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 Turkey. 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.
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.
Natural beauty wherever you look
Slowing down is comfortable and 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.
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.
Turkey: Where East meets West
No need to cross long distances to taste different cultures. Turkey is a melting pot that offers you best of both worlds. During your time in the country, 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. While Turkey is a country with many faces, there’s one common factor no matter where you go in the country: 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. We’ll give you a head start with some lovely pied-à-terres for Slow Travel in Turkey.
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.
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Make sure to check out our selection of authentic places to stay in Turkey. You’ll find it is a beautiful, handpicked selection of hotels, B&B’s and vacation rentals.
And don’t forget to bring a reliable travel guide. Lonely Planet has you covered with their Turkey Edition which is available both in Kindle version and in Paperback. If you want to polish your Turkish, their Turkish Phrasebook will get you on track!