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Turkish Delights: Culinary Goodies for Self-Drive Foodies

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Turkish Delights: Culinary Goodies for Self-Drive Foodies

story by: Anna Sarjeant

Ideal Length: 8 - 10 days

Best for: Adventurous food lovers with a ‘try anything’ philosophy. 

Weave a path from Istanbul to the east coast, making no agenda other than to stop frequently for Turkish food. The best dining opportunities will pop up when least expected. Roadside kebab shacks are common and will keep your stomach satisfied until Izmir, where renowned fish restaurants reside. Seafood fans should try midye dolması (mussels stuffed with rice, pine nuts and allspice). Food lovers also like to stop in Sirince for the delicious fruit wines and with Ephesus just a 15-minute drive away it’s also the gateway to the best preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. For sightseeing, stock up on sinfully sweet baklava which will keep your energy levels heightened and start every day with strong Turkish coffee. If possible, arrange your days to include a Thursday visit to Mugla, for its bustling weekly market. Keep an eye out for Ev Yemekleri (home-cooked food) cafés where you can experience authentic Turkish dishes - untouched by time. Favourites include fresh meze and lavaş; a type of flat bread that arrives at the table warm, puffed-up and smelling divine.

HOT tip: Keep an eye out for historical places of interest, they’ll be indicated by brown road signs.

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