City Guide of Ankara

As I have been writing city guides for almost a year my friends asked me to write a city guide for Ankara… Due to this reason I wrote a city guide for Ankara and I hope it would be useful especially for tourists visiting Ankara either for business or leisure…

In the beginning of my guide I would like to give very brief information about history of Ankara.

According to historians Ankara was founded in early ages of human history. Mainly Hittite Empire and after them many different civilization lived in Ankara. And in the end of Ottoman Empire, Turkish Republic was founded in Ankara. And Ankara was announced as capital of Turkish Republic.

According to latest figures Ankara’s population is almost 5 million.

Here is the guide for 2013 for the capital city of Turkey… Enjoy…

Ankara view

Ankara view

 

How is the weather in Ankara?

Weather of Ankara is continental climate. Summer time is hot almost 30 degrees sometimes even hotter and in winter time is cold like zero degrees even sometimes minus in daytime. Moreover you can live real spring and autumn in Ankara.

Where is Ankara?

We can say Ankara is in the middle of Anatolia. It is located in the cross roads of Turkey. It is almost 450 kilometers far from İstanbul, 600 kilometers far from İzmir and 500 kilometers far from Antalya.

Ankaracitylights

Ankara city lights

How can you reach to Ankara?

As Ankara is in the cross roads of Anatolia, transportation to Ankara is so easy. You can reach to Ankara by car from İstanbul in 5 hours, from İzmir in 8 hours and from Antalya in 7 hours.

How can you reach Ankara by car?

There are four major roads connecting to Ankara. First one is İstanbul road. It comes to Ankara from North western side. Second one is Eskişehir road. Eskişehir road connects Ankara to western part of Turkey. The major city in this direction is İzmir. Vehicles coming from Bursa, Balıkesir, Eskişehir, Bodrum, Antalya also use this road. Third one is Konya road which connects Ankara to Southern and southeastern side of Turkey. This road connects mainly Cappadocia, Konya, Adana, Mersin Gaziantep, Kahramanmaraş to Ankara. The fourth road is Samsun road which connects North eastern side to Ankara. You can reach Trabzon, Kayseri, Samsun and major cities by using this road.

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Eskişehir Road

How can you reach Ankara by bus?

As Ankara is in the cross road, transportation to Ankara is so easy. For examle, almost all coach services have coaches to all destinations from Ankara. There is a big bus station in Ankara called Aşti which is located near cross road of Konya and Eskişehir road. Accessing to Aşti is so comfortable. You can use Ankaray which is a lighter railway than subway to Aşti and it takes almost half an hour from Kızılay square. There are also bus services and taxis in Aşti. Main bus companies are Ulusoy, Varan, Kamilkoç, Nilüfer, Pamukkale and Anadolu. In addition to them, there are many other companies too.

How can you reach to Ankara by train?

Another way to reach Ankara is railway. In Turkey in last few years railways gain the importance that it deserves again. Recently high speed trains to Eskişehir and Konya started to run. From Ankara to both Konya and Eskişehir takes almost one and half hour by speed trains. Moreover till the end of the year 2013, high speed train between Ankara and İstanbul is going to be operated. It is going take 3 hours from Ankara and İstanbul with that high speed train. Another advantage of train transportation in Ankara is the station is located just in city center.

How can you reach Ankara by plane?

As Ankara is capital city of Turkey there are many both domestic and non domestic flights to Ankara. There are flights from many big cities to Ankara like Munich, Vienne, Moscow, Brussels, Frankfurt, Tehran, Bagdad and Baku.

The name of the airport in Ankara is Esenboğa which is located almost 35 kilometers from city center. Esenboğa airport has both modern and new terminal buildings.

There are cafes like Cafe Nero and Ankara cafe and restaurants like Resto and Burger King in Ankara Airport.

How can you reach Ankara city center from Esenboğa Airport?

There are several alternatives to go to city center from Esenboğa Airport. First one is shuttle service called Havaş. Havaş is a shuttle service company which makes transportation from airport to city center and city center to airport. It costs 10 TRY for one way trip and you can buy the tickets in the bus. There are busses in every half an hour from early in the morning till night. Busses wait in front of Arrivals Exit in the airport. In the city center busses first go to Ulus and then to Aşti. Aşti is the last station for Havaş Busses. In order to go airport from city center busses depart from Aşti and pick other passengers in Ulus Station and goes to airport. The road takes almost an hour from Aşti to airport but of course it depends on the traffic in Ankara.

Another alternative to go to city center from Esenboğa Airport is municipality busses. These busses are also good alternative to go to city center from airport and from city center to airport.

There are also private shuttle services which you can make reservation before coming and they can pick you where ever you want. One of the major companies is Secure drive for this service.

Of course there are taxis in Esenboğa Airport too.

Moreover there is a big parking lot in Esenboğa Airport. Prices starts from 8,5 TRY for an hour and if you would like to leave your car longer than 24 hours you can make registration so you can leave your car to 65 TRY for 4 days. There are other registration alternatives too.

Where to stay in Ankara?

There are few centers of Ankara;

One of them is Ulus which is both historical and business center of Ankara. There are many hotels nearby to Ulus. There are both small hotels and very luxurious hotels like Radisson. If you would like to visit old Ankara, you can stay in a hotel in Ulus according to your budget.

Kızılay is the major business center of Ankara. There are many hotels in Kızılay. Doubletree by Hilton, Princess is major hotels in this district.

Tunalı Hilmi Street is another business and entertainment center of Ankara. Sheraton, Hilton, Rixos, Dedeman are the biggest hotels in this district. There are many hotels also like Ramada, Houston and Tunalı.

Sheraton

Sheraton

 

Places nearby Eskişehir Road are also developing rapidly and if you would like to go somewhere in there Marriott, Movenpick, Bilkent Hotel give good opportunity for staying.

How is public transportation in Ankara?

There are several ways of public transportation in Ankara. Major one is municipality busses. You can use cards which you can buy from kiosks to use this municipality busses.

There are also private busses for urban transportation in Ankara. They also stop in bus stops and you cannot stop them except bus stops. The main difference between municipality busses and private busses is in municipality bus you should use card and in private busses you should pay 2 TRY to money collector behind the driver.

There are two line underground railway systems in Ankara. One of them goes from Batıkent to Kızılay and the other one goes Aşti to Dikimevi. There is a connection between them in Kızılay. You can also use the cards in these subways.

There are also private minibuses for public transportation. They are called dolmuş and their color is mainly blue. When you get in the dolmuş you pay the price to the driver. They cost 2 TRY for 2013. You can stop a dolmus when you see it in street. If there are available seats, they could stop in front of you. There are not any special stops for them like busses. But there are main stops in city centers like Ulus and Kızılay.

What to do in Ankara?

Anıtkabir: Atatürk’s mausoleum who is the founder of Turkish Republic is in Ankara. There is also a great museum of Turkish Independence War in which there are panoramic paintings, vehicles and presents from other countries. Almost all tourists visit Anıtkabir.

Anıtkabir

Anıtkabir

 

Atakule: Atakule is a tower which is located in Çankaya District of Ankara. You can watch Ankara from the top of Atakule.

Atakule

Atakule

 

Kocatepe Mosque: Kocatepe Mosque is the biggest mosque in Ankara. It is located near Kızılay.

