Yanartas is a geographical feature in the province of Anatolia, southwestern Turkey, where the methane flames have not been off for centuries. Yanartas means “hot rocks”, and refers to the phenomenon that occurs in a dozen openings in the floor. It is grouped into the side of a mountain, near ancient Olympus and its valley.
The legend of the place and its historical references, have been identified as the old Mount Chimera. Mount Chimera is a mythical place where a volcanic phenomena happened gave rise to the myth that persists to this day. Today, the sector is an area of popular trails for hikers and tourists, who are curios over the places of Turkey.
The historical area of Cappadocia is not far behind from the characteristic rock formations of a fairy tale, as well as the cities that could be the set of a film of fantasy. The same goes with houses that are carved in rocks.
Cappadocia is in the Central Anatolia region in Turkey. All in an area of about fifty miles across the landscape, with many valleys, canyons, hills and some of the most bizarre rock formations of the planet, are just worth a visit.
The history of Anatolia is long and eventful, bequeathed monuments of civilizations that succeeded one after another. The Byzantine churches and monasteries, the Seljuk mausoleums and caravanserais, the elegant Ottoman mosques and citadels never fail to attract tourist from different parts of the globe. The future of tourism in this region is provided through historic sites such as the Mount Ararat, Lake Van, the Urartian citadel, AkdamarIsland, Seljuk buildings ofErzurum, the Palace Ishakpasa, and the HosapCastle. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers that originated in this region are blessed with a superb route for rafting and canoeing. Several modern winter resorts and trekking routes make this region one of the goals of tourists in search of thrills.
The Anatolia hotels are something that this place can be proud of, besides its magnificent past. Anatolia hotels are equipped with modern features with a touch of classical aspect. Majority of Anatolia hotels have either a four out of five, or five out of five star ratings. Some of these hotels are:
***Renaissance Polat Erzurum Hotel
This hotel built in the year 2000, is located at Palandoken Kayak Yolu Uzer inErzurum. It is near the airport, making it an ideal choice if you wish to have a good rest right away after a long flight.
The large and luxurious hotel offers 220 rooms, four of which are suites. This ten story hotel is large and spacious, making it a home for the best recreational amenities. The five-star Renaissance Polat Erzurum Hotel offers 24-hour front desk; free parking; fully air conditioned rooms with phone, internet access, cable TVs, daily housekeeping and a 24-hour room service. Its bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers, bathrobes, bathtubs, handheld showerheads, and other toiletries.
For the guests who wish to pamper themselves, a hair salon, fitness facility, health club, steam room, sauna, and gift shops are available in the hotel.
For guests who want to have pure fun, amenities include ski storage, indoor pools for children and adults, children’s club, billiard tables, barbecue grills, and audio-visual equipment are made available.
For those who are mixing business with pleasure, currency exchange, business centers and other business services are made accessible.
Other amenities include banquet facilities, lounge bars, mini bars, dry cleaning and laundry services, event catering, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.
Standard rooms are usually at 200 euros.
***Anemon Hotel Malatya
The chain of Anatolia hotels shows off another five-star hotel. This is the Anemon Hotel Malatya. This hotel just recently built in 2009, is located in Malatya’s midtown area.
This 187 room hotel has two suites, two restaurants, and six conference rooms. Enjoy your room with a majestic view of the city. The hotel’s check in time is at 2:00 p.m., while check out time is at noon. During your check in, you will be given welcome amenities by their friendly and multilingual staff.
Each room is fully air conditioned and soundproof with direct-dial phones; free internet access, LCD televisions, 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping and rollaway and infant beds are also available. If you don’t like what’s being shown in TV, you can always request for a movie. Of course, an extra charge applies. The room’s bathrooms are provided with bathrobes, slippers, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, handheld showerheads, and makeup and shaving mirrors.
Just in case you encounter technical problems with your internet connection, the hotel has a technology support staff that can assist you.
For pampering and total relaxation, the hotel offers beauty services, a hair salon, health club, sauna, massage, spa rooms, and other full-service health spas.
