Turkey is located in Asia and partially in Europe and it is surrounded by four seas. This country offers to its visitors a wide range of attractions. Ancient ruins, majestic towering minarets of mosques, countless kilometers of sandy coasts, oriental town filled with the voice of the muezzin and modern metropolises. LOT Polish Airlines offers flights to Turkey, to the major airport, which is located in Istanbul. This is a great starting point of every trip, where tourists can discover the city which is a mix of history with modernity.
Cappadocia and Pamukkale
Cappadocia, for many travellers, is an obligatory point of their trip. Amazing creations of nature and human hands, formed as a result of tuff petrifaction- ash ejected 3 million years ago by the surrounding volcanoes. The most beautiful forms can be seen near the village of Goreme. Place that is particularly worth seeing in this region is Üçhisar. It is called rock town, because the most of the buildings located in this area are precisely carved in the rocks. Snow-white terraces of Pamukkale, where the crystal turquoise water flows are another place that you need to visit. This unique natural formation was created as a result of limestone water, flowing from the numerous local thermal springs. Together with the nearby ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, Pamukkale is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. For tourists there are separated special areas where you can move around to avoid the destruction of the place.
Ephesus and Troy
Ruins of ancient city of Ephesus are in exceptionally good condition, despite numerous earthquakes, that this region had to face. While walking around this open- air museum you can touch the ancient treasures and feel that time has stopped here. Ephesus is unfortunately one of the pearls of Turkey, so it is constantly crowded with tourists. Ancient Ephesus was a thriving town and commercial center. Also it was a very important place of Cybele worship. It has also a great meaning for Christians. There was one of the first Christian communities in Asia Minor, and Saint John from Ephesus was a bishop here. There is no way to visit in a short time all the ancient ruins in Turkey. One of the flagship are commonly visited remains of Troy, discovered in the late nineteenth century by the German archaeologist Henry Schliemann. The ruins are waiting mainly for enthusiasts of archeology, because they are not as fascinating as Ephesus or Pergamon. Despite this, the mythology combined with fragments of giant walls affects the imagination.
Pergamon and Assos
Above the town of Bergama there are ruins of an ancient city of Pergamon, former capital of the powerful state Attalides. In addition to the famous library, there was also one of the seven churches mentioned in St. John’s Book of Revelation. From the hill of the acropolis you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city and surrounding areas. Ancient Assos is usually ignored by most of the tourist, but it really shouldn’t. Visitors will find there, among others, very well preserved ruins of the Temple of Athena and beautiful antique amphitheater which offers a breathtaking view of the sea and the nearby Greek islands.
Turkey is a very interesting country for tourists, full of ancient monuments, sandy beaches, exotic wildlife and unforgettable landscapes. In search of flights to Turkey, LOT Polish Airlines comes with help. The company offers cheap tickets to the largest airport in the country- Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The other important ports are Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (another international airport in Istanbul) and Antalya Airport, located near the most important Turkish holiday resort.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
The airport in Istanbul called Ataturk International Airport is the main airport in Turkey. Located on the European part of Istanbul approximately 15 kilometers west of the city center. The airport has two terminals international A and national B, which are located close to each other. There are many facilities for those traveling with children, as well as cafes, restaurants, bank, shops, post office, luggage storage, hairdresser, photographer, florist or a pharmacy. There are also facilities for the disabled, and access to the Internet. The airport handles more than twenty-six million passengers every year. Regular shuttle bus service connects the airport to the city center, the journey takes 30-45 minutes. There are also buses connecting international Ataturk Airport with Sabiha Gökçen Airport. From the airport you can rent a car at one of the several companies or take a taxi straight to the hotel in Istanbul. There is also convenient metro line Light Rail Service from the airport to Aksaray. It stops at the main points of the European part of Istanbul, including the bus station.
Sabiha Gokcen Airport, located about 35 kilometers southeast of Istanbul, is the second airport serving Istanbul. The port was built due to the increasing number of passengers traveling to the country. Sabiha Gokcen Airport serves both international and domestic flights. At the airport, there are several bars, cafes and restaurants, both local and well-known international networks. There is also a very large selection of shops, which are located throughout the whole airport. For travelers there is also a very large duty- free zone.
Passengers can also take advantage several banks and currency exchange offices, which are available for travelers 7 days a week. Additionally nine companies provide car rental services. Airport is connected to various parts of the city by buses.
This international Airport is located 10 kilometers east of Antalya. It is one of the largest airports in Turkey.
Its purpose is to primarily support tourism, because Antalya Airport is the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. Antalya Airport is large and modern. It was built for the millions of tourists who come during the season to relax on Turkish Riviera. It has two international terminals (T1 and T2), spaced about 3 kilometers from each other and also one domestic terminal. There is a bus service between the airport and the city center. Some hotels arrange the transfer for their guests, there is also the possibility to rent private buses at the airport and take a taxi.
Turkey Main Cities
Undoubtedly, the biggest attraction of Turkey are beautiful coast and amazing water of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Turkey is famous for its sandy, long and very well-kept beaches. Nevertheless it is worth to spend some time discovering the biggest cities of this big country. With cheap plane tickets to Turkey, offered by LOT you can visit Istanbul directly after the journey from Warsaw. The other cities, which should be visited are Bursa, Ankara and Izmir.
On the border of two continents
Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey and one of the largest cities in the world. Bosporus Strait divides it into two parts - European and Asian. Formerly it was called Constantinople. It is a unique blend of cultures of the Orient and Western influence. The city has an amazing number of monuments, mosques and palaces. Particularly noteworthy is the peninsula, which was formerly a medieval Constantinople, and before ancient Byzantium. There are located the most beautiful buildings, such as the famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Right next to it is the Grand Bazaar, which overwhelm with thousands of oriental souvenirs, cheap bags and colorful spices. The historic districts of Istanbul were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. An important element of the visit in Istanbul should be a cruise on the Bosporus.
Capital of Turkey
Located in the northeastern part of the country Ankara, due to its location is an important center for business and industry. Although Ankara is inhabited by over 4.5 million people, hardly anyone comes from here. Popular belief is that Ankara is not worth visiting. But it can be interesting for people focused on the history of Turkey, the development of its culture, but also the contemporary history. The biggest attractions include the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the best facility of its kind in the country, and the mausoleum of Ataturk. Near the town there are many archaeological sites, which also focuses the attention of tourists. Following the footsteps of ancient civilizations you can visit the Temple of Roma and Emperor Augustus or the ruins of Roman baths. An interesting point is also exploring the citadel with the Byzantine walls. While being in Ankara, you should visit the oldest part of town in the district of Ulus and the fortress on the hill. According to the records the first people settled here in the second century BC.
Bursa is now a modern city with a population of 1.5 million people. The city is so green, that Turks call it Yeşil Bursa- Green Bursa. It has numerous valuable monuments. You can see there many Turkish baths and street fountains from which you can drink water from healthy underground sources. The most important monuments are located mainly in the old quarter of the city. Here you can find the Green Mosque, Bayezid Mosque, The Great Mosque and silk bazaar. In the city there are also a number of burial mausoleums. In addition to numerous tourist attractions and historical significance, Bursa is also a modern industrial center, with the factory of Renault and Fiat.
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