Over the past two decades Turkey has become an extremely popular holiday destination, which is not surprising when you consider how much the country has to offer visitors. With Anatolian Sky you have the opportunity to get away from the masses and discover the true Turkey and experience real Turkish hospitality.
We pride ourselves on offering something different and we use our specialist knowledge to find resorts and accommodation which are full of authentic character.
A few of our favourite Turkish resorts are Kalkan, Old Antalya, Datca and Alacati. In these villages you will find a way of life that has changed little over the centuries, where the people who live here are more used to meeting local Turkish holiday makers than foreign tourists.
Even our larger resorts such as Fethiye, Oludeniz and Bodrum, have been chosen for their authentic Turkish character and unique qualities which will appeal to those who want to discover the real Turkey.
Central Anatolia is home to the oldest known settlement in the world, Çatalhöyük, dating back to 6,500 BC. Sixteen ancient civilisations, from the Hittites to the Ottomans have contributed to this exotic paradise over thousands of years.
Travel along roads that great warriors, colourful silk caravans and couriers of mail or secret treaties passed along many centuries before. Follow in the footsteps of St. Paul and the mystic Sufis spreading divine knowledge.
Anatolia was the home of Herodotus, the Father of History, and Homer who wrote of the Trojan wars in his Iliad. It was also home to Mevlana who founded the movement known as the ‘Whirling Dervishes’, the birthplace of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) and the place where the Virgin Mary spent her last days.
There are said to be more Greek ruins here than in Greece itself, and indeed more Roman ruins than in Italy. Wherever you choose to stay you are sure to be within easy reach of one of Turkey’s fascinating ancient sites.
Turkey is home to no fewer than eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic areas of Istanbul - where the 6th Century Aya Sofya and the 16th century Süleymaniye Mosque are particular highlights - the Göreme National Park in the fascinating region of Cappadocia, which is famed for its “fairy chimney” lunarlike rock formations and vast underground cities, and the natural wonder that is the calcium cliffs of Pamukkale or the “Cotton Castle” as it is known in English.
383 beaches in Turkey have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status and the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean regions are commonly known as the Turquoise Coast on account of their vivid hue. This combines with countless stunning inlets, isolated beaches and uninhabited islands to make the celebrated “Blue Cruise” route, one of the most idyllic sailing spots in the world.
For the Turks, a meal is a social event, so you can relax and take your time over your food. The Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world and the delicious food combined with reasonable prices in local restaurants “lokanta”, will ensure that eating out is one of the main highlights of your holiday.
An evening begins with the ‘meze’, lots of small plates of hot and cold starters, which can almost be a meal in themselves. There are more types of kebab than you have ever imagined, made from succulent meat. Vegetarians too will be spoilt for choice with a variety of stuffed vegetable ‘dolmas’. The fact that Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides - the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Aegean Sea - means that there is an abundant supply of fish and a variety of seafood, often freshly caught that day. To accompany your meal try the excellent local wine, the refreshing lager, Efes, or the national tipple, raki. You should round off your meal with a cup of thick, sweet Turkish coffee and a morsel of the world famous Turkish Delight.
Breakfast in most Turkish hotels is fresh white bread, crumbly ‘white’ cheese, (similar to feta), olives, jam or honey and often tomatoes and cucumber, which is traditionally washed down with strong, sweet black tea, served in a glass.
The shopping experience takes on a whole new meaning in Turkey, once you have lost your inhibitions, you will find that haggling over the price is half the fun of the purchase. Bartering can be hard work and you will often be offered a glass of apple tea to assist the process. Bargains include carpets, leatherwear, textiles, silver and gold. This brochure can only offer a small insight into this captivating destination, with its beautiful beaches, unspoilt villages, undiscovered coves and bays, clear turquoise waters, breathtaking scenery, mountains that appear to rise out of the sea, cities that sparkle with life and brilliant sunshine, all contributing to the holiday paradise that is Turkey.