Get Inspired / Europe / Turkey Turkish Delights: Culinary Goodies for Self-Drive Foodies Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Turkey 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. 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 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 CBD: 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 Mediterranean Neighbours Read more Add or remove from Wishlist How's this for cruising!? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.