Posted January 9, 2011 by BookingBuddy
Located more than 500 miles south of Istanbul in the southwestern Aegan region of Turkey, Bodrum offers an idyllic getaway along the coast. The port town sits on a peninsula that is flanked by two main bays, and is well known for its lively nightlife. The Bodrum Castle, built in the 15th century, sits high above the harbor, and is a popular stop for tourists. Bodrum holidays are popular for travellers because of the variety of affordable holiday package deals available with flights from airports in the UK.
Erenler Sofrasi: With a name that is derived from the Sufi tradition of welcoming guests, Erenler Sofrasi serves Mediterranean-fusion dishes prepared with fresh and mostly wild-grown vegetables. Cooking classes are available, which include shopping for ingredients at the local market before preparing a three-course lunch.
Aegean Gate Hotel: Nestled in the quieter Kumbuche region, the Aegean Gate Hotel is only a short distance to the excitement of the downtown area of Bodrum. The hotel offers views across the Aegean Sea to the Greek Isle of Kos, and is the perfect spot to relax. Rooms start at €90 for double occupancy, and a two-night minimum is required.
Bodrum Market: Though there are plenty of shops lining the streets in the downtown center, the Bodrum's weekly farmer's markets are a fun way to experience the local culture and a great place to find unique gifts. On Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, you'll find local vendors selling handmade goods, produce, and traditional foods.
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Posted February 16, 2010 by BookingBuddy
It’s not often that you can claim to have experienced the best of both worlds, but a trip to Istanbul may just give you the chance to do so. This magnificent city straddles Europe and Asia, with the turquoise waters of the mighty Bosphorus cutting through it. Its position made it one of the most important cities in the ancient world, and consequently, Istanbul has become a cultural melting pot. You’ll find youngsters in jeans and t-shirts walking through the centuries old streets, and old men in traditional garb waiting for their coffees in Starbucks. With such a wealth of attractions hidden throughout this huge city, it can be hard for a visitor to know where to look, so we’re here with a few suggestions.
Topkapi Palace – The former residence of the Ottoman Sultans is a sprawling museum complex these days. There are a maze of courtyards and passageways, and it may take you quite a few hours to complete your visit. Many of the buildings have been restored to their former glory, and you’ll have a tantalising glimpse in to the luxurious lifestyle of the various royals that have lived in the Palace.
Ferman Hotel – This relatively new hotel is probably not the right place for those who prefer their rooms in neutral colours. Each room is opulently decorated, with luxurious brocade fabrics and a rich gold-toned colour scheme, an ode to the living quarters of the Ottoman Sultans. It is conveniently located within easy reach of most of the city’s ‘must-see’ sights, and a stone’s throw away from the blue waters of the Bosphorus. There is a wonderful rooftop terrace restaurant, with views over the Old City, and a dining hall where breakfast is served daily. Room rates start from about £80 a night.
Ciya Sofrasi – This little restaurant on the Asian side of the city is a treasure chest of Turkish cuisine. Its owner and chef, Musa Dagdeviren, is an intrepid collector of traditional recipes from all over the country. The menu is in Turkish, so if you have no Turkish friends and can’t speak the language, then be adventurous and point at it with your eyes closed and hope for the best. You may end up with some tasty surprises, such as galya, a lamb stew with chestnuts and quinces, or a bowl of ezo gelin, a spicy, savoury lentil soup.
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