|Turkey's history is interwoven with mythology and
therefore knowing a little about the country's beliefs
and religions can bring the ancient sites to life.
They say Turkey is home to a third of the world's
historical sites so it would not be practical to list
them all here. Below is a brief guide to some of the
most popular daytrips.
Enjoy Turkey with a good guide book.
Ephesus is an ancient city and
Turkey's principal attraction. Spring is the best time
to visit to avoid the crowds and the grilling sunshine.
History comes to life when you can actually touch the
wheel tracks made by ancient chariots. This incredibly
well-preserved Roman city is one not to miss, even if
you're not an architecture junkie.
||Pamukkale is a
breathtaking natural phenomenon of pure white,
bubbling hot springs. Thousands of years in the
making, these calcium bicarbonate terraces are
now protected from the free-for-all type tourism
which almost ruined it. Nowadays vistor numbers
are restricted and footpaths help to preserve
the delicate formations. If you're in the
vicinity Pamukkale is a MUST.
Termessos is a prime ancient site
which should keep history buffs staying in Antalya
occupied for a few hours. Many of the buildings which
include a theatre and temples, were abandoned almost two
thousand years ago and are in remarkably good nick by
archeaological standards. Note: A lot
of walking is involved in this trip.
Kaya Koyu is a
ghost town since the inhabitants were exiled in the
1920's The abandoned cottages and churches are now a
protected historic zone, serving as a sombre reminder of
the struggle which must have ensued here when the
Christians were driven out. Fethiye is
the nearest resort.
Another ancient site worth exploring is Xanthos
whose tragic inhabitants committed mass suicide
on two occasions. Although many of the relics from this
4th century city have found their way into the British
Museum in London there is still much to see including;
tombs, a Roman theatre and an acropolis.
Beach lovers can indulge themselves by visiting
Turkey's finest and most photographed at Olu
Deniz near Fethiye. The wooded bay forms a
stunning blue lagoon fringed by pure white sand which is
usually rammed with day trippers and locals alike.
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