Turkey Tour by TAN team - 2017 edition - a summary

TAN team has just returned home after more than 4 weeks on the road. The main goal of our expedition was to reach the northernmost region of Turkey and visit numerous archaeological and historical sights on the way there and back.

During 29 days of the expedition, we travelled around the country, covering the distance of more than 6,000 kilometres. We made 14,000 photos and visited around 50 archaeological sites, historical towns and stand alone structures.

TAN tour 2017 route
TAN tour 2017 route

Loryma Bay

The bay of Loryma, also known as Bozukkale, is located near the southern tip of the Bozburun Peninsula which extends about 34 km southwest of Marmaris. Its distance from the island and the city of Rhodes is only 22 km as the crow flies and in clear weather, the houses and harbour facilities of the city of Rhodes can be discerned in the distance even with the naked eye.

Fig. 3. View from the acropolis of Loryma across the bay
Fig. 3. View from the acropolis of Loryma across the bay

Antalya, Side and Alanya. TAN Travel Guide - a book published by TAN team

Antalya, Side and Alanya. TAN Travel Guide

Antalya, Side and Alanya: TAN Travel Guide has been prepared for the travelers who intend to spend active holidays on the Turkish Riviera. If you want not only to relax and sunbathe, but also visit some interesting places and archeological sites, this is the book for you. It will help you to get acquainted with the most important information about Turkey and its southern coast, to plan the entire trip and to select the places worth seeing. History lovers will be able to use it to locate rarely visited ruins of ancient cities, the seekers of beautiful landscapes will find tips on the most attractive viewpoints, and the gourmets will get numerous suggestions for the best restaurants in the region.

Iotape

It is difficult to suppress an ironic smile when, in answer to the question of the biggest tourist attractions near Alanya, you hear "Pamukkale and Cappadocia". While these two places are undeniably attractive, they are located hundreds of kilometres away from Alanya. Meanwhile, near the famous holiday resorts on the Mediterranean coast, there are many interesting places with a long history. Probably almost everyone has heard of Aspendos, some - about Selge or Perge, but who has ever heard of Iotape?

Iotape
Iotape

Çanakkale

Çanakkale is situated on the eastern shore of the Dardanelles. It is the most popular base for tourists visiting this region of Turkey. Çanakkale is visited by the tourists seeking the traces of ancient settlements in the Troad, and the travellers who follow in the footsteps of the war campaign on the nearby Gallipoli Peninsula. However, Çanakkale is not just a convenient starting point for further journeys, as it is also an absorbing city, where it is worth to stay for at least one day. In addition to local museums, the fortress, and some other historic buildings, it is a pleasant city with a European atmosphere. A broad waterfront promenade is a great place for an evening stroll, and numerous bars and restaurants are visited by students from the local university (tr. Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi). After all, the city has about 120 thousand inhabitants, with as many as 35 thousand students who significantly contribute to its relaxed and lively ambience.

Çanakkale
Çanakkale

Olba

The ruins of the ancient city of Olba are located deep in the Taurus Mountains. Most likely, it was the capital of the local kingdom called Pirindu that existed in the area in the sixth century BCE. The traces of ancient buildings are located at the mouth of a long and deep ravine. Moreover, about 4 km to the west, there are the ruins of the old sanctuary of Diocaesarea. The relation of Olba and Diocaesarea can be likened to the connection between the Hecate sanctuary in Lagina and the city of Stratonicea or the Apollo Temple in Didyma and the city of Miletus.

The aqueduct in Olba
The aqueduct in Olba

Miletus Museum

Miletus Museum is a small but very attractive venue. In 2011, it was finally reopened after a long renovation, in a new building after many years of closure. It was worth the wait - here one can admire not only the exhibits found in the area of the ancient city of Miletus but also from Priene and Didyma. What's more, the museum is well-prepared for visitors, as there are information boards and plans, described not only Turkish but also in English.

Miletus Museum - sphinxes from the sacred way to Didyma
Miletus Museum - sphinxes from the sacred way to Didyma

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