paris-Constantinople Orient Express, only adds to the quirky charm.