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FORMULA 1 EVENT
KAPADOKYA A LITTLE INSIGHT
EVENTS IN TURKEY 2009 DALYAN NATURAL BEAUTY
GÖCEK PEARL OF THE AEGEAN
SAINT PAUL ENCHANTING COORDINATES İSTANBUL HOT SPOTS ANJELIQUE BEYTİ RESTAURANT BODRUM HOT SPOTS MAKİ RESTAURANT TURKEY & THE TURQUOISE COAST A GOLFER’S DREAM LAND CAPTAINS CORNER ALAÇATI THE HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY Christian History of Western Turkey DID YOU KNOW Turkey’s Little Known Facts GUIDES MESSAGE
ÇEﬁME ‹ZM‹R KUﬁADASI
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Contributors Clifford H. Polley, Onur Özgey, Begüm Bak›r, Missy Johnston, Erol Altan, Erdinç Canberk, Mehmet Tunal›, Andrew Blight, Delio “Chip” Mir
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FROM THE EDITOR Clifford H. Polley
Dear Travelers, As the season starts it is a year with new comings as travelers are searching for new endeavors and experiences. Here in Turkey there has been a lot of energy within the country and so much happening throughout. Even with all that has been happening it is not hard where to start, this is the past visit of President Barack Obama and the mere presence in the country has been something that will live on for years to come. As an American here in Turkey it is truly an experience to see these new days coming to a country as Turkey, with already the leaps and bounds that have happened along the years. This year has yielded Turkey in a different light and has been magnified by all the high profile visits already which is on course to continue over the year. Since living here from 1993 it has been an extraordinary experience in Turkey and how the country has transformed over the years is nothing but exciting. Recently there has been a lot of focus on the country in many different areas and I would like to mention a few such as the overall Tourism, Golf and Yacht building industry which we will be focusing on in our next issue. Within this issue you will find both some stories about ancient sites, tour areas, cruising locations, local knowledge and as well areas that have been growing in great depth throughout the country such as Golf. The growth of Golf & Resorts within the new courses being created throughout the country along with 5 star hotels and link this with the incredible coastline of Turkey, you have blend that is set to boom. This year is the year of change and it is already in action being implemented from the world and as well in Turkey.
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Once again this year Istanbul is gearing up to host the Formula 1 races and there is a buzz in the air as times looms closer. This year it is the weekend of June 6th and 7th that the F1 races will occur here in Turkey at the ‹stanbul Park Circuit. The renowned German architect Herman Tilke designed the track and the 5,338 kilometer (3.317 mile) circuit had its official opening August 2005 with the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix. As for the time of the year it could not be better as the city will be in full swing of the summer season and should be an event to be on your “must see” list!! This year make it a point to visit this extra ordinary event F1 Turkish Grand Prix, where as you can watch the races during the day in Asia and return to Europe for dinners and entertainment along the wonderful waters of the Bosphorus. ‹stanbul, covering two contents from East to West is the only area which will give you such a venue in order to give the full experience to all the excitement surrounding the F1 races.
For spectators too, ‹stanbul Park's facilities are incomparable. The track has a capacity for more than 130,000 fans, 25,000 of whom can enjoy the action from the track's main grandstand. There is also parking available for over 12,000 vehicles. Guests of honour are entertained in the two three-storey VIP towers which dominate the skyline at either end of the paddock. Each tower offers excellent views during races - as well as suburb corporate hospitality all year round. With its state-of-the-art facilities, ground-breaking layout and exotic location, Istanbul Park is one of the world's most highly-regarded racing circuits - and a must-visit destination for any serious motorsport fan.
a place where all things can happen
Corporate Events Not only is ‹stanbul Park a world-class sporting venue, it can also provide the ultimate backdrop for your corporate events. During the Turkish Grand Prix weekend - or at any other time of year - the corporate services department will ensure that your guests will always leave with a broad smile on their face. The twin hospitality towers can host up to 5000 people, and are set against the stunning backdrop of the Herman Tilke-designed circuit, making ‹stanbul Park the ideal location for conferences, exhibitions and race-day entertainment. Corporates can choose from various package options - or our expert staff will create a bespoke package specific to your individual needs. Either way we will help you to plan your event from start to finish, ensuring your company is presented in a stylish, professional and impressive manner. Conveniently located less than an hour outside of the city centre, ‹stanbul Park is easily accessible by road, and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is just four kilometres away.
KAPADOKYA ‘A little insight’ Kapadokya is famed for its Lunar landscape, astounding underground cities and spectacular rock churches with their walls decorated with vivid Byzantine frescoes. The unforgettable landscape of this region originated as volcanic ash spewed out by Mounts Hasan and Erciyes during their active period. Eventually the ash solidified into soft tufa stone, and was then shaped over time by natural forces into a variety of “lunar” formations. Human hands carved the canyon faces, cones, and rock pillars into homes, churches and monasteries. The ancient region of Kapadokya lies in central Anatolia, between the cities of Nevﬂehir, Kayseri and Ni¤de. Here, the traveller finds one of the most fantastic landscapes in the world.Wind and weather have eroded soft volcanic rock into hundreds of strangely shaped pillars,
cones and "fairy chimneys", often very tall, and in every shade from pink through yellow to russet browns. Kapadokya is an extraordinary land, combining unique and beautiful natural features with a fascinating cultural and historical past. Hittites, Byzantines and early Christians established important landmarks here, as did Mother Nature with her stunning erosion of the soft volcanic deposits. It is also a wonderful region for trekking and for photosafaris. The scenery is breathtaking in all four seasons: miniature poppies in the springtime, the fruit and flowers of summertime, autumn's grapes and blaze of gold, and the winter blanket of snow.
Kapadokya - History Prehistory The first signs of human presence date from the neolithic and the calcolithic periods. Indeed, hearths, statuettes and lithic tools made of volcanic glass or bone have been found. The Hittites Signs of human life have been discovered dating from the bronze age and the Hittite period from (3000-1750 BC). The soil contained gold, silver and copper but no tin. Exchange developed with Assyrians from Mesopotamia who founded trading posts in the region. It has been established that writing existed in Cappadoce thanks to Assyrian tablets on which you can read the different taxes paid by the traders to
Spectacular rock churches
Astounding underground cities
the Anatolian landowners, as well as the interests they received from their debtors. A new artistic trend appeared in Anatolia, as a result of cultural and religious influences from Mesopotamia. In around 2000 BC, people coming from Europe and passing through Caucasus settled in Anatolia and they integrated into native life. Their language was IndoEuropean and they were influenced by the native cultural and religious rituals. Their writing was in the shape of cuneiforms which can be found on numerous plates. They progressively built the empire, Hatusas (today's Bo¤azköy) and after 600 years of reign they were defeated by the Phrygians and their empire was dismantled. Still today some Hittite strongholds remain in central and south-east Anatolia. The Persians After the Hittites other people took over the region, Kimmers then the Medes and then the Persians who named the region “Katpatuka” which means “Country of thoroughbred horses”. Alexander the Great a Macedonian king defeated the Persian armies in 334 and 332 BC and dismantled the Persian empire. The Romans Afterwards the Romans invaded the region and it became a part of the Roman empire. As it was one of the most extreme limits of the empire they built fortifications around Kayseri and brought in their legions. Christianity coming from Palestine spread in the south of Anatolia and then onto Cappadoce. The first Christians emigrated to the cities and villages and they started digging the first churches and settled in the dwellings made in the rocks. Byzantium After the partition of the Roman empire into two Cappadoce influenced by Byzantium that was often a battlefield between Sassanides and Byzantines. Under the ruling of Leon III, the idolatry of icons was banned in Cappadoce this rule lasted over a 100 years but it was hardly respected because the people who worshipped icons found refuge in the monasteries of Cappadoce. In the 11th century the Turkish Seljoukides led by their chief Alparslan invaded Anatolia and defeated Romanos Diogenes the Byzantine emperor.
