Get Inspired / Europe / Turkey Turkish Delights Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Turkey Turkish Delights story by: Mike Williams A fascinating country where East meets West – Turkey is a Mediterranean marvel that offers breathtaking natural beauty, a multitude of historical wonders and much, much more through its collision of cultures and religions, both ancient and modern. Set against a diverse cultural backdrop, there’s something for everyone; Whether it’s stunning beaches, exquisite food or a spot of retail therapy where you can really get a bang for your buck. Culture vultures rejoice Steeped in history, Turkey is a dream location for culture vultures and archaeology buffs. The country has many ancient ruins worthy of a day’s exploration, but the ruins at Ephesus stands head and shoulders above the rest as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. Almost completely preserved since its heyday in the Roman Empire, it was once the home of the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If that’s not enough to satisfy your sightseeing cravings, the stunning Fairy Chimneys at Cappadocia and the majestic White Terraces of Pamukkale will leave you breathless. Magical Istanbul With a rich history that is truly eternal, the peninsula of Istanbul continues to amaze all who grace its soil. This stunning old city boasts a skyline filled with domes, palaces and minarets. Visit the Blue Mosque, one of the city’s premier historical sites, then head to the Grand Bazaar and barter yourself a bargain with everything on offer, from stunning Turkish rugs to silk garments, glazed tiles and pottery. Local cuisine is a delicious blend of central Asian, Balkan and Middle Eastern flavours. Indulge in stuffed dolmades made with fresh eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini, stuffed with rice, onions, mint, currants and cinnamon…scrumptious! Gulet Cruising There’s no better way to navigate the Lycian coast than by gulet, a traditional sailing boat. Take a private charter yourself or join one of the many very popular gulet cruises which generally accommodate 8-12 guests. Sailing from bay to bay, you can relax, swim or explore jaw-dropping lagoons all from the comfort of these charming sea-faring vessels. > Click here for all Inspire UK & Europe articles > Check out our HOT deals to the UK and Europe here Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 10 Of The Eeriest Ghost Towns You Can Visit Read more Add or remove from Wishlist How's this for cruising!? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.