Western Turkey is a rich stew of cultures, colours, and sights. Vacations to Turkey are all about excitement and fun because of the country beaches and beautiful scenery. The areas surrounding the Marmara Sea, specifically, hold gastronomy, a rich background, and tons of alternatives for the discerning traveller. Tourists make the mistake of skipping over other towns opting rather to pay a visit to with Istanbul. We are here to tell you, don’t do it!
We invite you to rent a car and hit the road! The highways from Turkey are easy to navigate and well preserved. We had the pleasure of performing a road excursion in the summer of 2013, and it was memorable. Here are the top five places you can not overlook in Turkey’s Marmara region.
Istanbul is Turkey capital city. Situated on the European and Asian countries, Istanbul is equally varied and distinctive. We recommend spending a minimum of three days here exploring the attractive sights of their Galata, Beyo?lu and Sultanahmet districts. Highlights include Archaeology Museum, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, the Ayia Sofia, and Basilica Cistern. Don’t forget to try Raki.
Day trip options from Istanbul: Bosphorus day cruise, Prince Islands
Çanakkale (pronounced cha-nak-kale) is an interesting seaside city that you must be time to find out whether you’re planning to see the ruins of ancient Troy, Assos, or the Galipoli Peninsula. Things to do in Çanakkale comprise amazing beachfront dining, seeing the Cimenlik Castle, Archaeological Museum, and seeing the Trojan Horse film prop from the film Troy (2004) starring Brad Pitt. This Trojan Horse’s picture was donated to the city after the film wrapped, and it is situated right on the boardwalk. WATCH The Best Seafood in Canakkale, Turkey: Yalova Restaurant
Day trip options from Çanakkale: Troy, Alexandria Troas, Assos, Galipoli Peninsula
Bursa served as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Things you can not overlook in Bursa contain walking or shopping round the lace bazaar, medieval walls, the Green Tomb (mausoleum of the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmet I), clock tower, driving the cable car, along with seeing the Great Mosque. Bursa is also home to some very particular type Iskender, of kebap. Invented by ? Skender Efendi, it is a tasty and inexpensive meal. Try one at the original restaurant? ? Skender (the tiny blue construction ). WATCH Eating at the First Iskender Kebab Restaurant. Bursa was especially liked by me since it felt like a version of Istanbul minus the water views. There are plenty of nightlife options and many university students around, offering a lively and young atmosphere to the city. Also, this will be the best location in Turkey.
Day trip options from Bursa: Uluda, Iznik, Cumal?k?z?k village, Mudanya?
Milli Park? (ski resort)
WATCH The Very Best Things to See & Do in Bursa, Turkey
Edirne, formerly”Adrianople,” stays close to the borders of Greece and Bulgaria. This is the second capital city of the Ottoman Empire in 1365 to 1453. Edirne is small in size but steeped in history that is fascinating. The city is best known including the Selmiye Mosque. It’s the highest minarets in Turkey and at its highest stage, stands taller than the Ayia Sofia in Istanbul. Other areas in Edirne include Maxidon Roman tower, the Alipasha bazaar, that the Üç? Erefeli Mosque, along with the best fried lamb liver on earth — it is the iconic dish of the city! Try it at the the family-owned Cigercisi Kemal restaurant. WATCH Eating Fried Liver in Edirne at Cigercisi Kemal Usta
Day trip options from Edirne: K?rklareli Uzunkopru and Svilengrad
Check out our Things to See and Do in Edirne, Turkey
Bozcaada Island is the perfect spot to get just a little R&R. Bozcaada sits at the entrance to the Dardanelles Strait a 20-minute ferry trip from Çanakkale. During the summer months that this number could swell to over 10,000, although bozcaada has an area of 38 square km and a population of about 2,500. Previously a Greek island known the Greek shore of Bozcaada, as Tenedos keeps traditional homes and its original street plan. The Turkish district offers a feel and look with hammams , narrow streets and fountains, and mosques. Life at Bozcaada is calm and easy. Go to the Bozcaada castle, head to the shores of Habbele or Ayazma for swimming, try the food, and stroll the city. Whether you are for the day or two, you’ll locate Bozcaada to be an escape from Turkey. Have a look at our Bozcaada island manual.
Been to the Marmara region in Turkey?
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