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Overview to Turkey: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Contrary to popular belief, Turkey is more than just sun, sand and sea. Whilst summer resort towns like Marmaris and Bodrum do continue to draw in the crowds, elsewhere the huge country is defined by its endless variety.
Istanbul is Turkey’s headlining city and has long been known as the place where 'East meets West.' Backpackers are rarely anything less than delighted by the teeming bazaars, Byzantine relics, Old City, riverside Riviera and the beat-addled clubbing.
In contrast to the haphazard nature of Istanbul, Turkey’s capital Ankara is a more modern, planned affair. It’s rather ignored by travelers, who instead often choose to explore the spectacular rock formations and intriguing cave dwellings of Cappadocia.
In fact, the whole country is littered with historical and archaeological treasures; inland from the Black Sea town of Trabson is the extraordinary monastery complex of Sumela, while down in the southeast (near the imposing Mount Ararat) lies the palace of Ishak Pasa Sarayi.
To the south, Olympos mixes a youthful vibe with some extensive Byzantine ruins and the eternal flame of the ‘chimaera’ (a burning gas leak featured in Greek legends),. The sparkling Aegean is similarly studded with ancient ruins, such as the fabulous Assos and Ephesus.
The country is also something of an undiscovered gem for adventure travelers. The Analotian Peninsular is dotted with peaks which, in the winter season (between December and April), contain some of the most alternative ski resorts in Europe.
And this, in fact, is fairly typical of this country which is less explored by travelers. Turkey isn’t so much a holiday destination, as a captivating travel project; once you’ve started exploring its many untapped attractions, it’s hard to stop.