Many travellers certainly know the abandoned Greek village Kayaköy near Fethiye on the Lycian coast. Its ruined houses evoke the memories of ancient Greek inhabitants of Turkey. However, few people know that a very similar place exists on the Aegean coast, close to the renowned holiday resort of Kuşadası.
Ezine is a small town located in the southern part of Çanakkale Province. Its location makes this sleepy little town an excellent base for tourists visiting the sights in the Biga Peninsula, i.e. in the ancient Troad region. The most famous product from the Ezine is the local cheese, called, of course, Ezine peyniri. It is made from cow, sheep, and goat milk, and the secret of its flavour lies apparently in the process of maturation in tin containers. This cheese can be purchased at many stores throughout the town. It's hard to miss the opportunity to buy this speciality, even if you are only passing through Ezine on the main road, as the adverts are visible everywhere.
2017 certainly was a much better year for Turkey than the previous year in many aspects. After a disastrous 2016, Turkish travel industry was slowly recovering, as the number of foreigners visiting the country increased steadily, to reach more than half a million in July only. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism put a lot of investment to make Turkey an even more attractive destination for the visitors interested in archaeology and history. Moreover, many fascinating discoveries were made in the area of Asia Minor in 2017, and several cultural assets of Turkey made it into UNESCO lists. Below, you will find the most interesting pieces of news from 2017.
The end of 2017 was a very intensive period for archaeologists working in Turkey. The biggest news was undoubtedly the discovery of a hidden chapel covered with marvellous frescoes in the famous Sümela Monastery. Moreover, an ancient city with complex burial chambers and temples was found in Erzurum Province while a hammam used by the sultans was discovered in Topkapı Palace during the renovation process.
The town, known internationally as Gallipoli, is located on a peninsula that bears the same name. Administratively it belongs to Çanakkale Province, although it is situated in Europe, and the capital of the province - in Asia Minor.