Anyone on the lookout for a festival to explore will find plenty of fascinating possibilities from around the world. And a country that straddles two continents seems like a great place to start. Turkey, with its European and Asian sides, offers a lot of things to see and experience for every traveler who takes the time to discover and immerse in its culture. Festival lovers will find a wide array of events and gatherings worth checking out like the Sarıgerme Kite Festival, the traditional camel wrestling, and the various art, cultural, and film festivals held in different parts of the country.
But more than the festivals, Turkey is teeming with popular and hidden attractions and things to do that should be on every traveler’s radar. Here are just some of the things you would not want to miss when visiting the country:
1. Start your day with a traditional Turkish breakfast, preferably with or surrounded by locals.
2. Spend time exploring the country’s food scene. Eat baklava and taste some of the wide arrays of delicious Turkish Delights Istanbul and other cities or towns have to offer.
3. Enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee or tea at the café in Dolmabahçe Palace while admiring the waterfront view of the European side of the Bosphorus.
4. Go souvenir shopping or browsing through the hundreds of stalls offering a mind-boggling array of items at the Grand Bazaar and check out the wide selection of foods and spices at the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.
5. Admire the stunning architecture of some of Istanbul’s famous attractions like Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Topkapı Palace, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace, Basilica Cistern, and more.
6. Get your fill of some of the best Turkish street foods like dürüm, kumpir (baked potato with a wide array of toppings to choose from), lahmacun (Turkish pizza), simit, and so much more.
7. See some of the best attractions in the country’s European and Asian sides.