Highlights of Turkey


Exploring Turkey

I love turkey and these are some of the places I’ve been to.


The Facts: Marmaris is a Mediterranean resort town along the Turkish Riviera which is also known as the Turquoise Coast, with a beautiful but busy pebbly beach. It’s known for buzzing nightlife on Bar Street, which is home to open-air clubs and music venues.

My View: I’ve only ever explored Marmaris a couple of times, its a embark port, so you don’t really have much time between your ship docks and when you need to leave the ship. Marmaris is a beautiful place, full of marble streets and beautiful fountains. The marina is also a stunning place to walk around, even if you are just looking at boats!  i would say definitely worth a visit.


The Facts: Situated on Turkey’s southwest coast into the Aegean Sea, is known for its beach towns and resorts and the bazar, which is situated near the port. Its center is Bodrum City, featuring twin bays with views of St. Peter’s Castle, a medieval fortress built partly with stones from the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

My View: I Would Say this is one of my fave places in turkey, the port where you dock is beautiful with high walls and a pathway following the waterfront round to the beginning of a massive line of restaurants and bars. if you keep following the root, you’ll come to the beach on your left and the bazaar on the right. we always head to the bazaar first as its not very busy and they don’t hassle you as much ! And the main highlight ……… at the end of the bazaar …..THERE’S A MCDONALDS lol.


The Facts: Kuşadası is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus (or Efes), it’s a major cruise ship stop up to about 4 ships at a time ! Its seafront promenade, marina and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants. Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via causeway. Its also home to a Bazaar just outside the port.

My View: Again another part of turkey i love to come back to, when i was in Kusadasi two weeks ago we decided to go to ladies beach, which was nice enough, you could walk out to sea and the water wouldn’t get any deeper for about 100 meters, it was great ….. but i have a shark fear, so didn’t venture to far. Me and the bro decided to go and buy water pistols, bats ( not the animals), Lays and lots of Efes, and had a lovely chilled day out. 


The Facts: Side is an ancient Greek city on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, a resort town and one of the best-known classical sites in the country. It lies near Manavgat and the village of Selimiye, 78 km from Antalya in the province of Antalya.

My View: Now we didn’t go to side by cruise, to everyone surprise lol, we stayed in the Sensatori, we were about ten minutes from the town, the town is beautiful, again more bazaars but it was great to walk along the canal, that runs through the town. we didn’t go see any of the ruins (the parents did but weren’t to keen). I would say Side is more of your ‘Relax in the sun sort of holiday’.


The Facts: Dalaman is a district, as well as the central town of that district, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, in the Muğla Province.

My View: Its basically and airport …. lol , very nice view as you land though.


The Facts: Alanya is a resort town on Turkey’s central Mediterranean coast. Its wide beaches lined with hotels include Cleopatra Beach, where the Egyptian queen reputedly swam. Alanya Castle, a giant Seljuk-era fortress turned open-air museum, stands on a rocky bluff above the beachfront, alongside red-tile-roofed Ottoman villas and the octagonal Red Tower, a symbol of the city dating to 1226.

My View: I’ve been to Alanya, Its Stunning, but again just a resort Village.


The Facts: Antalya is a resort destination in Turkey and gateway to its southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. During the Roman era Antalya was a major port city; today a modern metropolis surrounds ancient fortifications. Beaches are flanked by large hotels, and popular outdoor activities include golfing, diving and hiking the 500km Lycian Way footpath.

My View: Again such a beautiful place to stay, lots of trips available, but mostly for resort holidays.


The Facts: Ankara is actually Turkey’s capital, i didn’t realise this until about two years ago. It sits in the country’s central Anatolia region. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, it’s a center for the performing arts, home to the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and several national theater companies. Overlooking the city is Anitkabir, the enormous hilltop mausoleum of Atatürk, modern Turkey’s first president, who declared Ankara capital in 1923.

My View: I haven’t actually been to turkey’s capital, i guess i like beaches to much, so i guess this would be a destination for the Explorers.

Things You Must Do In Turkey:

  • White Water Rafting – an incredible experience and best done in turkey, the water is freezing, so if you jump in off a rock (part of the trip) try not to panic lol.
  • The Mountains – We ended up getting really friendly with one of the locals over the years and he took us up to the mountains, right at the top, where there is a cafe and a rock pool, its incredible, the weather is so hot up there, but again the water was ice cold.
  • Culture: Visit Castles, and history things !!! and gain some of that Turkish culture
  • DOGO – this is a shoes shop everywhere in turkey, with the most amazing unique, colorful shoes ever, i have two pairs, here is the link to there website ! http://www.dogostore.co.uk/en

Thanks to Wiki for some help with the history i didn’t know !! BOOM TURKEY

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