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Sidyma, Turkey: where cows pose next to Lycian Sarcophagi
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Sidyma, Turkey: where cows pose next to Lycian Sarcophagi

Picture yourself visiting one of Turkey's many ancient sites. Are you on a guided tour or an excursion lead by a tour operator? Or are you somewhat looking for a more authentic experience and something off the beaten path? If you are interested in visiting a site that may be less impressive in size but is likely to leave you with far deeper impressions and an understanding of Lycian life, then consider ...
Lake Köyceğiz, the non-touristy gate to Kaunos
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Lake Köyceğiz, the non-touristy gate to Kaunos

In all honesty, this title doesn't do the lake and its village justice. Köyceğiz is not on most people's radar when traveling to Turkey, yet it is right behind the corner of a major attraction: Kaunos. Most people visit Kaunos from Dalyan, which is right across the river. Granted, it is the easiest way, but you have to like the tourist circus that comes with it. If you are searching for a more authentic and ...
A visit to quaint Datça and ancient Knidos
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A visit to quaint Datça and ancient Knidos

Yes, quaint is one of the first words that come to mind when thinking about Datça in Turkey. Besides quaint, the Datça peninsula is also relatively untouched, of a stunning natural beauty, with plenty of coves and pristine beaches, home to Eski Datça (Old Datça) and Knidos, the ancient site at the tip of the Datça peninsula where the Mediterranean sea meets the Aegean. Visit Datça, and you'll be left in ...
Why visiting Pedasa is one of the best things to do in Bodrum, Turkey
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Why visiting Pedasa is one of the best things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

Visiting Pedasa? Well yes, the heart of the Bodrum peninsula hides an ancient site. And the hike up there alone is worth the trip! Bodrum is a famous tourist hub. For most people, it's all about the turquoise sea, sand, beaches, nightclubs, fancy restaurants, top class hotels, and yachts. Others are attracted by its rich history and can't wait to visit Bodrum Castle, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and ...
Kayaköy: Ghost Town becomes tourist attraction
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Kayaköy: Ghost Town becomes tourist attraction

Some would call the ghost town of Kayaköy, near Fethiye in Turkey an off the beaten path destination. We won’t. It may not be on top of most tourist’s list, but it has become a more favorable place to visit in recent years after Russell Crowe decided that Kayaköy was the ideal location for his film The Water Diviner. This put Kayaköy back on the map after the village had turned into a sleep mode due to the ...
Hidden behind a small enchanted forest: Pınara!
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Hidden behind a small enchanted forest: Pınara!

It's strange how one of the six principal cities from Lycia can be almost invisible, while in plain sight. Still, that is the case with Pınara. Perched high up on a mountain, you won't easily spot the city from a distance. And despite its size, the entrance is hidden behind the most enchanting little forest, making it all the more magical to explore this beautiful Lycian site. Words that come to mind when ...
The hidden gems of Cappadocia: ventures outside the National Park
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The hidden gems of Cappadocia: ventures outside the National Park

When traveling to Cappadocia, expect to be left speechless at times. Its beauty is overwhelming, the number of other tourists and tourist traps can be as well. But the good news is, Cappadocia is stretched-out, and most people go straight from their tour bus to the Göreme Open Air Museum. This leaves plenty of room for you to discover Cappadocia at your own pace and without being suffocated when queuing in ...
Central Cappadocia’s treasures away from the masses
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Central Cappadocia’s treasures away from the masses

Cappadocia in Turkey is unique in many ways: its distinct landscape of fairy chimneys is mesmerizing, to say the least. We all know the dreamy pictures of hot air balloons floating above the out of this world view. With its uniqueness come busloads of tourists aiming for the ultimate Cappadocia experience. The result is that you get stuck in a place flooded with people, ruining the magic of the experience. ...
Essential resources to walk the Lycian Way
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Essential resources to walk the Lycian Way

What better way to slow travel than to walk? And what better place to do it than in ancient Lycia, now Turkey's southern coast. If you are after a dose of hiking in a sublime scenery with a taste of ancient civilizations, keep reading! Have you ever heard of the Lycian Way? It is Turkey's first long-distance walking route along the coast of Lycia, which runs from Fethiye to Antalya. The Lycian Way covers ...
The forgotten treasure of the Greek islands: Kastellorizo
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The forgotten treasure of the Greek islands: Kastellorizo

The Greek islands… They are the home of myths and typical houses, sun, ouzo, history, and island-hoppers. But even those island-hoppers often miss Kastellorizo on their venture, and that’s a shame… Because Kastellorizo is most probably the prettiest island in the Dodecanese.

Sleepy, colorful and very serene Kastellorizo is small. Even when you are only there for the day, you don’t feel ...
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