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Turkey, Macedonia and Montenegro Among New York Times’ Places to Visit in 2010 January 13, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Turkey.
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| The Balkans spots on The New York Times’ recent list of 31 places to visit in 2010 included Turkey, Macedonia and Montenegro.

The list included 31 destinations – entire countries, cities or regions, that the publication recommended be seen in 2010.

The two Turkish entries on the list included the Çeşme area on the Aegean coast, in eight position, and Istanbul, in nineteenth position.

While revelers continue to descend upon the seaside retreat of Bodrum in Turkey’s south-western Aegean Region, the publication writes, another corner of the coastline “has begun to emerge as a stylish alternative: the once-sleepy villages of the Çeşme Peninsula. The main draw is Alacati, a sheltered beach town that last summer was the site of the Professional Windsurfers Association Slalom World Cup.”

In Çeşme, the publication highlights the seven-room Hotel Nars Alacati, which – scheduled to open in the spring, is housed in a converted nineteenth-century mansion and “promises to become the popular weekend gathering spot for Istanbul’s smart set, along with the adjoining garden restaurant, Mesa Luna.”

Istanbul, on the other hand, as the 2010 European Capital of Culture, is highlighted for it growing and innovative contemporary art scene. While there are many events, gallery shows and stage performances scheduled to mark the occasion, the publication writes that “one of the best ways to get a crash course in what Istanbul’s leading artists are up to right now is to spend some time wandering around the Misir Apartments (311/4 Istiklal Cadessi), right on the busy pedestrian thoroughfare that cuts through the trendy Beygolu neighborhood.” According to The New York Times, this elegant, early-twentieth-century building houses some of the city’s most cutting-edge art venues, like Galerist and Gallerie Nev.

Also recommended is the 360 Istanbul bar and restaurant which offers stunning views of the city’s skyline.

Another Balkan destination that The New York Times lists among the top 31 places to visit in 2010 is Macedonia, in 21st position. Highlighted is the town and lake of Ohrid – with its ancient dwellings, its churches, mosques and monasteries, six new luxury hotels and archaeological digs.

Lastly, The New York Times recommends Montenegro and specifically, the powdery, eight-mile-long beach Velika Plaža – Long Beach [in the photograph above], which is turning into the wave-riding capital on the Adriatic among Western Europeans, and the triangular Ada Bojana island, where the Bojana River meets the sea, which is quickly becoming a party destination for the young surfer set.



1. Montenegro - February 4, 2010

Montenegro was also highly recommended as a must visit destination for 2010 by Thompson the travel specialists. Looks like it may be a busy year for the very fashionable country.

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