Turkey is a fascinating country that links Europe with Asia and is rich in history, culture, and natural splendor. Whilst Istanbul is the most popular destination for tourists, there are other cities that are well worth visiting including Izmir- once the ancient city of Smyrna, and known as the Pearl of the Aegean. Turkey has no less than 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites and these are wonderful to explore. For those seeking a special interest holiday, Turkey has gorgeous spas, excellent golf courses, and over twenty-two marinas for watersports and beach holidays.
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For more than 1,500 years, Istanbul (Constantinople) was the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. With the Bosphorus Straits dividing it in two, the city is where east meets west as it has both a European and Asian side, with different characters, and is the only city build on two continents. From Hagia Sophia to the Grand Bazaar, traditional hammams and the vibrant food scene, this city is rife with variety and has something for everyone. It is a city that is both modern and historic, modern and traditional, and hosts many international events. No matter when you decide to visit Istanbul, you're sure to be enchanted.More
Situated in central Turkey, Cappadocia is a semi-arid region, famous for its amazing landscape, from the fairy chimneys to the sweeping valleys, including the Monks Valley, Pasabag Valley and Göreme. This area hosts other remarkable rock formations and fascinating Bronze Age cave homes and underground cites that were carved into the soft rocks. A popular way to explore this fascinating area is by hot air balloon at sunrise, offering fantastic views of the other balloons and landscape. Horse back riding is another adventurous activity you can undertake, following the trails of the Red Valley or Rose Valley, leaving you with lasting memories of the rouge-tinted rocks.More