Turkey has many officially-recognized culture routes that are ideal for anyone wishing to delve deeper into the country’s history, natural wonders and way of life. Signposted, GPS-friendly and usually accompanied by booklets, they cover everything from mountain hikes to walking in the steps of the apostle Paul.
One of the newest and most interesting routes is designed specifically for horseback, following in the path of 17th century writer and adventurer Evliya Çelebi. After a lifetime of wandering that had taken him from sub-Saharan Africa to Russia, Evliya set out from his hometown of Istanbul for one last journey in 1671. His destination: Mecca.
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