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10 October 2010 – HotelsCombined.com has spotted deeply discounted hotel rates in the alluring land of Turkey. Average nightly rates for hotel rooms have dropped by 20% in the last month and are 25% cheaper than this same time last year. The hotel price comparison website believes that those feeling the pinch for the next holiday can take advantage of recent price trends and still make that exuberant getaway possible.
"We want to share unique destinations that other travellers have discovered and that are also very affordable. Turkey blends the warmth of the Mediterranean and the passion of Islam with the cosmopolitanism of the West. This exotic world beckons Australians to visit." said Sunny Gupta, Communications Manager of HotelsCombined.com.
HotelsCombined.com has compiled the top 5 reasons plus 1 extra special reason to explore Turkey.
Turkey is an open-air museum of the world's great architecture from post-Roman civilization. The Ottoman master architects used geometric and domed designs, rich materials such as coloured stone, exotic woods, gold and mother-of-pearl to make magnificent mosques throughout the land including the must see Blue Mosque famous for its blue-tiled interior. The Selimiye mosque in Edirne as well as the Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Church are awe producing experiences. An appreciation of Turkey's architecture includes historic ruins such as the Ruins of Ephesus which was once the Roman Capital of Asia Minor and the Hellenistic Theater at Termessos, which boasts of a seating capacity of about 10,000. The Temple of Greek-God Zeus at Euromos and the Pergamon Ruins also bring to life the mythological spirit.
Turkish Cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for the visitor with roots in the sultan's palace in Istanbul, where chefs perfected dishes with specialized recipes. Chefs would spend whole careers refining recipes and bring their palace reputation back to their villages in retirement. Beyond glorified kebabs and pide, Turkey breathes an aroma of flavour infused into skewered and roasted meats, as well as zucchini and eggplant combinations. Both yoghurt and special teas are common sides. As a result of this imperial cuisine, the general population has a raised expectation and appreciation for excellent food which continues today.
The Turkish landscape encompasses a variety of worlds to suit all moods including cliff-lined promontories and peninsulas, separated by deep-set bays and gulfs, trimmed with broad expanses of golden sand and the timeless, tranquil waters of the Aegean Sea. The sparkling seas of the gentle coastline and extensive pastures surround fertile lands guarded by the stark, mountainous interior. The country's mountains and national parks abound with wildlife, including brown bears, wild boar, lynx, wolves, red and roe deer, water buffalo and over 400 species of birds. Inward Turkey scenery is lush and fertile, the air softened by frequent rain and shrouds of mist. Sparkling streams cascade through wooden slopes thick with maple and alder. One of the first signs of spring is the sight of white storks perched on the city's rooftops in contrast to winter when the mountains come alive with glistening snowdrops. Turkey's Mediterranean coast provides a palette of paint when the blossoming fruit orchards and host of spring flowers carpet the landscape in vivid glistening deep colours or the ripened tobacco crop flow like liquid gold over the fields, melting the landscape into a blend of gentle hues. Cappadocia contains the most creative rock formations to be found anywhere in the world. Erosion by wind and rain has moulded the soft volcanic tuff into a molten, almost lunar landscape of fairylike chimneys and furrows of smoothly rounded obelisks.
Forget about the Trojan horse used in the battle of Troy - Turkey has an deeper history of infamous characters and war. The Goddess of love, Aphrodite of Aphrodisias, was worshiped in what is now known as the town of Geyre, where her shrine remains. Abraham is said to have been born in the Turkish town of Sanliurfa where he raised sheep before his migration to Palestine. Mount Agri is the legendary summit where Noah's Ark is said to have come to rest. At 5137 meters it is the highest point in Turkey, and its majestic peak is crowned with perennial snow. The Apostle Paul whom wrote Christian letters to the Romans and Ephesians was born in Tarsus, now southern Turkey. The original Santa Claus, Saint Nicolas of the town of Myra anonymously dropped gifts of coins down the chimneys of village children. Each town continues to carry the weight and glory of its historical significance. The battlegrounds of Gallipoli also remain open for visitors, preserved as a national park strewn with marble and bronze monuments, among the most emotionally touching places to visit in Turkey.
The health-giving properties of Turkey's natural hot springs have been renowned for thousands of years. Underground springs deep in the earth have been pouring out streams of hot mineral saturated water that has hallowed enormous circular basins in the earth, with rich mineral content coating them in a smooth layer of dazzlingly white calcareous rock. The ancients would dignify the graceful stalactites by building temples and a steady stream of pilgrims came to bathe in the curative waters. This pursuit of the healing powers of mineral rich water continues today in every town with the renowned Turkish Spa - your 'journey' to relaxation. Ginger tea combined with lavender scented warm towels and courteous private massages compliment the experience. The spa's focus is all about taking time out for oneself; to pamper the body, nourish the soul, and to reduce stress; it is not about rushing in for a quick spa treatment and then rushing out again. Turkish Spa's are not only located in major hotels like The Six Senses Spa at the Kempinski Hotel but throughout many towns that have their own natural springs and massage customs. One special healing spa known as "Kangal Hot Spring" is in the province of Sivas where the beneficial waters of 36 degrees contain bicarbonate, calcium, magnesium and also many small fish, which play a vital role in enhancing skin.
The most special reason to visit Turkey is that it is surprisingly affordability for everyone. With luxury hotel rates in cities like Alanya and Kusadasi averaging AU$70 per night in October, there is no better time to travel. Many hostels are also available for under AU$30 per night. Find the best hotel rates for your holiday online at www.hotelscombined.com.au.
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