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It's hard not to get a culture bath when in Turkey. As the meeting point between East & West, Turkey is a melting pot of modern society, tradition, and ancient sites. Discover the rich Turkish culture here.

Tlos: the oldest Lycian city
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Tlos: the oldest Lycian city

Forget about Unesco. If your guidebook on Turkey doesn't say that Tlos is an exceptional site to visit, throw it away. :-) Yes, Unesco sites have an outstanding cultural or heritage value, but the list shouldn't result in you losing out on a remarkable place to visit just because it wasn't mentioned in it. Fortunately, we love doing research, venturing off the beaten path, and sharing our findings. Trust ...
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 ...
Exploring abandoned Saint Nicholas Island, Turkey
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Exploring abandoned Saint Nicholas Island, Turkey

We may have mentioned it before; there are plenty of things to do in Fethiye, Turkey. One of our favorite places to visit must be Saint Nicholas Island. It's a little, abandoned island just off the coast of Gemile beach, past Kayaköy. It is picture perfect and will appeal to culture freaks, history lovers, beach babes, and anyone who fancies 360° stunning nature views. And we might as well confess to it, ...
Hierapolis: the underrated site behind Pamukkale, Turkey
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Hierapolis: the underrated site behind Pamukkale, Turkey

When you find a list of top things to do in Turkey, Pamukkale is bound to be on there. But rarely does that list feature Hierapolis, the ancient city that has always been home to the travertines of Pamukkale. And trust us, visiting Hierapolis is well worth your time. So don't visit Pamukkale without dedicating enough time to Hierapolis as well!Hierapolis: life in the shadow of the world famous ...
Stratonikeia, a well-kept secret in Southern Turkey
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Stratonikeia, a well-kept secret in Southern Turkey

Mid-way, between Milas and Muğla in Turkey lies Stratonikeia, a well-preserved ancient site from the Carian times. Stratonikeia was one of the most significant Carian cities, and it has been inhabited continuously since the Bronze Age. That's 1.500 BC! So how come you've never heard of it? Or you may even have driven past it and failed to stop! Turkey has so many ancient sites that people are focussing on ...
A visit to the Sanctuary of Zeus Labraundos: Labraunda
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A visit to the Sanctuary of Zeus Labraundos: Labraunda

Did you know there is a piece of Carian history, (or in this case lots of pieces) built with white marble, hidden in the mountains near Milas? It’s called Labraunda (or Labranda, depending on the source) and it is home to the Sanctuary of Zeus Labraundos. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Well, it is! This solitary and sacred place was visited on foot by Carian pilgrims to honor Zeus during sacrificial feasts. ...
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 ...
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 ...
The road less traveled: discover ancient Miletus in Turkey
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The road less traveled: discover ancient Miletus in Turkey

The beauty of ancient sites is a strange thing. Obviously, it helps when a big part of the constructions has survived nature’s forces and the invasions of conquerors at times. A well-kept building has an immediate impact as to where a few pillars scattered around might ask for a more significant effort of our imagination. But the scenery and your state of mind are also a playing factor, not to forget the ...
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