Roman Baths: There are historical remains from ancient Roman times in Ulus district of Ankara.

Temple of Augustus: This historical remain was also built in Roman Times. It is located near Hacı Bayram Mosque.

Ankara Castle: Ankara Castle is located in Ulus District of Ankara. There are restaurants in which you can enjoy both tasty food and view of Ankara.

Old Ankara District (Hamamönü): Around Ankara castle there is old town of Ankara. There is Çengel Han in which you can find Koç Museum and good restaurants to eat.

First National Assembly: As Turkish republic was founded in Ankara First National Assembly was in Ankara too. This building is a museum now.

Anatolian Civilizations Museum: Going to Anatolian Civilizations is a must if you have time in Ankara. As early ages of human history took place in Anatolia there are many remaining from those times. In Anatolian Civilizations museum you can find many historical remaining. This museum is also located near Ankara Castle.

Ethnographical Museum: In Ethnographical Museum, you can find many items moreover after death of Atatürk, his body stayed in this museum till the end of construction of Anıtkabir.

Painting and Sculpture Museum: In Painting and Sculpture Museum which is located just near Ethnographical Museum you can find many different paintings and sculptures.

Atatürk’s House: Atatürk was born in Salonika and the house in which he was born is a museum in Salonika. There is a model of his house in Çiftlik district of Ankara where you can visit the house.

Zoo: Even though the construction of bigger zoo has not finished yet there is a zoo in Çiftlik District of Ankara in where you can watch many different animals.

Kızılay: Kızılay is the main business center of Ankara. We can also say Kızılay is crossroads of Ankara. There is public transportation from almost all points of Ankara to Kızılay. You can find many restaurants and buffets to eat in Kızılay. In Kızılay by using Ziya Gökalp Avenue you can go to Kurtuluş, by using Gazi Mustafa Kemal Avenue you can go to Maltepe and you can go to either Ulus or other destination Çankaya by using Atatürk Avenue.

Kızılaypan

Kızılaypan

 

Ulus: We can say Ulus is the center of old town in Ankara. There are also many offices and governmental buildings. There are historical remains in Ulus too. There are Ankara Castle, Roman Baths, and First National Assembly nearby Ulus. 19 May 1919 Football Stadium, Ankara Arena Sport Saloon and Gençlik (Youth) Park is also nearby Ulus. Moreover Railway Central Station is also close to Ulus.

Tunalı Hilmi Street: Tunalı Hilmi Street is both business and entertainment center of Ankara. Not only on the street but also in sideways there are many offices, restaurants, cafes and hotels.

There are many shops, stores in Tunalı Hilmi Street. Seğmenler and Botanic Park is located so close to Tunalı Hilmi Street. Moreover trendy streets like Arjantin and Filistin is so close to Tunalı Hilmi Street. In Tunalı Hilmi Street there are also trendy sideways like Bestekar Street and Tunus Street. There are many restaurants, bars and cafes in all these streets.

Bahçelievler: Bahçelievler is another entertainment and business center of Ankara. There are many cafes and restaurants in Bahçelievler. In Bahçelievler 7th street is the most popular street. You can see especially many young people in Bahçelievler. There many cafes and restaurants with live music in Bahçelievler.

Çukurambar: Çukurambar is located near Eskişehir Road. In last year’s Çukurambar becomes so popular. There are many different cafes and restaurants in Çukurambar. Liva, Mado, Big Chefs, Marco Pasha, Tepenyaki Alaturka, Günaydın are the most popular ones.

Bilkent: Bilkent district is located in Eskişehir Road. There are both governmental buildings and private offices. As there is Bilkent University, there are many cafes and restaurants.

Çayyolu: Recently Çayyolu which is located in Eskişehir Road becomes so popular. There are mainly houses. In addition to the houses there are cafes and restaurants especially in Park Street.

Gölbaşı: Gölbaşı district is in southern part of Ankara. As there is a small lake called Mogan there are many restaurants. Moreover there is a very large park called Mogan Park.

Shopping Malls: There are many big shopping malls in Ankara. Some of them are;

Ankamall: Ankamall is one of the biggest shopping mall in Ankara. It is located in cross roads of Istanbul Road and Samsun Road in city center. There is a subway stop near Ankamall. Transportation to Ankamall is so easy from many districts of Ankara like Kızılay. In Ankamall you can find many different kinds of stores and eating facilities.

Armada: Armada is also a big shopping mall which is located near Eskişehir Road. You can go to Armada by using busses and minibuses which go through Eskişehir Road. In Armada there are not only many different fashion brands but also classy restaurants. In addition to this there is a gym called MacFit.

Armada

Armada

 

Cepa: Cepa is also located near Eskişehir Road. Cepa is one of the biggest shopping malls in Ankara. In Cepa there are many different fashion brands and restaurants. Another advantage of Cepa is being so close to Kentpark. So you can visit two malls on foot.

Kentpark: As I mentioned above Kentpark is close to Cepa. In Kentpark there are many popular fashion Brands and so classy brands like Harvey Nichols. A very large gym called Most is located in Kentpark.

Kentpark

Kentpark

 

Ankuva: Ankuva is located in Bilkent. As it is so close to Bilkent University there are many good restaurants inside of Ankuva like Mezzaluna and Borrdo. In addition to this there is a very enjoyable game center called Roll-house. In Roll-house you can play dart, bowling, billiard and many different games. There is also very large supermarket called Real and furniture shop called Tepe Home in Ankuva. One of the most well known gym Sports International is located near Ankuva.

Panora: Panora is located in Oran. Even though it looks it is a bit far from city center there are busses and minibuses to this classy shopping mall. In Panora there are not only fashion brands but also many good cafes, restaurants like Sushico, Butcha, Midpoint, Timboo, Num-num and attractions like movie theatre and game center. In addition to this one of the most popular gym MAC is located in Panora.

Natavega: Natavega is a big outlet which is located in Mamak. As it is located in Mamak you can go there by using Ankara side way from Çankaya.

Optimum: Optimum is another big outlet which is located near Istanbul Road.

Acity: Acity is another big outlet which is located near Istanbul Road.

Where to eat in Ankara?

As being the capital of Turkish Republic in Ankara you can find many different restaurant alternatives. The ones that I mention is just a little part of them.

Göksu Restaurant: There are two Göksu Restaurants in Ankara. One of them is in Kızılay and the other one is in Çankaya. In both of them they serve many different and tasty foods. Especially for official dinners, celebrations and business dinners, Göksu restaurants offer you a classy atmosphere.

Hacıbaba: Hacıbaba is one of the most popular kebab restaurants in Ankara. It is located in Konya Road. They serve not only many different kebabs but also very delicious baklava.

Köşebaşı: Köşebaşı is a very well known kebab house chains in Turkey. In their quite classy environment they serve different kinds of kebabs. In Ankara Köşebaşı restaurant is located in Çankaya near Filistin Street.

Gar Restaurant: Gar restaurant also offers you tasy food in a classy restaurant. It is located in Filistin street.

Uludağ: Uludağ Restaurant is famous for meat foods. It is located in the cross of Arjantin and Filistin streets. Their special food is döner kebab with sauce.

