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23 reasons to NOT visit Turkey

1. Everything's crumbling and old 

From Ephesus to Patara, the ancient sites have not been updated for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Ephesus, Turkey

2. The food is terrible...

...and they make a dessert out of chicken.

salad Turkey

Turkish pide

3. ... I mean, they call THIS dessert?!

Baklava: nuts, honey and pastry. Meh.

baklava, Turkey

4. There's nothing worth buying at the Grand Bazaar

More than 4000 shops, nothing to see here.

shopping at Grand Bazaar

5. Turks are cold and unfriendly.

They definitely don't invite people they've just met to weddings and birthday events - oh no.

friendly turkish women

smiling Turkish man

6. Once you’ve seen the Blue Mosque, you've seen it all

There's hardly anything outside the city centre.

Sumela monastery

7. There are no adventure sports to speak of

I mean, there's parasailing, paragliding, rafting and diving, but other than that...

paragliding Oludeniz Turkey

diving Turkey

8. Holiday homes in Turkey are really dark and dingy

You're better to stay at home with the curtains drawn.

...although Kalkan property sometimes fits the bill.

9. The weather is terrible, you'll have to hide indoors all day

300 days of annual sunshine does get pretty repetitive.

10. There are no good beaches

For a country with 8300km of coastline, this is a shame.

Gocek Beach

Oludeniz Beach

11. ... okay, maybe one or two, but they're overrun with tourists

... and full of sand, yeuch!


12. Istanbul’s skyline is so uninspiring

Just so boring.

13. Good views? Nowhere to be found. 

It's like staring at a wall.

Cappadocia, Turkey

14. It's all skyscrapers and apartment buildings

Or underground burrows, which is okay if you're a Hobbit.

Cappadocia, Turkey

traditional house in Fethiye's Kayakoy

Villas in Fethiye aren't half bad, really.

15. There's no culture...

Thousands of years of habitation and nothing to show for it.

16 ...or music ...

Yet, so many music festivals. Kind of strange?

music in Istanbul

17. ...or art

18. There are no areas of natural beauty

Nothing to see here...

19. There's little wildlife to be seen

If you close your eyes, that is.

monk seal Turkey

20. There are no decent restaurants

And when you do finally find somewhere half-okay to eat, they make you sit on the roof.

Kalkan rooftop dining

21. Tourist attractions are all a bit boring and same-y

Just the same old stuff you get everywhere else in the world.

Pamukkale hot springs

Dalyan mud baths

22. The architecture's a bit dull

Just look at the ground, nothing to see up there.

Hagia Sophia interior

Istanbul basilica

23. Nope, nothing to see here. You might as well stay at home.

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