It’s true that we have a love affair with Istanbul. But even lovers want to be alone sometimes, discover parts of themselves in faraway places, miss each other and embrace each other once again with a refreshed love.
If you want to get away from your beloved city for a few days and watch the sun set in different places, we have five recommendations for you. We know that wherever you choose to go, you won’t change your beauty routine. So instead of taking bags of products with you, explore Sephora’s Beauty To Go products, which will make sure your luggage stays underweight. (Read through to the bottom of this article for a surprise 😲)
1. Çeşme & Alaçatı
This is one of the top destinations that come to mind when the direction is the sea. It’s become quite popular over the past few years. In fact, the crowd here can easily rival the one in Bodrum. Even though it’s packed in high season, the turquoise sea, the warmth of its people and the cobblestoned streets of Alaçatı keep bringing us back here. If you end up here, stay at one of Alavya’s stone houses, spend a day at 7800 Beach Club and try Aegean dishes at Asma Yaprağı.
If you want to find yourself at a slightly more remote location that is calmer but also has adventure at heart, Kaş is the perfect place for you. Dozens of great venues in a small city center and endless beaches define Kaş. It’s quite a hassle to get to Kaputaş Plajı – you need to go up and down 190 stairs – but the sea is as clear as can be, and if you stay for the sunset, you’ll know it was well worth the effort. For all the bays that can’t be reached on foot, rent a boat or sign up for one of the daily tours. Don’t forget to make a reservation at Bi Lokma Restaurant for dinner. You’ll find the most delicious Turkish food here, from lentil balls and home-made spinach mantı to börek and karnıyarık.
It’s a classic destination and every time we go to Bodrum, we’re so glad we did. Bodrum is so versatile, with each area carrying a different vibe. If you want to spend a day where you get to stay quiet and reflect, and then dance to some great music, Xuma Beach is the place to go. Kikkula is where the love for paper is turned into amazing accessories, notebooks, and objects, which make great gifts for you or your loved ones. Don’t leave Bodrum without indulging in seafood at Orfoz, which moved to a new location last year and now has an amazing sea view.
If it’s not Istanbul that you want to get away from but the heat, the crowds, and the noise, head over to Karadeniz and embrace nature. Get on a plane, head to Trabzon, and make sure to visit the Sümela Monastery on your way to Çamlıhemşin. Stay at Moyy, a very central and tiny boutique hotel made of stone and wood. Make sure to reserve a room that overlooks the Fırtına Deresi. When it’s time to visit a yayla, forget all the popular names and head to Gito where you’ll find the opportunity to become one with nature and truly experience silence.
Once referred to as İmroz, Gökçeada is Turkey’s largest island, the less visited neighbor of Bozcaada, famed for its winds… The island was mainly inhabited by a Rum population, and Eski Bademli Köyü, an old Rum village, is a must-visit on the island. In fact, Son Vapur Konukevi, located in the village, is a great option for accommodation. The rooms are simple and down-to-earth, reflecting the area’s past with handpicked objects. Enjoy the sunset with only the wind playing in the background, and admire the sea as you have breakfast on the terrace. Remember to buy a box of efibadem (buttery biscuit made with almonds) for those who couldn’t join you on this trip.
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