Kukla Kebap: Kukla kebab is also famous with their tasty döner kebab with sauce. There are different Kukla Kebab restaurants in Ankara. One of them is in Cebeci and the other one is in Balgat.

Hacı Arif Bey: Hacı Arif Bey also serves very different kinds of kebabs. It is near Tunalı Hilmi Street in Güniz Sokak.

Tavacı Recep Usta: Tavacı Recep Usta serves food from southeastern part of Turkey. The location of Tavacı Recep Usta is near Hoşdere Street. They are famous for filled lamp rip.

Günaydın Restaurants: Günaydın is a very famous meat restaurant in Turkey. In Ankara there are different type of Günaydın restaurants. In Arjantin street, there is Günaydın Steak house in which they serve many different kind of steaks including dry aged steak.In Çukurambar, there is Günaydın restaurant in which they serve different kinds of tasty kebabs. In Filistin street there is Günaydın Burger which serves so tasty burgers. In Attar sokak which is parallel to Filistin Street there is another Günaydın restaurant serving kebabs and in Panora shopping mall there is doner house of Günaydın.

Butcha: Butcha is another steak house in Ankara. There is one in Park Street and another in Panora Shopping Mall.

Trilye: Trilye is a very classy fish restaurant in Ankara. It is located near Filistin Street in Çankaya. Trilye is a very good alternative for both official dinners and special days.

Lagos: Lagos restaurant is one of the oldest fish restaurants in Ankara. It used to be located in Çevre Sokak previously but in recent years it moved to Park Street in Çayyolu district.

Fevzi-Hoca: Feyzi Hoca Restaurant is located in Söğütözü near Çukurambar. In Fevzi Hoca, they serve both special Akçaabat Meatballs and fish.

Sushico: Sushico is another chain restaurant. One of them is in Panora shopping mall and the other one is in Attar Sokak near Filistin Street. They serve both Chinese and Japanese cuisine.

Quick china: Quick china is another chain restaurant. One of them is near Uğur Mumcu Street in Çankaya another one is in Ankuva Bilkent Center. Quick china serves Far East foods.

Teppenyaki Alaturka: Teppenyaki Alaturka is located in Çukurambar. The food it serves varies but most of them are cooked by Japanese cooks in far eastern style. The attraction in the restaurant is really enjoyable. Cooks cook the food in the grill infron of you while you are watching them and chatting with your friends.

 

Big-chefs:Big- chefs is a chain restaurant in Turkey. One of them is in Iran Street near Tunalı Hilmi Street and the other one is in Çukurambar in Ankara. In Big-chefs you can taste so different cuisine vary from pizza to steaks. The atmosphere of big chefs is also so classy.

Cafemiz: Cafemiz is very old café restaurant which is located in Arjantin Street. It has a beautiful atmosphere and it serves so tasty different kinds of foods.

Mezzaluna: There are two restaurants of famous Italian chain Mezzaluna in Ankara. You can try many different foods from Italian cuisine in Ankara. One of the restaurant is in Bilkent in Ankuva. The other one is in Iran Street.

Liva: There are many Liva restaurants and cafes in Ankara. In Liva, you can find many different food and patisserie.

Elizin: Elizin is a café restaurant chain in Ankara. One of them is in Tunalı Hilmi Street and the other one is in Panora Shopping Mall. Elizin offers you many different and tasty food and bakery.

Tadım Pizza: There are many Tadım Pizza Restaurants in Ankara. The one in Tunalı Hilmi Street has a great location. You can watch the street while watching Tunalı Hilmi Street. It is in Ertuğ shopping mall in Tunalı Hilmi Street.

Num-num: Num-num is another café restaurant chain. One of them is in Filistin Street and the other one is in Panora Shopping Mall. I can recommend Num-Num specially while you are going out with friends.

House Café: House café is a chain restaurant in Turkey. The one in Filistin Street offers you so tasty food and very different kinds of beverages.

Kafes Fırın: Kafes Fırın is famous for bakery. In addition to this it serves so tasty main courses and breakfasts. Kafes Fırın is another chain bakery café in Ankara. One of them is in Eskişehir Street and the other one is in Filistin Street.

Kebap 49: Kebap 49 serves many different kebab and pide alternatives. It is located near Tunalı Hilmi Street.

Aspava: Aspava restaurant is famous for wrap (dürüm) döner. In most of the Aspava restaurant they will serve you fried potato, salad for free. According to me the best Aspava Restaurants are Özçelik and Yıldız Aspava which are located in Küçükesat near Tunalı Hilmi Street. In addition to tasty food these restaurants work 24 hours so you have a great opportunity in Ankara if you get hungry late at night.

Hosta: Hosta is very old buffet chain in Ankara. There are many Hosta Restaurants in Ankara. We can say hosta is a good example of Turkish style fast food. If you do not have time and you would like to eat some meat, Hosta is definitely good alternative. Even though there are many different foods also, Hosta is famous for its tasty doner and ayran.

Café Lins: Café Lins is located in Bestekar Sokak which is parallel to Tunalı Hilmi Street. It has a cozy atmosphere.

Café Bien: Café Bien is also located near Tunalı Hilmi Street. It is so trendy especially in weekend evenings.

Bomonti: Bomonti is near Tunalı Hilmi Street. It is also trendy among young people especially in weekends.

New castle: New castle is pub chain. In Tunus street there is a good one serving good food in a great atmosphere.

What is nearby of Ankara?

Kızılcahamam: Kızılcahamam is 70 kilometers far from Ankara. It is near D-100 motor way while going to Istanbul. There is a natural park in Kızılcahamam in which you can enjoy nature. There are hotels and good restaurants in Kızılcahamam.

Bolu: Bolu is in the middle of Istanbul and Ankara. There is a natural lake called Abant and there are five star hotels in Lakeside. Moreover in winter time, there is Kartalkaya district in Köroğlu Mountains. There are classy mountain hotels in Kartalkaya. Kartalkaya is almost 220 kilometeres from Ankara

Beypazarı: Beypazarı is an old town near Ankara. In Beypazarı you can find silver manufacturers, shops, traditional food, museums and historical Ankara houses. Beypazarı is in north western part of Ankara and almost 100 kilometers far from Ankara.

Cappadocia: Even though it is almost 300 kilometers far from Ankara, I strongly recommend visiting this magical place in your trip to Ankara. You can see longer information about Cappadocia in my other city guide about Cappadocia

Eskişehir: Eskişehir is another big city 250 kilometers far from Ankara. By using high speed train you can go to Eskişehir in 1,5 hours. In Eskişehir there are museums, historical places, cafes and restaurants near Porsuk Spring. I strongly recommend eating Balaban Kebab, Çi Börek in Eskişehir.

Konya: Konya is also almost 250 kilometers far from Ankara. There is also high speed train to Konya from Ankara. It is almost 1,5 hours. Konya was the capital of Seljuk Empire and there are many historical remains in Konya. Moreover there is tomb of Mevlana who is very well known Islamic Philosopher and his philosophy is tolerance. There is Alaaddin Hill and Meram in Konya. In Konya don’t forget to eat Etli Ekmek and Tandır in Konya.

Kayseri: Kayseri is almost 300 kilometers from Ankara. Especially in winter time mount Erciyes offers you good accommodation with ski.

