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Out of sight of the sea, high above Göcek Marina at Huzur Yadisi, another green peace prevails. In a hidden valley, Richard Tredennick-Titchen found an encampment of yurts that dramatically changed his life. Photographs by Sigurd Kranendonk
It was pitch black, and from the coastal village of Göçek we had just driven 2000 feet up a rough mountain track. When the minibus eventually stopped, we appeared to be in the middle of a valley with no signs of civilisation. But appearances were deceptive. Hidden within an olive grove were a number of yurts, traditional nomadic tents (yurt also means “home” in Turkish) clustered around a beautiful stone swimming pool. We had arrived at Huzur Vadisi (“Peaceful Valley”), one of the most imaginative alternative holiday centres in Turkey.
Huzur Vadisi, Gökçeovacık, Gökçek, 48310 Fethiye. www.huzurvadisi.com for details
In the garden we may take them for granted, but in the wild, their colours make the heart sing. Andrew Byfield celebrates the vibrant beauty of Turkey’s primulas.
A glorious thistle, the globe artichoke merits better than the usual simple boiling, especially if it is the giant Turkish globe, with its huge mouth-watering centre. Berrin Torolsan reveals how to do it justice
One of Turkey’s finest birds is the grouse-like Caspian snowcock. To find it takes some organising, for it lives way above the summer pastures in remote areas such as the Aladaglar, the highest part of the Taurus Mountains.
Ottoman Athos unveiled: an unprecedented portrait of the glorious backdrop to a thousand years of unworldly devotion and Byzantine intrigue, By Anthony Bryer, with photographs by Graham Speake
On the Great Lake of the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, outside St Petersburg, stands this peaceful Turkish bath, an ironic legacy of a century of intermittent warfare