About Holidays in Turkey
Central Anatolia, the central region of Turkey, is home to the world’s first town, a Neolithic city dating back to 6,500 BC which was discovered at Catalhoyuk. Sixteen ancient civilisations, from the Hittites to the Ottomans, have contributed to this exotic paradise over thousands of years. You will probably travel along roads that great warriors, colourful silk caravans, and couriers of mail or secret treaties passed along many centuries ago. You will follow in the footsteps of St. Paul and the mystic Sufis spreading divine knowledge.
Anatolia was the home of Heredotus, the Father of History, and Homer who wrote of the Trojan wars in his Iliad. It is also the home of the mystical ‘Whirling Dervishes’, the birthplace of St. Nicholas and the place where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. There are more Greek ruins here in Turkey than in Greece itself, and indeed more Roman ruins than in Italy.
Turkey is a land steeped in myth – King Midas with his ‘golden touch’, together with the Knot of Gordian that the young Alexander was able to undo with a single strike of his sword. Cleopatra and Mark Antony chose to honeymoon in this beautiful land under the divinity of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love.
The remains of ancient civilisations are scattered throughout Turkey, providing a living history lesson. The archaeological sites of Pergamum, Ephesus, Miletus, Priene, Didyma, Aphrodisias, Heraclia, Caunos, Perge, Aspendos and Cappadocia are all well worth visiting.
It is the unique combination of the richness of the landscape, the friendly local people, her culture, and her history that make holidays in Turkey a magical experience…
And all of this is but a small insight into this captivating destination for holidays – there are beautiful beaches, coastal villages, unspoilt coves and bays, clear turquoise waters, breathtaking scenery, mountains that appear to rise out of the sea, cities that sparkle with life, brilliant sunshine, plus one of the greatest cuisines in the world – all contributing to the paradise for holidays that is Turkey.
The Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world, and the delicious food combined with reasonable prices will ensure that eating out is one of the main highlights of your holiday. In Turkey, for the locals, a meal is a social event, so you can relax and take your time over your food. Everything is freshly prepared from natural ingredients and you will find something to suit all tastes.
An evening meal begins with the ‘meze’ – lots of small plates of hot and cold starters, which can almost be a meal in themselves. The Turks have hundreds of ways of cooking aubergines – almost the national vegetable – including the delicious ‘imam bayildi’, aubergine stuffed with tomato and onions in olive oil. Literally translated it means ‘the priest fainted’ – apparently overwhelmed by the delicious taste of the dish. There are more types of kebab than you have ever imagined, made from succulent meat, and there is also a huge variety of fish and seafood available in most seaside resorts – usually freshly caught that day. To accompany your meal try the excellent local wine, the refreshing lager – Efes – or the national tipple of Turkey, raki, a strong, aniseed based liqueur. You should round off your meal with a cup of the thick, sweet Turkish coffee and a morsel of the world famous Turkish delight.
Turkey is a shoppers’ paradise and prices are very reasonable. The shopping experience takes on a whole new meaning – once you have lost your inhibitions you will find that haggling over the price is half the fun of the purchase. Bartering can be hard work and you will often be offered a glass of tea or apple tea to assist the process.
Bargains include carpets, leatherware, textiles, silver and gold. Most carpet-sellers are well versed in the history of the carpet, and it is well worth setting aside some time to listen to them explaining the traditional craft of carpet-making and the meaning of the different designs and patterns.
You will find that what undoubtedly makes your holidays to Turkey special is the friendliness and genuine warmth of the Turkish people themselves…
who will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Hospitality is a cornerstone of the culture, and visitors are considered to have been sent by God, which ensures you are treated not as a tourist but as a valued guest. Turkish people are proud of their culture and history and love sharing it with their visitors. You will be sure to make many friends in Turkey, which is just one of the reasons why so many of our customers return to book holidays year after year.
There are many, many good reasons to choose Turkey for your holiday destination. These are just a few of the reasons that make holidays in Turkey extra special:
Turkey has the longest and most unspoilt coastline in the Mediterranean – perfect for beach holidays.
If it’s cultural holidays that appeal you, Turkey is the largest open-air museum in the world, exhibiting the remains of I0,000 years of history.
Turkey is home to the most hospitable people you could ever meet, whose culture is based on the principle that guests are sent by God. You won’t feel a visitor but an old friend.
Turkish cuisine is one of the most important and richest in the world.
Turkey offers excellent value for money, not only good value package holidays, but also low prices for locally produced food and drink.
Exchange rates for sterling are extremely favourable. Turkey is outside Euro zone.
Maybe these are just some of the reasons why so many of our clients choose our holidays year after year.