Ilgaz: Ilgaz is almost 200 kilometers from Ankara. It is a ski center in a forest. It is so beautiful not only in winter but also in summer time.

Elmadağ: There is a little ski center in Ankara called Elmadağ.

There are some little tips:

Emergency numbers:

 

Ambulance:112

Police:155

Gendarmerie: 156

 

Avenue: Bulvar

Street: Cadde

Sokak: Sideway

In this city guide, I would like to give information about Ankara especially to the foreigners who come to Ankara for both business and leisure trips. I hope this guide will help to the foreigners to enjoy their trips to Ankara.

Reklamlar

Kuşadası

Kuşadası

Kuşadası

Sun, sea, nature and history…
Kuşadası…

Today, i would like to write about one of the most beautiful holiday resorts of Turkey… Kuşadası…
In Kuşadası, you can find so many entertainments. You can spend your vacation either enjoying sea or impressive historical places or having spectacular attractions in aquaparks.
Where is Kuşadası?kusadasi_2
Kuşadası is located in Aegean part of Turkey. It is almost an hour far from İzmir, 2,5 hours far from Bodrum and 4 hours far from Marmaris. The location of Kuşadası gives you so many oppourtunities.
How to get to Kuşadası?
If you are coming from abroad you can come to Kuşaadası by using İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport. İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport is almost 50 minutes far from Kuşadası. You can come to Kuşadası from any other city of Turkey, you can use intercity busses. Moreover Kuşadası is one of the major cruise ports of Turkey and you can enjoy Kuşadası while having a cruise tour in Medditerrian.
Where to stay in Kuşadası?
In Kuşadası there are many kinds of accomodation oppourtunities. You can choose either small bed and breakfast hotels or luxurious all inclusive hotels according to your budget. Most of hotels are located in city center but there are hotels a bit far from city center.


What to do in Kuşadası?
In Kuşadası there are many attractions but the major ones are given below.
National park: There is “Dilek National Park” in Güzelçamlı which is a small town of Kuşadası and almost 20 kilometers far from Kuşadası city center. In this national park you can enjoy nature and swimming in the forest. The sea is gorgeous in the bays of National Park.
There are 4 bays in national park; First one is İçmeler which is more suitable for families with children as the beach is sandy and the sea is not so deep. The other one is Aydınlık Bay, it is the secnd bay from the enterance of National Park, the thrid one is Kavaklı Bay and the last on for tourists is Karacasu Bay. According to me the last one is the best one. The sea becomes deeper in your second step and as it is not sandy. The sea is like an aquarium in all bays of National Park.
Enterence fee is 10 TRY for cars, if you come with public transport you should pay 4 TRY.
There are many different kind of animal spicies in National Park.
You can get to National Park either with your car or by using pubic transportation.

Şirince

Şirince

Ephesus: One of the most famous places for tourist near Kuşadası is Ephesus ancient city. Ephesus ancient city is almost 20 kilometers far from Kuşadası city center.
Ephesus was founded almost 6000 BC. And for centuries many different civilizations lived in this city.
During your visit to Ephesusu, dont forget to visit library, amphi theratre, old church…

Ephesus

Ephesus

Selçuk: Selçuk is a neighbour city of Kuşadası which is famous for historical places. There is an important museum.
Mother Mary’s House: Mother Mary’s house is almost 5 kilometeres far from Ephesus. According to historicians Mother Marry spent her last years in the house in Selçuk.
Seven Sleepers: In first times of Christianity, seven young christian escaped from cruel empire and fell asleep for 200 centuries. The cave that they slept was also situated near Ephesus.
Şirince: Şirince is an old village on the top of the hills in Selçuk. Eventhough Şirince was a well-known place for Turks, after Maya calender told that Şirince would be one of the two places which would be saved in the last day of the world Şirince expended its fame among foreigners as well.
In Şirince you can enjoy tasty Aegean cusine, fruit wines, and shopping of native products.
Aquapark: One of the biggest aquaparks in Europe is located in Kuşadası. In Adaland aquapark, you can enjoy many different attractions. There are many different kind of slides and you even cant recognise how time passes.
kusadasi_4_aquaparkThere is also a seapark near Adaland Aquapark in which you can enjoy shark pool, pool full of exotic fish and many other attraction pools.
Parachute: There is an airport called Efes near Selçuk in where you can enjoy parachuting from plane. If you are interested in parachuting or want to try you can contact trainers in there and enjoy the view from the sky…
Horse riding: On the way to Selçuk, you can enjoy horse riding in the country club.
Night-Life: There is a bars street in Kuşadası city center if you like to go out in the evenings. Moreover there is a good club located in Yılancı Burnu in Kuşadası city center called Jade which is also a beach club in daytime. You can enjoy your evenings in there too.

Kuşadası city center: There are many restaurants cafes and bars in Kuşadası city center. There is a marina in Kuşadası and near Marina there are good fish restaurants. Also there is a port in Kuşadası which is usually full of tourists. There are restaurants and cafes in this so called Ege-Port.
Pamukkale: Pamukkale is a very well known place among tourists. Due to the minerals in the water of Pamukkale all rocks are covered with white layer which makes Pamukkale a unique place in the world. You can make a daily tour to Pamukkale from Kuşadası.
Söke: Söke is a town near Kuşadası which is famous for Outlets and stick kebab. If you come to Kuşadası and if you have time i recommend you to go to the outlets in Söke and enjoy shopping for resonable prices.
Ortaklar: Ortaklar is a town near Kuşadası which is famous for Stick Kebab. You can enjoy tasty lamp meat in small Stick Kebab (Çöp Şiş)Restaurants. If you love to eat and dont want to miss tasty kebabs, i strongly recommend you to go to Ortaklar.

Şirince

Şirince

Nearby cities: As i mentioned above location of Kuşadası is really so conveinent to travel to other cities like Bodrum, Didim, Marmaris, İzmir. It can be a good alternative for your trip.
If you don’t want to spend all your holiday in a hotel. I recommend you Kuşadası. Especially if you rent a car and travel to nearby places, there are so many attractions in Kuşadası. I hope this city guide will help you to plan an amazing summer holiday in Aegean region…

Land Of Beautiful Horses

Göreme Open Air Museum

Göreme Open Air Museum

Magical Cappadocia…

Today i would like to write about a magical place in the middle of Anatolia… Cappadocia…

Cappadocia is located in the middle of Anatolia and is famous for its unique nature due to the dance of lava rocks and wind. As a result of erruption of Erciyes, Güllü and Hasan  volcanos this land was covered with lavas. This volcanic rocks has been changed by wind and rain for millions of years so this unique place was founded. And this magical land is also important for human civilization. Hitite, Frig, Persian civilizations was hosted by this land. Moreover first Christians who escaped from Roman soldiers lived in this land and they built many underground cities both to live and hide from soldiers.

Whenever you reach  Cappadocia it’s amazing nature will take you to a magical world.

Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City

Where is Cappadocia?

Cappadocia is located in central Anatolia and it is so close to Nevşehir. The main towns in Cappadocia are Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Uçhisar, Ortahisar… There are many other towns but these are the most popular ones…

How can you go to Cappadocia?

