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Fun and festivities in Turkey - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Turkey regularly hosts many music and cultural festivals, sports competitions, and exciting entertainments for the whole family. Turkey is a large cultural center and is one of the most visited countries in the world. Whether it is winter or summer, there are always interesting events and festivals all year round. Celebrate the winter season by skiing in snowcapped mountains and visiting premiers, festivals or live concerts right on snowy fields. The northern coast of the country has a relaxed resort lifestyle. There are also many interesting annual events connected with farming and business.
It took centuries to form the national cuisine of Turkey. For more than 500 years, the Ottoman Empire was involved in different wars that expanded its …
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Istanbul is the famous center of all festivals in the country. In summer, the capital hosts many music events. The majority of them are connected with famous performers and musicians. For example, The Pamukbank Dance Days event brings many famous dance groups to the country’s capital. Blues Efes Pilsen Blues, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, attracts many popular blues and jazz bands. This is a truly international holiday of jazz music and a unique opportunity to see improvisations and jam sessions of jazz music stars of international level and Turkish musicians. Kredi Art Festival is recognized for its concerts of different music genres, from rock and roll to classical music.
Spanish people have bullfighting, Italians have rooster fighting, the British hunt with dogs, and Turkish people have camel wrestling. As a rule, camel wrestling is adopted only in the Aegean region, but it is also possible to see this sport in Anatolia. In winter, tourists can see carefully saddled animals that walk in villages. Owners of these animals offer other camel owners to take down a challenge and try to wrestle with the animal. Only special camels that were raised as fighters are used in this sport. However, these wrestling sessions often look more like a comedy rather than a bloody sport. There is no sport in this tradition because it is very expensive to raise, keep, and train a wrestling camel. Only rich people can afford that. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The peculiarities of the national character, traditions, and customs in Turkey formed more than six centuries ago. This is the time when the Ottoman …
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Jereed (Cirit or Gokboru in Turkish) is a traditional sport in Turkey. Local people have played it since the Turkic Khaganate period. Horses have always been sacred and irreplaceable animals for Turks. They were virtually born, raised, fighting, and died on a horse. Turkish people even drank kumis made from mare’s milk. Javelin was the main game of Turkish people during ceremonies and was considered the oldest horse sport in the country. For the first time, Javelin was introduced in Anatolia by Alp Arslan, Sultan of Great Seljuk. The celebration is held every spring. When the game ends, the winner is selected by a council of professional players depending on points won by each team.
city on a hill Handicrafts Festival is a traditional summer event in Turkey. Perhaps, the art of embroidery was brought to the country from Central Asia by Turk nomads. Seljuk and Ottoman Empire soldiers had camps, holsters, and many other decorated elements. Decorative elements in mosques, such as chests for Quran or praying carpets, were covered with elegant embroidery, as well as gold and silver details. Many household items were decorated in a similar way – towels, bedding, and veils. Embroidery was based on geometric and floral patterns that were used in ceramics and silk, even though motifs and styles were different in different villages.
For the majority of people, Turkey is a synonym of endless beaches and quite inexpensive but quality vacations. This is true, but this is also a …
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Turkish music is alive in many old courses. It develops its own style that skillfully combines Central Asian folk melodies from the Seljuk period with Ottoman, Byzantine, Persian, Arabian, Balkan, and gypsy music. These traditional melodies sound in a new and interesting way when mixed together with popular American and European music styles. For centuries, Turkish folk music was developed by Anatolia locals who were also involved in the development of religious and military music, such as Sufi music of whirling dervishes, and music of janissaries of the Ottoman Empire.
Izmir is famous as the home of some of the oldest festivals in the country. At the beginning of September, the city hosts the International Trade Fair that is organized with the help of Izmir’s city administration. Music and other cultural events, which take place at the same time with the fair trade, were initially started as support activities. However, they slowly turned into very popular festivals. Every year, thousands of guests from all over the world come to enjoy positive emotions.
Turkey is famous for its fantastic resorts and beaches, but the country can offer much interesting to fans of active recreation. Not far from Bursa, …
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Everyone thinks that tulips originally came from the Netherlands. In reality, these flowers are native to Central Asia and Turkey. Tulips were brought to the Netherlands in the 16th century and quickly became popular there. Tulips are an important element in local art, folklore, and everyday life. Every year, the Islamic country hosts a unique holiday dedicated to this beautiful spring flower.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Turkey

Uniques spots of Turkey

Bosporus Waterfront

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
The most unforgettable walk in Istanbul will be at the embankment of the Bosphorus. Along this embankment you will see the most important religious and historical landmarks. Among them there is a wonderful Dolmabahçe Mosque. It was built by Karabet Balyan in the middle of the 19th century. This mosque is a bright example of the baroque style. It is also known as the most decorated mosque in the world.

Two more outstanding landmarks are located near the mosque. The Dolmabahçe Palace and Dolmabahçe clock tower were built in the second half of the 19th century. During the excursion tourists can visit various restaurants and cafes and after they are full the sightseeing program could be continued. Every café and restaurant have the open-air terraces. Thanks to that the visitors can eat ... Read all

Istanbul Cevahir

From the series “12 Largest Shopping Centers Worldwide”
The place that you must visit in Istanbul is the "Istanbul Cevahir", that was built in 2005. On the four out of six stores over 350 shops have located. Other stores are full of restaurants, entertainment stores, cafes. A lot of shops are oriented on the visitors with children. There is a children's theatre for kids and different rides and playgrounds.

Furthermore, the huge cinema and bowling center was opened in the mall. That’s why every visitor will find something by his preference. The most unusual place in the shopping mall is the skate park. Fans of rollers can ride on special grounds of different difficulty level. All the equipment for leisure can be rent in the entertainment center.

The "Istanbul Cevahir" is the best place for relaxing romantic events. On the six store there ... Read all
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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Turkey

Istanbul
Istanbul never ceases to attract fans of nightlife. Here you will find clubs and discos for every taste. Reina club is considered a popular holiday destination. Besides a dance floor area here work several restaurants. The dance floor of the club is equipped on the roof of the building, so visitors can fully enjoy the … Read more
Antalya
Antalya is a paradise for shoppers. It’s really hard to find such a large number of interesting shops and shopping centers in any other city of the country. Some shops offer visitors to purchase best Turkish coffee, while the others sell interesting souvenirs, cosmetics and perfumes. The number of jewelry boutiques, … Read more
Ankara
The famous Club Bull Bar is located near Kadir's Treehouse Hotel. The club is characterized by exotic and romantic atmosphere. There is a large fire right in the center of the dance floor, and all guests dance around it. There is no dress code in this club, so visitors can easily choose an outfit that fits their own … Read more
Alanya
Incekum is known as the most popular beach of the city. The length of the beach estimates more than a mile. It is perfectly suitable for family recreation, sports and entertainment. Beach area of the resort is divided into two parts – an east part and a west one. The latter one is sometimes called Cleopatra's beach. … Read more
Kusadasi
The great water park, Aqua Fantasy Land, works in the town. It is very popular among tourists, who are staying on holiday with their families. The youngest visitors will enjoy the colorful playground, the older children will be able to try out the roller coaster and amazing rides, and adults could relax on the … Read more
Fethiye
No less attractive is the Calis Beach, in which there are both sandy and rocky areas. The water is always warm there, and the sea is very calm and soothing, so the beach is especially in demand among families with children. On the beach there is a mud bath and a modern spa, a variety of sports fields and eating … Read more

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