Turkey Travel Stories

Turkey Travel Stories is a collection of travel stories from all over Turkey contributed by travelers, sharing the experience of Turkish culture, special places, nature, Turkish hospitality and also some other travel experiences you should read before you travel.

When we got up at seven, the horizon was still cloudy. At about a quarter to nine when we set off, the sun had come out from the clouds and it was pretty hot. The journey didn’t follow the valley at the start, but traversed the southern ridges, then descended....

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We woke up to a magnificent azure sky. Suddenly we could see where we actually were. The view of the mountain, Mezovit, was unbelievable. In the end we found the higher lake, Büyük Deniz. It was time to move on, however, as a good walk was waiting for us –...

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Due to the fact that we had the ideal number of people for our expedition – 3 members – at home we had already solved the problem of what to do with tents. Tom had at his disposition a Jurek Atak 2 – a tent for 2 people. I had...

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It was a beautiful summer Saturday afternoon in June, our canoe was cruising down the river Orlice when it suddenly happened. We reached the boat of DuÅ¡an and Lenka: “Pete! So, are you going climbing with Thomas and Jack in Turkey?” Oh Jesus! With those maniacs, who had been travelling...

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The typical Gulet is a two-mast ship with gaff sails and several head sails. Usually the term is taken one more step ahead: a gulet is more or less everything, what is made from wood, has one or two masts and is rigged as sloop, ketch and schooner. Recently also...

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Mikael, you have been to a 115 countries worldwide, Ismail Oral at the local TV-station asked me in an interview, “But have you ever come across anything like this?” I felt like I was walking through the middle of a moon landscape. A midget in a playground for giants, surrounded...

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Winter is supposed to be a time of relaxation and recharging of batteries – a gradual working through the boat jobs in preparation for the next cruising season. In Finike it is a high pressure whirl of activities as detailed in the last blog but one. We haven’t had a...

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We’re now settled in to Finike for the winter. Finike is a bijou little town of 11, 200 inhabitants, nestling on the seaward edge of a semicircular alluvial flood plain surrounded by snow capped mountains. Most of the flood plain is dedicated to citrus fruit and growing vegetables under polythene....

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…that’s our trouble. Never one to miss a trick, a businessman from Istanbul bought up the old village around the harbour for a song and then flogged off most of it in job lots to other big city sophisticates. As a result it developed into a Turkish Fiskardo with a...

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Or ‘How our heroes spent the hottest 6 weeks of the year traipsing up and down the southern coast of Turkey looking for a winter mooring’. After the dubious joys of wintering in Corfu, we decided to do a bit more research before choosing this winter’s location. So we’ve travelled...

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