Travel Tips for Turkey-From a Flight Attendants Diary

Depending on the airline operator you are employed with, you could be lucky enough to have an 8 day layover in Istanbul. This will allow you plenty of time to do some touring in Turkey as flight attendants can travel at reduced air fares so getting around is fairly cheap and easy.

                                                                                                        

 

 

The southern coast of Turkey is a haven for sea and sun lovers.  Flying from Istanbul to Dalaman Airport is only a 1 hour 30 minute flight. You can then hop on a bus and start your adventure in Kalkan, which is a small fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey. As the trip from Dalaman Airport to Kalkan takes an hour and a half, this area has not been touched by mass tourism.

As Kalkan’s main economy is tourism, the people are truly warm and friendly. You will have the opportunity to shop for carpets, jewellery, antiques and clothing at many of the little village shops. The food is excellent with many of the restaurants being located on roof tops with terraces offering a beautiful view of the harbour and bay. A must have is the lamb, chicken or fish ‘clay pot’ which is one of their local specialities.

 

For those wanting a more adventurous time, you can partake in water sports, go diving or do one of the many boat trips on offer.

Leaving Kalkan, you should visit Oludeniz which is a village overlooking the Aegean Sea. The resort is in a secluded bay with a blue lagoon and is protected by the Babadag Mountain. The lagoon is situated in a nature reserve, so development is not permitted.  Oludeniz has one of the most beautiful bays in the world. 

Paragliding is a very popular activity in Oludeniz. Paraglider’s take off from the Babadag Mountain which is approximately 3km in height and land alongside the main beach on the promenade which is lined with cafes, restaurants and shops.

Heading towards Istanbul it is recommended that that you stop in Pamukkale which is also known as “Cotton Castles”.  The area contains hot springs and travertine’s – calcium-rich water, flowing over the cliff edge, creating formations as the calcium is deposited. Spending some time in these warm pools is said to be very good for your skin.

 

 

When landing back in Istanbul, a shopping spree to the Grand Bazaar is recommended. It is one of the world’s largest covered markets and has approximately 60 streets and 5,000 shops. Between 250,000 and 400,000 people visit the market daily.

Visitors must also make time for a cruise down the Bosphorous. A 32 kilometre strait joins the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.  Full day cruises or cruises of only 30minutes are available with beautiful sites on either side of the strait. 

As the layover was only 8 days there was not enough time to explore much further. Turkey is a beautiful country with so much more to see…