If you have never been to Turkey, then you should do so as soon as possible! You will surely fall in love with the many delights it has to offer, from stunning scenery, pristine beaches and fabulous weather, to the famous and world-class Turkish cuisine.
Historical sites abound in every part of the country, and it is easy to spend the morning roaming around ancient temples and the afternoon swimming in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean or Aegean.
Living in Turkey for 10 years, I travelled widely and cannot recommend this beautiful country enough! The people are perhaps the friendliest you will ever meet, and even if they don’t speak your language their hospitality and warmth shine through. If you do take the time to learn a little Turkish, however, your efforts will be well rewarded. My new book,
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In the south you can visit ancient rock tombs around the Lycian coast, and marvel at the magnificent amphitheatres in their stunning natural settings.
The south is also home to Antalya, Bodrum and Marmaris, popular tourist destinations, famous for their beautiful resort hotels, clean beaches, and exciting nightlife.
The Aegean coast is a fantastic base for visiting the amazing Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and the nearby ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Also in this region, you can visit the renowned city of Ephesus.
Istanbul, where I lived for 10 years, is an amazing city, where everyone can find something to their taste. Recommended in particular: a Bosphorus cruise, a visit to the Yerebatan Sarnıcı (a magical underground Byzantine water cistern), shopping in the Kapalı Çarşı (the Grand Bazaar) and its neighbouring Mısır Çarşısı, or Egyptian Bazaar, for spices, herbs, and countless varieties of Lokum (Turkish Delight).