Why people love to travel to Turkey?
Read Katiejo's interview;
Tell us abit about yourself..?
Hi, I'm Kate and I'm 22 years old from Cambridge. I work shifts at the hospital. I spend my spare time with friends - whether that’s out and about, or a quiet night in watching DVDs. I love sport and go swimming, spinning, and to dance aerobics every week. My favourite hobby is skiing but I don't get to go all that often.
What made you first decide to visit Turkey?
I first decided to visit Turkey with a group of mates last summer. I was originally going to Corfu in Greece, with some other friends but sadly our holiday fell through, so I tagged along on the Turkey holiday at the last minute. I'd never been to Turkey before so I had no idea of what to expect. I imagined Marmaris to be a sandy market town with the odd camel tottering up the streets (the strange imagination that I have?!).
Which cities have you visited in Turkey?
We spent the majority of our time in Marmaris, although we visited Icmeler a fair few times too. There are plenty of boats to take you between the two resorts. I'd recommend you get either the boat or bus back though as it's a bit far to walk. On our first morning of arriving in Marmaris bleary eyed we all decided to go exploring and took a boat trip to Icmeler. It didn't look that far by boat and we decided to take a stroll along the beach back to Marmaris. It was further than it looked and we were all thirsty zombies by the time we got back to the hotel.
I would definitely recommend visiting Icmeler if you get the chance- it's very pretty and there's lots of nice little market stalls! Some of our group visited Pamukkale, near Denizli, and Ephesus on a day trip from Marmaris. They said both places were amazing, but Pamukkale was by far their favourite because of the water springs and beautiful whiteness of the scenery.
Would you like to visit again? If yes - What is it about Turkey that you love?
I will definitely go back to Turkey again. We made really good friends and kept in touch with some of the staff from the hotel, so we're definately going back. We’re planning on going back to Marmaris next summer. I really should give Kusadasi a chance one day too. From what you guys say, it sounds pretty lovely! I like the sound of ladies beach!
Did you feel safe in Turkey?
Turkey definitely feels safer than England. There's a whole different atmosphere to what there is here. Our hotel even had a security guard at night so that made you feel really safe when we came back in the evenings. Everyone looks out for each other and that’s what’s so nice about it.
How were the Turkish people?
The Turkish people were very friendly and kind. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they went out of their way to help us.
Do you have any suggestions for new visitors to Turkey? Travel - tour tips? Can you recommend any specific places or advice?
We stayed in Marmaris for two weeks and found more than enough to do with excursions and activities. We even got picked up from outside the hotel and taken back from each and every excursion. We booked through a company in Icmeler recommended by some friends who’d been with them on a previous holiday.
I'd recommend going on the jeep safari, as it was by far the best day's fun we had and the wettest!! The drivers were completely mad. We got a meal included in the day out, plus a copy of the DVD filmed by one of the safari crew - which was really good. You get to see loads of places and do lots of stupid things. We took water pistols and had saved the big water bottles to take with us to attack the other jeeps (the big kids that we were!).
The boat trips were really great fun too and we really enjoyed relaxing on the lazy days boat trip. It stopped off at various beautiful points around Marmaris. We also went scuba diving. This was also a great day out, although my friend Andrew and I got stung on the bums by weird sea caterpillar creatures (or so we were told that’s what they were) when we were fooling around climbing the rocks! Luckily the boat crew had a first aid kit with some cream.
As far as nightlife goes, the best bar in Marmaris was by far Bar X. Bar Street was also good but a little on the expensive side. If there's a group of you out, you must try the "fish bowls" – you don’t get anything like them in the UK and they are great fun!
Despite being bitten to death by mosquitoes, being stung on the backside by sea caterpillars and getting food poisoning, I had a great time in Marmaris. Turkey is such a great place and everyone makes you feel really welcome. The only advice I have to give is take lots of mosquito repellent and watch what you eat. You'll have a great time!