5 reasons why Turkey is the ultimate Slow Travel destination

Slow travel is the perfect antidote to a hectic life. It is all about connecting and indeed experiencing a destination. Going to a country that – by nature – helps you to do so, makes it even more relaxing and deepens your travels in ways you cannot predict. Turkey is such a country. We’ll tell you why in this article.

Hospitality embedded in the DNA

If slow traveling means connecting to local people, then you’ll be spoiled. In fact, it is almost impossible to travel to Turkey without meeting locals inviting you for tea, a meal, or even an overnight stay. Turks are friendly and welcoming, treating their foreign guests like royals.

Welcome

Sharing a meal is a natural thing

With their hospitality comes the ease with which meals and stories are shared. You’ll find yourself being treated with köfte or chicken at a barbecue in the park just as quickly as you might be invited to a local wedding. And food is a big thing! People live, breathe, and eat seasonal, local, and fresh produce. When visiting during the pomegranate season, do try a fresh pomegranate juice.

Did you know Turkey has food on the UNESCO list? Read all about it here.

Turkish Market

Natural beauty wherever you look

Slowing down is comfortable and comes as a natural thing to do in Turkey. Being surrounded by breathtaking sceneries is a big help. Nature has its way of telling you to relax. The beauty of the surroundings is so overwhelming you won’t mind sitting down to let time go by.

One Of The Zillion Scenic Spots When Driving Around The Bozburun Peninsula

One Of The Zillion Scenic Spots When Driving Around The Bozburun Peninsula

Culture and history go hand in hand

Turkey is a country where every rock or stone tells its own story. With a history that goes back thousands of years, there are ancient sites in abundance, taking you back to a different world. A perfect way and place to contemplate the things of life and for connecting with history in places such as Ephesus, Cappadocia, Hatussa, and many many more.

Hot Air Balloons Cappadocia Turkey

Turkey: Where East meets West

No need to cross long distances to taste different cultures. This country is a melting pot that offers you the best of both worlds. During your time here, you might be told what your future looks like by someone reading your Turkish coffee grounds or watch whirling dervishes perform, spend time at one of the pristine turquoise beaches, or visit one of the many ancient sites. You can go hiking along the Carian or Lycian trail, take a gulet cruise or fly a hot air balloon in Cappadocia.

Check out the essential resources to walk the Lycian Way

While the country has many faces, there’s one common factor no matter where you go: the smiling and welcoming faces of its people. They will make you want to come back, revealing one by one all their hidden treasures that can only be discovered if you are willing to slow down and immerse yourself in this beautiful destination.

Authentic Turkish Coffee

Authentic Turkish Coffee

Whether you are into Slow Living, Slow Food, or Slow Travel, Turkey will inspire you to discover its hidden treasures and to keep coming back.

Practical Information

Find out what other travelers have to say and discover the Top Things To Do on TripAdvisor. Or check out all other Turkey travel tips on Slow Travel Guide.

Ready to start making plans? You’ll find cheap flight options here.

Want to make a head start and learn some Turkish words? Check out this list!

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Never wonder about the weather in Turkey again. The Turkish climate is as diverse as the country with significant differences between the regions.

This page contains the current weather and weather statistics for all regions in Turkey.

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General Turkey travel information, essential to help prepare your trip, on one page!

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Check the weather

Never wonder about the weather in Turkey again. The Turkish climate is as diverse as the country with significant differences between the regions.

This page contains the current weather and weather statistics for all regions in Turkey.

Prepare your trip

How to order a tourist visa for Turkey?

What about public transport?
Can you skip the line at Istanbul Airports?

General Turkey travel information, essential to help prepare your trip, on one page!

Work with us

Get direct access to your target audience with a proven interest in Turkey. People call us their Turkey Bible!

Contact us for a feature on our map, a destination guide, a photo shoot, or any form of professional Turkey-related content.

Ask a traveler

Are you unsure about a destination, activity or hotel? Why don’t you ask other travelers about their experience?

We have a closed Facebook group where you can ask all Turkey-related questions. You’ll get solid advice and travel inspiration.

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5 reasons why Turkey is the ultimate Slow Travel destination