Kapadokya - Culture The cultural heritage of the Cappadocian people is a rich mosaic of the many great civilizations that have inhabited the region throughout time. The people of Kapadokya are as colourful as the landscape and will delight you in conversation over tea, coffee or wine and warm you with their generous hospitality. They are an exotic people with a unique culture and set of traditions. Their art and culture is influenced by each of the civilizations that have occupied the region.There are several towns famous with different hand crafts as Avanos is a town very well known for pottary making. Its one of the great experince to have a demonstration of making pottary and tiles in cave room. Rug weaving is a part of tradition and life style of the Cappadocian woman and Gรถreme is a well kown town as a rug weaving center. The fertile soils have also provided a valuable export market of grapes of the area. Wine produced from the grapes grown in this region is such a unique vinyard that one of the most important International Wine Festivals of Turkey is held here each year! Kapadokya - Churches Since the most ancient of times men have hollowed out troglodyte dwellings in this soft rock and here at the dawn of Christianity the early Christians made countless cave churches chapels and monasteries. There are over 600 churches scattered through the valleys. The art style of the churches can best be considered in two categories being in the 8th and 9th centuries are the iconoclastic years. With decorations in red earth tones and symbolism in simple geometric motifs and in the 10th to the 13th centuries saw decorations on a plaster base that show the lives of Christ and various saints. In some of the churches the frescoes of the later period have fallen off revealing earlier decorations underneath. Kapadokya - Underground Cities Also in this region are a number of underground cities which were used by Christians as places to retreat to and live in until danger from their enemies had passed as these cities were wellhidden and safe. These were rooms for grain storage, stables, sleeping chambers, kitchens, wells and air shafts. Today they are well-lit and fascinating to explore The underground city of Derinkuyu, about 50 kms south of Gรถreme was at one time the home of up to 20,000 people and today there are 8 floors of tunnels open to the visitor. The ventilation shafts circular and descending from the surface to the lower levels, bring home the scale of the labyrinth and massive circular doors were rolled across the passages to seal the occupants safely inside. There are 37 subterranean settlements in the area although only a few are open to the public. Kaymaklโบ which is 10 kilometers to the north of Derinkuyu is smaller and less excavated with 5 accessible levels. Ballooning in Kapadokya Its a trully great experience and adventure of a life time. A hot-air balloon flight is unique from all other experiences of flight as there is no sensation of motion. Travelling at heights of up to 1500 feet the feeling is one of peace and tranquility with the earth slowly descending and rotating below you. Within moments after lifting off you become at ease while you effortlessly drift over the treetops and the spectacular Cappadocian landscape and it is like a dream to gently float over the countryside in complete harmony. The deep canyons and lush fertile valleys of Kapadokya provide the balloons with an ideal playground for a unique and memorable flight with the gentle winds carrying you over places that could never be reached except by balloon and is an experience to be had. In season you may even be able to pick apricots from the trees! Erdinรง Murat Canberk Prof. Tour Guide
S T N E EV EVENTS
2009 MAY • April 29th-May2nd, Tennis “DAVIS CUP” Group III Europe/Africa Zone , ‹stanbul • May 10th-14th, 28th Annual Marmaris Yacht Charter Show • May 14th, “Depeche Mode” Concert- Santralistanbul, ‹stanbul • May 15th-June 4th, 16th Annual International Theatre Festival, ‹stanbul • May 7th-10nd, 10th Annual, Göcek International Regatta • May 20th, UEFA Champions League Final - Fenerbahçe, ‹stanbul
JUNE-JULY • June 1st, Bodrum Sailing Club Summer Trophy • June 5th-6th and 7th, Formula 1 Turkey Grand Prix - ‹stanbul • June 5th-30th, 37th Annual ‹stanbul International Music Festival • June 10th-July 3rd, 16th Annual Aspendos International Opera and Balet Festival, Antalya • June 13th-20th, 37th Annual International ‹zmir Festival-Celsus Library, Ephesus-Kuﬂadas› • June 19th-20th and 21st, Powerboat P1 World Chanpionship- ‹stanbul • June 27th-August 3rd, International Tennis WTA ‹stanbul Cup Tournament-‹stanbul • July 2nd-16th, 15th Annual ‹stanbul International Jazz Festival
AUGUST • August 10th-16th, 'TED Open' 61th International ‹stanbul Tennis Tournament • August 10th-15th, Pegasus Airlines PWA Windsurf World Cup-Alaçat›, ‹zmir
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER • September 3rd-13th, Men's European Championship Volleyball Finals ‹stanbul and ‹zmir • September 12th-November 8th, 11th International ‹stanbul Biennial • September 12th, Ç›ra¤an Masters Tournament, Kemer, ‹stanbul • September 30th-October 8th, Sabre Senior World Championships, Antalya • October 1st-4th, Turkish Golf Open- Gloria, Antalya • October 24th-30th, Marmaris International Race Week • October 22th-24th, European Golf Club Cup Trophy- Klassis, Antalya • October 31th, Antalya “Alt›n Portakal” Film Festival
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER • November 24th-27th, Golf Gloria International Pro- Am Tournament, Gloria, Antalya • December 6th-13th, 4th Cornenelia Pro-Am Tournament, Faldo, Antalya
DALYAN “MOTHER NATURE AT HER BEST”
natural beauty This tiny village of DALYAN is in the province of Mu¤la on the South-Western Mediterranean coast of TURKEY set in the centre of a broad delta whose natural beauty is completely unspoiled. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and historic interest at Dalyan village which is situated by the side of the long winding Dalyan river. The area is under wildlife protection, which is surrounded by lush green fields breaking into spectacular mountain ranges. Located on the opposite side of the river is the ancient city of CAUNOS that is believed to be the second important city to have been unearthed and every year due to excavating more and more treasures are discovered. The area around Dalyan has some of the widest variety of wildlife to be found in Turkey, including some species of birds not found elsewhere in the world and many underground springs. ‹ZTUZU BEACH that is home to the rare CARETTA CARETTA sea turtles and has an incredible warm local hospitality that is enjoyed by all. Dalyan, in Turkish means 'Enclosure of nets fixed on poles used for catching fish'. Twelve years ago Dalyan was a small fishing village and the discovery of the endangered Caretta Caretta Turtles and the wildlife in the area led to campaign to designate the area for conservation.
Since 1989 Turkey has taken steps towards the conservation of wildlife and one of protected areas is Dalyan. The village has therefore retained its natural charm and beauty and has been a haven for relaxation that has blossomed and catering to all tourist visiting the ancient area. There are local restaurants in which to try Turkish cuisine, bars and shops. In summary Dalyan is a very unique destination full of culture, charm, history and contrasting beauty, excellent cuisine and unforgettable hospitality. The Dalyan channel, which is connecting the Mediterranean and Köyce¤iz Lake, wines its way to the sea via a small network of lakes, waterways and through the rustling reed beds rising between 34 metres in height. With its mixture of salt and fresh water these wetlands have become home to a vast number of fish and other water life and many species of birds, which feed in the area. From the Lake you meet with the Mediterranean in around 30-40 minutes with a local boat winding through the passages. Protecting and dividing the delta is the Iztuzu beach stretching for six km with fine sand and turquoise sea.
LIKYA ROCK TOMBS Likya Rock Tombs 4th century B. C. from the Lycia period within this city attract a great amount of attention as these are the tombs carved into the natural rocks on the Cliffside which became the symbol of the City. Here is Amintas which is the most beautiful and most magnificent one of the tombs and can be reached via small path ways. This tomb can also be seen from the below plains and when you come near the admiration against its greatness increases! At the middle part of the left column "Herparnias's son Amintas" has written with 4th century B. C. alphabet the identification of this person however it is not clearly known who this is. There are many of tombs that are valuable to be seen within the province and one of the most important of these is the one belonging to the Lycia period as this Tomb has a strange appearance ascending within the sea. There is a rectangular, wooden chords with a gothic style cover with arc on the two layered front side. Both sides of the cover is embossed picturing wars.
FIVE THOUSAND YEARS CITY OF CAUNOS... The ancient city of Caunos grew on the border between Lycia and Caria and had a particular culture as it was an independent city state. The city was named after Caunos who was said to be the son of Miletos and grandson of Apollo. Historian Heredotus says Caunos had lived a secret love with his sister who was named Calbis and after this was learned about this forbidden love Miletos did not want Caunos in his country. At this time Counos and his followers built the border city that sprawls over a broad slope overlooking the sea and the delta. Here at Caunos you will find an Acropolis surrounded by the city walls a theatre (which seats 1500), four temples, agora, shops, harbour, Roman bath and a cistern. Some of ruins are still underground and to visit this area you will need to cross the channel with a rowing boat and about a 10 minute walk to the city. If coming from the sea the area of Caunos can also be visited as part of a daily boat tour. Please note no private boats are allowed in this area only government permitted boats, which can be organized. MUD BATHS AND THERAPEUTIC SULPHUR SPRINGS... Dalyan has many therapeutic hot springs. The waters which contain chemical elements and sulphur are believed to cure rheumatism, skin, liver, spleen and bowel problems as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders. The Sultaniye Thermal Bath which is a famous Sulphur Bath in Turkey with it's water at 40 degrees C. this Bath has been used since Hellenistic times. The mud baths are also said to remedy for many problems and disorders as well as cleanse and beautify skin for everyone to try. Normally you would visit the mud bath (as well 40 degrees C.) with first applying mud over your body and leaving this to dry. After well dried then into the sulphur pool rinsing off leaving a refreshing feeling that will last for time to come. This is a activity that many guest visiting Turkey enjoy very much as it is something of a ultimate natural cleansing whereas the mixtures of the elements can only be found in such areas.
Ä°ZTUZU BEACH & The CARETTA CARETTA TURTLES... The Caretta Caretta turtle is listed as threatened on the Federal Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species List. These turtles with their large heads and reddish brown shells come to â€šztuzu Beach and nest from May to September. They have yellowish to white undersides measuring up to 3-4 feet in length as the turtle reaches maturity around 15 years of age they can reach a weight between 150 to 300 pounds. The mating takes place a few weeks before the female lays her eggs in the sand on the beach. The Caretta Caretta Turtle usually returns to the beach where they themselves have been hatched as there 'Home'. The adult female usually will lay eggs every two-three years. For these reasons this Delta / Beach is a very highly protected area and only a potion of the beach is opened to public and during the mating season the complete area is closed to pedestrians.
dalyan river trip
through ancient history
I was stunned and amazed the first time that I cruised up the Dalyan River from the southern coast of Turkey and saw the Lycian Tombs carved into the cliff side. This was in 1988. I have since done this trip up the river numerous times over the last 20 years and have enjoyed every minute of every trip. The best way to do the Dalyan River Trip is exactly as I have done, by embarking in flat bottomed river boats right from your crewed charter yacht anchored near the mouth of the Dalyan River. A crewed yacht charter for the southern coast of Turkey often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Göcek. Either starting ports are very close to the mouth of the Dalyan River. Once boarded your crewed charter yacht, cruise from either Marmaris or Göcek to the bay near Ekincik to anchor, and put aside a full morning or afternoon for this trip. It is best to have the Dalyan River Trip reserved in advance, but your Captain can also make reservations for you on arrival.
The mouth of the Dalyan River runs through a fertile delta, where, after gradual silt infill over many centuries, the mouth of this river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is now divided into fingers of shallow water meandering to the ocean through the silt and reed banks. The word Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And indeed bass, mullet and sea bream make their way up this river from the Aegean Sea to spawn in Köyce¤iz Lake, located further upstream. After spawning, the fish swim back down the river to the sea. The Dalyan River is actively fished, with nets strung across various parts of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of many a restaurant located in the town of Dalyan alongside the river. However, as the mouth of the river is shallow, navigation up the river must be in a flat bottomed river boat. A full business has sprung up along this coastal area of flat bottomed river boats gaily painted, built to cruise up the river, with a strong engine. Along either side of the river boat is bench seating covered for sun protection by an awning. Along with the boat driver will also be a guide well versed in the history of the area.
Across the mouth of the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, as this area has long been a nesting spot. The beach is closed during the nesting season for egg laying and the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and into the surf of the Aegean Sea. The trip begins from your anchorage with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. As you pass over the sandbar and into the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the "African Queen" revisited! This image is quickly dispelled as the river opens up into a wide expanse of water. Soon the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos comes into view. This is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock and your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins of the ancient city of Caunos. The ancient city of Caunos once sat on a bay of the Aegean Sea; however with centuries of silting, what is left of the city now sits inland perched on the side of the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins out to the sea. Even people who've claimed little interest in "piles of old rocks" have emerged well and truly impressed with the sense of history that emanates from this place; as the extent of the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression of the city that was once a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected in the architecture. There are even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops from a later time period. At the Caunos site, walk freely through ruins of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will explain the history and ruins as you wander through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and the Temple of Apollo. After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to continue up the river towards the town of Dalyan. As you cruise, look to the left, and up on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs will come into view. These complex cliff side tomb carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC - this is now most definitely a journey into the ancient world, and one of the few places where these tombs from the Lycian Civilization still exist. The sight is awe inspiring, and well worth the trip up the river. The tombs are best seen from your river boat, as they are high up in the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, so that all that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of how the tombs were ever carved and built. Getting close to the tombs requires the sure footing of a goat, and is not recommended. Besides the view of the tombs are better from the comfort of your river boat. Cap the trip with a stop riverside in the town of Dalyan at one of the Dalyan River fish restaurants featuring fresh caught fish and seasonal crabs right out of the river. As you dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish and seasonal crabs, gazing across the river at the Lycian tomb facades, congratulate yourself for being part of a once in a life time experience. After eating take a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, complete with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the sea and back to your chartered yacht, to continue your crewed yacht charter along the southern coast of Turkey. Missy Johnston
GÖCEK “PEARL OF THE AEGEAN”
“Turquoise Coast” Göcek is one of the ancient Lycian settlements found between those of Fethiye and Caunos, still keeping its secrets as historical writers have not disclosed the region's assets and history in full detail. Examples of rock tombs, monuments and ancient baths can be found in the bays and along the Fethiye highway. A prominent characteristic of Göcek is the fact that it harbours islands and coves located in large and secluded bays for about 11 kilometres. Since Göcek is a Registered Area of Special Protection in 1988 where multi-storey buildings are not allowed in the town center and its close surroundings. Göcek bays are as well under Special Protection and Governance which there is No allowed construction throughout the area and looked after very strictly in order to keep all the natural aspect of the area. Göcek has all the necessary infrastructure, capacity and spaces expected for a tourism center, yet it is renowned as a much more peaceful and quiet settlement compared to other tourism areas. The coverage of the Göcek Coves and the 12 Islands that are widely described as a hidden paradise, with clean Mediterranean water, green pine forests and beaches have rendered Göcek an indispensable destination for seafarers. The gulf of Göcek and Fethiye provides many opportunities to visit cultural sites such as, Caunos, Telmessos, Fethiye Museum, Tlos, P›nara, Letoon, Xanthos and Patara. The region has an incredible amount of History throughout and can be seen almost in all locations. There are many restaurants, cafés and bars at the promenade in the quaint town of Göcek, beaches are close by and one being the famous beach at Ölüdeniz (Fethiye) is only thirty minutes drive away.