You could go to either Kayseri, Ankara or Nevşehir airport to go to Cappadocia. If you are travelling to Cappadocia from Ankara by car, you can stop by Salt Lake and enjoy walking on salt crystals… But going to Cappadodia from Ankara is quite far when you compare with Kayseri. Ofcourse Nevşehir Kapadokya airport is the closest to this wonderful place.

Three Beauties

Three Beauties

Where to stay in Cappadocia?

In Cappadocia there are many different kind of hotels. You can either stay in a cheap hotel or you can stay in very luxurious hotel. I would always prefer to stay in cave hotels in Cappadocia. It is another unique experience you could try in Cappadocia. Some of the cave hotels are also luxurious. In your cave you could have all luxury and comfort.

What to do in Cappadocia?

Göreme Openair Museum: Göreme is a town which is close to the province Nevşehir. It is almost 10-15 kms from city center of Nevşehir. In this town there is Göreme Openair Museum where you can find many churches which were buit by early christians who escaped from Roman Soldiers. Some examples of these churches are Elmalı, Tokalı, Çarıklı Churches in Göreme Openair museum, you can also see chimney caves used as houses in those times.

Ürgüp: Ürgüp town is very famous in Cappadocia. There are many cave hotels and good restaurants. I strongly recommend Han Çırağan restaurant in Ürgüp but do not forget to make a reservation before going there. Ürgüp is also famous for hand-made carpets and wine.

Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum

Üçgüzeller (Three beauties): These are most probably the most famous chimney rocks in Cappadocia. These rocks are near Ürgüp town and due to their shape they are called chimney rocks with hats. There is parking lot just near them so you can make stop and take pictures and make some little souvenious shopping.

Uçhisar Castle: Uçhisar castle is located in Uçhisar town. It is the highest point of Cappodocia. You can climd to the top of the castle and watch this magnificent view. Moreover you can watch Erciyes Volcano eventhough it is so far from Cappadocia.

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Baloon Tour: Baloon tours are very famous in Cappadocia. There are many baloon tour companies in there. Baloons take off at sunrise and the duration of the fly is almost an hour. You can enjoy sun rise and watch the fabulous view of Cappadocia from the sky while sun lights are dancing on  volcanic rocks.

Underground cities: Another amazing attraction in Cappadocia is to visit underground cities. These underground cities were built especially early christianity times by christians who escaped from Roman soldiers. Most famous underground city is Derinkuyu underground city. Derinkuyu underground city has7 floors and there is school, graveyard, kitchen, ventilation halls, food stores etc. Thousands of people lived in this underground city in those times.

Avanos: Avanos is in the north part of Cappadocia which is famous for mud pots. For centuries mud pots have been made in Avanos. You can see many guys dealing with this and also you can prepare pots from mud.

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Ihlara Valley: The lava from Hasan Volcano, compose this amazing valley. You can walk near a spring, enjoy nature and see many churches in Ihlara Valley.

Ihlara

Ihlara

What to eat in Cappadocia?

In Cappadocia you can taste delicious Turkish cusine. You can enjoy beans and rice which are cooked in Turkish style, sarma (wrapped grape leave with chooped meat or rice) and many other traditional foods. Moreover i strongly recommend you to eat testi kebabı (kebab in pot). The waiter will bri break that pot just in front of your eyes and surve it to your plates so you can enjoy soft meat and vegetabled which have been cooked for hours in that pot in owen.

Erciyes From Uçhisar

Erciyes From Uçhisar

These are main attractions in Cappadocia, it’s a unique place and you will never forget this amazing experience…

Enjoy land of beautiful horses…

Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley

Meeting Point Of Blue and Green…Marmaris

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Marmaris Welcomes You…

Winter evenings nowadays are cold and dark so i decided to write about somewhere which will take you to summer time and melt your heart.. This article is about one of the most beautiful holiday resorts in Turkey… Marmaris… Marmaris is especially famous for pine forests, wonderful bays and amazing sea…I hope while reading this article your mind will take you from this cold weather to warm and sunny days again…

How can you go to Marmaris?

Marmaris is located in the South-western coast of Turkey… It has amazing beaches both in Aegean and Medditerrian seas. You can reach Marmaris in several ways. You can go by plane and land in Dalaman Airport and reach Marmaris from there or you can use boats from other cities of Turkey like Bodrum or even from one of Greek isle like Rhodes. You can go to Marmaris by bus from most of the cities of Turkey…

On the way to Marmaris you will have amazing view of Akyaka bay from the top of the hill, take it as indicator- you are approaching that famous holiday spot… After going down from the hill and reach Akyaka Bay you will start to climb again and reach Marmaris…

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Where to stay in Marmaris?

In Marmaris you have many oppourtunities where to stay. You can either stay in a small and cheap hotel or you can stay in a luxurious five star hotel. There are many hotels located in both city center and the small towns of Marmaris like İçmeler and Turunç. The location of the hotel depends on your choice. The sea in İçmeler and Turunç is better than in Marmaris but their location is a bit far from city center.

What To Do in Marmaris?

City Center

Marmaris city center is quite big when you compare with other city centers of holiday resorts in Turkey. There is a large marina(port) where you can see many yatches and boats. There are many different restaurants with large range of cusines. You can taste Turkish Kebabs, Aegean fish or even Chineese and Tai food. Marmaris give you such oppourtunities.

In Marmaris city center there is a big indoor bazaar with wide products range from leather clothes, diamonds, jewelleries to little souveniours and spicies.

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It is so easy to reach Marmaris city center from towns nearby by dolmuş (mini bus) which is a public transportation mainly used by tourist in Marmaris. On the front windows of all these minibuses the route number is written. So when you know the number of your location you can use them easily.

İçmeler

İçmeler is a town which is so close to Marmaris. It is almost 10 kilometers from city center and is famous for beachs and sea. As there is current in th sea water always stays clean and clear. There are many hotels and entertainment attractions in İçmeler … Many tourists go to İçmeler by dolmuş everyday to swim in beautiful sea.

Sedir Island

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Sedir Island is famous among all tourists who come to Marmaris because of it’s unique sand. According to legend sand was taken there by Cleopatra. That’s why the other name of this island is Cleapatra Island. Legends tells, Cleopatra loved to have sunbathing on this island. It is almost 20 kilometers far from Marmaris on the way to Muğla.

To protect this sand it is forbidden to lay on that beach. But you can enjoy swimming in that little bay which looks like a pool.

In order to reach Sedir Island, you can park your car in parking lot in Çamlı Port and take the boat which will directly take you to Sedir Island.

There are some ruins and amphi theater in Sedir Island. There is also a small cafe where you can buy sandwiches and drinks.

I strongly recommend you to visti Sedir Island when you go to Marmaris.

Kızkumu (Maiden’s sand)

This is another extraordinary natural bay of Marmaris. It is located almost 35 kilometers from Marmaris city center. In this bay you can walk in the sea for meters while you friends are swimming just few meters far from you. According to legend while a princess was trying to escape from pirates, she put stones to her skirt and started to walk on the sea while throwing those stones to water. Unfortunately the stones on her skirt was over before she reached the other side so she drawn in the water.

Kızkumu bay is on the way to Datça from Marmaris and it is so close to Orhaniye town of Marmaris. You can either go there by car or take a boat tour.

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Sea is wonderful in there….

