Many people would raise eyebrows if a vacation
off to Turkey is mentioned. But, to those that are into adventure
vacation, a trip to Turkey, especially in Gaziantep spells as a
fun-filled ADVENTURE! This is because the place, the Gaziantep
province, can be found at the southeast part of the country—which most
tourist have not stepped foot onto.
If you are planning to go on an adventure vacation in Turkey, Gaziantep
is an ideal place because it boasts off a commercialized city wherein
you can find the things that you are used to. However, despite its
commercialization, you can still feel its rich culture that has been
existent for the past 4,000 years. Originally known as 'Ayintap,'
Gaziantep was a very important settlement area during the times and
empires of the Roman, Ottoman Hittite, Persian, Babylonian, and
Standing at the crossroads of Southeastern Anatolia, Asia, Europe, and
Mediterranean, Gaziantep is indeed a very interesting place to visit
because it bears woven influences of many civilizations near the
What is truly interesting about Gaziantep is the old city center where
traditional house made of stone and have distinctive architectural
features are still existent up to this time. This is also the place
where you can find the great 6th-century Gaziantep Fortress as well as
the Ravanda citadel surrounded with tiny palaces, mosques, watchtowers,
a bath house and the Mehmet Gazali Tomb.
For those who are into archeology, it is nice to visit the
Archaeological Museum where you can find a unique and rare collection
of the province's Hittite and Neolithic empires. Roman relics that are
considered the finest in the whole of Turkey can also be found in
Gaziantep. For more thrilling adventures, you can arrange day trips to
Mount Nemrut where you can see a historic monolithic sculpture.
What to consider
If you conduct a simple research on the Gaziantep province, you will
find out more interesting activities and places to visit. But, before
you finally decide to choose the place as a destination for an
adventure vacation, assess yourself first:
- are you prepared to witness a totally different culture from what you
are used to? This is very important to consider because if you are
prone to "culture shock" then, you would not enjoy the vacation. To
prepare yourself for other cultures, make sure that you conduct a
research first to have a general knowledge on the place.
This research should include the basic pieces of information a tourist
should know about the place including means of getting there, places
that offer accommodation and lodging, paper requirements, lifestyle of
the people living in there, food available for you and what are your
options, as well as the clothes that you should wear. (Remember, Turkey
is a Muslim country so people are stricter when it comes to dress code
especially to women.)
- how much is your budget? This should also be settled before you
finalize your adventure trip. To know how much you will be spending in
going and staying in Gaziantep, inquire from travel agencies that
handle and arrange visits to the place. If the cost would fit your
budget well, then it is better to have the travel agency arrange
everything for you.
But if it costs too much and you would still want to push though, start
your research by visiting sites in the Internet that offer information
on Gaziantep. Although it would cost some of your time, it would cost
you lesser amount of money.