Turkey is on every traveller’s bucket list for the bustling markets of Istanbul, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the hot thermal springs of Pamukkale. But there is so much more to this beautiful country! Read along and discover all the non-touristy, offbeat experiences that you can immerse yourself in and see Turkey, the local way!
Go sea kayaking on the Lycian Coast
Paddle through crystal clear waters of the Turkish coast, have lunch at magical sea coves and camp overnight at gorgeous, secluded islands. What better way to soak in the untouched beauty of Turkey, than to explore the Lycian coast on a sea kayak? Get your adrenaline rushing as you brave winds and maintain your balance in the sea and relax later by swimming in mirror like waters as you enjoy one of the finest adventurous experiences in Turkey.
Harvest olives at Dionysos
Stay at the idyllic terracotta roof houses in Dionysos Estate, near Marmaris in Turkey, amid pine clad mountains and mind blowing coastal views. The estate is home to olive, fig and lemon trees and guests get to sample authentic cuisine made from the estate’s organic produce. A not-to-miss experience is harvesting olives. Every week in October, guests can join the harvest, working alongside local farmers picking and pressing the fruits of the estate’s 1500 olive trees.
Explore the seven capes of Lycia
Friendly people, a fascinating history, charming views of the coast, spectacular views of the hills and delectable Turkish cuisine are a few things that characterize the beautiful walk along the Lycian Coast. Walk through the ghost town of Kayakoy, swim at white beaches of Oludeniz and explore the quaint village of Faralya. As you walk through the wooden path of the Kabak village, you will be awestruck with the views of deep ravines of the Yedi Burun (The seven capes).
Dive in Kas
Ideal for beginners as well as advanced divers, Kas offers ample opportunities to discover the mystical underwater life. One of the best diving sites in the Mediterranean, Kas is picture perfect, with its underwater rock formations, sea caves, freshwater springs and tunnels. Even from land, the views of the Lycian hills are beyond spectacular.
Learn Turkish cooking in Bodrum
Whip up irresistible Turkish delights from Baklava to Mezes, one of the best ways to experience the local Turkish culture! Buy local ingredients from the markets, immerse in cheese and wine tastings and not just ‘eat’ but also learn to cook a different cuisine altogether. There are varieties of courses available ranging from short one day classes to a week-long culinary vacation! Vegetarian cooking classes are also available.
Go horse riding in Cappadocia
Cappadocia offers a magnificent landscape of fairy chimneys, volcanic rock cut caves and intriguing peaks. While going on a hot air balloon ride is definitely on every traveller’s list, another fabulous way to explore this terrain is by horse riding! Explore the underlying geology, mystic underground towns and rock carved Christian churches on a multi-day thrilling horse ride.
Visit Alacati for its Herb festival
For herb lovers and vegetarians, this colourful festival is a must go. It offers exotic breakfasts, visits to local markets, farm stays, food tasting events and much more. Savour the unique tastes of the fresh Aegean seasonal produce and soak in the beautiful Mediterranean climate. A perfect experience for foodies and gastronomes!
Explore the Turquoise Coast
Visit the tranquil, less developed, sparkling blue Turquoise Coast of Turkey for a rejuvenating getaway. Running across Antalya, this coast is known for its rugged hills, narrow plains, pretty bays and gorgeous coves. Must visit places include Cirah, Adrasan, Genoese Harbour, Kale Koyu, Kekova Island, Gelemis Beach and Patara Beach.
Go for an archaeology tour along the Aegean Coast
Visit the classical and lost cities of yesteryear Turkey – Pergamon, Ephesus, Miletus and Aphrodisias. Unearth forgotten stories amid these ruins as you travel across rugged landscapes and old villages. This 11 day cruise held in April every year, led by an expert archaeologist, provides a sneak peak in the ancient world, covering sites like Troy and Meander Valley. Other archaeological wonders include exploring the central Anatolia and Byzantine regions. It is truly a delight for all history buffs and archaeology lovers.
Indulge in a gastronomic cruise in a wooden gulet
Explore culinary delights of Turkey onboard a traditional wooden gulet. An experience that goes beyond tasting, you can see food demonstrations and conjure up local Turkish cuisine. The cruise involves visiting historic sights, exploring local markets, cooking with local chefs and walking through ancient towns and marbled cities. The experience includes swimming in the sea, baking bread and visiting kitchens of idyllic Turkish restaurants!
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Author: Divyakshi Gupta (Guest Travel Blogger)
Her website is: http://quirkywanderer.com