Places of Interest in Turkey
Bodrum is the Turkish city most know best, because of its status as the country’s top resort city, facing south onto the mediteranean. It’s a city of contrasts. On one side of the city is a beachfront resort town typical of the Mediteranean, with a sandy beach backed by bars, restaurants and clubs. On the other is the city of the marinas, the destination for the owners and passengers on the yachts that crowd the quayside there. Here you’ll find more upmarket shops and supermarkets, and a more sedate pace of life.
In Istanbul, you can visit the Blue Mosque, otherwise known as the Sultan Achmed Mosque, one of Istanbul’s most popular tourist attractions. The founder is still there: as in many mosques, he was buried at the site. The mosque has a ceiling mosaic of over 20,000 blue tiles with patterns, which lent its name to the mosque.
Istanbul has everything you’d expect a modern city to offer, but not every city can offer a Grand Bazaar dating back to the 1460s, the days of Mehmed the Conqueror.
If you’re in Istanbul and you’ve had your fill of Bazaars, try spending some time hanging out under the Galata Bridge. As unappealing as the idea sounds the Galata Bridge is a vitasl link between the two halves of European Istanbul and its lower decks are crowded with cafes, shops, bars and teahouses.
From its countryside to its cities, its mosques to its churches, and its ancient traditions like the Grand Bazaar to the modern, like the plasma screens that now hang above the Bazaar, Turkey is a rich enough blend to offer everyone something.
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