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Exciting Things to Do in Turkey

Turkey is one of the countries where you have a lot of things that you can enjoy. Therefore, during your next vacation, it is good that you make a point to visit the country and have the best. In addition to having a lot of attractions, there are also many things that you can do here in order to spice up your holiday. Here are some of the things to do in Turkey.

Istanbul

When you are in Istanbul, there are a lot of things you can do here and get the best experience. This is where you get introduced into the Turkish tradition that offers a lot. Here you can visit different mosques, ruins, museums, spice market and enjoy great shopping experience. If you are a social person, you can decide to visit some of the entertainment spots in the city where you get to enjoy a lot of nightlife activities. You can decide to visit Taksim square where there are many bars, clubs and lounge. This means that there are no limitations of things that you can do here.

Derinkuyu

This is an eight level city where you will be totally fascinated on the life that many people led in order to run away from being prosecuted by the Roman Empire. Here you get to learn a lot about history and see the churches, cellars, rooms of food storage and many others.

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Where to stay in Turkey

Great Places to Stay in Turkey

Once you have decided to visit Turkey for your holiday the most crucial thing that you must consider is where to stay. It is good that you look for a place where you will not only feel comfortable, but somewhere you will enjoy and have as much fun as you can. In order to help you get the best, this article provides you with a comprehensive guide on some of the best places where to stay in Turkey.

Antalya

This place is also referred to as the centre of Turkish Riviera. The place is endowed with fantastic and amazing beaches where you can enjoy great water sports such as windsurfing, snorkelling and the famous banana boats. It has surroundings with elegant mountains and lush pine forests. If you want something livelier, you can try Dedeman Aquapark a spot where you can have fun as you swim with the dolphins.

Alanya

This is another great place where you can stay located two hours transfer from the Antalya airport. Here you get to find fishing villages that are quiet, rich history and a lot of beaches. The best activities that you can engage when you are here include scuba diving, during the summer months or enjoy great boat ride from the harbour to the caves. If you decide to stay on the dry lands, you can try bike tours both that will make you have nice time as you explore the countryside.

Kaleici

This is a historical city that is surrounded by a wall with spectacular architecture from the Ottoman Empire and the roman times. It has harbours where you will have the opportunity to watch yachts from the nearest restaurants. The major sights here are historical sites and other clothes shops and markets. This is a place where you get to enjoy a lot of traditional Turkish experience.

Ankara city

This is another large city in the country after Istanbul. Here you interact with university students and enjoy lively nightlife. This fantastic place where you see a lot of goats, so you get to see them as you enjoy your stay here.

Istanbul

This is the capital city of Turkey and it is the only major city that covers both Asia and Europe. In case you want a place to have a lot of fun, this is the perfect place for you to stay during your vacation in Turkey. You will be able to break with culture, enjoy sightseeing, nightlife and get to learn some of the best traditions and culture in the country. Some of the things that you see include the Blue Mosque, traditional Hammam, Grand Bazaar and some other great restaurants where you can enjoy dinner or lunch.

Bodrum

This is another most popular place where you can stay while enjoying your tour in Turkey. As you stay here, you will enjoy scenic coastline and sandy covers and beach holidays. Bodrum acts as a fantastic base that offers you an opportunity to explore some fantastic historical sites such as Ephesus and learn a lot of about the traditions in the country.

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History of Turkey

Turkey is one of the countries in the world that has a rich history. The history of the country covers a time frame of more than four thousand years. It is believed that the Turks lived in central part of Asia around 2000 B.C. Later on, some of them moved from this area and spread around. They established many empires and states that were independent from each other within a large area of Europe and Asia. Some of these empires included the Uygur Empire, Avar Empire, Hazar Empire and others.

Ottoman age

The Turks began to settle in the early eleventh century by the way of incursions and continual migrations. The malazgirt victory that occurred in 1071 against Byzantines opened the gates of Anatolia to the Turks. From then the Turks conquered the entire Anatolia and created the Anatolian Seljuk state and was the first state in Turkey. The state declined after invasion by Mongol that began in 1243. The Ottoman ruled what is now Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, all islands in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East region.

Beginning in the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire lost its military and economic power compared to Europe which experienced great development with the renaissance. Europe developed as a result of conquering new territories, access to raw materials and the industrial revolution. The Ottoman Empire could not adapt to the new developments.

This led to shift of power in favour of states in Europe. There arise nationalist movements that began in the 19th century and the rebellions by the Balkan countries with support from Russia and European powers made the empire to decline to a great extent.

First World War

The decline of the empire continued until the end of the First World War. The empire was defeated in the war making all its territories to be occupied by Russia, Britain, Greece and this was the end of this empire.

A national liberation and resistance movement arose leading to quest for Turkish self-determination and national independence. The united sporadic army in Anatolia organized themselves into a strong army to fight for creation of Turkish state. This was under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal was later on named as the father of the Turks. This resistance became strong and the Turks gained the ability to fight a serious for liberation. The Turkish National Liberation was dedicated to create a new nation from the ruins of the empire which life had come to an end. This lasted for four years as from 1919 to 1922 leading to great victory that led to the development of the modern days Turkey. On July 24 1923 Greece, Great Britain, Italy, France and other states signed a treaty that recognized the creation of borders or Turkey and assured its fill independence.

Republic of Turkey

The country claimed it full independence on October 29 1923. From this time the Turkish people enjoyed self-rule and Mustafa Kemal was elected as the first president of the country. He was able to introduce reforms in all sectors that have acted as the foundation of the country up to today.

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