Friday, 2 December 2016

10 Reasons To Go To Turkey

 I fell in love with Turkey on my first visit back in 2011. It's a gorgeous sunny country with some of the friendliest people I have met. The weather is divine, the food is delicious and I love the Turkish culture. I'd recommend Turkey if you are looking for somewhere to completely switch off and soak up a different culture. It's easy to fall in love with Turkey, especially if you go off the beaten track!

The People

You may argue that of course the people are friendly, they want your business - but they really are lovely. One of the restaurant owners (who also ran the boat trip we went on) was very helpful, and really looked out for me and my friend who were in Turkey alone for two weeks; going to the lengths of picking us up from our villa to ensure we were safe which was very nice of him! Everyone is so happy and friendly.

The Markets

Losing myself in a Turkish market is one of my favourite things to do. Whilst the market in Kusadasi is a place I find incredibly intimidating, the market in Davutlar is glorious. There's fresh food to the right, and every kind of knick knack you can imagine to the left - from clothes to door knobs and olive oil. They also sell the most incredible Turkish pancakes called Gozleme. Divine!

The Food

The food in Turkey is delicious, and one of my favourite things about visiting the country. We buy copious amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables from the local stall which is owned by a family who have set up under a tree near our villa! It's so cheap, delicious and good for you too. I love the meatballs and chicken shish that are so typically sold in Turkey.

The Beaches

Stuning sandy beaches are one of Turkey's jewels. I'm not normally a huge fan of spending time on the beach itself, but in Turkey I'm always up for a trip to the beach. There's sunbeds, water sports if you fancy it and plenty of restuarants. The sunsets are always some of the most spectular I have ever seen, especially with the back drop of the mountains behind the sea!

The Sea

 Whenever we're in Turkey we always head out to sea at least once on a boat trip. There are quite a few tours that go out - one of them has a foam party whilst the others are much quieter and we always pick the more relaxing trips! It's so peaceful to be out at sea and enjoying the sunshine whilst seeing some of the stunning scenery of the local national park. It truly is amazing, and I'd definitely recommend a boat trip if you are in Turkey.

The Mountains

Where we stay in Turkey there is a gorgeous national park in the next village along from ours. It's so nice to see all the mountains and you can even see the Greek island of Samos from the beach! Truly stunning and nice to have a mixture of different sceneries to explore.

The Language

The Turkish language is so different to many of the languages I usually hear when I am travelling and exploring, but it is easily one of my favourites. I love the sound of it, and find it so interesting to listen to. Whilst I haven't learnt much Turkish, I do know a few phrases which is another thing I love about exploring a  new place.

The Weather

We always tend to go to Turkey in late August, although one year we were there until mid-September and the sun was still blazing hot - around 30°C every day. Thankfully there is a bit of a sea-breeze due to being fairly close to the coast which is lovely when you are exploring the local towns and markets. I love the sunshine, and Turkey always delivers!

The Public Transport

A Dolmus is effectively a mini-bus which is used as a public bus. Whilst it may not sound that exciting, trust me - you are wrong. Travelling by Dolmus is inexpensive and great fun! Each driver tends to decorate his own Dolmus in his own unique way - so I've been in ones focused on Religious decoration, whilst others are full of football memorabilia - I love it! It adds a personal touch.

The Wildlife

I have seen some of the most amazing things in Turkey; normally when I am on the boat trip. It was the first time I ever saw Dolphins in the wild which was truly incredible. They were swimming under the boat, and alongside us - which was insanely cool. We also saw Turtles on our first trip which was pretty special.

Turkey is a stunning country, and well worth a visit. I'm hoping to visit Istanbul as I'd love to see somewhere a bit more built up in Turkey rather than the coast. Maybe one day I'll learn a bit more of the language too, but for now you'll definitely find me in one of the markets!

Have you ever been to Turkey?


  1. I've been to Istanbul but nowhere else in Turkey. I agree with you that the food is fantastic - I had one of the best meals of my life there. The meat is great (apologies to veggies). I found it surprisingly non-hassly and quite relaxed. I'd like to go further afield in Turkey now. The Dolmus is a great tip, by the way, it's things like that that I have no idea about!

    1. I'd love to visit Istanbul, I bet it is an incredible place with the mix of both European and Asian! The food is one of my favourite things. Definitely recommend the Dolmus, an easy and efficient way to get around xx

  2. Girl I love this post! I went to Turkey about 12 years ago and loved it (from what I can remember), but would love to go back as an adult so I can truly appreciate it! Great post :)

    Hayley xo

    1. Thank you for your kind words! Definitely go back, as it is excellent, a lovely country xxx


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