Göcek life continues much as it has done for centuries, with phrase used by villagers to describe guests/foreigners as “guests of God”. Being within the coves of Göcek can be priceless to be away from the crowd, alone with one's thoughts communing with nature or spending some time with friends, or you may just spend the day with water sports within the tranquillity of the area. The sincerity of the villagers you encounter ashore and the rich history of the area makes for a very special experience when exploring Turkey by the sea. The region enjoys a virtually ideal climate, inviting waters and islands each with its own special attraction. The vast array of the attractive coastline on the Aegean and Mediterranean seas have given this region a special name, the “Turquoise Coast”. The Turquoise Coast is almost 560 km in length and extends from the North of Çeﬂme through to Antalya in the South. Within the coastline there are so many coves and bays it effectively doubles its length making cruising along its seas a very special experience. Mu¤la Province has 131 pearly bays located in the Gulf of Fethiye joined by a harmony of nature there is no place in the world beyond the bays of Göcek, where you can see as many different hues of green and blue You can explore even more remote locations during a blue voyage aboard one of the locally built yachts called Turkish Gullets. The Gullet is a modern adaptation of a traditional Mediterranean sailing yacht and the name comes from the Italian word “gouletta”. Gullets are locally produced from Aegean pine with wide decks and large comfortable cabins. With the Captain, cook and crew will be a natural harmony in making a voyage aboard a Gullet an ideal way to fully enjoy the turquoise coast of Turkey. It is easy to travel to Göcek with the International Dalaman Airport being only 15 minutes distance and with an easy transfer once you arrive all the stresses of modern day life will be dispelled.
Bays and Islands of Göcek Whilst taking a tour through the bays of Göcek you will enjoy the natural beauty and explore the many ancient sites that this beautiful region has to offer. The biggest of the 12 Islands is called “Tersane” which is sheltered from all winds. According to ancient sources, the island was used as a dockyard for the ships during the Ottoman period. Leftovers of houses and a shipyard from past ages can still be seen on the island. “Cleopatra Bay” is a large bay full of pine trees and known for its ruins in the sea. According to the myth, during one of Cleopatra's visits she requested for a Roman Bath to be built. The water, rich of elements and minerals, was very good for the skin and contributed to her beauty. Try it yourself - swim around the ruins and become as beautiful as Cleopatra used to be! The group of islands called “Yass›ca Islands” are wellknown for its sandy beaches. It is a great pleasure to discover the tones of blue from the sea and green from the pine and olive trees when you anchor in the shallow waters close to one of the islands. Do not miss to try one of the hand-made pancakes (Gözleme), which are made in the traditional Turkish way. “Göbün Bay” is a very calm bay with the crystal clear waters and the quietness of a lake. Here you can find a small cafe-restaurant, which is run by a local family. “Göcek Island” is the closest island to Göcek and can be reached in only 15 minutes. “Zeytinli Island” (Olive Grove Island): is located on the South of Yass›ca Island. As you will understand from the island name the island is covered with olive trees. There is an olive oil workshop is on the island remaining from Ottoman times. “Taﬂyaka Bay” (Spring):Taﬂyaka Bay that is located Northwest of the Tersane Bay is known for the famous Turkish painter Bedri Rahmi Eyübo¤lu and his friends who visited during the 1970's and felt such admiration for the beauty of the bay they also called it Bedri Rahmi Bay. Points of attraction around the bay are cold fresh water spring, a pebble beach decorated with oleanders, a fish painting by Bedri Rahmi and a kite mosaic made by artist Azra Erhat. In this bay you will as well find rock cut tombs on the North side and notice areas of old houses some under water. The people who find the path to climb up the mountain will reach within half an hour the Kilisebelen village, where there are several houses of the village and magnificent views of Dalaman plain, Dalaman airport, Kocagöl and Baba island which make the walk well worthwhile. “Sarsala Bay” is another preferred bay by sailors with a natural bay ideal for swimming or spending the night in. It is an attractive bay, which is one of the larger bays further outside and ideal for water sports and nice anchorages. Truly Göcek is a place that must be visited as the absolute jewel of the area and will mesmerize its guest for centuries to come. One last warning! Please prepare yourself as you will want to return every year after visiting Göcek!
IN THE STEPS OF
SAINT PAUL a native of
Anatolia There are so many articles and books that have been written about St. Paul and especially his trips on land but there have been very few articles about his sailings. What kind of difficulties he had..! On what type of ships or boats did he use to travel etc...! So far there is very poor information about this field in any one writing for his journeys. For this reason we have tried to locate some of the sight names along the Turkish Coastline for our article “In the Steps of Saint Paul”. These were the difficult trips by ship that can be documented along the South & West Coast of Turkey. Saint Paul… a native of Anatolia, born in Cilicia where his house still stands and is visible even today.
The sailing of St. Paul around the coast line of the Asian Minor on his Journeys by ship. 1st . Journey 1. Antioch of Seleucid (Antakya) 2. Perge (Aksu) 3. Attalia (Antalya)
Port of call (Possible Sea Ports) Antakya Antalya
2nd. Journey 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Tarsus Patara Miletos (Milet-Balat) Ephesus (Efes) Cnidus
Mersin Patara Didim Kuﬂadas› Marmaris
3rd. Journey 9. Antioch of Seleucid 10. Tarsus 11. Ephesus (Efes) 12. Symirna (‹zmir) 13. Assos (Behramkale) 14. Troas (-Geyikli) 15. Miletos 16. Patara
4th. Journey on the way to Rome 17. Myra (Demre-Kale)
Port of call (Possible Sea Ports) Antakya Mersin Kuﬂadas› ‹zmir Behramkale Odun ‹skelesi Didim Patara
SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA MINOR (Anatoila) PERGAMUM (Bergama) Establish as a military center for Macedonian army and then became very prosperous city and was controlling the whole West coast of Asia-Minor (Anatolia) and first found in historical documents from around 323 B.C. after the death of Alexander the Great when his general Lysimachus hid around 9000 gold bullions ... “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write... thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is : and thou holdest fast my name... But I have a few things against thee... Repent... To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:12-14,16,17) THYATIRA (Akhisar) This small industrial town of Lydia was a military outpost established to protect Pergamum and Sardis. (Acts 16:14). As the Greek God Apollo, Roman emperors were worshiped. “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write… I am he, which searcheth the reins and hearts : and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him I will power over the nations : And he shall rule them with a rod of iron. And I will give him the morning star.” (Revelation 2: 18,23,26-28) SMYRNA (İzmir) This third largest city and one of the main sea ports of Turkey, built on end of a huge gulf and was a great commercial center of Asia-minor. At Smyrna, the Christians suffered for the persecution through the centuries such as Polycarp of Smyrna. “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write… be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life… He that overcometh shall not to be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2: 8,10,11) SARDIS (Sart) - (Salihli) Located right on the ancient Royal Road, Sardis was the religious and commercial capital of Lydia throughout the centuries in classic ages. This city still has a great synagogue that was restored over the years. Here the Great Temple of Artemis is also worth to see. “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write…be watchful…for I have not found thy works perfect before God… Thou hast a few names even in Sardis, which have not defiled their garments… for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life…” (Revelation 3: 1-6) PHILADELPHIA (Alaşehir) Ruins of a small Apocalypse Byzantine church could be visited in town of Alaﬂehir. (Revelation 2: 7-13). “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write… be hold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it, for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not dine my name… hold that fast which thou hast, that no take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God… And I will write upon him to the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, Which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of the heaven from my God, and I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelation 3: 7, 8, 11,12 ) LAODICIA (Eskihisar) Located near Hierapolis, once this city was the commercial and religious metropolis of the Eastern Caria along the river Lycos (a river of the main river Meander). After the catastrophic earthquake in the first century A.D., the people refused the financial help of Roman Emperors and built their own city again which was named Laodicia and Hierapolis whereas having common cultural background. “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write… thou art neither cold nor hot…so then because thou art lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth…be hold, I stand at the door, and knock…to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcome and set down with my Father in his throne… HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES.” ( Rev. 3:14-16, 20-22 )
EPHESUS (Efes) (Selçuk, near Kuşadası) The Great City, once it had the largest population in the ancient world where one of the Seven Wonders of the World was dedicated to the honor of Artemis. The City is the birthplace of Artemis on whom fertility and beauty features of Cybele and Dina mixed or equated by the Greeks. It was said that St Paul stayed in the City for two years and where the silver smith named Demetrius created a riot… Apollos was born in Alexandria and was very strong in the scriptures whereas he came to Ephesus. Within the Synagogues he began preaching in a very strong way and publicly showing the scriptures that Jesus was Christ, and it came to pass while Apollos was in Corinth. “Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus.., disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And This continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul…” (Acts. 18: 24,26,28 - 19: 1,9-11, 24-41). “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write…do the first work ; or else I will come unto the quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent… To him that overcometh will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Rev. 2: 1,5,7)
Ecumenical Councils To formulate, organized and define Orthodoxy, creeds, various matters and heretics in belief of Christianity, the seven Ecumenical Councils organized on Asia Minor (Anatolia) starting from forth century A.D. as : 1- 325 A.D. - Council of NICIA (1st.) Relations of Jesus and God Father 2- 381 A.D - Council of Constantinople (1st.) Trinity and finalization of 1st. meting doctrine 3- 431 A.D. - Council of Ephesus Denying that Mary is the mother of God 4- 451 A.D. - Council of Chalcedon Incarnation of Christ 5- 553 A.D. - Council of Constantinople (2nd.) Three chapters “ heretical” 6- 680 A.D. - Council of Constantinople (3rd.) Divine wills of Christ 7- 787 A.D. - Council of Constantinople (2nd.) Affirming the veneration of images. (Icons)
HAGIA SOPHIA (41°0'29"N 28°58'47"E) with a 33 meter wide dome dating back to the 6th century it is among the most ambitious building projects ever undertaken even to date. It was considered to be the most “sacred piece” of the city during the Byzantine age. After 1453, it was converted to a mosque and in 1935 it was opened to visitors as a museum. THE TOPKAPI PALACE (41°0'46"N 28°59'2"E) was the political centre of the Ottoman Empire for 4 centuries and is situated on the tip of old Constantinople. It now serves as a museum where Ottoman kitchen equipments, clothing, jewelled thrones, daggers and the world wide famous “Kaﬂ›kç› Diamond” are exhibited. THE BLUE MOSQUE (SULTAN AHMET MOSQUE) (41°0'19"N 28°58'35"E) with the uniqueness of its 6 minarets reaching for the sky, built in the 17th century, is the greatest and most splendid mosque in Istanbul with charming blue tiles. THE BASILICA CISTERN (41°0'29.15"N 28°58'40.11"E) is located near Southwest of Hagia Sophia. Inside the cistern are 336 columns, each 9 meters high, arising out of water. It now serves as a museum where one can observe the fish swimming amongst the columns. THE GRAND BAZAAR (41°0'38.09"N 28°58'4.56"E) with the history that has evolved from 1464 as a trading economic center of its time and is still today Turkey's largest covered market offering a huge selection of authentic goods such as Turkish carpets, pottery, jewellery, leather etc. It is truly a unique experience. THE GALATA TOWER (41°1'32"N 28°58'26"E) built in 1384, was originally called the Tower of Christ. It offers a panoramic view of Istanbul. The tower became famous when Hazerfen Ahmet Çelebi flew from the tower with artifical wings that he himself had invented in seventeenth century.
