Turkey is a leading holiday destination for British travelers. Holidaymakers looking for inspiration might want to book a trip to a very special Turkish village.
From beaches to cities, Turkey has many incredible destinations to explore. A beautiful village has been named one of the world’s best places.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) names a list of the world’s best villages every year.
To qualify villages to need to prove they are preserving their heritage and environment while attracting tourists.
In the 2022 list, a stunning Turkish village was included. Birgi in Izmir is in Turkey’s western Aegean region.
Go Turkiye said: “Birgi features tree-shaded cobblestone streets and traditional houses and structures dating to the 12th century.
“Picturesque Birgi has a storied history of settlement reaching back to 3,000 BC.”
Many tourists stop in the pretty village to visit the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of Ephesus.
The ancient city of Ephesus reflects centuries of history, from classical Greek through to the Roman Empire.
The breathtaking Temple of Hadrian was built before 138 AD for a visit from Emperor Hadrian.
As the birthplace of famous Greeks, including Hippnax and Heraclitus, the ancient city is a must-visit on a trip to Birgi.
Tourists should also stop by the Ulu Mosque, a magnificent example of 18th-century civil architecture.
After a day of exploring, tourists can relax in one of Birgi’s tree-shaded cafes and try some of the mouthwatering local cuisines.
Specialties include kestirme soup, meat stew, organic herb salads, and stuffed zucchini flowers.
Tourists could visit Birgi on a Monday when the village holds its weekly market selling local produce.
The village is easily reachable from Izmir and takes around two hours to reach by rental car or taxi.
Direct flights to Izmir are available from several of the UK’s major airports including Manchester and Liverpool.
If tourists are heading to the coastal areas of Bodrum or Marmaris from Izmir, they could make an easy detour to Birgi.