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Nature of Turkey - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Geographically, the Republic of Turkey is like an ancient bridge between old continents. The Anatolian peninsula is the westernmost protrusion of Asia that is divided from Europe by the Bosphorus and Dardanelles. This Muslim state is a continental country, and the geographic name “Asia Minor” describes it the best. This land is, indeed, like a small continent in many aspects such as climate. In some provinces, the difference in temperatures within 24 hours can reach 15°C.
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This land is also very diverse in terms of populations that inhabited it. Since prehistoric times, many nations settled here. Some were building whole civilizations and some moved deeper into the continents. Consequently, this plot of land was very important from a strategic and geographic point of view. Within the last ten thousand years, more than 20 different nations left their trace in the history of this region. Civilizations appeared and were destroyed; some became victims to invasions of enemies, some died because of epidemics, and some died because of natural disasters such as flood and drought.
The first natural reserve in Turkey was founded 60 years ago. Since that time, the number of reserves in the country has increased substantially. Some areas protected by the government that were initially created for archaeological excavations later turned into areas with rich wildlife and rare flora. For example, Olympos Beydagları Coastal National Park, which is always popular with tourists, is famous for its rare flora and fauna. Köprülü Canyon National Park at the east of the province has become home to unique ancient forests. Natural forests of this type do not grow anywhere else in the world. Besides its unique archaeological and geological treasures, Mugla Dalyan is famous as home to rare species of plants and animals. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The Republic of Turkey is one of the seven countries in the world with the biggest number of thermal springs – Anatolia has almost 1,290 thermal springs scattered in its territory. Of course, the presence of seismic faults makes the landscape of the country very rich in this regard. The warmth of these hot springs fluctuates between 20°C and 110°C, and they produce 4 – 500 liters a second. Turkey uses only a small percent of its mineral spring potential, but nowadays the country’s Ministry of Tourism and private investors try to develop resort tourism of this Muslim gem.
Disco ship in sunset at Side, Turkey Earthquake in a densely populated area, which leads to numerous deaths and significant damage, can be of the same power as disasters in remote areas that mostly scare wild nature. People often don’t even notice big earthquakes, which take place under the oceans. The north-west of Turkey, a very densely populated part of the country and an important industrial center, was damaged by two massive earthquakes in 1999. On the day of the catastrophe, the local government declared a state of emergency and asked for international help. Low amplitude shocks are not rare in this part of the country.
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Mountains close to the seaside do not let the influence of the Mediterranean Sea to spread deeper into the continent. This territory has a continental climate with changing seasons. The Anatolian plateau is more prone to extreme weather conditions than coastal regions. Winters are particularly harsh at the plateau. In mountain regions of the east, the temperature can fluctuate from 30°C to -40°C. The snow lasts up to 120 days a year. In the western part of the country, the winter temperature is rarely below -1°C. Summer is usually hot and dry with the temperature of more than 30°C. Annual precipitation is 400mm on average, but it is not the same in different regions of Turkey. Konya plateau and Malatya plateau are the driest regions.
Marmaris Humanized landscape of Turkey is inseparable from its culture. Even in the most isolated and hard-to-reach parts of the country, foreign tourists can find historic landmarks and ruins of abandoned cities that are now wild and uninhabited. In the past, it was home to ancient civilizations, large villages, and vibrant cities. When walking on an ordinarily looking road, there is always a chance that this road was used by great warriors of the East and West and colorful caravans thousands of years ago. Perhaps, this was the road that Saint Paul or his followers, or Sufis were walking on. There is always a chance that Alexander the Great or King Croesus fought with their enemies on the site where tourists stroll or have fun.
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Famous places and sights of Turkey

Aspendos Amphitheatre

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Turkey is famous for a variety of beautiful ancient amphitheatres. Nowadays, however, only a few of them are used today for cultural events. One of these amazing ancient theaters is located in the city of Aspendos. Together with the preserved aqueduct, the amphitheater is the main historical attraction of the ancient city. Many beautiful legends are associated with these constructions. According to one of them, two talented architects dreamed of marrying the emperor’s daughter, who was famous for her spiritual beauty.