THE LEANDER'S TOWER (41°1'15"N 29°0'14"E) constructed 2500 years ago, it is also called The Maiden's Tower. It is one of the greatest symbols of Istanbul which has been featured in many James Bond movies. EGYPTIAN (SPICE) BAZAAR (41°0'59"N 28°58'14"E) is a must visit for renowned chefs and guests alike and is an exotically fragrant market filled with spices, dried fruits, different types of nuts and seeds, Turkish Delight (Lokum) and much more to be found. TROY (39°58'25"N 26°16'38"E) has been the center of ancient civilizations for thousands of years. It holds an important place on a land where the Anatolian civilization of the world was born and flourished. Troy has always attracted the interest of archaeologists around the world for over hundred years. The stories of Iliad and Odysseus, two masterpieces in the world literature, revolve around this city.
ALEXANDREIA TROAS (39°44'10"N 26°9'35"E) The ruins of ancient Alexandreia Troas, often just called Troas (present-day Eskiistanbul) occupy a now lonely site 80km/50mi to the south of Çanakkale, near Ezine. An important city at the time of Lysimachos, the massive remains date mainly from the Roman period. GALLIPOLI (GELİBOLU) (40°20'00"N 26°30'00"E) The Peninsula is a national park where many war memorials and cemeteries belonging to Turks, Australians, New Zealanders, British and French are preserved. Each year on April 25th war veterans and their families pay visit to this place. DEVIL'S FOOT (ŞEYTAN SOFRASI) (39°19'N 26°41'E) On the hill, just above the Çaml›k Forest there is an indentation that looks like a huge footprint better known to the locals as the Devil's Footprint. The incredible view from this point on the hill, overlooks all the surrounding coves, the coastline and is especially nice at sunset.
Coordinates CUNDA ISLAND (39°20'21"N 26°39'23"E) Being close to Ayval›k, the island is frequently visited by yachts. It is surrounded by pine trees and olive groves. There are monasteries and churches on the island with the biggest church being Taksiyarhis Church. One of the most important To Do's on the island is the dining experience with incredibly delicious and various seafood dishes.
EPHESUS (37°56'25"N 27°20'28"E) One of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The temple of Artemis was built in Ephesus, the largest city of Ionia. Ephesus is the best-preserved vintage city on the Mediterranean and and is considered to be the best place in the world to get the feeling of what life was like in Roman times. HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY (37°55'00"N 27°20'00"E) Located on the top of the "Bülbül" mountain, 9 km from Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the greenery. It is the place where Virgin Mary might have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come to the area together with Saint John, who has also spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Virgin Mary preferred this remote location rather than living in a crowded place. ST.JOHN'S CHURCH It is believed that St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and was buried in the southern slope of Ayosolu¤ Hill. Three hundred years after the death of Saint Paul, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th Century. The church of St John was changed into a marvelous basilica during the reign of Emperor Justinian (527 -565 AD). NATIONAL PARK (KALAMAKİ) (36°15'56"N 29°24'55"E) With beatiful beaches, the Zeus Cave and a Canyon; it is located only 25 km. from Kuﬂadas› Marina. PRIENE ”Alexander The Great” played a major role in the construction of the Temple of Athena, which was built by the architect Pyheus in the ancient city of Priene. MILETOS (37°31'00"N 27°17'00"E) This city became famous for bringing up a number of important philosophers such as Thale, Anaksimenes and Anaksimondros as well as Isidoros, who was the architect of Hagia Sophia. DIDYMA (37°21'00"N 27°14'00"E) The temple of Apollo found in the ancient city of Didyama was the largest oracle center in Western Anatolia as well as the third largest religious centre in the Hellenistic world. PERGAMON (39°07'01"N 27°11'02"E) Located in ‹zmir, the provincial district of Bergama, Pergamon is one of the major sites of antiquity in Turkey.
PAMUKKALE-HIERAPOLIS (37°55'23"N 29°7'26"E) Comprised of historical and natural conservation zones, the exquisite Pamukkale region is famous for the limestone travertines resembling paradise. Pamukkale is one of the most interesting places in the world. Over the millennia, calcium-oxide rich water flowing down the ruins, have built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau. BODRUM CASTLE (37°1'53"N 27°25'46"E) Bodrum Castle was built by the Knights of Rhodes in honour of St.Peter between 1415-1437. The stones and marbles of the Mausoleum, which is one of the seven wonders of ancient world and has been destroyed by an earthquake in 14th century, were used for the construction of the castle. There are five main towers, reflecting the architectural styles of the nations by whom they were constructed, called English Tower, French Tower, Spanish Tower, Italian Tower and German Tower. The Knights built the walls facing the sea thin, and fortified the walls facing the land, as they had expected attacks from the land. (only a 10 minute drive away from Milta Marina)
BODRUM CASTLE Constructed as a funeral monument by Artemisia, queen of Caria after the death of her brother & husband Mausolos, the Satrap of Caria 352 B.C., of which the architect was Pytheos. The four facades were decorated with relief friezes executed by (the eastern facade) Scopas , (the northern facade) Byraix (the southern facade) Timotheos , and (the western facade) Leochares. Statues of Mausolos and Artemisia, riding a chariot drawn by four horses from the crest of the monument are now found in the British Museum. (only a 5 minute drive away from Milta Marina) Situated on the hillside overlooking Bodrum. This theatre whose capacity is around 13.000 was built during Carians' reign in the Hellenistic age (330-30 B.C.). The theatre consists of three different sections: a place for audience, a place for an orchestra and the stage. It became an openair museum after the excavations made in 1973.(only a 10 minute drive away from Milta Marina)
Located on the west side of Bodrum, this is one of the two entrances of ancient Halicarnassus. Only some parts of the city wall remained until today. An important part of the town wall was the Myndos Gate where the soldiers of Alexander the Great had a hard time entering the town of Halicarnassus in 333 B.C. (only a 5 minute drive away from Milta Marina) DALYAN RIVER (36°40'00"N 28°45'00"E) Enjoy a tour with the local river boats that will weave their way through small inlets bringing you to the scenery of famous “Lycian Rock Tombs”. CAUNOS (36°50'00"N 28°38'00"E) The fascinating ancient harbor city of Caunos, where the magnificent tombs were carved into the rocks. CURATIVE MUD BATH Improve your complexion benefitting from the generosity of mother earth.
CARETTA CARETTA BEACH (36°47'39"N 28°36'45"E) The Dalyan Delta, with a long, golden sandy beach at its mouth, is a nature conservation area anda refuge for sea turtles (Caretta Caretta) and “Blue Crabs”. 12 ISLANDS A wonder worth seeing, living and breathing its pure air. Drop your anchor on one of the dozens of natural bays, tie your lines to a rock or tree and the distance between the shore and the yacht becomes your cleanest private/natural swimming pool! Active & Extreme Rock Climbing /Walking / Exploring Rafting at Dalaman River-Sailing-Biking
GEMİLER ADASI (36°33'10"N 29°4'8"E) From a far it looks like mainland however it is an island. Here you will find many ancient foundations, churches and the relicts of the time. Between the island and the mainland you will find perfect anchorage for the evening with one of the best sunsets to be seen in Turkey. ÖLÜDENİZ (36°32'56"N 29°7'29"E) One of the jewels of the Mediterranean region, Ölüdeniz, is just a few minute drive from Fethiye with an astonishing crystal-clear blue lagoon and a beautiful photogenic long white beach. The beach at Ölüdeniz offers a huge variety of watersports, of which one is paragliding from Babada¤ Mountain (1970m.) on to the beach below. Butterfly Valley (protected by the World Heritage Foundation) is a canyon with high waterfall runs from the top down through a canopy of trees which shelter an abundance of unique Butterfly species. The most unique of these being the Tiger Butterfly and over 70 different species. Active & Extreme Paragliding at Ölüdeniz-Scuba Diving-Trekking-Biking
Coordinates KNIDOS (36°41'9"N 27°22'24"E) The ancient Carian city of Knidos, described by Strabo as "a city that was built for the most beautiful of goddesses, namely Aphrodite. TLOS The oldest city in the Lycian region (Lycian and Roman remains). HIDDEN VALLEY (SAKLIKENT) (36°28'22"N 29°24'16"E) High in the mountains above Fethiye, rushing torrents of icy cold water cut a narrow gorge through the mountains over thousands of years, creating Sakl›kent Gorge.
Kalkan, Kaş, Kekova
XANTHOS (36°21'25"N 29°19'15"E) The Capital of the kingdom of Lycia-the oldest republic in the world. LETOON Letoon was formerly an important religious cult center where three temples dedicated to Leto, Artemis and Apollo stood in ancient times. PATARA A principal harbor of ancient Lycia, Patara is reached by following a winding mountain road before descending to the site. There are numerous and interesting ruins to be seen. Patara is also a place for beach lovers. Its 22 km of pure white sand stretches as far as the eye can see, making it a natural choice for all types of beach sports.
