PLACES OF PILGRIMAGE IN THE TURKISH TOWN OF DEMRE

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Some people believe that Santa Claus did not exist but truth is that old Father Christmas did in fact exist as a historic personality. He did not come from beyond the North Pole where Reindeers roam, but lived under the warm Lycian sun as Bishop of Myra. His church and ex-tomb continue to exist as places of pilgrimage in the Turkish town of Demre (known also as Kale, near Antalya).

Saint Nicholas was born in Patara, was elected bishop during Diocletian’s persecutions, and died in Myra around the year 350. This stories of his charitable acts took on legendary dimensions during the following centuries.

One of these stories concerned three boys who were hacked into pieces by a greedy butcher, who salted and pickled them for sale in his shop. Nicholas miraculously restored the boys to life. On another occasion, on hearing that the daughters of a poor Myran could not marry for lack of a dowry, Nicholas stole under the man’s window at night and left a bag of gold for each girl. This act earned him the reputation of secretly delivering gifts in the black of night.

YACHTING TURKEY

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You can find the opportunity to have an enjoyable holiday by chartering a luxury yacht with Fethiye yacht charter. You can add new memories to your travel notes. Nowadays,blue cruise tours to Fethiye coves are very popular.There are many alternatives for a great ,unforgettable holiday in Fethiye. The most popular one is a blue cruise tour by chartering a luxury yacht. Blue cruises are mostly preferred for holidays .Besides,many people prefer blue cruises for alternative tours which are business meetings, special invitations, wedding anniversaries and honeymoon for newly married couples to have an enjoyable time and make your loved ones happy.

We just returned from what can only be described as the most relaxing

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We just returned from what can only be described as the most relaxing 8 days of our lives on the first ever TurkYacht charter gullet sailing holiday. Not only was it our first TurkYacht cruise but it was also our first travel adventure to Turkey and Greece as well. And what better way to relax than on a traditional Turkish sailing gullet, otherwise known as Karizma!For 8 days and 7 nights we cruised the beautiful and refreshing crystal clear waters in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern shores of Turkey and Greek islands with 14 other lucky passengers.

Some of TurkYacht’s sailing routes include bases of Marmaris, Gocek, and Fethiye. Unlike many island-based sailing in the Mediterranean, a holiday in this southern area of the Aegean primarily involves cruising the many bays, gulfs and inlets of mainland Turkey. Surrounding the coast are massive mountain ranges dropping sheer into azure seas, carving the shore into a procession of tiny coves, hidden bays, and pristine beaches. Hillsides forming a vista from your yacht are covered in pine and olives trees and the ruins of countless ancient cities; Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cram the coast, limiting development to a few isolated areas. The incredible combination of historical sites and wonders, beautiful sailing and superb swimming that make this coastline a truly fantastic destination.Turkey isn’t short of a nightspot either with the resorts of Marmaris, Fethiye and Gocek all standing out with their array of bars and nightclubs. Come here to drink, dance and be merry!

From Turkey we sailed west towards the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Kalimnos and Leros. Rhodes still has much to offer sailors with its splendid medieval capital city, also named Rhodes, and several smaller coastal villages that retain their authentic appeal . Kos is the starting port for sailing in the Northern Dodecanese. A touristy island, Kos highlights the benefits of a sailing holiday, where you can visit the bars, restaurants and churches and mosques of Kos town and then set out for the less populated islands of Kalymnos, Leros and Patmos. By day, if we were not sunning ourselves on the deck of the boats then we would be exploring the cultural offerings that Greece has in abundance. Whether it was the ruins of the towns or the old Castles and forts overlooking the small villages.

Luckily the evenings were just as good, if not better. Hours were spent sitting onboard the gullet with a beer or a wine in hand watching as the sky changed from royal blue into amazing reds, oranges and yellows as the sun set on each glorious day. Unfortunately like all good things it had to come to an end, and we finished our holiday back on mainland Turkey.

Kos Island

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Kos Island is the first step of our fascinating adventure. Be ready to be surprised and prepare your camera! You will get great pleasure from walking in its wide streets, green parks and blossoming gardens.

The huge ancient (XV Century) Castle Of Knights will meet the sea travelers on the entrance of harbor. Near the port is an extensive archaeological area with ruins of buildings of the Hellenistic and Roman Eras – Gymnasia, the Odeon, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Hercules, Roman baths and Roman villas with mosaic fragments. Aqueduct joins castle with a small area on which stands the ancient Sycamore, according to legend, planted by Hippocrates. In the central square Elevterias (Liberty) is the Archaeological museum, which gathered interesting exposition artifacts that illustrate the rich history of the island.

One of the most interesting attractions of the Kos are the ruins of an ancient temple Asklepios (God Of Medicine), where studied Hippocrates and his life was closely connected with Kos island. Ruins of a temple Asklepios are 4 kilometers from the capital of the island. It will take around 20-25 minutes to reach the Asklepios by car and about 30 Minutes by bike. Perhaps the best option to get a tour and see the city at the same time is auto locomotive, which runs on a schedule from the parking area near the port of Kos.

Having reached Asklepios bypassing the Shady Alley, a majestic view of the ancient complex opens in front of you. A walk in Asklepios will take about half of a day.

If from Asklepios go inland, you will find the town Asfendiu. The Mountain Dikteo will show spectacular panorama of the island’s beaches and the neighboring islands.

In the heart of the island, near the airport is Antimahia village, 3 km north of the tourist center, which is located Mastihari and to the south the resort of Kardamena. At the west of the island, Kefalos locates 43 km from the town of the Kos. Kefalos is famous about beautiful beaches of Kamari and paradise beach, the ruins of the ancient city, the Monastery of St. John.

Another attraction of the island is thermal baths “Agios Fokas.” You can reach the place by car, bus, bicycle or walking. Kos Island is a paradise for cyclists and “to ride with the wind.”

In the evening, have a dinner in one of the beachside restaurants. Caught in a Greek tavern you can try the traditional Greek salad, which Is made from tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, onions, olives ,olive oil, and of course fresh cheese made from sheep’s milk feta. Especially popular are fish and seafood dishes. Also there are many different patisserie shops. Surely try a Greek wine, because they are best known in Greece. In any restaurant or tavern you can try a traditional Greek Drink Uzo (Ouzo), forty-degree anise vodka, cancers grape vodka, Metaxa (Famous Greek Brandy).

As for evening attractions, life on Kos abounds. There are lots of clubs, taverns and cafes.

The atmosphere of the Kos are very warm and comfortable. Everyone knows each other and people are always happy to invite guests. Dinner and overnight on the Kos.

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