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Top 5 Tips for Visiting Turkey

Top 5 Tips for Visiting Turkey

LONDON, December 6, 2012 -

      - Thomas Cook joins forces with the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office to
      bring you the inside Turkish track
      - We reveal the best landmark, resort, beach, city and experiences to help you
      get the most from your holiday

  Whether you are flying into Dalaman or Antalya on your cheap holidays to Turkey
[ ] you need to ensure that you
make the most of your time in this stunning country. We have put together our top five
attractions to ensure you don’t miss a trick on your Turkish trip.


  The top tourist attraction or landmark


  Literally translated, Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’ and is one of Turkey’s most
impressive natural wonders. It is made up of a series of vast white travertine terraces
cascading down a cliff, resembling snow from a distance. It is easy to book an excursion
from the major beach resorts to the ancient ruins here, which contain baths, temples, a
well-preserved theatre, and the largest necropolis or graveyard in Anatolia, containing
over 1200 tombs. You can also take a dip in the thermal springs, in use since classical


  The best beach


  The posters of Oludeniz Beach do not do it justice. On one end is the great expanse of
Belcegiz Beach, enclosed by the brittle silhouette of Babadag and the landing pad for
paragliders sporting jet-propulsion packs. The curved beach is a jaw-dropper, with the
water in the Blue Lagoon boasting a stunning three shades of turquoise.


  Young couples, large families, adventurous types, backpackers, and
package-holidaymakers are all known to flock here in huge numbers.


  The best resort


  The Bodrum region; a small peninsula on the Aegean Coast, is home to some of the
hottest tourist resorts in the country. Bodrum
[ ] town, with its excellent marina
in particular is a centre for yachting and boating and the region is made up of a series
of ‘cove villages’, the largest of which is Turgutreis, a popular destination for tourists
seeking its extensive beaches, street bars, open-air market and covered bazaars. Gumbet is
an upbeat commercial centre while Yalikavak has small, quiet bays and high-class bars and
elite restaurants. Quieter resorts, such as Altinkum, Bitez and Torba, are great for
family visitors.


  The best city


  The only city in the world to straddle two continents, recent archaeological
excavations has shown Istanbul’s history to date back around 8000 years. Visitors are
spoilt for incredible sites to visit. There are the many mosques designed by Ottoman
master architect Sinan including his masterpiece the Suleymaniye Mosque. Also worth
visiting are the classic Blue Mosque with its signature blue ceramic tiles, the monumental
Hagia Sophia and the world-famous and bustling Grand Bazaar, thrust into the spotlight in
the new James Bond film Skyfall.


  Istanbul is arguably best seen from the water and a ferry trip taking you the whole
length of the Bosphorus will reward you with views of the Black Sea and a fresh fish


  The best “experience”


  Play the part of an Ottoman bather shrouded in a cloud of steam by visiting a Turkish
bath or “hammam”. There are over 57 still operating in Istanbul alone, including the
traditional Cemberlitas and Cagaloglu Baths in Sultanahmet, where you can enjoy the
ancient rituals of steam-bathing and massage; or for a more luxurious experience, most
high-end hotels have their own Turkish baths within their spa centres. Besides its ancient
mystical appeal, hammam-goers cite countless health benefits, including improved
circulation and respiration, intense relaxation, weight loss, clear skin, expulsion of
toxins and relief of muscle pain and hangovers.


Thomas Cook

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Posted on Dec 06, 2012 - 10:37 AM • Print