Turkish delights

Love it or hate it Turkish Delight is a confectionary typically made from starch and sugar. Mmmm sounds delicious. If you’ve tasted the real deal on a cheap holiday to Turkey, you’ll know it’s a little different from the chocolate coated Fry’s Turkish Delight produced by Cadburys.

 The real Turkish Delight

The Turkish version of this sweet treat is known as Lokum and can be flavoured with Bergamont orange or lemon, as well as the more familiar rosewater. It can also feature yummy pistachios, dates or hazelnuts. If you’re a fan you’ve got Bekir Effendi to thank for inventing a precursory version of this tasty delight in his Istanbul sweet shop back in 1776. Make sure you try some on your holiday to Turkey.

 Turkish baths

Have you always wanted to find out exactly what a Turkish bath entails? Well you’ve come to the right country. Essentially it is similar to a sauna or steam bath, but includes a scrub wash and sometimes a massage. It’s both relaxing and invigorating with time spent in a hot room to encourage perspiration, nice, a soap rub to remove dead skin, no comment, and water to cool off. Go on be brave and give it a go, they can esauly be booked as part of turkey tours or holiday packages.

 Turkish Nights

Although Turkish Nights are generally manufactured for tourists, they are great fun and offer an insight into the country’s culture and traditions. If you’re on an all inclusive holiday to Turkey, then you will more than likely be treated to one as part of your all inclusive evening entertainment. What to expect: belly dancing, folk dancing, Turkish music, food and local wine and the opportunity to take to the floor. Be warned, you may have little choice but to participate if you are selected by a belly dancer!

Turkish food

Embracing the Turkish food on offer will help with your belly dancing physique and could win you prizes on a Turkish Night. Order a Meze; these are similar to Tapas in that you receive lots of appetizer sized dishes to get a real feel for the cuisine. Typically they will include familiar dips such as humus; stuffed vine leaves, Dolmas and Köfte meatballs. But also unfamiliar dishes such as Ahtapot, grilled octopus and Piyaz, a potato, onion, white bean and vinegar salad.

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