From the Black Sea to its sunny Mediterranean and Aegean shores, Turkey welcomes you with spectacular coastlines, majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages. This nation that introduced the world to yogurt and first presented coffee to the West is a fascinating blend of Old World and contemporary, the exotic and the familiar.
In the northern Black Sea region, Kastamonu is known for its thick forests and enchanting ancient caves, along with great skiing. In the Mediterranean region of the South, discover the leafy streets of Mugla, rich with historic mosques, an Ottoman-era bazaar, and even a Turkish bath dating from 1258. Or travel eastward to Antalya, where narrow cobbled streets are lined with historic Turkish and Greek houses now restored to revive much of their original character.
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Pop In Restaurant (Mugla). After wandering through the mosques of Mugla, have dinner at the Pop In Restaurant, a local favorite. Here you will find a fun and friendly mix of travelers and locals and "the best cocktails in the town!"
Ayyas Mehane (Antalya). A mehane is a traditional Turkish restaurant with both food and music and Ayyas Mehane offers plenty of both, from its abundant buffet that includes vegetarian dishes to the strolling guitar performances of contemporary and traditional Turkish songs.
Bodrum Beaches (Mugla). The popular resort and yachting port of Bodrum sits on a beautiful peninsula. Here you will discover a mix of whitewashed village houses trimmed with purple bougainvillea, and miles of sandy beaches ideal for water sports.
Roman Ruins at Perge (Antalya). The ruins of this ancient Roman city are an intriguing journey into the past, but don't forget to enjoy the excellent beaches and relaxing resort surroundings.
Ilgaz Mountain National Park (Kastamonu). For winter fun, check out the ski slopes for mountain and winter sports. In warmer months, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking.
The Mosques of Mugla. Discover the architectural splendors of this region at The Great Mosque (Ulu Cami), which dates from 1344, and the Kursunlu Mosque from 1494.
The Vakiflar Hamami (Turkish bath) (Mugla). Dating from 1258, this ancient bathhouse is a step back into time. Today you can be a part of this ancient tradition as you enjoy "a steam, wash, dry and nap."
Bodrum Castles and Ruins (Mugla). Here you will find the ruins of the original Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as the majestic Castle of Saint Peter, a Crusader fortress which now serves as the world's foremost Museum of Underwater Archeology.
Roman Ruins of Perge (Antalya). Perge is an archaeological site with vast and extensive ruins of the Roman period including public baths, temple of Artemis, markets and imposing pillars dotting the region.
Migros Shopping Mall (Antalya).In the western part of the city above the Konyaalti Beach Park, this 3-story mall has more than 100 shops offering international brands along with cafes, cinemas and more.
Old Bazaar (Antalya). At this bustling marketplace you will find authentic local products including jewelry, gold handicrafts, silver, ready-to-wear leather and hand-woven Turkish carpets.
Münire Medresesi Bazaar (Kastamonu). Built in 1746, this bazaar offers local handicrafts and is also excellent for a high-quality coffee break!
Mamaris Vogue: Jewelry & Diamond Center Factory Showrooms (Mugla). Prepare to be fascinated as you observe the jewelry making process. You may purchase locally made 18 karat gold jewelry, and you may even get rings re-sized and broken chains re-soldered free of charge!