KEKOVA (SUNKEN CITY) (36°10'52"N 29°52'42"E) Along the northern shore of Kekova Island at Apollonia, earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink under the clear water, creating a sunken city. MYRA At the ancient Myra many splendidly carved rock tombs overlook the magnificent Roman theater. St. Nicholas was the bishop of this Mediterranean city during the fourth century, and died there in 342. THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM With its remains from the Paleolithic Age to Ottoman times, offers a glimpse of the area's rich history. ASPENDOS THEATHER (36°56'20"N 31°10'20"E) Aspendos is known for its best- preservedtheater of antiquity with a seating arrangement for 15.000 people. Still used today, the theater's galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to the architects success. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora and one of the largest aqueducts in Anatolia.
RESTAURANTS & NIGHT CLUBS BARS & NIGHT CLUBS • Anjelique • W-Hotel • Sortie • Blackk • Reina RESTAURANTS • Spice Market • Hamdi Restaurant • Al Jamal • Lebi-derya • Longtable • Cahide • Konyal› Kanyon • Sofyal› 9 Restaurant • Del-Mare • Lucca • Ulus 29 • Sunset • Bal›kç› Sabahattin The restaurants listed below turn into lounge/clubs later in the evenings. • 360 • Masa • Tamirhane • Vogue For a full description and reservation of each location please contact the local C2C Agent.
Istanbul being a very large metropolitan city there is always something going on and somewhere to be. The city is the host to many events year round from Concerts, Festivals, Art Fairs, Exhibits, Trade Fairs and all kinds of special events. As seasons change so do the events that are hosted here in Istanbul as you will find more Trade shows and Exhibitions during the winter season.
When the weather warms you will find everything from world wide concert tours, film festivals, music festivals and some more notable events such as the F1 (Formula One) Races that take place every summer. You will as well find famous tournaments like the WTA Istanbul Cup (Tennis Tournament) and the Red Bull Air Race World Series Show also hosted during the summer months.
During the summer season the days are filed with sunshine and the normal hustle and bustle of any large city. In your days you will find more along the Bosphorus and it's flowing waters with coffee shops, cafĂŠ's, restaurants and shops with people enjoying their summer. Once the sunsets there is a transformation that is something you must live yourself as the music begins, people start dancing and exquisite meals are prepared. The nightlife of Istanbul is something of it's own famous nature with large outside clubs, bars and very famous restaurants it is an experience that should not be missed. Your stay in Istanbul will be filled from the time you wake up through to the time you should call it a night. The experience of Istanbul is for everyone as it is a city that will satisfy all ways of life.
ANJELIQUEâ€Ś A Majestic view We must say that Anjelique is one of the leading candidates for the best and most popular site of Istanbul in the summer! This is the address for summer fun, people meeting or just sitting back relaxing with fascinating view. At Anjelique you will be fascinated by the summer electricity with all the people and of being on the edge of the Bosphorus with it's magnificent views. One night here will transform your summer nights into a magnificent mixture of hot weather, cool breezes, mesmerizing views, interesting people, great food and drinks that will be flowing until you say when. Within three different floors there is a lot to see within the high quality of International foods and impeccable service you will want to go back every night. Situated in the popular location of OrtakĂśy the fun starts with cocktails after work, after the dinner crowd will start and all continues as a nightclub into the wee hours of the morning. Here there is fun to be had by all, either a cool drink at the end of the day gazing over the traffic of the Bosphorus and watch the sunset or trying the exquisite cuisine. For the energetic, the ultimate summertime fun of continuing into the morning hours with great music of all likes. Be seen, see the scene and enjoy all that Anjelique has to offer!!
of Bosphorus at
Be seen, see the scene and enjoy all that
Anjelique has to offer!!
Beyti, is one of the best if not the best meat restaurant within Turkey and beyond. This very famous family run restaurant establishment in 1945 has been seen from many very famous people including presidents, actors, royalty, heads of state and businessmen from around the world and within Turkey. Beyti continues to maintain its high quality and standards for three generations which is a culinary paradise encompassing all the Turkish precious characteristics for fine meat dishes. Food critics describe this restaurant as “Beyti sustains the beauties of Turkish cuisine, the most important restaurant in Istanbul that must be visited, a culinary school that trains the palates of food lovers with top quality and flavours not to be forgotten” “Their story began in 1945 in Küçükçekmece in a clean and unique atmosphere which was then moved to Florya, a natural and glorious place which can cater up to 450 people in different rooms. At the restaurant overtime they have welcomed kings, princes, princesses, prime ministers, film stars, and members of high society with pictures throughout the rooms. A unique famous Villa with eleven different dining areas and five kitchens where you can find the best cooked meat dishes, and you may as well be visited by Mr. Beyti Güler himself where you will see the result of more than 64 years of hard work, discipline, and respect for quality. Beyti Restaurant Villa, built over 10 years beginning in the early 70's resembles an admirable monument with its traditional Ottoman-Turkish architecture and motifs. These are some of the locations throughout the Villa whereas the whole building has been decorated with inspiration from Ottoman and Turkish arts which you may dine in hopefully sometime in the future. The DOME ROOM / ACCEPTANCE HALL / TILED HALL / HÜNKAR HALL / MARMARA HALL / ROOM OF HONOUR / MIDDLE TERRACE / GARDEN BAR / BASEMENT HALLS Awards of the Services...
Mr. Güler has been awarded a number of international awards only granted to a few outstanding restaurateurs in the world of gastronomy. BAILLIAGE DE TURQIE
Mr. Beyti Güler Maitre de Table Restaurateur • The favourite places of J.S. the world over (Switzerland) • International Gastronomy Awards - Paris • International Gastronomico, Plaque For The Quality Gran Collar Gastronomico
ARTICHOKE ( FOR 6 PEOPLE) Ingredients 1 Lemon 6 Artichokes 1 Carrot-medium size 1 Onion 1 Large potato 1 Spoon of flour 1/3 Cup of olive oil Preparation: Wash all ingredients, Shell the artichokes, Dice the onions and carrots in circles, Cube the potatoes
• "Chaine Des Rotisseurs" • Championship of Head Cook Awards • Presented by Chief of the Army Staff Pakistan Army In conclusion Beyti is a place that must be visited if you are in Istanbul, which is located close to Atatürk International Airport. It must be said that writing this article has been difficult and must be cut short as I am in the need to go visit Beyti now in order to satisfy the craving from this cuisine!!! Please find out the rest for yourself and you will see what there is awaiting for you.
Cooking: Stir fry the onions and carrots with olive oil in a pot, add some flour and continue to stir, add 1 litre of hot water.When the water starts to boil add the artichokes, note artichokes should be submerged in water-juice of one lemon or cut the lemon into two pieces and add into the pot cover after coming to a full boil, lower the temperature, cover with parchment paper and leave approx 6 minutes. After the artichokes are cooked, move to wax paper for cooling then refrigerate. Serve Cold
RESTAURANTS & NIGHT CLUBS RESTAURANTS • Köﬂebaﬂ› • Le Palme & Bar • Kocadon • Ada Hotel • Maça K›z› • Küba BARS & NIGHT CLUBS • A Plus • Fink • Ship a Hoy • Küba • Club Halikarnas • Catamaran • Hadigari BEACHES AND CLUBS • Bianca • Maki • 34 • Kuum Hotel Beach GÖLKÖY • DODO Beach • People • Xuma • Maça K›z› For a full description and reservation of each location please contact the local C2C Agent.
MAKİ RESTAURANT This is a location that has been enjoyed over the years by many of people cruising in the area of Bodrum throughout their summer vacations. The Restaurant is located in Maki Hotel, along the shores of the bay Türkbükü, which is a very well known area to the jet set from Istanbul and abroad. Maki is a very unique location as yachts come to Türkbükü drop anchor in the bay and are able to take their tender to the dock of the restaurant for an enchanting night on the waterfront. As Bodrum is a very festive area and can sometime be to active for some, Maki is rather cozy and with the surroundings being so tranquil, looking out to the lights from anchored yachts it is one location throughout Turkey that you will not see again. You will enjoy a wonderful fusion of Mediterranean cuisine, situated on an open-air deck whereas candles light the complete area reflecting to the water overlooking the bay. It is highly recommended, if in the area of Bodrum that this restaurant must be visited and not only for the exquisite cuisine, the chick atmosphere but the overall experience you will enjoy, this will be a memory to last for many years to come. Even as Bodrum is a large area with many place about this location is a very difficult area to obtain reservations and all must be planned well in advance.
Quintessential MAKİ STEAK PIGUENTE Ingredients 1 Tenderloin about 200gr. 1/2 Cup of mustard 1/3 Cup of Pickeld Garlic 1 TBL Spoon of white vinegar Demi glace sauce (from cooking of meat)
Garnishes 4 Cherry tomatoes 1 Tomato 1 Eggwhite Zest on 1 lemon Salt & Pepper Lettuce Leaves
Pre-preparation Wash all vegetables. Cut the top of the cherry tomato and remove the seeds. Cut the garlic pickle legthwise. Grate the tomato. Garnish Whisk the eggwhite very quickly and mix it with the grated tomato, lemon zest and salt & pepper. Fill the cherry tomatoes with this mixture. Place them in the oven and cook approximately 5 minutes in 200 degrees. Serve the tenderloin with the cherry tomatoes and fresh lettuces. Main Dish Sear the tenderloin in a frying pan with some olive oil and red wine. Heat the mustard in another pan with garlic. Pour the demi glace sauce from the pan with mustard and bring to a boil. Add the tenderloin and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Take Tenderlion out place on a plate and pour some suace over the top. Garnish with the tomatos and some greens.
The Turquoise Coast
The Turquoise Coas
One City, Two Continents
Istanbul, the city built over seven hills which covers over the two continents Europe to Asia being divided by the Bosphorus Channel. In its thousands of years of history, it has been the capital of three great empires, namely Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.
Istanbul has remained Turkey's largest city, port, business and cultural center as well featuring one of the most important waterways being the Bosphorus. Come and enjoy the priviledge of cruising throughout the Bosphorus with its own endless history at every point along the way from houses to castles to palaces and much more...
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Çanakkale Çanakkale, located at the Northwest of Turkey, has always been a strategically important city because of the waterway that divides Europe and Asia Minor, connecting the Mediterranean with the Black Sea and vice versa.
Turkey’s Olive Center...
Olive trees and sea... Ayval›k, a historical and archeological area going through many changes within time and featuring beautiful coast and coves. Known for its vast olive groves and for its history of olive production, including all products made of olive oil, covering from soaps to wonderful food.
From yellow to orange, from orange to deep reds, where the mother nature shows her magic on every sunset... This experience will embrace those who transform from a hot day into a nice tranquil evening. This is for all who want to enjoy sea in the summer or a little relaxing escape from the city in the winter... With oriel windowed houses, rough cobblestone pavements and quite narrow streets, where Greek, Cretan and Turkish can be heard simultaneously, the Cunda Island awaits his visitors to be fascinated with its spirit reflecting the common culture of the Aegean...
