Our jury of experts have picked the 10 best activities in Turkey that you can do by spending as little as $7.50.
1) MOGAN LAKE (ANKARA) $30 – Bring your own fishing rod and take your family to a lakeside picnic here. If you are not a good fisher, you can spend some $30 for meat, drinks and barbecue coal and enjoy the great view as you feast.
2) MELEN STREAM (DUZCE) $29 – Don’t overestimate the travel expenses to reach this northwestern Turkish province. Use a service like BlaBlaCar to go from Istanbul to Duzce for $6. Then find a place for a rafting boat at Melen Rafting for $20. Or you can buy from Duzce Rafting a whole package of breakfast, rafting, dinner, photos and videos for $29.
3) FAMILY FUN (ISTANBUL) $20 – Forum Istanbul, a shopping mall in Istanbul, has an aquarium with a 83-meter-long ocean tunnel, 47 exhibition tanks and over 5,000 sea creatures. For a total of $20, you can keep having fun at Legoland, the laser game and the 4-D cinema, too.
4) HISTORIC PENINSULA (ISTANBUL) $18 – Buy a Muzekart (Museum Card) for $10 to visit the museum of the Hagia Sophia, a landmark for both Christianity and Islam. Continue your tour with the Blue Mosque with its beautiful tiles. Your lunch is famous meatballs at Sultanahmet Koftecisi, which cost $5. The historic Basilica Cistern with its 336 pillars is the last stop with a ticket for $3.
5) BREAKFAST WITH SEAGULLS (IZMIR) $28 – Walk to the Pasaport neighborhood in the morning and have a breakfast by the seaside for $7. Then visit the Mask Museum. Drop by the Archaelogy Museum for $3. Have dinner at Asansor while admiring the view of Karsiyaka, for roughly $18.
6) AN AUTHENTIC DAY AT BEYPAZARI (ANKARA) $18 – Take a bus from the central bus terminal in Ankara. A return ticket costs $7. In this historic village, you should try gozleme and ayran for $5 at Fatma Teyze’s. Traditional handcraft jewellery can be found for as little as $6. Delicious Ayas tomatoes are sold on the roadside.
7) ENJOYING ISTANBUL ISLANDS (BUYUKADA) $27 – Buyukada, Istanbul’s largest island, can be reached with a ferry. A return ticket costs $3. Walk on the island’s pier and sit at Leydi Cafe. Cheese toast and tea costs $2. Rent a traditional horse carriage from the town square for $22 and see the whole island.
8) HISTORY AND SEA AT KUŞADASI (AYDIN) $7.50 – This southwestern Turkish resort is for history lovers with the house of the Virgin Mary ($1.50 entrance fee) and the St. Jean Church. Enjoy the sea and beach at Akyar, Kadinlar Denizi (Women’s Sea) and Tavsan Burnu (Cape Rabbit). A beach menu of corn, mussels and apple candy costs $2. You can try the town’s traditional sandwich, carsafli, for $4 at Tuki’s. (DHA Photo)
9) BECOME JAMES BOND (ISTANBUL) $23 – To remember the scenes of “From Russia, With Love” and “Skyfall,” you can first hang around the Grand Bazaar. Eat Adana kebab with ayran drink and kufene dessert for $7 at Burc Kebap on Parcacilar Street. Drink a tea in front of the Egyptian Bazaar and continue with a short Bosphorus tour for a total cost of $23.
10) BEFORE IT GETS COLD (BALIKESIR) $23 – You should try Sarimsakli Beach in this northwestern Turkish resort and admire the sunset with a panoramic view at Seytan Sofrasi (Devil’s Dining Table). After visiting historic mosques and churches, you can try Ayvalik toast at Bay Nihat ($3), papalina fish ($7) and lokma. Return ticket to Ayvalık from Balıkesir’s city center costs $13.
Source Hürriyet Daily News