Turkey Holiday Reviews Contrast History and Modernization

Travelers go to Turkey for its white beaches, its low prices, bustling bazaars, , notable Turkish baths, and recherche food.

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The most recent Turkey holiday reviews outline a crossroads state that is moving quickly into the present but still represents a bargain for European and American vacationers .

The capital, Istanbul, has tons of history, being a major ancient Greek port , the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and subsequently of the Ottoman Empire. There are huge mosques, Eastern Orthodox cathedrals, ancient palaces and castles. The city stands astride  Europe and Asia, resulting in a unique combination of Middle Eastern and European cuisine and culture .

Turkey holiday reviews are split in their characterization of the Turkish people , however. Some love the Turks’ famous hospitality, while others warn of getting scammed by apparently  hospitable locals. Many warn of overly-friendly locals who talk up their favorite places for a snack , a cheap drink or a good massage. Unsuspecting  foreigners will get friendly company until an outrageous check arrives. If you refuse , a group of large thugs threaten you until you pay. The law is useless too , according to many Turkey holiday reviews, because they can cost you more than the hustlers.

Some Turkey holiday reviews from English women complained of catcalling men, particularly in Istanbul.

The bazaars are also worth a visit , said most Turkey holiday reviews. Many times large buzzing affairs, the bazaars are a big outdoor marketplace where merchants trade nearly everything that can be sold. A word of caution , thought : the merchants will knock you over with friendliness , partly out of hospitality and partially out of psychological warfare. If they bring out scores of rugs to show you and offer tea , it’s still okay to not buy anything. When you do see anything you want , haggle over the price. It is part of the custom, and it’s not taken as rude.

Outside Istanbul , Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean beaches are hot destinations. Popular resorts  line the Turquoise Coast, in the southwest along the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Hisaronu boasts a bumping nightlife, mountains for hiking or hang gliding, streams for kayaking, and beaches for chilling ~ relaxing}. Marmaris is a buzzing holiday town, with Icmeler a nearby for a quiet getaway. White terrace rock formations draw crowds to Pamukkale.

Turkey holiday reviews generally paint a beautiful and hospitable portrait , but give warnings for first-time visitors to save you from getting swindled.

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