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Kuşadası Kuﬂadas› being one of the most important historical centers in the Aegean region is the closest port to some of Turkey's most unique and important sights that must be seen if visiting Turkey. Kuﬂadas› Port, with its close proximity to historical sites such as Ephesus, Miletos, Priene and Didyma, is only 15 miles away from the Greek island Samos. Among its history you will find and experience the creation and historical background of Turkish Carpets on the silk road. Within all the treasures there is to see there are as well myths like the one by the house of Virgin Mary where the “healing water” spring is found.
39 Bodrum Bodrum... A charming little town of white houses hung with flowers rising tier on tier against a green hill overlooking the magnificent Castle of St John. Bodrum is a bustling market town by day and by night it has an extensive range of discos, restaurants and night clubs to suit every taste.
The big hearted sponge divers, captains who are in love with sea, the fishermen, the white washed houses, the purple flowering begonias that climb the walls, the clean coves around it and most of all the long entertaining nights that stretch to dawn all add to Bodrum’s fame. Bodrum is also the location of one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World: The Mausoleum. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is well worth a visit as well as the amphitheatre overlooking the town and harbour, which is surely one of the most photographed views in Turkey. There are nearby anchorages around Bodrum as it is a place where visitors will anchor during the day and cruise to the marina at night to enjoy the atmosphere of Bodrum.
"Do not think that you will leave as you came, those of you who came before were the same. However, they all have their mind in Bodrum and left." This is a very famous saying from Cevat ﬁakir Kabaa¤açl›, known as Halikarnas Bal›kç›s› (the Fisherman of Halicarnassos), wrote about Bodrum.
Marmaris “Inside Every Story, There is a Beautiful Journey” The magnificent coastline of the Turkish Riviera has attracted many conquerors in its time. Cosmopolitan charms of Marmaris, that used to be a fishing village less than 20 years ago, will surprise anyone with this port and quaint little old city. Once you set your foot here you will join its true vacation atmosphere! The old quarter of the town with its bustling bazaars and restaurants are a nice visit at night time and during the day, people head for the beach or close coves with their boats to do water activities. Once a little fishing port, Marmaris has developed into a busy port for visitors with many marinas, Hotels and Resorts. Its port welcomes luxury cruise liners, with world passengers keen to sample the town's extensive facilities and visit the old town whereas there is a warm feeling within this port. Marmaris is also one of south Aegean's area for scuba diving whereas to arrange guided diving trips, excursions and even provide diving lessons, eager to try out this underwater sport. Marmaris was the home to fishermen and sponge divers until the 1980s. ‹çmeler is very green, full of flowers, has good and clear walking trails and its beach is always very clean. The park inside the hamlet is almost like a botanic garden and the area behind the park, which is called Sanat Soka¤› (Art Street), has a wide range of displays of the local traditional handcrafts and paintings from Marmaris-based artists. ‹çmeler is also ideal for swimming and water sports for the people looking to cool down during the hot days. The Köyiçi region behind the beach area and the canyon region a bit further from Köyiçi and that is within walking distance for those that are into nature walks and to visit some old villages and their life.
One of the most pleasant ways of passing a day in Marmaris is to visit nearby coves and islands, with some of the most popular destinations being Y›ld›z Adas› (Star Island-Nimara), Turunç, Kumlubük, Çiftlik and Fosforlu Ma¤ara (Phosphorus Cave).
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Waterfall, cave and ancient settlements in Karacasö¤üt. Between Marmaris and Bodrum you will find the Gulf of Gökova with small ports of Karaca and Sö¤üt are some stopping points for the boats on the cruising the coast. In the area you will find two caves one known as the Somal›kaya Düdeni (chasm), and the other being the Suç›kt› Cave. One of the main entrance points to the Somal›kaya Chasm is from this area. To enter into the cave you need to have an inflated boat with you as you can only pass through the galleries by water. The total sections of the cave has a length of 421 metres and a depth of 15.5 metres with an area of 342 metres in the cave is accessible and has two lakes in it. Please contact your C2C Yachting agent as for we highly recommend not attempting this without a guide to visit the cave.
The Suç›kt› Cave is one kilometre to the west of the Saml›kaya Chasm and is one kilometre long. Part of this cave has been mapped out by cave explorers though the rest is uncharted and the area of the cave and waterfall has been put under a nature protection order. Two kilometres to the south east of the village of Sö¤üt, on the top of the Alt›nsivrisi Hill, there is the ancient city of Euthena. Those who dare make the climb up to the ancient city, which is 700 metres above sea level, should first go to the village of Karaca in the Ovac›k district, and take the narrow and steep path up. Those who are not familiar with the area should ask the villagers for directions as to the right path. As you get closer to the hilltop you will see the city necropolis and, going a bit higher, you will see the ruins of the ancient city walls, cisterns and rock tombs further on the hilltops apart from the remains of an ancient temple. It is believed that Euthena was an ancient city that was associated with Rhodes in antiquity.
Entertainment Around the area between the marina and centre around the quay, in the old bazaar region and in the bar street there are all types bars and night clubs that cater to different tastes. Once you head towards the bar street from the yachting port you will lose yourself in the rhythm of the music and may not understand how the time has passed until the first light of morning. The longest street of Marmaris, Uzunyal› Street is quite busy and lively and is fun for a summer night stroll. Along the side of the street there are restaurants, handcraft stalls, discos and bars. In ‹çmeler, whose natural status is protected, you can have as much fun as you want in an elegant atmosphere.
There is another ancient city near to the village of Sö¤üt, this being Amnistos, which is on the point nearby with the ruins that survive are parts of the city walls and the walls of the port. The Gulf of Gökova is a cruising paradise with pleasant coves for anchorage, lying between Karacasö¤üt and Bördübet (small towns) however far away from any city life. Some coves in the area are; Karacasö¤üt, Okluk (where a presidential palace was built in the term of the late President Turgut Özal, this is closed to the public), Ingiliz Liman› (British Port), Löngöz, the Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands), Gücük Liman› and Bördübet Cove. The British Port is a very beautiful cove with it being surrounded by the pine forest, there you will be able to read the words of famed sea traveller Sadun Boro, a call to protect this extraordinary beauty.
Sedir Adası (Cedar Island) - Kedrai Here at Sedir Island is the island where the site of the ancient city of Kedrai and the famed Cleopatra Beach can be found.
There is also a legend linking Cleopatra to Sedir's golden sand beaches. The most widely told legend tells of the sand being transferred from Egypt by ships for Cleopatra and her lover, the Roman commander Antony, to frolic on when visiting the island. The golden sand of the Cleopatra Beach and the various beautiful tones of the sea still attract visitors today to Sedir Island. Marmaris is famous for its many types of honey and high quality from the wide range of different types collected throughout the region ranging from collection in pine lined coves, to high altitude fields of flowers.
Kedrai, directly opposite Rhodes, was one of the most important settlements in the region whereas the ancient city was surrounded by walls, some with towers, can be seen on the coastline. There was also a Temple of Apollon, though only its foundations remain. There are also ruins of the agora and other buildings, the city necropolis and, on the east of the island, the theatre, which is in a fairly good condition.
Göcek Imagine the unique shades of greens, blues with a combination of nature and surrounded by mountains. Being surrounded by this natural beauty you will feel overwhelmed by the over 11 nautical miles of bays and the different settings of each. During the day you will always find an area to anchor escaping the daily winds and at night you will see one of the most beautiful night skies, shooting stars and a “crispy clear” moon. This area has a very long season beginning in May and lasting through November, as the waters remain very warm and after August the local winds subseed. Göcek is an area that will never be forgotten and will be a location for a must return visit, once it has been realized.
Datça-Knidos The city of Aphrodite
Datça is renowned throughout Turkey for its natural beauty and climate, located approximately 75 km outside of Marmaris situated at the point where the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas come together at the southernmost extremity of Turkey. Pine forests are intermingled with oak, myrtle, gum and carob trees which make it a very impressing place. Almond trees, olive and citrus groves, grapevines and all manner of herbaceous plants are there to be discovered as you explore the mountains, valleys and plains of the peninsula.
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Göcek, Fethiye, Datça-Knidos
Fethiye lying on the slopes of Mendos Mountain, was established on top of ancient Telmessos on the shores of the Gulf of Fethiye.
Kalkan, Kaş, Kekova Kalkan As a picturesque port Kalkan is a nice small area to visit for a short stay either cruising up or down the coast. The Guardian likens the town to "the Italian Riviera in a more casual atmosphere." Because of its great charm with its circular harbor and small port around a historic area sheltered at the foot of the towering Taurus Mountains.
Kaş The area around Kaﬂ belongs to the Top 100 diving destinations worldwide. The richness of the underwater life, combined with very clear water (up to 40 meters visibility) and beautiful underwater landscape is ideal for the ultimate diving experience. Diving in Kaﬂ will remind you of ancient times with many old amphoras and numerous other ancient relicts (many of them more than 2000 years old) are waiting for your discovery! (Please consult with C2C Turkey Offices as diving is restricted and needs to be approved)
Kekova One of Turkey's most beautiful ancient areas with a long lsland protecting the main land and coves. The area is one not to be missed as its natural coves and history of ancient civilization is one to be seen by all that is really only accesible by boat.
Kalkan, Kaş, Kekova Roads, Antalya, Alanya
Antalya, Alanya In Antalya, the pine-clad Toros (Taurus) Mountains sweep down to the sparkling clear sea forming an irregular coastline of rocky headlands and secluded coves. The region is very unique and with the tall mountains (snow skiing), beaches, golf courses, history and five-star hotels located along the entire coast, the area has something to offer for everyone.
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new golf destinations in Europe An interview with Andrew BLIGHT. As the PGA Director of Golf at Kemer Golf & Country Club Istanbul for the past one and a half years it was a great pleasure to sit down with him and talk about Kemer and golfing in Turkey. Andrew first started playing golf at the age of 12 in England and at the age of 25 he qualified as a PGA Golf Professional. Years of traveling the world on different golfing missions through areas like Australia, New Zealand, and Kuwait etc. Now here in Turkey this is what he had to say to us. Advantages of Turkey for golfers when compared to other countries? Turkey has a lot to for golfers as it offers a very good climate, with many well manicured courses which have been designed by some of the leading golfers of our time. Not only that you get to enjoy the fantastic golf course but you will also be greeted by the fantastic Turkish hospitality.
Can you give us some information regarding Kemer Golf & Country Club? Kemer Country is a very unique place to find in a huge city like Istanbul as it offers a leisure environment for the whole family; such as golf, equestrian, tennis and wellness center. The golf course is situated within the forest which makes it a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities. Non members can book their tee times either through the agent of C2C Yachting or by contacting the reservation office at Kemer Golf & Country Club on telephone no. 0212 2397010 ext. 2200 In your aspect what does Istanbul have to offer for visitors?
