Map Of Athens – Things To See In Athens

Tourist Map Of Athens, Greece

Tourist Map Of Athens

Athens is one of the true great ancient cities of the world to visit (we’ve been 3 times and counting!) For those of you into your Greek history there are a number of ancient monuments to see, of course top amongst these is the Parthenon at the Acropolis. If you are going to visit it’s best to go earlier in the day before the peak times for organised tours, it can get very chaotic and even getting a decent picture can be difficult. Also close by is the recently opened Acropolis Museum (it’s only 5 minutes down the hill). It’ll take you a couple of hours to walk around this properly and it can give a very welcome break from the heat of the Greek summer sun.

Another of the must see attractions when visiting Athens is the changing of the guard in Syntagmatos Square. This happens on the hour every hour at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s actually very easy to get around Athens by Metro and there is a station in the sqaure that sees you just 2 minutes walk from the changing of the guard. It’s also only a 5 minute ride to the Acropolis if you are wanting to explore freestyle.

Of course Athens has a huge number of things to see and do, many of which are marked out on the tourist map above. In general it feels like a safe, welcoming city and we’ve never had any problems getting around on our own.

Map Of Split Croatia – Things To See In Split

Tourist Map Of Split And Things To Do

MAP Of SPLIT CROATIA

Split in Croatia is one of my very favourite places to visit in the whole of the Med. It’s easy to step back in what is the time capsule of Split and visit many historic sights all immersed in the friendly Croatian culture, it really is a great place to spend a few days.

The old town of Split is akin to an open air museum, as you weave your way through the small lanes you’ll eventually find the cherry on the top of the cake, the World Heritage Site of the Diocletian’s Palace. Once you’ve got your bearings then the open air market is just outside the palace walls, there is the underground market and of course the stunning harbour to wander along. Inside the walls of the palace you’ll find several museums including the City Museum and the Town Museum. Further afield you have the Archaeological Museum and the Ethnographic Museum.

Split isn’t all about museums and cafe’s though, Krka National Park and several top quality beaches are all within easy reach. As an added bonus because they’ve stayed away from the Euro with their own Kuna currency things are still very affordable in Croatia so if you ever get the chance to visit Split, don’t miss it.

Map Of Ephesus – Things To Do At Kusadasi

Map Of Ephesus – Things To Do At Kusadasi

MAP OF EPHESUS

The Turkish port of Kusadasi is all about one thing, a gateway to one of the seven wonders of the world – Ancient Ephesus.

Kusadasi itself could best be summed up in the phrase, a one road town. In some ways this makes life easy as it’s not too hard to find taxis or the local busses that can take you to Ephesus. However, it is this rat run that makes passing through Kusadasi a nightmare. Once a taxi driver has a sniff of a sale you will not be left alone resulting in some poor holiday makers running for retreat back to their cruise ships! Bartering is to be expected, as is daylight robbery. The port itself does provide some safe haven with security guards on post to ensure only the right people gain entry to the shops and cafes available. Security which has no doubt heightened since the terrorist attack in Kusadasi.

Ephesus provides a scenery that is surely worth all the trouble though, housing some of the most amazing ruins to be found anywhere in the world. From the Library of Celsus and St John’s Besilica to the remains of the Temple of Artemis Ephesus delivers at every level. And that’s even before you take the chance to sit in the Great Theatre or stroll down the Arcadian Way, once blessed with the presence of Anthony and Cleopatra.

If looking at ruins isn’t your thing then you’re basically all out of luck at Kusadasi. If you must shun Ephesus then a pleasant day out can be had at many of the surrounding beaches in the area. Green Beach, Long Beach and Ladies Beach are all popular amongst tourists.

Map Of Istanbul, Things To Do In Istanbul

Map Of Istanbul

Map Of Istanbul

Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul is the capital of Turkey and is one of the most interesting cities to visit in the world. Here are just a couple of the “must do” things to see in Istanbul:-

1. The Blue Mosque – Check out the domed roof accompanied by 6 spiky minarets (one of one 2 mosques in the world to feature 6). Kick of your shoes and be observe the fantastically decorated interior which comes decorated with over 20,000 blue itznik tiles.

2. Hagia Sophia – Just over the road from the Blue Mosque is one of the largest Cathedrals in the world, the Hagia Sophia. It’s now a modern museum complete with many mosaics and pointy pillars from the ancient city of Ephesus.

3. Grand Bazaar – The new bazaar features many modern shops at great prices. Learn about the rug making techniques that are still in use and make an investment for the future (in Turkey they are convinced that rugs appreciate in value, I’m not so sure). However it is in the old bazaar complete with covered streets where you will find the knocks offs and fakes that Turkey is famous for. Whilst the variety may not be there it is something that every visitor to Istanbul should experience for themselves and pick up some tat.

This is just 3 of the things to do in Istanbul, be sure to also take a cruise up the Bosphorus Straight to see the many palaces that line the shore as well as the world famous treasures in the Topkapi Palace.