For recreation, you can enjoy the complimentary newspapers in the lobby, gift shops, fitness facilities, outdoor and indoor swimming pools for children and adults, poolside bar, lounge bar, nightclubs, and audio-visual equipment.
Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, babysitting or childcare, banquet facilities, ballroom, dry cleaning, laundry services, currency exchange, free guest parking, tours and ticket assistance, and on-site medical assistance.
In terms of room rates, consider the following:
***Merit Sahmaran Hotel
Another giant that adds grandiose to the chain ofAnatoliahotels is the Merit Sahmaran Hotel. This hotel proudly gets a four out of five star rating.
During your stay at the Merit Sahmaran Hotel, you can also pay a visit to the Fortress of Van, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
This spacious hotel has 90 rooms, all of which are fully air conditioned. Each room has its own direct-dial phones, in-room safe, refrigerators, flat-panel televisions, and internet access. It also has 24 hour room service and daily housekeeping.
Enjoy and relax under stylish umbrellas while sipping your cocktails by the pool. Have fun at the poolside bar or at the mini bars with your family and friends. The hotel also has indoor and outdoor pools, as well as restaurants where you can dine and savor world class dishes.
Fitness facilities, groceries, convenient stores, gift shops, sauna, spa treatment rooms, children’s club, business centers are also some of the amenities to enjoy. Other services to take advantage of include concierge services, barbecue grills, laundry facilities, tours and tickets assistance, currency exchange, and free guest parking.
The double room is usually priced at 89 euros per night. As for the triple room, it is at 109 euros per night.
This beach is a haven for sun worshippers. The Mediterranean basin is indeed the first, and probably the oldest tourist spot in the world. It receives about 200 million international and domestic visitors annually. The beautiful lands of Anatolia, South Africa, Europe, and the Levant, envelop the Mediterranean waters. Since the 1960s, the tourism sector is experiencing considerable growth. In Spain for example, it passed one million tourists in the 50′s to thirty million today.
The Mediterranean waters are full of hidden treasures and attractive seaside resorts. Today, when we dream of a vacation, we think of sun, sea and absolute fun. Valued by the Mediterranean climate and its location placed in the heart of Europe, it is by far the most coveted destination. Monaco, Cannes, St. Tropez, San Remo, Athens, Izmir, Cartagena, Barcelona, Alexandria, Beirut, Algiers, Tarabulus, Malta, Palermo, all these cities evoke fun, sun, luxury, and happiness. Indeed, foreigners come from afar to admire the most beautiful sea and its European resorts.
All sides of the Mediterranean are rich in natural beauty: the coast, the terrain, all combine to create beautiful landscapes. Especially because of the favorable climate—mild winters, hot summers, low rainfall and sunshine—highlight these remarkable sites.
Anatolia is another beautiful place that lies within Turkey. Anatolia is divided into three regions: Central Anatolia, Southeast Anatolia, andEastern Anatolia. Anatolia boasts some of the best attractions in the world.
Central Anatolia is the cradle of the oldest civilizations in the world. The Hattis, Hittites, Phyrigiens, the Galatians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans passed by this region. The Gordion, which is also known as the heart of the earth, is where legendary Alexander the Great cut the node opened to the doors of the East. In this region, this is also where you can witness the Mausoleum of Atatürk monument, which is one of the masterpieces of modern Turkish architecture. In Cappadocia is where you can find troglodyte villages, underground cities, fairy chimneys, and rock-cut churches. The city of the Whirling Dervishes, Konya, is located south of Cappadocia. This is where you can find the Bogazkale, Hattusas, Yazilikaya, and Alacahoyuk which is part of the most important cultural aspects in the world.
Southeast Anatoliais a well-protected region of cultural heritage. Southeast Anatolia invites you to discover its wonderful works from various periods. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers surround the blessed land that witnessed the birth and growth of Abraham. Different architectural styles make it more interesting than the other. These architectures did not cease to attract traveler’s admiration.
The vast region of Eastern Anatolia includes the entire eastern part of the Anatolian plateau to the borders of Georgia, Armenia, and Iran. In this region, the altitude is higher, making more cold seasons and shorter summers.
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