Turkey, a country to discover
Istambul: One of the most beautiful cities in the world, half Asian and half European with a unique character. The great monuments of different religions, buildings and palaces from the time of the Ottoman sultans, neighborhoods where colours, smells and sounds are part of the authentic charm of the city, Galata Tower …. And of course the Grand Bazaar. The whole city is a melting pot of cultures.
Turkey is the scene of incredible scenery as cotton Pamukkale waterfall, but had not visited an even more surprising region: Cappadocia.
The historic area of Cappadocia is no slouch, with a display of landscapes that many would no doubt find on the moon: fairytale rock formations, cities that could be the scenery of a fantasy film and houses carved into the rock as if it were a story …
Cappadocia is located in the central region of the peninsula of Anatolia in Turkey. In an area of about fifty kilometers across the landscape, with many valleys, canyons, hills and some of the most bizarre rock formations on the planet, surprised by their whimsical shapes, and unique on the planet.
In ancient Greece, the Aegean coast was known as Ionia and the beauty of its pristine beaches was then already appreciated. Homer even said it was a “paradise of eternal blue“. Today, the rugged Bodrum peninsula at the confluence of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, not only shows the ruins of which will be in the antiquity one of the most important colonial cities in the region of Caria, where lived important people as Herodotus and Artemis I, first woman in history admiral; also quiet coves surrounded by pine trees that are ideal for lovers of water sports.
If the dream Bodrum seabeds are a paradise for divers, its coastline is perfect for small day trips by boat, as those that lead to the Dalyan beach where besides the bathroom you can admire protected turtles, the ruins of Milas, or Didimia and Miletus, and beyond, to the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes.
Back to Bodrum, the town that gives its name to the peninsula, you have to walk around the harbor, the soul of the city. On the promenade of cafes, exotic restaurants and shops branded clothing, succeed while docked in the waters dozens of luxury yachts and insist they get a thousand different reflections on the characteristics white houses overlooking the sea. Cram hundreds of travelers every summer lively bars and nightclubs that line behemoth in its Barlar Sokagi, clearly showing here fit perfectly luxury Ottoman and modern European trends.
The best way to enjoy the dolce far niente is a coffee mid-morning to catch the pulse of the place, especially on the terraces of the beach Kumbahçe and the most popular cafe, the Karyon. With the replacement mind must visit the San Pedro Castle, built by the Knights of the Order of Malta in the fifteenth century, which houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which was built with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Of which he was one of the seven wonders of the world in ancient times, today there are hardly any ruins, but worth up to them from the mosque of Tepecik to imagine how it must be this monument in its heyday, and visit of step, the theater of the time of King Mausolos, one of the oldest in Anatolia, now used as an auditorium.
By late afternoon, it is best to get carried away by the bustling human tide and reach the small port of Tepecik, where outcropping fish taverns, to lengthen the day until late at night. Beyond the peninsula invited to continue discovering other tourist coastal towns, such as Turgutreis, Gümüslük, Yalikavak, Gümbet …, slowly, very calmly.
Hotels recommended for this trip:
Istambul: Four Seasons Bosphorus
In an ancient city bounded by the mystic waters of the Golden Horn, Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus, find 65 Istanbul luxury hotel rooms and suites housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison. Four Seasons Hotel is just steps from Istanbul’s most important landmarks in Sultanahmet.
Capadoccia: Museum Hotel
Museum Hotel, one of the finest and most unique hotels, is proud to be the only hotel in Turkey invited to join the Relais & Châteaux family, thanks to its distinctive characteristics, art and antiques concept, traditional décor, and exquisite cuisine. To be chosen from numerous applicants is a great honor.
Unlike typical hotel affiliates, membership to Relais & Châteaux is not a monetary thing. To join this special family of hoteliers and chefs, members must possess distinctive characteristics and facilities that differentiate them from typical chain hotels. The standard of service is of utmost importance. Then, Relais & Châteaux requires exceptional service and quality of the restaurant. With award-winning chefs, wines produced by the hotel itself, exceptional restaurant service, Museum Hotel is an outstanding luxury boutique hotel.
The Relais & Châteaux family, which began with French châteaux (castles) over 50 years ago, continues today with a cave boutique hotel from Cappadocia, Museum Hotel. Besides its artistic nature, the hotel’s unique museum concept and thousand-year-old caves make Museum Hotel an important addition to Relais & Châteaux.
Bodrum: Jumeirah Palace
Set along the spectacular Bodrum coast with the Aegean Sea as its outlook, Jumeirah Bodrum Palace is approximately 10 minutes from Bodrum city centre, nestled in the natural beauty of Zeytinlikahve Cove and 20 minutes from Bodrum International Airport.
With accommodation consisting exclusively of suites and villas, each offering commanding views over the Aegean Sea, Jumeirah Bodrum Palace provides a unique balance between luxury, comfort and seclusion.
Indulge in sumptuous flavours prepared using only the finest and freshest local ingredients at the hotels restaurants and bars with breathtaking views over the Aegean Sea, whilst our tranquil spa will provide relaxation, pampering and pleasure.
Their professional therapists have been sourced from around the world to bring the best techniques, methods and age-old practices. Choose from an extensive range of Classic, Eastern and Turkish treatments to soothe the mind and body, release stress and indulge the senses.