Turkish Mountain Villages

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Thursday 19 September, 2013 by Uncle Spike

How many posts do you see about Turkey? And how many feature just Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia or a trip around the Turkish Riviera (Kaş, Kalkan, Fethiye etc)?

Naturally, most folk will travel to these primary sites as part of a coordinated 5-10 day visit, perhaps en route to other countries. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to post a collection of photographs from some of the less populated and certainly less visited inland mountainous regions of the west, so here goes…

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Within the provinces of Muğla (pronounced Moo-la) and Denizli (Den-izz-li), there is a long stretch of the West Taurus mountains, part of the Taurus Mountain complex that divides the Mediterranean coastal region of southern Turkey from the central Anatolian Plateau. With peaks of up to 3500 metres (11,500 ft), and many hectares of pine forested foothills, the whole area is rarely seen through the eye of tourist cameras; not that it is inaccessible, just off the main tourist trail.

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Mostly the area is commercially forested by the government and local workers, with other livelihoods being made from farming, trout farms, small leather factories, and bee-keeping. Having travelled here for getting on 18 years and lived here since 2006, I have seen a fair bit off the beaten track – it’s a far cry from Istanbul, I can tell you. Hope you enjoy these shots.

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18 thoughts on “Turkish Mountain Villages

  1. Doncillia Hassan says:

    Hi. Lovely pictures. I would like to live in the mountains country side in turkey In the next 5 years. You give me something to think about.

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  2. Nice scenery. With that being said, let me also add that Istanbul, Cappadocia and Fethiye is awesome places. Ephesus is just a boring collection of ruins, but the beer is nice.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Very true, spent much time in many cities here too, but most folk never get to see the real country…

      Use the search thingy and you’ll see some posts about Ankara, our capital city, which you may enjoy too.

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  3. Had no idea that Turkey has snow-covered mountains. I always prefer to see life in the villages and hinterland, more so than city-life. Thanks for sharing your post…

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  4. ANKARAMAS says:

    Hi Uncle Spike, Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post. I am working a couple of months in Turkey and really like your suggestions for alternative places to visit. Count me as one of your followers.

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  5. Lovely photos, was the tortoise a pet or just roaming wild?

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  6. raiz1972 says:

    Great pics , would love to see this turkey , maybe next year

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  7. Good pictures – as you suggest I have only been to commercial Turkey!

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  8. Enjoyed your post. Beautiful Pic!

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