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Turkey: For Adventure, Culture and Cuisine

 

One of the benefits of traveling to another country is to experience an alternative culture.

You can barter at local markets, visit historical monuments and taste some traditional cuisine. Turkey is no different.

Istanbul, Turkey

Holidaymakers are flocking to Turkey these days and it’s easy to see why. Here are just some of the adventures you and your other half can get up to when you’re there.

Adventure

Whether it’s flying over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, touring the mosques and museums of Istanbul or walking through the ancient city of Ephesus, you’re sure to feel a spring in your step in Turkey.

Flying over Cappadocia, Turkey

Outdoor buffs will enjoy climbing, paragliding, hiking (be sure to see the Belgrad Forest when you’re in Istanbul!) and skiing in the winter.

Turkey is home to some truly beautiful caves as well, including Karain in the Antalya province and Insuyu in Burdur, just waiting to be explored.

 

Culture

Dance is a big part of Turkey’s culture. Belly dancing is performed in a variety of venues, from local nightclubs to the large Hodjapasha Arts & Culture Center in Istanbul.

The Whirling Dervishes

The Whirling Dervishes are also a must-see. This spiritual group perform the traditional — and mesmerising — ‘Sama’ ceremonial dance in long robes to traditional tunes.

Who knows, you might come home with a few moves yourself!

Cuisine

Finally, food in a country different to your own is always intriguing and vegan diners will be pleased with what Turkey has to offer.

Though you might typically think of meaty, Turkish kebabs, traditional Turkish cuisine actually includes a lot of vegetables.

Vegan food in Turkey

You’ll see eggplant, spinach and bell peppers used a lot and it’s not uncommon to order a vegetable dish as your main course.

Chestnuts in Turkey

Try the non-meat version of çiğ köfte, a wrap served at numerous fast food joints, and gözleme, a savory Turkish crepe.

So, vegans and non-vegans alike, enjoy the adventures Turkey has to offer!

Comments To This Entry.
  1. paper boat sailor November 5, 2014 Reply

    Great tips! Actually, it’s a common belief that Turkish cuisine consists mainly of grilled meats, when much of it is vegetarian and utterly delicious.
    I long to photograph a dervish in his trance.
    Lovely post.

    • Giselle and Cody November 9, 2014 Reply

      Seeing the Dervishes was one of the main things we wanted to see while visiting Turkey.
      We were also surprised by the amount of Vegan options that Turkey had. Many of their main dishes were already Vegan to begin with. Hopefully one day you will make it there to photograph the Dervishes. 🙂

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