Unusual places to visit in Turkey after the pandemic
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After the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world, the travel and tourism industry came to a standstill. However, several countries around the world have started to open their doors to tourism again after a long period of isolation and travel restrictions. Travelers are now looking for the best travel destinations in the post-COVID-19 world. Turkey is one of the countries that have already begun not only disinfecting entire cities and city blocks, but also certifying their hospitality enterprises and training their employees and managers. Improving personal and public hygiene has become the national anthem and remains unchanged.
Turkey organically combines tradition with modernity. It boasts a diverse array of oriental and European elements, from traditional Turkish tea to the majestic Hagia Sophia. It is also known for its carpets, hammam and bazaars, places like Istanbul and Cappadocia, and sweets like Turkish delight and baklava. The country is popular for the magnificent sandy beaches of Antalya, the bustle of the bazaar of Istanbul and the dusty Greek relics of Ephesus. It’s amazing to see what Turkey has to offer its travelers. It will take a lifetime to visit the many interesting sights in Turkey. The country is full of hidden secrets that are revealed at every turn. Here is a list of places you would not want to miss while traveling around the country and beyond.
If you are looking to get off the beaten path, but with all the comforts of a high-end standard of living, relax on the Datca Peninsula on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. Popular for its attractions such as windmills and ancient ruins overlooking the sea, this sophisticated and expensive lifestyle is well worth the time to explore the delights of the hidden nook. The old town has the best places to stay. Here you will see old houses and taste authentic regional cuisine. The Datca Peninsula is located just 50 km from Bodrum. You can fly to Bodrum and take a transfer or taxi to the Datca Peninsula.
Ancient city of Hierapolis – Pamukkale
Coming from springs on a cliff almost 200 m above the plain, calcite-rich waters formed in Pamukkale (Cotton Palace). Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an unreal landscape made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced pools. At the end of the 2nd century BC, the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamum, founded the thermal spa of Hierapolis. Here you can see the ruins of baths, temples and other Greek monuments. The ruins of Hierapolis are at the top of the travertine and just behind it, about 400-500 meters from Pamukkale.
Erciyes ski resort
Erciyes Ski Center is located on the Mount Erciyes of the same name (3916 m), the highest peak of Anatolia, in the south of Erciyes province. The mountain is a young, extinct volcano that presents visitors with several visible volcanic cones. Erciyes is the most centralized ski resort in the world due to its geographical position: you can reach one third of the world in a 4-hour flight.
The ski resort has double high speed detachable chairlifts with a capacity of 26,750 people per hour, equipped with the latest technology in accordance with international standards. On the lift, you will have the opportunity to admire the incredible panorama and observe the endemic plants of Mount Erciyes. At the gates of Hacilar Kapi and Tekir Kapi, you and your family will enjoy a comfortable ride on the gondola lifts, while hot drinks will revive you at the local establishments. Erciyes Ski Center is located just 50 km from Cappadocia and can be easily reached by taxi or bus.
Before the advent of the great monotheistic religions, before the Greek gods, before ancient Egypt, before the Hittites, there was one place in the world that formed the earliest known religious site, the earliest known temple complex, and the earliest known pilgrimage site. The main attraction includes the presence of over 200 T-shaped megaliths dating from the 10th millennium BC. Histopricla facts also emphasize that Gobeklitepe was a sacred ceremonial temple, a place of pilgrimage where people came from all over Mesopotamia to worship.
Historical evidence also indicates that Gobeklitepe is indeed the “zero point in time”, the beginning of what we know today as modern civilization. It is now open to visitors to learn about its history and visit this incredible place. To get to Gobeklitepe, you can take a plane from Istanbul to Adiyaman, Gaziantep or Sanliurfa, and then get there by transfer or taxi.
At the junction of the civilizations of East and West, Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut) is one of the most striking places in Turkey: The Nemrut Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a collection of colossal statues on a remote 2,150 m high mountain adorning the temple and tomb of King Antiochus … Unknown until 1881, when an Ottoman geologist discovered these 10-meter stone heads, archaeological work began in 1953 to uncover their history.
Since then, Nemrut Dagi has become an important attraction as thousands of sunrise and sunset visitors can see the stones in their best light. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the country’s most important national parks. You can fly from Istanbul to Adiyaman. From there, you can take an excursion from Khata, which is about a 45-minute minibus ride from Adiyaman.
Land of Legends Theme Park, Antalya
The Land of Legends, an adventure and amusement theme park in Antalya, offers a unique experience for all guests from 7 to 70 years old, where they will discover something new every moment. With an immersive atmosphere where everyone can experience their own legends, The Land of Legends lets you refine the boundaries of fun with your kids or experience thrilling and adrenaline-filled moments with your loved ones. All you have to do is decide which part of the tale you want to experience in the epic atmosphere of The Land of Legends.
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