Stay 21 : Visit Turkey, another way of travelling in Istanbul

Stay 21 : Visit Turkey, another way of travelling in Istanbul.

Occidental Route

Stage 21/35 - 341 kms


0 km Istanbul

238 kms Edirne

103 kms Khaskovo

carte Istanbul a Khaskovo

Visit Turkey Istanbul : A city renowned,  superb geographical location

Ecotourisme en Turquie à Istanbul

Istanbul Turkey
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Visit Turkey Istanbul, a city that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is a charming mix of Eastern and Western culture, a modern and vibrant city with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists with its youthful exuberance. It is situated in a superb location, surrounded by water, which is the Bosporus Strait and the Sea of Marmara separating Europe from Asia. Istanbul has a foot in each culture, to celebrate the best of both heritages. Byzantium, Constantinople and finally, Istanbul, it has been the capital of three empires, each leaving their mark in the form of magnificent palaces, castles, mosques, churches and monuments. The legacy of its eventful past can be seen at every turn of the modern city.

Istanbul’s most famous sites are the Blue Mosque, the Saint-Sophia or Hagia Sophia, the Topkapı Sarayı Palace and the Grand Bazaar. They are all within 30 minutes walk of each other. It is easy to get around on foot or by taking the tram, which provides a regular service on the main pedestrian street. In terms of accommodation, there are now a number of hotels of charm and character in the area of Sultanahmet, including many that are restored Ottoman wooden residences. These are ideal for those who really want to enjoy the Old Town’s authentic atmosphere.

Edirne : An authentic city known for its Ottoman architecture

Edirne Turquie

Edirne Turkey
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Edirne is a city in eastern Thrace, located in the north-western part of Turkey, close to the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne served as the Ottoman Empire’s capital from 1365 to 1453, before Constantinople became the Empire’s new capital. The city houses many consulates namely those of Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Romania and Slovakia.  Its twinned cities are Haskovo and Yambol in Bulgaria  as well as Alexandroupolis in Greece.  Squeezed between 3 empires of civilization through its assets, Edirne is the crossroads of various historical and cultural trends. As the Ottoman Empire’s capital between 1357 and 1453, Erdine boasts a wide range of the Ottoman architecture. The city was founded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian and has since then experienced many battles and migrations. The city is rich in Ottoman monuments such as mosques, the caravanserai and market squares.

Khaskovo : A nice break, visits and tourists activities

Khaskovo is an important city of Bulgaria. This city is home to many famous tourist attractions such as Eski Dzhumaya, the Sv Bogoroditsa, the Sv Dimitar and many more. 3 days are required to visit this city. One can enjoy a comfortable stay in Khaskovo which has a large variety of hotels. In this city of Bulgaria, in Khaskovo, make the most of all the offers on all the cultural and tourism activities offered to you by the region.

Bulgaria : An adventure trip, a popular destination for tourists

In Bulgaria, tourism is a major contributor to the country’s economy. Tourists from three countries that are Greece, Romania and Turkey account for nearly 40% of visitors. New kinds of tourism, including cultural, architectural and historic tours, ecotourism and adventure trips are expanding the range of tourist experiences. Winter tourist centres, such as Borovets, Bansko, Pamporovo and Vitosha are scenic and popular ski resorts. Marine tourism in Bulgaria has been growing since the 1960s. Under the Communist regime, a handful of luxury resorts were a gathering venue for the Eastern Bloc elite. The local Black Sea coast was sometimes called “the red Riviera” as it had no dangerous wildlife and benefited from a long summer season and a very warm climate.

The number of tourists has grown rapidly over the past years, in 2010 Bulgaria was the most popular tourist destination for British citizens. Tourist activities, such as “ethno-tourism” and “architectural-cultural” tourism, are gaining ground, meeting specialized tastes. These are new types of organised tours, which involve interaction with and living amongst the local people, in mountain villages. For the more adventurous, active recreation, involving mountain hiking and cycle tourism, provides a close connection with nature. Climbers scale the granite mountains of Rila, Pirin and the Balkan.  Hikers  enjoy the mountains of Vitosha and the Rhodopes. Mountain biking, and bicycle races are also leisure activities, and Bulgaria is one of the only six countries that can annually host the official 1,200 km Randonnees - ultra-marathon bicycle rides comparable to the Paris–Brest–Paris.

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