The Emperor promised to give his daughter in marriage to the one who would build the most necessary building for the city. Thirty years it took one architect to build an aqueduct, and exactly the same to the second to build a wonderful amphitheater. The king was so … Read all

Gobekli Tepe

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Not far from the border with Syria in Turkey is the place Göbekli Tepe, which became known world-wide the megalithic circles. Each circle reminds a little of Stonehenge, but the circles of Göbekli Tepe were erected about a thousand years before Stonehenge. The purpose of the voyage is just as inexplicable as the way of constructing these giant plants.

The megalithic structures were discovered by archaeologists under the direction of Klaus Schmidt. The excavations in this area began in 1994. Besides the mysterious circles, the scholars have also found the ruins of the ancient temples and the other buildings whose age is about 12 thousand years. The archaeological excavations in Göbekli Tepe have been going on for more than ten years. So far, scientists have discovered only a small … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Turkey

Istanbul
Fans of excursions will find much interesting in visiting Yedikule fortress, which now hosts the exhibition of a museum. The castle was built by Byzantine craftsmen and was long used as a prison. Today in several halls of the fortress you will find collections of antique torture instruments. The museum is open for all guests. The building of beautiful Dolmabahce Palace was completed in 1853. The palace has the right to be considered the most luxurious palace of the city. As many as 14 tons of … Read more
Antalya
Fans of natural attractions will be interested in visiting Karaalioglu Park, which is located not far away from the coastline. Here you can stroll through picturesque tangerine groves and admire the beauty of graceful fountains and sculptures. In the evening the park is a favorite place of dates of couples. This is a romantic and a beautiful place that is always full of harmony and peace. An excursion to the Duden Waterfalls will be a no less interesting and exciting activity. There are special … Read more
Ankara
The mosque of Aladdin is a no less brilliant religious attraction. The construction of the mosque took place yet during the times of the Selcuks. The mosque has a square shape and is not distinguished by particular luxury, but there is something attractive and unique in its unforgettable design. Perhaps, tourists are attracted by the rich history of this ancient building. You can get acquainted with the history of the city and learn a lot about the first settlers of Ankara during the excursion … Read more
Alanya
Kızıl Kule Tower is considered the symbol of Alanya. The tower is located in the port area, and the height of the octagonal construction is 33 meters. Red brick has been used as the main building material during its construction. It should be noted that the name of the building can be literally translated as "Red Tower". The construction of the tower was completed in the middle of the 13th century. Today the tower is the location of Ethnographic Museum. Among the cultural institutions of the … Read more
Kusadasi
Kale is considered the most interesting area for excursions. A walk there would become a real journey into the past. You would see beautiful houses, mosques and colorful bazaars there. It seems that life in these areas hasn’t changed within century; the district looks exactly the same as a few hundred years ago. The most famous natural landmark is located on the Dilek Peninsula - we are talking about the National Park. There are hundreds of tour itineraries on its territory; there is also … Read more
Fethiye
At the top of a steep hill there is incomparable Fethiye Castle, which is associated with many interesting legends. According to one of them, the powerful castle was built by Order of St. John. Locals believe that the impressive fortification is guarded by supreme forces; they treat mysterious symbols carved on the walls as a proof. After admiring the old castle visitors can go to the eastern part of the hill, where there are several ancient tombs too. Fans of the mysterious myths and legends … Read more
Bodrum
Myndos Gates are an important historical object. Many centuries ago the gates served as one of the entrances to the old town. Previously the gates were a part of a powerful fortification; today tourists can see only the ruins of ancient walls that once have protected the city from uninvited guests. The only conqueror, who had managed to overcome this strong fortification, was Alexander of Macedon. According to historical data, after the capturing of the ancient city Alexander ordered to destroy … Read more
Izmir
Bazaar is an interweaving of numerous narrow streets and alleys, the territory of which is fully occupied by various retail stores, craft shops and eating places. Tourists will also find here several old mosques and beautiful national buildings, which were built in the 18th century. It should be noted that all historical buildings of the city are regularly reconstructed, so they look very well. Caravan Bridge is one more interesting historical object. The small bridge over the Melez River was … Read more

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