So, November is here, and it’s the time of year when we start to look towards the end of the year. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the nights and early mornings are getting cooler, and we’ve started to pull out our winter clothes. If you’re thinking of escaping somewhere for a winter break, here’s 5 good reasons to put Turkey on your list:
- We’ve got our very own winter wonderland in Cappadocia. Famous for its incredible landscape and its fairy chimney rock formations, it is even more amazing when covered in snow which can start to fall as early as November, although it doesn’t generally start to “stick” until December. The sight of fairy chimneys covered in snow is truly something magical, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the pages of a story book. And as an added bonus, there is nothing better than cosying up near the wood stove in one of the area’s many charming bars or cafes with a glass of local wine after a day of sightseeing!
- You’ll have the ruins (almost) to yourself – Turkey has some of the best ruins around, but in summer it can be an effort tramping around them in searing summer heat with little to no shade – and let’s not forget the crowds. In winter, the days are generally pleasant, and you won’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to beat the crowds. You’ll be able to get better pictures and take the time to really soak up the atmosphere without getting jostled by others.
- This is the home of the original St Nicholas – that’s right, good old St Nick was born in the Turkish town of Patara to a Greek family. He went on to become the Bishop of Myra which is located near the modern day town of Demre. Legend has it that St Nicholas loved to secretly give gifts and would do things such as put coins in shoes that had been left out – this is where the concept of Santa Claus leaving gifts unseen, and of putting stockings out in preparation for his arrival originated from.
- It’s cheaper – Both airlines flying to Turkey, and hotels in Turkey offer some phenomenal winter specials (up to 75% reductions in the case of some hotels) so you’ll be amazed at how much ground you can cover at very reasonable prices. And the great news is that even though the prices may decrease, the service, famous Turkish hospitality and the facilities stay the same.
- You can warm up in thermal water – Turkey has a growing thermal tourism industry with towns like Pamukkale /Karahayit and Bursa sporting some very cosy and luxurious thermal hotels where you can soothe your aches and pains with a dip in the thermal waters. And of course there is the famous Cleopatra Antique Pool located in Pamukkale’s ruins of Hierapolis. And if you can’t quite make it to a thermal hotel, then there’s always the warmth of a Turkish bath to heat you up after a day of sightseeing.
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