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It is a nation eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive Blue Mosque and former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.

Best Rentals Vacation in Turkey:

CuddlyNest gives you several rental options in Turkey, including villas, apartments, Condos, rooms and bed and on your travel budget. We have a wide range of well-maintained accommodations to select from depending on your need. Enjoy the most comfortable vacation with your family. Enjoy the most healthy, wonderful & comfortable vacation experience you have ever imagined with us. And there is nothing to worry about when you book with us. There are many interesting places to visit in Turkey:

Istanbul:

Istanbul is truly the jewel in Turkey’s crown. Throughout its history, it has been known as Constantinople, Byzantium and finally Istanbul. While the political capital of modern-day Turkey is actually in Ankara, Istanbul remains the epicenter of Turkish life. Best attractions on any Istanbul itinerary includes the Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Old Bazaar. You can also take a boat ride across the Bosphorus Strait which separates Europe from Asia. Hostels in Istanbul are very high priced so we will give you low price. Food is super affordable once you get away from the popular tourist areas.

Cappadocia:

The rocky moonscape of Cappadocia is a surrealist, tripped out dream. This city is popular for its distinctive fairy chimneys, tall cone-shaped rock clustered around, Monks Valley and Göreme. Many of the balmy rocky formations around the area have been carved out over millennia into homes, monasteries or places of refuge for pilgrims en route to the Holy Land. Our tip is to take an early morning balloon ride over the valley it can easily will arrange once you reach the town.

Ephesus:

Ephesus was a once thriving ancient Greek and then Roman city. It subsequently passed through the hands of successive empires before been abandoned completely in the 15h century. Both sites is haunting and fascinating, and some of the ruins are incredibly well preserved. There is a stunning Roman amphitheater, an ancient Greek library as well as several early Christian churches, you may not know this, but it is often speculated that the Book of Revelation was written in Ephesus.

Whirling Dervish Show:

The Whirling Dervishes are in many ways the original trance ravers, dancing themselves into ecstatic communion with God through an ancient ritual of frantic spinning. The early Sufi Dervishes developed the strange and unique practice as mystical-religious experience and whilst this tradition is alive and well in Turkey, modern-day dervishes are more than happy to perform their routine for spectators.

pre-wrap;">Dervish shows can find throughout the country but your best opportunity of finding one is probably in Istanbul. The spectacle is not to be missed.

Hierapolis:

Hierapolis is another site from antiquity which boomed under the Romans. What sets Hierapolis apart from Ephesus is the large, ancient Necropolis as well as the hot springs around which the town was built. The springs are still used to this day and you can take a dip to absorb their healing properties all whilst looking out over 2000-year-old ruins.

Pamukkale Thermal Pools:

The aforementioned city of Hierapolis forms part of a larger spring and thermal pool network known as “Pamukkale” cotton castle. Thousands of years over, geological changes have etched out some stunning natural, calcium and granite rock formations. There were once hotels built around the area but they were, thankfully, pulled down in the 1960’s when the government recognized that their presence was damaging the natural environment. Therefore, in order to explore Pamukkale Thermal Pools, you can base yourself in Denizli and catch one of the regular mini-buses. 

Marmaris:

Marmaris is a beautiful beachside resort. It’s very popular different kinds of travelers, be they family holidayers, couples on romantic getaways. Right to break backpackers seeking some beach time after a heady tour of Turkeys cultural highlights.

Marmaris to mainstream tourism so may seem “inauthentic” and kind of expensive compared to the rest of Turkey. The resort does pack a lot of charm and is still pick of the seaside in Turkey. Accommodation standards here massively and prices can spike here in the summer season. To ensure you get the best deal possible, look online to discover cheapest prices on rentals before you go.

Mount Nemrut:

It is a 2,134 metre high mountain and Biblical site famed for a number of giant, pretty eerie statues. The statues are nearly 2000 year old and are remarkably well preserved considering their deliberate defacement at the hands of zealous Islamic rulers. The mountain summit is a doable but hike so bring good footwear, lots of water and sun cream. You will  get to Mount Nemrut by either basing yourself in the nearby town of Adyaman or taking one of the overnight tours available from Malatya or Kahta.

Music Festivals:

Throughout history, Turkish music has been one of the greatest in the world. Music is omnipresent in Turkey from the melodious call to prayer broadcast from the mosques to the bustling bazaars perpetually thronging with traditional music.

Turkish music is best explored either simply sitting in Istanbul’s cafe’s, or by attending one of the 1000 music festivals held annually.  Traditional music festivals you can find in every region but major centers are Istanbul, Izmir, and Antalya with the best-known festival being the International Fethiye World Music Festival.

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