Turunç Bay

Turunc is an amazing bay which is situated almost 20 kilometers from Marmaris city center. Turunç is just after İçmeler town on the other side of the hill. You can go to Turunç by boat also. There are taxi boats in Marmaris city center which can easily take you there so you dont have to drive in narrow road from İçmeler to Turunç. Turunç is famous for fabulous sea… You can enjoy swimming in wonderful sea in Turunç bay. In this small Aegean town there are also many hotels and restaurants where you can enjoy eating fish.

Dalyan

Dalyan is almost 75 kilometers far from Marmaris. You can go there by boats from Marmaris. Dalyan is a fabulous place due to wonderful beach where sea turtles leave their eggs in the season of reproduction. There are tombs of ancient king.You can enjoy boat trips in the canals of little rivers which flow to sea and even take mud bath which cures many kind of diseases.

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Jeep Safari

Jeep safari is another attraction for tourists in Marmaris. Jeep safari is daily jeep tour which takes you to one of little villages situated close to Marmaris. On this jeep tours you can go to Turunç, Akyaka and Kızkumu too. Travelling by jeep in forests of Marmaris is one of the most popular attractions among tourists. On jeep safari dont forget to taste real Marmaris pine honey from the village.

Daily Boat Tour

In Marmaris city center and İçmeler many different boats are wating to take you to beautiful bays of Marmaris. According to your budget either you can rent a boat with your friends or you can get on a public boat. These boat tour usually depart at 9-10 am and arrives at 5-6 pm.

Marmaris Castle

Marmaris castle is located on the hill behind the marina in Marmaris. There is a museum in the castle and restaurant/bar just near castle from where you can watch amazing Marmaris view.

Nightlife

Nigh life is great in Marmaris. There is a Bar street in city center where you can find any kind of bar or club you want. There is another place called Uzunyalı in Marmaris which was also popular in the past ,because of great clubs and bars, but recently most of them are closed and some of them moved to Bar street in city center.

Most popular clubs are Arenna, Back Street, Crazy Daisy which are located in Bar street.

As you can see a holiday in Marmaris isn’t just a beach hotel holiday. It is much more enjoyable…Marmaris offers you many attractions. If you want to have an amazing holiday, Marmaris Welcomes You…

Bodrum Bodrum…

bodrum_1  In this cold and dark winter days, i would like to write about a place which will melt your heart and take you back to those fabulous summer days in which weather is warm and sun is shinning…

In this guide, i would like to tell you about Bodrum, an amazing town in south western coast of Turkey.

Bodrum is famous for hot weather, classy enviroment and tasty Aegean and sea food…

Bodrum is also famous for white houses. All buildings in Bodrum are painted white which gives Bodrum a unique view.

People of all age can find something enjoyable in Bodrum… This is not an exaggration but the truth… For a little child is there anything more enjoyable than building castles in seaside on the sand? Or for a child is there anything more enjoyable than swimming in a sea clear like aquarium while sun is shining? You can see teenagers walking in the streets of Bodrum and chatting with their friends and laughing… In summer time you can hear headlaughs in anytime in Bodrum.. In the evenings fabulous bars and pubs are full of youngsters in Bodrum and music is on till the first lights of the morning… Mature couples can enjoy Bodrum evenings with wonderful weather and tasty seafood… Everyone has unforgetable time and warm memories in Bodrum…

Where is Bodrum?

Bodrum is situated in South western part of Turkey. City center is located in a bay of Bodrum semi island. Torba, Göltürkbükü and Gündoğan towns are located in northern part of the semisland, Yalıkavak, Gümüşlük and Turgutreis are located in west part of that semisiland and Bodrum city center, Gümbet, Bitez, Ortakent, Yalı ad Akyarlar are located in southern part of the semiisland.

How can you go to Bodrum?

Milas is another town near Bodrum in which an international airport is situated. You could come to Milas airport and reach Bodrum from there. Milas international airport is located almost 35 kms from Bodrum city center.

Another transportation alternative is getting to Bodrum by boats You can reach to Bodrum from other Turkish cities and Greek islands that way.

You could come to Bodrum by bus as well. From most of the cities of Turkey, you could come to Bodrum buy inter city busses.

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In Bodrum you can either stay in city center or in the bays of Bodrum. If you prefer to stay in Bodrum city center you don’t need to use any transportation for going to sea, restaurants or clubs. If you stay in the bays of Bodrum like Bitez, Torba, Gümüşlük or Yahşi Yalı you can take taxi or Dolmuş (a kind of public transportion in Turkey,mini bus) for reaching Bodrum city center but you will have much better sea to swim. Eventhough the sea in city center is good,when you compare with the bays it is not as impressive as them.

There are many different kind of hotels in Bodrum. According to your budget you can either stay in a budget hotel or luxurious hotel.

What To Do in Bodrum?

In day time you can enjoy sea in one of amazing Bodrum’s bays… Torba, Göltürkbükü, Bitez, Yahşi Yalı and Turgutreis have wonderful sea. You can also enjoy delicious food in cafes near seaside…

You can also enjoy sea sports like skiing. In most of the beaches there are oppourtunites to enjoy sea. Another popular activity in Bodrum is diving. With special boat trips you can go for diving and add more memories to your Bodrum holiday.

You can enjoy the bays of Bodrum by renting a daily boat tour or you can also use public boats. Usually during this tours boat makes a stop,so tourists can enjoy swimming in amazing bays of Bodrum.

In Bodrum city center you can find Bodrum castle, situated on a hill in Bodrum Bay. In Bodrum castle museum u can enjoy spectacular Bodrum view.bodrum_3

Bodrum underwater archelogy museum is located in Bodrum castle in which you can see many different finds from underwater.

Bodrum amphitheate is one of the oldest amphitheatres in Turkey. In summer time it is used as a concert stage.

Göltürkbükü is famous for classy beaches in which Turkish high society spend their holidays. There are many private beaches which provide you luxurious oppourtunities,dut to that prices are much higher than on beaches in other bays.

For the evenings, Bodrum city center gives you a lot of opportunities. You can either enjoy your evening in calm enviroment or you can party all night long. The most trendy bars and clubs in Bodrum city center are; Hadigari, Körfez, Halikarnas in bars street and Fink and Kuba in Marina street. Moreover you can enjoy Catamaran a night club on the ship,which gives you amazing experience of dancing while sailing.

What To Eat in Bodrum?

Gümüşlük is very famous for fish restaurants in Bodrum. Actually you can eat delicious fish and sea food in almost all restaurants of Bodrum.

Aegean part is also famous for fresh and tasty vegatables and salads..

There is a special dessert called Lokma in Bodrum. You shouldn’t leave Bodrum before eating Lokma.

I hope this guide could give you an idea for your summer holiday. In these cold and dark winter days i hope this guide has taken your mind to that beautiful holiday resort. Maybe it can even become a good oppourtunity for your summer holiday.

Dance of Continents… Enjoy İstanbul!

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Dance of continents…

Think of a city which was a capital for centuries…

Think of a city through which sea flows…

Think of a city which is the heart of culture of a country…

Think of a city which is the heart of history of a country…

Think of a city which is the heart of business of a country…

Think of a city which is the heart of entertainment of a country…

Feel the beat of that heart in your heart… Enjoy İstanbul…

Bosphorus Bridge from Suada

Bosphorus Bridge from Suada

This short essay is a city guide through this amazing city…

How can you reach İstanbul?

