Patara Beach, an expanse of pristine sand and lagoons on the south east coast of Turkey is one of the finest stretches of sand in the region. With stunning Roman ruins set inland from the beach, it’s a perfect place to stop off for a couple of days before moving onto…

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Seemingly super-glued to a sheer cliff face high above the dense forests of the Pontic Mountains, Sumela Monastery is a little known hidden gem in North Eastern Turkey. Built by Greek Orthodox priests 1,600 years ago, this Byzantium masterpiece with its ornate frescos and secret cave dwellings has survived through…

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To me, travelling is all about immersing myself in the local culture. The games below are not very well known, but offer a unique insight in the lives of locals and their pastimes. Sports form a crucial cultural aspect of a nations identity, and I love to have the opportunity to…

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Wedged between steep tea growing hills and the blue waters of the Black Sea, the Sarpi border crossing is the busiest crossing between Turkey and Georgia. In recent years it’s become more accessible and safe for travellers. Open 24 Hours Bus connection to Batumi on Georgian side No dolmus /…

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Butterfly Valley? Meh, you’re better off finding somewhere else – to find true Turkish paradise read further below. Unfortunately this “secret” beach on Turkey’s Turquoise coast isn’t worth the effort, there are much better options out there. Paradise they said, pristine free spirited wilderness they said. Hundreds of butterflies they…

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