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There is no where else like Turkey, with its long legacy of historical sights, beaches stretching for miles with golden sand to tempt you, and its biggest city straddling two continents. Turkey is modern, yet its history goes back to a time when myths were born. Turkey is urbanised yet it has some of the most rural parts you will find in Europe.
For decades Turkey has been a favourite holiday destination among Europeans and people from other parts of the world. Turkey offers more than your average beach holiday and this is the reason why visitors return again and again to Turkey.
Why come to Turkey
If the glittering Aegean Sea dotted with many islands or antique fishing villages and Roman art are not enough to tempt you then maybe the party town of Bodrum or the urban culture of Izmir will persuade you to visit Turkey. Whatever sort of holiday you require, Turkey is sure to be able to provide it.
The myths and legends of Turkey
So much has been written about various parts of Turkey that relates to myths, the Greek and Roman gods, and stories that became legends. One such place is Troy, believed to be a place that only existed in books until 1871 when a determined German businessman obtained permission to dig. Now the area details the remains of the ancient city, watched over by a spectacularly huge wooden horse which you climb into and peer out through the windows.
It seems there were gods all over the place on the Aegean coast of Turkey, maybe the balmy weather and calming scenery was pleasing to them. The Dardanelles is the sea lane that connects the Aegean to the Sea of Marmara, and Greek legend has it that Leander would swim across to meet his lover, Hero. When Leander drowned, Hero drowned herself in sorrow.
Ephesus was a major Roman cultural and political centre watched over by the Greek goddess Artemis. The remains of her temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, can still be viewed today.
What to buy in Turkey
Carpets are probably one of the best known products to buy in Turkey. However quality does vary and whether the carpet has been hand woven or factory-made is fundamental to its value. Look for the density of the knots and ask if the dye is natural or chemical-based.
For a cheaper yet still traditional gift from Turkey, look out for blue beads attached to necklaces, chains and key rings. These are the answer to anyone giving you the ‘evil eye’, the belief in Turkish culture that some people are capable of inflicting mental and physical harm by giving you a certain look.
Leather and jewellery are also popular purchases as well as alabaster bowls and handmade backgammon sets.
Turkey is somewhere to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Let BudgetAir do the hard work for you by finding you the cheapest flight possible to Turkey. Then all you have to decide is which fascinating place in Turkey to visit first.