There are two main airports in İstanbul. One of them is Atatürk Airport which is located in Yeşilyurt in European Part of İstanbul and the other one is Sabiha Gökçen which is located in Asian part of İstanbul. Both of them are international airports. Moreover Atatürk International Airport is the main hub of Turkish Airlines with direct flights departing to more than 200 destinations.

How can you come from airport to city center?

There are several ways to come from Atatürk Airport to city center. Public transportation is developed so good.You can choose the most suitable for you. Subway through Aksaray, municipiality busses, Havataş Shuttle busses are the most popular ones. Moreover you can rent a car, take a taxi or order other private shuttle services.

If  you have to come to city center from Sabiha Gökçen Airport you can also use municipiality busses, havataş shuttle, private shuttle, take taxi and rent a car.

Where To Stay in İstanbul?

There is a great variety of  locations and hotels in İstanbul from the most luxurious residences to the cheapest budget hostels. So the location and the quality choice is up to your aim to come and your budget.

What to do in İstanbul?

First of all, please keep in mind Istanbul never sleeps. Eventhough most of the tourist attractions are located in European Part of the city there are so many things to do in Asian Part as well…

About History…

As Istanbul was the capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire for centuries there are so many museums, palaces and historical buildings.

Between Haliç, Bosphorous and Marmara Sea there is historical semi island. First settlements in İstanbul were founded in this historical semi-island. Moreover for centuries this location was heart of  Istanbul. In historical semi-island you can find unforgetable atmosphere. The most famous spots in this semi island are;

Sultanahmet Cami (Blue Mosque): This mosque was built in the beginning of 17th century by the order of Sultan Ahmet I. This historical mosque is known by tourists as Blue Mosque  as interior of the mosque is covered mostly with blue tiles. Eventhough it is still used for prayings, tourists can visit it during serving.

Ayasofya (Hagia-Sophia): This famous museum was built in the beginning of 6th century by Byzantine Emperor as an Orthodox Basilica. After Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city, it was converted to Mosque and after 1935 it is used a museum.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Aya İrini Kilisesi (Hagia Irine): Hagia Irine was built in 4th century as an Orthodox Church. It is located in the courtyard of Topkapı Palace. Now it is used as a museum and concert hall of classical music concerts due to the impressive acustic.

Yerebatan Sarnıçı (Basilica Cistern): Basilica cistern is the biggest indoor water cistern in İstanbul. This important place is used as a museum.

Topkapı Sarayı (Topkapı Palace): Topkapı Palace was built in 1478 by the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. Ottoman Empire was ruled from this palace for almost 400 years. This palace was both office buiding and home of Ottoman Empirers. Nowdays  it is very important museum.

Arkeoloji Müzesi (Arceology Museum): This museum is one of the biggest museums in Turkey. As it was located in the capital of Ottoman Empire, many different kind of show pieces can be found in there.

Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar): This bazaar is one of the oldest and largest indoor bazaars of the world. It is very famous among the tourists coming to İstanbul.

Beyazıt Meydanı (Beyazıt Square): Beyazıt square was the largest square in Bzytaine times.

Dikilitaş: This column was transfered from Egypt during Byzantine Empire times and located in old semi island of İstanbul.

Mısır çarşısı: This old bazaar is located in Eminönü near Yenicamii (New Mosque) and this bazaar is famous for herbs and spices sellers.

Yeni cami: This mosque was built in 17th century in Eminönü.

Aside from these magnificant historical places there are some other important spots to visit in Istanbul….

Haliç: Haliç, in other words Golden Horn, is the part of sea which seperates historical semi island and Beyoğlu. To reach from one side to anothere there are three major bridges. The most famous one is Galata Bridge. A favourite place for Istanbul fisherman in all seasons.In there you can eat traditional sandwiches with freshly caught fish. From Eminonu pier you can take a tour through Bosphorous.

Pierre Loti Tepesi (Pierre Loti Hill): Pierre Loti hill is located in Eyüp district. You can enjoy  awesome view of Haliç (Golden Horn) or simply rest in one of  cafes located in there. If you would like to go to Pierre Loti Hill you can use teleferic from Eyüp.

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Minyatürk

Miniaturk: Miniaturk, the largest miniature park in Turkey, was opened in 2003. In there you can see mini copies of all famous buildings of  Turkey.

Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower): Galata Tower is located in Galata district of İstanbul which was built in 583 as a light tower. Through b histroy it w as rebuilt  many times. On the top of the tower you can enjoy panoromic view of Istanbul.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

Büyük Mecidiye Cami: (Ortaköy Mosque) Among city dwellers and tourists Büyük Mecidiye Mosque is known as Ortaköy Mosque. It is located near Ortaköy square just near shore.Dolmabahçe Sarayı (Dolmabahçe Palace): Dolmabahçe Palace was built in the second half of 19th century . It was used as an administrative office and house of sultans for almost 70 years. Domabahçe Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in İstanbul. It is located just on shore in Beşiktaş district.  The thing that strikes ther most is architecture and gardens of the palace. In Dolmabahçe Palace, you can easily feel the power of an Ottoman empire. Moreover the founder of modern Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died in Dolmabahçe Palace in 10th November 1938.

Ortaköy: Ortaköy is located between Beşiktaş and Kuruçeşme districts. In Ortaköy you can watch amazing Bosphorous view while drinking a cup of Turkish coffee. Moreover Ortaköy is famous for baked potatos (kumpir) and waffels wich you can try in of the cafes,like native Istanbul residents. For years this place is a meeting point for young people.

Kuruçeşme Arena: Kuruçeşme is another district of Istanbul. Great concert hall is located in there. If you want to be a part of Istanbul’s high society life we recommend you to visit  Suada which is a small island just near the shore with good restaurants and clubs.

Bebek Koyu (Bebek Bay): Bebek is the most famous and luxurious part of Bosphorous. It is between Kuruçeşme and Rumeli Hisarı. In Bebek there are cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs.

Rumeli Hisarı: While going to north after passing Bebek Bay you will come to Rumeli Hisarı which is famous for breakfast cafes. Especially on Sundays, it is really hard to find even a parking lot both in Bebek and Rumeli Hisarı.

Taksim Meydanı (Taksim Square): Most probably Taksim Square is the best known place in İstanbul except Bosphorous. For centuries people meet and enjoy themselves in Taksim. In other words we can say Taksim is the heart of İstanbul.

İstiklal Caddesi (İstiklal Street): İstiklal street is the most famous street in Turkey. You can start to walk from Taksim Square to Tünel which was first subway in Turkey. In this amazing street you can see people 24 hours per day. There are some good clubs in side ways of  İstiklal Street. Besides İstiklal Street is full of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Nevizade: Nevizade is a district just near to the İstiklal Street which is famous for pubs and bars.

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Savarona

Çiçek Pasajı: Çiçek pasajı is a passage which is on right hand side while going from Taksim Square to Tünel. There are many restaurants in that passage.

Asmalımescid: Asmalımescid district is in the end of İstiklal street which is famous for restaurants.In there you can find classy fish restaurants and many other tastes.

Fransız Sokağı: (French Sideway) While you are walking in İstiklal Street through Tünel on your left side you can see Galatasaray High School. Just behind this high school you can see this little sideway in which there are many little cafes which are decorated in French style.

