“To Do” List of the Turkey Tourists

Monday, February 25th, 2008

1. Experience splendid sailing on turquoise waters.
2. Feel the warm hospitality of the Turkish people.
3. Swim in the baths of Cleopatra at Haman Cove.
4. See first hand ancient artifacts from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
5. Enjoy culinary delights once offered to Sultans.
6. Walk the marble streets of ancient Ephesus.
7. Bask under the gold Mediterranean sun.
8. Bargain for a colorful Turkish carpet as you sip local apple tea.
9. Snorkel over submerged Byzantine towns.
10. Visit a crusader’s castle.

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Gokova

Monday, February 25th, 2008

paradise island 2Gökova is situated on the 27th kilometer (16th mile) of the Marmaris-Mugla road. The road enters the Gökova turnoff is lined with eucalyptus trees, forming a naturel tee-tunnel about a kilometer (half-a-mile) long. Passing through this wonderful canopy makes for a beautiful and exciting drive. Each corner of the bay offers different sites of beauty. Many stopover points of the blue voyage cruises are also located here. Thus, it is an important route between Marmaris and Bodrum. Bördübet, Karacasögüt, Okluk, Ingiliz Limani, Löngöz, and Yedi Adalar ( Seven Islands) are among the coves embraced by the bay. At the 30th kilometer (19th mile) away from Marmaris, while climbing up the steep and curvy road to Sakar Tepe in Gökova, looking out at the green of the plain and the blue of the sea in one breath will constitute unforgettable holiday memories. The bay, the plain, and the surrounding area just cannot be described by putting pen to paper; seeing them, experiencing them in person is a true necessity.

The History of Marmaris

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

marmar15.jpgThe Marmaris history is reaching back far in the ancient times. First becomes known in the fourth century B.C. as the city of Physkos, a part of the Rhodian Empire. The Rhodian Empire was formed in 408 B.C. with the unification of three independent Rhodian cities, Lindos, Ialysos, and Kamiros into a mighty single state. The capital of which was the newly constructed city of Rhodes. Previously these independent cities had possessed territories on the mainland of Asia Minor and with the formation of the new state, this area, primarily the Loryma and Datca peninsulas: those bodies of land stretching from present day Marmaris in the east, to the ruins of Loryma and Knidos in the west became the Rhodian Empire. The Inhabitants of the Rhodian Empire were accorded all rights as full citizens of Rhodes. marmar16.jpgMarmaris which was called Physkos in ancient times, was one of the most important cities and the was mentioned by name in the official correspondence of the time. According to Bean, Physkos was attached to the city of Lindos and as inscriptions show was incorporated into the Rhodian state at the time of Alexander the Great, around 345 B.C.

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