Explore Turkey

25 April 2012
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It's a pilgrimage for young Australians - to remember our nation's baptism of fire from the actual spot where Australians gave their lives almost a century ago. Participating in the dawn service at Gallipoli on the 25th April is a highly emotional experience. However as you've made the effort to travel to Turkey, there are many other fascinating sights you should you see. Here are our top five suggestions for destinations near Gallipoli in western Turkey.

 Scenic Istanbul

The archaeological ruins of ancient Troy - of Trojan war fame - were first discovered in 1865 with extensive excavations taking place from 1868 by the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. Today the ruins offer a sense of reality to the ancient conflict that changed history forever and can easily be visited as a day trip from Canakkale.

The imperial capital of Turkey, Istanbul's historical significance radiates from every street corner - this was Constantinople and Byzantium. Today the must-see attractions include the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica cistern. Also enjoy a cruise up the Bosphorus to the Black Sea as a day trip.

Marmaris is a great place to chill for a couple of days - the beaches are beautiful and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants, which are great for people watching. When the sun sets, explore the famed party scene where clubs pump out the latest beats well into the early hours of the morning.

The beautiful coastal city of Bodrum boasts the ruins of one of the most famous Mausoleums in history – the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. While in town, also check out the medieval Bodrum Castle and the incredible Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Eager hikers will enjoy the Lycian Way - a 500 kilometre path that starts in Fethiye and winds through the picturesque Turkish countryside to Antalya. Before you start your hiking adventure, check out the Lycian rock tombs in Fethiye and admire the nearby blue lagoon. Paragliding is also popular from the adjoining Babadağ Mountain.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.