Dining and Entertainment When in Turkey on Honeymoon

Dining and Entertainment when in Turkey

Turkish cuisine consists of the finest and most renowned delicacies in the world. The weather guarantees a steady supply of fresh produce, and this, mixed with the locals’ love of coffee and a good time, give the cuisine its distinctive edge.

Traditional Turkish Delights

Just about everyone is familiar with Turkey’s renowned kebabs, but there are other foods waiting to entice you as well. Available in almost every restaurant is meze, a range of small bite sized appetizers that combine cheeses, fruits and stuffed vegetables. The perfect accompaniment to this is the local alcoholic drink called Raki. It is a spirit flavored with anise, and is clear in appearance. Much is made of mealtime in Turkey, and you will be delighted to find local specialties as well as familiar favorites when it’s time to dine.

Calling All Shoppers

Shoppers in Turkey will enjoy a wide range of merchandise to tempt every pocketbook. Leather goods, jewelry, copper and ceramic goods as well as the traditional carpets and kilims are everywhere. Many shopping venues have flexible hours, and in the summer months stay open late, so that tourists can shop in the cooler climes of the evening. Remember to haggle when you visit the local open air stalls or souvenir shops. Turkish vendors will expect you to negotiate a bit for the price, and will actually be disappointed if you pay the asking price right away!

Turkish Nightlife

Turkish nightlife is quite low-key. Local citizens are content to enjoy a traditional meal at home with the family or dine out at a restaurant. If you are looking to dance the night away, you would be best advised to explore what the large resorts have to offer. The coastal villages consider a walk along the shore, and window shopping, their version of nightlife, so if you are looking for something wilder, you will have to seek it out at the restaurants, shops and bars of the bigger resorts.

What Else to Do when You Visit Turkey

Aquatic pursuits such as canoeing, jet skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing are offered near the top tourist spots and resorts. If you prefer to explore beneath the sea, Turkey has excellent waters for snorkeling and diving for both the expert and the beginner. Trekking the mountains and countryside have become popular ways to see the sites and there is a plethora of historic sites, museums and art galleries scattered across the country to explore.