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Turkiye, formerly known as Turkey, is a popular travel destination due to its mild climate, varied terrain, and abundance of activities, hotels, and restaurants.


What to do: Considered the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is steeped in history. Highlights include exploring the ancient theater of Aspendos, visiting Düden Waterfall, and a walking tour of the old town of Kaleiçi. Be sure to stop by a traditional Turkish hammam – where the body is cleansed and purified of toxins, resulting in increased blood circulation and a more robust immune system – it’s a healing ritual enjoyed by both locals and travellers.

Where to eat: The There are plenty of restaurants in Antalya to choose from, including the popular Seraser Fine Dining restaurant, which offers Turkish and international dishes. The Arma restaurant is known for its views – it sits right on the Mediterranean harbor – and its freshly caught fish dishes.

Where to stay: Ruin Adalia Hotel Sehir Merkezi, Antalya is a single dwelling. The hotel consists of several 19th and 20th century Ottoman mansions, built on two acres of land. History buffs will appreciate that the hotel is known as the largest archaeological dig site in Kaleiçi. The Ottoman architecture seen throughout — including the stained-glass windows and ornate Podima stones at the entrance — makes this a popular property.


What to do and where to eat: Known as one of the best scuba diving destinations in Turkey, Kas is where you can dive walls, canyons, caves and wrecks. Popular dive sites include Canyon, Big Cave, Tunnel Cave, Camel Reef, C47 Aircraft Wreck, Coast Guard Wreck and Neptune Reef. The blue team Diving offers many types of dives aboard their two dive vessels.

Where to eat: There are many casual restaurants, including Zaika Ocakbaşı, Passarella Restaurant, and Demeti Kas, which focus on freshly prepared, local food.

Where to stay: Club Barbarossa Hotel & Villas in Kas located in the peninsula of Cukurbag, enjoys an ideal location on the bay of Bucak. The property has an on-site farm and most meals are prepared with ingredients picked the same day. A popular activity at the hotel is yoga and pilates, offered on its viewing platform that faces both the sea and the mountains.


What to do: About an hour from Antalya is the resort town of Kemer, located at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. For active travelers, biking along the boardwalk is a great way to take in the views while getting some exercise. Highlights of the region include Phaselis, the ancient city, as well as Mount Tahtalı and Yanartaş. Be sure to take the cable car up to Olympos.

Where to stay: Maxx Royal Kemer Resort in Kemer is located on a private beach and attracts families who want to relax and enjoy the amenities (in addition to the beach there is a swimming pool and a water park).


What to do: Cappadocia is best known for its unique geological features and layers of history. Cave dwellings, entire underground cities and unusual rock formations known as fairy chimneys create a unique landscape. It’s the perfect place to really explore the outdoors – highlights include a sunrise hot air balloon ride, horse riding and hiking in the Red Valley, Meskendir Valley and Rose Valley.

Where to eat: There are many good restaurants in Cappadocia, including Areni, which is known for its traditional Turkish dishes like testi, köfte and baklova. For a splurge, visit Lil’a, an upscale restaurant located in the Museum Hotel, the only Relais et Châteaux property in Turkey.

Where to stay: A unique and popular experience among travelers is to stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia. The Kayakapi Premium Cave Hotel is located in the center of the town of Urgup, near the 10th century cave church, the historical mosque which dates back to the Seljuk Empire and overlooks the town of Urgup. The hotel has a swimming pool, spa, fitness center, wine cellar and restaurant.

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