Nişantaşı: We can say Nişantaşı is fashion point of İstanbul. In Nişantaşı you can easily find fashion stores, luxurious cafes and restaurants.

Parkorman: Parkorman is the forest park near Sarıyer . Many concerts are organised in there.

Hamam (Turkish Bath): Many tourists who come to İstanbul visit Turkish Baths for diffirent expirience and new fresh sensation.

Saphire Skyscaper: This skyscaper is the tallest skyscaper in Europe. Its height is 261 meters including antenna. It is located in Levent district whch can be called a business center of morden Istanbul, full of skyscrapers and office centers. On the roof of Saphire building you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic view of Istanbul.

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Dolmabahçe’den boğaz

Çamlıca Tepesi (Çamlıca Hill): Eventhough everybody thinks that all attractions are in the European part of  İstanbul, there are many things to do in Asian Part as well. Going to Asian part from European part by boat is so enjoyable for most of native İstanbul residents and tourists.  Çamlıca Hill is located in Üsküdar which is in Asian part of İstanbul. Many people believe that İstanbul is located in seven hills and Çamlıca Hill is the tallest hill. There is garden, cafe and restaurant in Çamlıca in which you can enjoy your meal and watch Bosphorous.

Bağdat Caddesi (Bağdat Street): The famous street in Asian Part of İstanbul is Bağdat Street which is a very long and wid full of luxiouris boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Burberry. etc.. There are also many cafes, restaurants located in Bağdat street.

Sahil Yolu (Coast Way): This road is paralel to Bağdat street. Especially in warm and sunny days you can see  many people walking,jogging or just sitting in cafes. Moreover you can see isle of İstanbul from that shore.

Adalar (Isle): There are 5 isle of İstanbul to which you can get by boat. The biggest are Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kınalıada and Sedefadası. Büyükada and Heybeliada are famous for phaeton tours. Enjoy walking and spending time in isle.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

And now time  for entertainment…

There are  many restaurants and cafe chains which serve different cusines from all over the world …

Famous cafe restaurant, bars and clubs…

360 Restaurant/Club: There are three 360 restaurant/clubs in İstanbul. The most famous one is located on İstiklal street. While walking from Taksim to Tünel just after Galatasaray High School you will see “Mısır” block. On the seventh floor of this building an amazing view and good restaurant is waiting for you. 360 restaurant/club offers you delicious meal and superb Istanbul view. After eating your dinner you can enjoy music in 360 club.

Elio: There are two Elio Restaurants in Istanbul. One of them is located in Nişantaşı and the other one is in Sedef Island. Medditerian and Italian cusines are mostly surved  in there. You can enjoy both clasy atmosphere and delicious meals.

Lacivert Restaurant: Lacivert restaurant is located in Asian Part of Istanbul. It is situated  just on the shore. You can enjoy delicious fish menu in there. Moreover after making your reservation if you want they can pick you from European side by boat.

Kız kulesi (Maiden Tower): Maiden tower was built on a small island and you can go to that tower by boat. There is a good restaurant and bar. You can enjoy fantastic view of İstanbul  just in the middle of Bosphorous.

Mezzaluna: Mezzaluna is a famous  chain  of Italian restaurants. Enjoy Italian cusine in İstanbul.

Nuteras: In summer time you can enjoy good weather,delicious meal while watching Haliç view on the terrace of a classy restaurant/club Nuteras.

Mangerie: Mangerie is a cafe/restaurant which is located in Bebek Bay. It is famous for tasty desserts.

There are many local chain restuarants and cafes with unforgetable atmoshpere in Istanbul which serv tasty meals: The House, Midpoint, Kitchenette, Big Chefs

Suada: As I have already mentioned Suada isa an island which is located in Kuruçeşme shore. You can reach Suada by boat from Kuruçeşme. In Suada there are many fish and kebab restaurants and morever there is an open swimming pool in which you can enjoy swimming in summer time just in a middle of Bosphorous.

Suada

Suada

Reina: Reina is most probably one of the famous  clubs in İstanbul. Especially in summer time you can enjoy your meal and  after that dance the night away.

Sortie: Sortie is another good club which is located in Ortaköy.

Blackk: Blackk is another club which is located in Ortaköy. Eventhough it is not located just near seaside it is always full of young people who want to enjoy.

Corridor: Corridor is a bar which is located in Nişantası Reasürans building. It is famous for the Dj’s and good music.

Touchdown: Touchdown is another trendy bar which is located in Reasürans building.

Dükkan Burger: It is a chain of cafes serving one of the most delicious hamburgers in İstanbul.

Doğatepe: This cafe /restaurant located in Etiler is mostly famous for it’s magnificent view.

Abbas Waffle: This is the famous waffle buffet in Turkey. There are Abbas Waffle Buffets in some other parts of Istanbul but the most famous one is located in Bebek.

Sultanahmet Köftecisi: Sulttanahmet Köftecisi serves Sultanahmet meatballs which is located in Sultan Ahmet Square. They serve tasty meatballs with reasonable prices.

Kızılkayalar: This buffet is just in the enterance of Istiklal Street in Taksim Square. They serve  tasty hamburger and doner kebab with reasonable price. The most famous one is so-called “wet” hamburger, wich young Istanbul dwellers usually eat after a night out…

In addition to these famous cafe bar ,club and restaurants, there are world wide famous chain restaurants and cafes like TGI Fridays, Gloria Jeans and Starbucks…

Ofcourse the ones that I have mentioned above are just few…Istanbul always changes and every person can find what is right for him…

How about shopping?

Istanbul nowdays is becoming the world known fashion capital… You can find so many places for shopping.

İstinyepark: İstinyepark is very popular among natives… It is located in İstinye district of İstanbul. There are many fashion butiques such as:  Calvin Klein, Mark by Mark Jacobs, DKNY, Etro, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Vakko..

Levent

Levent

Kanyon: Kanyon is also very famous shopping area…. It is located in Levent district. It has anunsual arcitecture design. Such well known like Harvey Nichols, Lacoste, Max Mara, Vakko and located in Kanyon Shopping Mall.

Metrocity: Metrocity is another famous shopping mall  in Levent. As it is so close to subway, it is so conveinent to get there. There are almost 170 stores will give you enjoyment of shopping.

Akmerkez: Akmerkez is in Etiler district of İstanbul. It is also a great spot for shopping with just brands as  Diesel, Massimo Dutti, Tommy Hilfiger. Moreover after shopping you can rest and enjoy your meal in Papermoon, one of the most famous restaurants of  İstanbul located in Akmerkez.

Cevahir: Cevahir shopping mall is located in Mecidiyeköy. Cevahir shopping mall is one of the biggest shopping malls in İstanbul.  6 floors includes huge range of brands and shops from exlusive to most democratic one…

Trump Towers Mall: Trump Towers Mall has recently become one of the most trendy shopping malls of Istanbul .

This are just few  shopping malls….Istanbul is full of opportunities for any kind of budget and needs…

As you can see there are many things to do in İstanbul.. If you come to İstanbul for a few days it would be very hard to visit all those attractions.. Maybe even ten days will not be enough… So, this guide may help you to choose attractions that are interesting for you…

Enjoy İstanbul…