We got up very early (at about 3 am) for one of the best experiences of my life. View sunrise over the vast valleys, settlements as Uçhisar fly, large tracts of fruit trees, accompanied by hundreds of balloons, up and down, is a wonderful experience. For lovers of photography it is a unique opportunity. The balloon reached a maximum height of 700m, and the trip takes about an hour, depending on weather conditions. I invite you to make this experience.
When we got off the bus and looked at the fairy chimneys, the landscape suddenly felt very familiar, as if we'd just stepped into our favorite childhood fairy-tale, the type of place where elves and fairies live in mushrooms. The only difference is that these were stone mushrooms with whimsical shapes, sculpted by wind erosion and by material that erupted thousands of years ago from volcanoes, namely the now inactive Erciyes and Hasan volcanoes. The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, not surprisingly given that it's such a magical and geologically unique place. We wandered around for a large part of the afternoon and when we had to leave it was quite a let down.
Next to the famous churches located in the Open Air Museum of Goreme, the whole landscape of Cappadocia is dotted with houses and rock-cut chapels. The area is interestingly enough very rarely visited by tourists. Many of the houses and churches can only be accessed by climbing harnesses. Many come to exploit them and to practice their favorite adventure sport besides having the pleasure of accessing spaces not inhabited for years. Such a visit is fascinating and we can get a clear idea of how the ancient cavemen and the early Christians must have lived in these cold lands. Just a warning: Before accessing any of these buildings it is advisable to enquire in Göreme or another nearby town on the safety and condition of the buildings. There have been some landslides - so try be well informed.
When walking through Derinkuyu, you have to look at the small details and the layout of the rooms to understand the function of each room. You can make out the wineries (with small channels and a pool for pressing grapes), the blackened kitchens and even a Jesuit church! I recommend visiting the city with a guide, as it will be easier to understand how the ancient troglodyte people lived and you are also less likely to get lost! Many of the objects of everyday life from Derinkuyu have been donated to museums and archaeological investigations meaning that now we can only look at the rocks and soil distribution to try to understand what life was like underground 4,000 years ago.
All of the underground city of Derinkuyu has very deep wells that were used to supply water and air to the troglodytes inhabitants, sometimes half a year passed without them going outside. To get an idea of the depth which you descend to visit this city you only need to look at the ventilation holes. This, of course, is not for those who are claustrophobic.
At 100 km from Antalya, Turkey on the Turkish Riviera, we can find a paradisaical place called Alanya, just between the sea and mountains. I was there in October 2008. Enjoy the wonderful views and stunning sunsets. You'll certainly have a wonderful vacation here.
Scattered through the town, are some playgrounds that children will love. Specifically, stand for a while in the facility on the beautiful road to Selçuk Ephesus. But what is striking is not so much the parks but the exercise equipment that are scattered throughout the whole walk. Many inhabitants of Selçuk approach the exercise equipment-which is totally free-to practice their daily exercise. The entire playground, gym appliances, the safe walk ... very pleasant.
You cannot say that you visited Istanbul if you have not seen its wonders from the water, either by arriving or departing on a cruise ship the Bosphorus by ferrie. The trip to Istanbul is not short, on the contrary, to leave behind the Aegean, Marmara crossing, splitting it in half and see the domes of the city, very far away, as the sun makes metal glow peaks of the Minarets takes all night navigation. But the prize that we reserve the beautiful city well worth any effort. The first thing that gives our eyes is the set of the Golden Horn, studded with diamonds and emeralds in the shape of a Mosque (the Blue), a Museum (Hagia Sophia) and a palace (Topkapi), placed as a decoy so we can not go back. Once you have fallen into their networks and there is no escape, and continues engatusándonos with the Bridge and Galata Tower Dolmabahçe Palace and Maiden's Tower, on the water. Not yet docked the boat and voice sounds and muezzin calling to prayer to all believers of Allah Upon citywide echoes that surrounds a melody in that haze of mystery and romance that makes it unique .
Walking through the fishing village of Kas I came across this beautiful Lycian tomb in the middle of town. It's very similar to the ones in the Lycian archaeological sites throughout the south coast of Antalya and it's free to see.
For only 20YTL you can take a boat from Oludeniz beach and visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the area which are accessible only by boat. The food usually comes included in the price and although the atmosphere is a bit crowded the beaches are worth the visit.
Not what you think. Shortly before sunset, we caught a ferry for less than 3 € from Eminonu to Uskudar station and walked parallel to the Bosphorus where we found a lot of people lying literally on a padded carpet. This is where you become a sultan. Drink some tea, forget about the problems you have in Spain and ... relax ... let the sun shine on your face and enjoy the best skyline of Istanbul and the silhouettes of their mosques. It's no exaggeration, you'll see.
About 3,5 km from Pergamum is the Asclepion, a medical center of the fourth century BC. Most of the remnants are from the time of Emperor Hadrian (first century AD). There were healed all kinds of diseases, both physical and psychic, but not all patients could enter the Asclepion. Before admitting a patient doctors had to be sure they could cure the patient. But if they thought there was no cure, he was not admitted. The mud baths, hot springs and marble pools with curative waters were some forms of medicine as was the theatre. It involved patients as actors and audience, music and plays were staged. A capacity for 3,500 people. The Crypt-Gateway was an important way of medical analysis. The sick slept in the crypt-gantry (a tunnel that led to the building of therapies) and doctors there could hear and interpret the dreams of patients. On one side of this crypt there is running water to relax the patients. The building is a circular building with two floors. There are small pools in the columns. It retains the first floor and the interior and exterior stairs to the top floor.
IDO is a boat-bus of Istanbul, in the style of the famous Paris river boats, that began operating in 1987 in an attempt to alleviate the terrible traffic problems in the city. Today almost 100 boats travel the Bosphorus and some make specific tourist tours. My trip began near the Galata Bridge and ended in Anadolu Kavagi, on the Asian shore and the price was about 8-10 euros. The ride was quiet and allows you to see from the boat the Dolmabahçe Palace, Galatasaray University, Ortaköy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, the Palace of Küçüksu, Fatih Mehmet Bridge and many more places.
Although Istanbul is very easy to walk around, there is also a bus tour through the city. Tickets cost € 20 and can be purchased both online and locally at the red kiosks in front of Hagia Sophia or the Marmara Hotel in Taksim Square. There are 6 bus stops where tourists can get on and off. On the way you can see more than 70 interesting places, explained in 8 different languages, including Spanish.