What are the criteriaâ€™s of a golfer when choosing a golf course? This depends on the player and what they are looking for. Some look for a challenge and the others are looking for a more relaxing course. It is really a personal preference though all golfers look for a well-manicured course no matter what the difficulty of the course. Every course offers a different challenge and this is what makes golf such a unique and exciting sport.
Istanbul being a large city and the bridge between two continents (Europe and Asia) offers so much to people of all ages. From the historic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia to the beautiful Bosphorus and for those who love to shop and eat, Istanbul has some of the best shopping opportunities in Europe as well as having many restaurants with superb views of the city.
In addition to all these activities that a large city has to offer, Kemer Golf & Country Club is just 30 minutes away should you wish to have a change of scenery and have the privilege to play golf at one of Turkeyâ€™s leading golf resorts. What is your pick if it were between Istanbul Kemer Country or Belek Antalya? Both Kemer Country in Istanbul and Belek, Antalya has its own unique merits. Kemer Golf & Country Club has got it all for a family to enjoy and to be with nature without leaving the city whilst Belek, Antalya with all the different golf courses available is best for those people who would like to play golf everyday on different courses during their holiday. Here at KEMER COUNTRY are there any Hotel accommodations? Unfortunately, there are no hotel accommodations at the moment at Kemer Country. However, we are just 20 to 30 minutes away from the city where most of the hotels are located. What can you say about the golfing industry and the growth here? The golfing industry in Turkey has grown very fast over the last few years with many projects planned for the future. Some of the leading names in golf have designed courses in Antalya such as Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie to name a few. With all of these courses being built, Turkey has certainly established itself as one of the leading golf destinations in Europe. We would like to thank Kemer Country and Andrew Blight for his time for this interview.
Kemer Golf & Country Club
Kemer Golf & Country Club
SIRENE GOLF HOTEL & KEMPINSKI DOME HOTELS ANTALYA GOLF CLUB: 36 holes PASHA SULTAN PAPILLON BELVIL, AYSCHA, ZEUGMA HOTELS PAPILLON GOLF CLUB: 18 holes + 9 academy MONTGOMERIE CORNELIA DELUXE & DIAMOND RESORTS CORNELIA GOLF CLUB: 27 holes (3 x 9) FALDO LYKIA WORLD RESORT LYKIA LINKS: 18 holes SUENO GOLF HOTEL SUENO GOLF CLUB: 36 holes DUNES PINES GLORIA VERDE, GOLF & SERENITY RESORTS GLORIA GOLF CLUB: 45 holes GLORIA OLD 18 GLORIA NEW 18 GLORIA VERDE 9 KAYA BELEK HOTEL KAYA-EAGLES GOLF CLUB: 18 holes ROBINSON HOTEL ROBINSON-NOBILIS: 18 holes NATIONAL: 18 holes NO HOTELS TAT GOLF CLUB: 27 holes CARYA GOLF CLUB: 18 holes (One of the best courses)
Belek, Antalya Turkey has now been awarded the title â€œone of the best new golf destinations in Europeâ€? by the representative body IAGTO. Since 1997 IAGTO has become well established as the global trade association of the golf tourism industry and now has over 900 member companies in 72 countries.
Is there any competitions ( international or national) held in Antalya?
Why Belek, Antalya is so special and unique?
What are the nationalities that choose to travel to Belek, Turkey for Golf?
The concept is simple, with a long beach coastline with over forty 5 star hotels and 14 golf courses blended into the beautiful dense Pine and Eucalyptus forest, this is a haven. The World class courses are linked by one road for a maximum travel time of 15 minutes to any course no matter which hotel you are in and just 45km from the airport. The Antalya area is encompassed by ancient ruined cities, amphitheatres, market towns and beautiful mountains. However has become a haven and a model for golf tourism which continues to improve every year. There are two signature courses, the Cornelia-Faldo Designed by the Nick Faldo Golf Institute and the Papillon-Montgomerie Designed by David Jones and other courses designed by famous architects such as Perry Dye, Peter Tomson. If you are visiting Antalya, a round of golf is easily organized with excellent quality rental clubs available from most courses. If your coming holiday is being planned to be 'golf specific' there is nowhere else like Antalya whereas you will enjoy the sun blessed lush green fairways and mountain views at any time of the year. Antalya is not only for the golfers as for the local hotels offer a great deal for the whole family including many activities for children of all ages.
Beko Classic, European (PGA) Seniors Tour, Ladies European (PGA) Tour and many pro-ams big and small with The World Amateur Golf Championship is coming next year.
There is a mixture of Europeans with Swedish, Scandinavian, French, Dutch, Germans however the British making up 70% of visiting golfers. How would you compare the pricing in Turkey with Europe? Better value for money with all-inclusive hotels making for the 'all in' great value. Green fees are not that different from some European countries however the courses are better quality for the money. Advantages of choosing Antalya, Turkey for golf? Variety and the convenience of courses with the weather is very stable throughout the year and the services provided by courses and hotels, there are as well special offers in the low seasons of December-January.
The above article is in conjunction with Sevda Uygurlu.
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My First Experience
As my wife and I are from opposite sides of the world, Poy being from Thailand and myself being American however very privileged to live and visit numerous countries around the world. There are not many places in the world where so many cultures come together and people greet you with a smile such as in TURKEY. Istanbul TURKEY is where Asia meets Europe and is really amazing with such a cosmopolitan atmosphere in this energetic city. We had cruised to Istanbul in late September with MY Apoise after first stopping in Ă‡anakkale. The people there where very friendly as the food was always tasty and interesting throughout the areas we experienced. There was never a shortage of breathtaking scenery and great experiences of urban life in Istanbul to historical sites all over the country. We tried to take the time and explore areas such as the Grand Bazaar, Spice Market and some others of the amazing sites of Istanbul and not to mention all the hot chic bars and nightclubs, which gives Istanbul it's known nightlife. All the guest aboard always had a wonderful time and the staff of C2C Yachting were amazing at providing the best and smoothest service from personal requests to sorting out transits and paperwork on the Bosphorus. Istanbul is a really great place however the Bosphorus is something else and which has to be one of most busy and lively waterways in the world.
Thank you, to Clifford Polley and the C2C Yachting Staff! Best Regards Captain Delio "Chip" Mir email@example.com
At the moment I am counting down the days until the next visit to Turkey which I am sure will offer more to explore and great experiences every time.
ALAÇATI “Perfect Wind, Perfect Location”
As you travel along the ‹zmir-Çesme expressway your eyes are suddenly struck by a vista of modern windmills with their huge white wings reaching to the sky above. Further along come some ancient time-worn windmills built of stone with their naked wooden appendages, and you realize that you have been called to a land of wind. In addition, you sense the cool, salty fragrance of the sea then you can be sure that you have arrived to Çeﬂme / Alaçat›. At Alaçat› you are confronted with two very trying choices, either you join the antics of the windsurfers sporting almost every imaginable color riding the light blue waters or you rome into the cobblestone colorful streets flavored with Anatolian culture and the time-worn windmills. It is very likely that the decision will be taken from your hands by the sun rising sharply in the sky overhead during the daytime and you will find you are on the road to Alaçat› cove with its small boat basin in search of the cool waters.
Alaçat› cove is one of many coves to be found along the Aegean coastline, however there are two very special features of this cove render it a windsurfers' heaven. The first one of these is the ceaseless winds and the other is the depth of the sea which does not exceed one and a half meters and extends out within the complete area. Like the sea and the wind, the narrow streets of Alaçat› are also filled with surprises. There are two storey homes, weathered from long hard years of use that are built of stone and set along both sides of the cobblestone streets. Then there are the bright faces of people of all ages peering out of the windows and overhanging balconies of these ancient houses onlooking all the vistors to the local village. You will witness the cultural richnesses of the region in Alaçat›'s streets, within its mosque and its antique shops and down to it's local restaurants where clearly, you will find all here at its source in Alaçat› and it's fascinating history.
WINDSURF - ALAÇATI Turkey's Aegean shores are among the most fascinating and beautiful stretches in the Region. The magnificent coastline, lapped by the clear water of the Aegean Sea, with landscapes of cultivated fields of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees, will guide you to discover one of the world's greatest windsurfing destinations in Alaçat› bay on the Çeﬂme peninsula. With its 500 meters width, over 1.3 kms length, a depth of 1.5 meters with a complete sand bottom,crystal clear waters, azure blue skies, consistent and steady winds and its location Alaçat› is an ideal windsurfing spot in Europe. First time windsurfers love the place as the waist-deep and sand covered shallow water area extends from shore into the bay creating perfect conditions for beginners of all ages and easy recovery from falls for both teaching and learning to windsurf. Consistent steady winds, combined with the best equipment ready and all rigged up and steps away from the water is also an opportunity for speed or wave lovers not to miss. In summer, the North wind creates perfect conditions for flat-water high-speed windsurfing, whereas in winter the South wind creates waves steady enough even to please the big wave-funs. As the coastal plain enjoys an exceptionally mild climate, with soft, verdant springs, hot summers, sunny autumns and warm winters marked by occasional showers. For windsurfing and sun-bathing summer months are ideal, but as the Aegean provides a perfect escapes from rigors of a northern winter even in January and February with mild sunny and pleasant days, wave lovers prefer to visit Alaçati in winter to mix and match their Christmas holidays with windsurfing. Alaçat›, on the Çeﬂme peninsula, opposite the Greek island of Chios, on the same latitude as Athens and until recently, Alaçat› was a sleepy little village populated by fishermen, craftsmen, farmers and now they look on with many enthusiastic windsurfers. The PWA Professional Windsurfers World Cup meeting is held in Alaçat› every year on the Çeﬂme Peninsula. The 64 leading International racers attending this exciting event included the European champion Ça¤la Kubat Pegasus Airlines, is the main sponsor of the event and also supported the Surf'n Sound Sport and Music Festival which was organised at the same time. In 2009 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Windsurf Championship will be held between August 11 -15. C2C Yachting Turkey will also have a booth at this extraordinary event ta welcome wind lovers and guests all around the world.
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Scent of Jasmine, stars shining down, low lights a soft summer breeze over a nice dinner and this is what you will find here at ﬁarabi. This local restaurant ﬁarabi is an ideal location in Alaçat› with it's quite and peaceful atmosphere whereas locals will be walking the streets along with tourist. In the menu you will find all kinds of local dishes that will delight you with the richness of the region. It may be that you wish to stop for a glass of wine along with some Turkish mezzes or a full meal; whichever it may be it is worth the visit.
