Turkey is enormous and that is why it is no surprise, it is so diverse. During our travel around Turkey we could noticed similarities from different countries around the world and that is why we can easily say that traveling around Turkey is almost like traveling around the world.
One of the best features of Turkey is its food. Everything you will get on your table is locally grown and home-made, what makes everything even better in taste.
We spoiled ourselves with all kind of fruit and vegetables. Being here in September, our daily menu was everything from pomegranates, mandarins, strawberries, melons, watermelons, peaches, grapes, figs, bananas…
Before we were traveling along the Black Sea coast, we did not even know that Turkey has its own tea plantations. The famous Turkish tea became even tastier knowing the tea is actually grown in the country. And the numerous nuts plantations made the north even more picturesque.
It was also interesting to see that the whole Turkey is somehow divided – not only culturally, but also with what grows where. Somewhere the markets were full of bananas, while somewhere we only could find pomegranates or tomatoes, onions, lemons, figs, cabbage…
The southern part of Turkey has massive hotbeds, where bananas, tomatoes, strawberries and other crops are grown almost all year round.
Turkey is so rich with growing their own veggies, fruits and cereals that they don’t even need to import them. In fact – they are exporting all of it as well. It is a true joy to know that everything you eat is freshly cut and used immediately.
When we were driving around the country, we could even found a landscape similar to Madeira – especially the SE part, where the hilly countryside was full of banana trees.
The region in NE had colorful wooden houses, where we got a feeling, we are somewhere in the middle of Greenland.
And the numerous sandy bays with relaxed vibes and lots of cafés, looked like some Thai island.
But of course there are also parts of the country, which are totally unique – the moon-like Cappadocia was out of this world. We were also not disappointed over the white pools in Pamukkale and the salt lake did an impression over us as well – all the extra miles were definitely worth the drive.
We traveled across Turkey by car for almost a month and because of its diversity, friendly people and delicious food, we could not get fed up with it. Some parts may be a bit too touristy for us, but there are vast areas, which are hardly visited by any tourists, what makes Turkey even more special and real.