Dive into Turkey for winter sun and white sand beaches

Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy said that Turkey has cultural influences from Europe and the Middle East and Asia on its west.

There are many new attractions available as Turkey prepares to celebrate the centennial of its Republic in 2023. These include new diving and archeological experiences, as well new cycle routes.

Turkey: Where can I dive?

Turkey has recently opened its new underwater shipwreck Museum, where divers can explore wrecks from the historic Battle of Gallipoli.

The Gallipoli Historical Underwater Park is located deep in the Dardanelles Strait. It contains the remains of 14 battleships which were destroyed during World War I. Previously, you had to have a permit to dive there.

The British Royal Navy’s HMS Majestic, which was torpedoed to death, is one of the most well-known wrecks. There are also towers, castles, and trenches that can be found at the underwater site.

Which archaeological sites are worth visiting in Turkey?

Tas Tepeler

Turkey is home of many ancient sites. The latest project is Tas Tepeler, which spans a 200-kilometre region in southeast Turkey.

Excavations will take place in 12 different locations within the region, with over 250 megalith blocks in T-shaped shapes already found in Karahan Tepe’s ancient hills. These blocks look similar to the Gobekli Tepe UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These finds are expected to make a significant contribution to our understanding prehistoric civilisations, according archaeologists.

Hills are thought to represent the 12,000 year period when basic shelters turned into real dwellings and villages. The megalithic structures are believed to have hosted basic trade.

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The Troy Museum

The Troy Museum can be found on the site of Troy’s ancient city.

Construction started in 2013. The cube-shaped museum was designed to imitate an excavated artifact.

These displays, which span four floors, guide visitors through seven stages of Troy’s past, including the Trojan War and Ottoman Period.

Artifacts include sculptures from Polyxena’s Sarcophagus and axes, cutting tools, terracotta pottery, and glass bracelets.

Which arts venues can you find in Istanbul?

The Ataturk Cultural Center, (AKM).

The Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which was inaugurated on the 98th anniversary Republic Day, breathed new life into the city’s arts scene.

This state-of the-art complex includes an opera house, cinema and theatre, as well as several restaurants and cafes.

After the 1960s venue, named after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (the republic’s secular founder), was closed in 2008, the project took 13 years to complete.

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Where else can I find Istanbul-based restaurants?

Turkey is known for many things, but it is most famous as a destination for winter sun.

You can find a late-season holiday on the Aegean Coast. It includes Marmaris, Bodrum and Antalya.

Ersoy says, “We have over 8,000 kilometers of beaches and the season can be very long.”

It’s currently 28 degrees Celsius in Antalya, and the water temperature is between 25 and 26 degrees Celsius. You can also swim. You can also sleep at the beach. There are many options.

Where can I cycle in Turkey?

There are many great cycling routes throughout the country for the more sporty.

Visit the famous fairy chimneys by taking the Nevsehir route to Cappadocia. You can also explore Buyukada’s Ottoman-style homes on a bike or take a swim at the gorgeous beaches along the 95km Kapidag Peninsula.

Ersoy says that cycling is very popular, and there are many routes.

People who love to cruise the seas will be happy to hear that “cruises in Turkey have resumed” and “Blue cruises”, which follow the Turkish Riviera between Antalya and Bodrum, are extremely popular after the pandemic.

“We also have many good restaurants opening in big cities, especially Istanbul.”

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