The Church of St. John & The House of Virgin Mary Christian History of Western Turkey History has never been so generous to any land as it has to the lands on which we are living. People who lived here long before history began developed material and spiritual values that they offered to humanity. Of these, one of the most important is Christianity. Christian Sites Around Kuşadası The first Christian names and events coming to our mind are St.John (Lived and died in Ephesus), Mother Mary ( Lived in Ephesus ), St.Paul (Born in Tarsus-Turkey, Lived more than two years in Ephesus), Third Ecumenical Council (Held in Ephesus 431 AD), Seven Churches of Asia Minor; Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea which are all within driving distance from each other. The land of Turkey has been the site of many of the most crucial events in the history of Christianity whereas followers of Jesus were first called "Christians" in Antioch-on-the-Orontes. Paul's missionary journeys took him three times through Western Anatolia and it was the Alexandria Troas that he had the vision of a man appealing to him to extend his work to Macedonia. All Seven Ecumenical Councils were held in Western Anatolia. After St.Paul, St.John is the person who holds the greatest interest in the early history of Christianity in Anatolia. His Book of Revelation was written while he was in exile on the island of Patmos is the last book in the New Testament. He is thought to have written this during the years that the emperor Domitian was repressing the Christians therefore this would date the book to about AD 95 or 96. While John addressed it ostensibly to the congregations of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor his message must have been intended for a broader readership. Even so the locations of these Seven Churches have acquired a special meaning because of the intensity of John's message. The Church Of Saint John in Selçuk The Cathedral Church which the Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora were building was the location of the traditional grave of John, the writer of Revelation. It is from this Church and the writer, which then took the name of Hagios Theologos "the holy word of God". In time the name was softened to Ayiottheologo and Ayasuluk. It is believed that John had lived in Ephesus before and after his exile on the island of Patmos. There is a question about which John it was who lived in Ephesus because the earliest references talk about three different men of the same name. However, whoever it was who wrote the Revelation he scolded the Ephesians (Rev.2:1-7) saying that they had cooled in their early faith. To inspire them to repentance he held out the promise of the fruit tree of life. The Ephesians were the first congregation of Christians John addressed the others in order were; Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. It was John whom seemed to have known specific details about each of them but there is no evidence that he had been to all of them in person. It is thought that each of them had a sensitive, distinguishing characteristic that John wanted to speak to and in singling them out and to warn others of those dangers. It is also possible that their relative locations made a route around which church-related information circulated, each was about a two day ride by horseback from each other.
The forth century historian Eusebius tells a story about John having converted as a young boy to Christianity before his exile on Patmos. When he returned he learned that the boy not only had reverted of Paganism and he had became a notorious brigand. As an old man John set out by himself into the hills around Ephesus where after some difficulties he found and rescued his ward. The Cathedral of Saint John was on the hill above the city whereas this building was in the shape of a cross and was covered with six domes. Under the central dome was the tomb of John that has a marble marker today. Like other churches that Justinian and Theodora had built, the capitals of the supporting columns were incised with their monograms. The baptistery with the keyhole-shaped font is North of the nave. When Christianity became the state religion the crowds who once flocked to the Temple to Diana turned their attention to this cathedral. The House of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana in Turkish), located in a nature park between Ephesus and Selรงuk, is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. The peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims alike, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims. History According to predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her days there. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus combined with the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John's care (John 19:26-27). Archaeologists who have examined the building identified as the House of the Virgin Mary believe most of the building dates from the 6th or 7th century. But its foundations are much older and may well date from the 1st century AD, the time of Mary. This site had long been a place of pilgrimage for local Orthodox Christians. The modern history of the Virgin Mary's House is unusual. It was "discovered" in 1812 by a German nun, Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich, who never traveled away from her home. Sister Emmerich, an invalid confined to bed awoke in a trance with the stigmata and visions that included the Virgin Mary and Apostle John traveling from Jerusalem to Ephesus. She described Mary's house in detail which was recorded at her bedside by a writer named Brentano. Emmerich described a rectangular stone house, which John had built for Mary. It had a fireplace and an apse and a round back wall. The room next to the apse was Mary's bedroom which had a spring running into it. The German nun went on to say that the Virgin Mary died at the age of 64 and was buried in a cave near her house. (Later after found her coffin was opened soon after however the coffin and burial shroud were empty. The house was then turned into a chapel.) Years after Emmerich's visions a French clergyman named Gouyet read Brentano's account and traveled to Ephesus to find the House of the Virgin. He found a house matching the nun's description and sent word to the bishops of Paris and Rome, but didn't receive much of a response. On June 27, 1891, two Lazarist preists and two Catholic officials set out to Ephesus to see the house. They found a small chapel in ruins with a damaged statue of the Virgin. They returned to Izmir with their report, and more priests and specialists were sent out to the site. Since 1892 the House of the Virgin has been a Catholic pilgrimage site. It was restored by 1897 and a shelter for visitors was set up. The Meryemana House was later visited by Popes Paul VI and John Paul II, who confirmed its appropriateness as a place of pilgrimage. On November 29, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass here.
Events On August 15 (the Feast of the Assumption of Mary) each year the Catholic, Or thodox and Muslim clergy conduct a service together at the shrine. This is very unique and rare occasion that could not be found anywhere else in the world. Mehmet TUNALI Prof. Tour Guide English-Russian
Turkey’s Little Known Facts • Leonardo Da Vinci designed a bridge over the Golden Horn. It was never built. • The first synagogue in Anatolia was built in 1324 with the permission of Sultan Orhan, as an encouragement to the Jewish community. • According to legend, Noah's Ark landed on A¤r› Da¤› (Mount Ararat) in Eastern Turkey. • Mark Anthony gave Cleopatra part of Turkey's southwestern shore as a wedding gift. • Aesop, the famed teller of fables, was born in Anatolia. • Early Christians escaping Roman persecution nearly 2000 years ago sheltered in the caves of Kapadokya in central Anatolia. • The city of Troy, the site of ancient Trojan Wars, is located in western Turkey, where a replica of the famous Trojan Horse has become a favourite tourist attraction. • Turkey has one of the richest maritime histories among other countries. Today there are hundreds of scuba diving areas being protected by Turkish government. • Istanbul Grand Bazaar is a 540 year-old covered shopping mall of 64 streets, 4000 shops, 22 entrance, and 25.000 workers. • Legend has it that Anatolia (Asia Minor) was the location of the first beauty contest, judged by Paris with the goddesses Aphrodite, Hera and Athena as leading participants. • Since the 1920s, the motto of the Turkish Republic has been the words of its founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: “Peace at home, peace in the world.” • Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. In its thousands of years of history, it has been the capital of three great empires - Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. • The oldest known human settlement in the world is located in Çatalhöyük, Turkey, dating back to 6500 B.C. The earliest landscape painting in history was found on the wall of a Çatalhöyük house, illustrating the volcanic eruption of nearby Hasanda¤. • The Turks introduced coffee to Europe. • Two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World stood in Turkey - the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum. • The first coins ever minted were done so at Sardis, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lycia, at the end of the seventh century B.C. • The word "turquoise" comes from "Turk" meaning Turkish, and was derived from the beautiful color of the Mediterranean Sea on the Southern Turkish coast.
DID YOU KNOW? • The Turks first gave the Dutch their famous tulips that started the craze for the flower in England and the Netherlands. Bulbs brought to Vienna from Istanbul in the 1500s were so intensely popular that by 1634 in Holland it was called "tulip mania". People invested money in tulips as they do in stocks today. This period of elegance and amusement in 17th century Turkey is referred to as "The Tulip Age." • The most valuable silk carpet in the world is in the Mevlana Museum in Konya, Turkey. Marco Polo's journeys in the thirteenth centuries took him here, and he remarked that the "best and handsomest of rugs" were to be found in Turkey. • Many important events surrounding the birth of Christianity occurred in Turkey. St John, St Paul and St Peter all lived and prayed in Southern Anatolia. Tradition has it that St John bought Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the Crucifixion, where she spent her last days in a small stone house (Meryemana Evi) on what is now Bülbülda¤› (Mount Koressos). It remains a popular pilgrimage site for Christians to this day. • The seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation are all found in Turkey: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. • A cave known today as the Grotto of St Peter, or Church of St Peter, is believed to be where the apostle Peter preaches when he visited Antioch (Antakya, in southern Turkey). It is widely considered to be one of the earliest Christian houses of worship. In 1963, the papacy designated the site as a place of pilgrimage and recognised it as the world's first cathedral. Every year on June 29, a special service held at the church, is attended by Christians from around the world. • Anatolia is the birthplace of many historic figures and legends such as the poet Homer, King Midas, Herodotus (the father of history) and St Paul the Apostle. • St Nicholas known as Santa Claus today, was born and lived in Demre (Myra) on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The village contains the famous Church of St Nicholas with the sarcophagus believed to be his tomb. • The first man ever to fly was Turkish. Using two wings, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew from the Galata Tower in Istanbul (still standing) over the Bosphorus to land in Usküdar in the 17th century.
Santa Claus Statue, Demre
Spice Market, Grand Bazaar
Golden Horn Sketching, Leonardo Da Vinci
Madam and Monsieur, We would like to invite you for resuming and developing the friendship between, countries of the world. Naturally with development and evolution of the love and the friendship between the nations start by knowing each other and will help with the peace on earth. For being in the tourism business it is up to us to bring our people together and prepare special programs for all visiting and make all their travels the best they can be… For this matter we invite you to indulge with us and visit TURKEY, one of the most interesting countries in the world. What you will find here in the country it will be mesmerizing to you as there is so much to be seen as well new developments and discoveries every day timing back over thousands of years. Where to start? How to see as much as I can while I am in Turkey? This is probably your thought at this moment however this is why we are here so let us help you in making a time not to be forgotten! We've listed some facts in our “ Little Known Facts” area that you will find towards the end of the magazine and I am sure you will be amazed at some of the things you will learn. When you make your plans to travel here to TURKEY I assure you a wonderful magnificent time is to be had. You will experience a culture with some of the most fascinating mosaic's, hand crafted goods and faiths as well as trying to taste some of the finest Turkish Cuisine with local foods and not to mention the deserts… So, if God created so many beautiful things and objects in the world and dedicated them for the sake of human being; why don't you explore them by giving a short time from you life...! Erol ALTAN Professional Tourist Guide
Planning... Support and Itineraries With cruising from Sea to Sea (C2C) and Port to Port it can be a daunting task to be able to stay up with the hectic pace of the summer season and this is what we want to help you with. From prior to your arrival through to after you have left Turkey, it will be our mission to help you during your cruise and to fulfill all your needs. It is imperative to plan as much in advance as possible in order never to loose any valuable time of the season and your cruising plans. Since arriving to different ports can create different queries or different request from your owners and guest, it is our duty to be ready for all that may come. With C2C as your agent we will always be ready for whatever may come our way in order to make your trip the most hassle free and as constructive as possible. It will be our wish to help with Itineraries so that we may guide you to the very best places for what your guest are looking for. Also additional plans with Marinas, reservations, provisioning, Entertainment and Tours with all other needs you may have. We invite you to our Turquoise waters, the Flavors of Turkey, an unforgettable time ahead where as we would like to say…
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