I read this article about the top 10 things to do in Turkey, but I wanted to do a more focused look at the top three things Turkey has to offer. It’s no surprise why Turkey is one of the hottest travel destinations this year. Not only is the country loaded with iconic landmarks like the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market and the Blue Mosque, but it also features modern clubs, world class cuisine, and friendly locals who are always ready to help you out with directions or give their own recommendations for things that you should do while in the area.
Though attractions like the 3000 unique shops that you’ll find at the Grand Bazaar are a “must” while you’re there, there are a number of other things to do in Turkey. Here is our list of top three things that you must see and do while in Turkey:
Visit Ancient Ruins
Turkey is very well known for its antiquities and ancient ruins. Just recently, archaeologists had uncovered enough of the semicircle Parliament Building of the Lycian League in Patara to share visions of it with the public. It took years and years of sand removal, but finally visitors can treat their sights to this one of a kind governmental building that dates all the way back to 1500BC.
Venture on down to Cappadocia and you’ll be able to check out some other ancient sites that are a must-see. You can check out the underground cities of Kaymakli (Gaziemir) and Derinkuyu, view the Swiss Cheese-esque Cavusin St John’s church, or simply visit the Goreme Open Air Museum so that you can learn more about this truly unique area.
Shopping At The Armaggan
While the Grand Bazaar is no doubt a great place to get some inexpensive goods, just down the street from this frenzied shopping experience is the Armaggan. This four-leveled emporium is all about treating visitors to some of the finest Turkish crafts and creations that the country has to offer. Here you’ll be able to find uniquely designed diamond-based jewelery, buttery leather bags and goods, hand woven silks and traditional Turkish carpets. You’ll also be able to find several places where you can dine on some of the best foods in the country.
Golfing In Belek
Turkey is home to some of the best golf holiday destinations. What makes them even more appealing is that most are such a well-kept secret that they are significantly less crowded than other top golf holiday destinations. Most of the golf resorts and courses are all clustered around the southern region of Belek. You’ll be able to stay in glamourous 5-star resorts like the Sueno, Cornelia Diamond and Lykia If you want someone else to organize everything for you, then Golf Kings seem like a good call. Have a look at their Turkish golf holidays packages here.
If you’re looking for a more traditional golf course, then head to the National golf course. If what you seek is something that’s a little bit more unique, then visit the Carya golf course. As soon as you step onto the green, you’ll see those white sandy bunkers staring back at you, perhaps a foreboding sign of just how challenging this course can be for even the most experienced of golfers.