Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year, filled with festive cheer and jollity. However, there’s no denying that the festivities can start to feel somewhat stale; particularly when you’re stuck in the same routine, year in, year out!
A great way to break the sense of monotony is to book a holiday over the Christmas period, especially to a destination quite different. Not only does it provide an excellent way of escaping the chilly weather, but it also gives you the chance to explore a different country and experience Christmas in alternative surroundings.
Turkey is a popular choice in the winter months. Not only are the temperatures far milder that other parts of Europe such as the UK, but visiting out of the summer season gives travellers a chance to experience a different side to the country, without jostling for space with thousands of other tourists.
Here are 5 reasons as to why you should celebrate Christmas in Turkey.
1. Discover The Wonders Of Pamukkale
The weird and wonderful vision of Pamukkale is something that must be seen to be truly believed. The “Cotton Castle” offers both unique and stunning sights, with its thermal pools and the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis. As dusk falls on this picturesque location, it is one of nature’s most treasured sights.
2. Check Out The City Of Ephesus
The ancient city of Ephesus is remarkably well preserved, and visiting out of season guarantees that you’ll be able to explore the ruins without fighting your way through the crowds. Once the epicentre for trade and religion in the country, this one mighty city still has a distinct sense of grandeur, with basilicas, temples and ancient houses in abundance.
3. Experience Magnificent Istanbul
No visit to Turkey is complete without wandering the old streets of Istanbul. There are many wonders to discover, with its beautiful cityscape and its range of mosques, its awe-inspiring hippodrome and majestic Topkapi Palace and let’s not forget about the Grand Bazaar – Istanbul just cannot be neglected on your tour of Turkey.
4. Explore Cappadocia
A firm favourite on tours of Turkey, Cappadocia is one of the country’s most remarkable locations. The strange stacked rock formations, dubbed ‘fairy chimneys’ by the locals, create an eerie landscape, and the hidden caves of the ancient inhabitants give an insight into life in this seemingly hostile terrain.
2017 marks the 102nd anniversary of Anzac Day. Gallipoli is a place that will forever hold a large piece of history for the Aussies and Kiwis. It is a place that reminds us of the bravery and heroic actions that our brave solders took resulting in a massive loss of life. Christmas is a great time of year to visit Gallipoli as there are less crowds when visiting all the memorial sites as well as offering travellers an opportunity to see a place that holds so much history.