Dine on savory meze and kebabs at the unpretentious Mehmet & Ali Baba Restaurant. Owned by two brothers, the place is big on tradition. On the menu: purslane (yogurt, vegetables, garlic) and adana kebab (grilled lamb). Skip the baklava in favor of the gozlemes, super-thin pancakes drizzled in honey or chocolate.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Just outside Ephesus’s lower entrance lies one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a colonnaded structure honoring the Goddess of the Hunt. Today, the area is a marsh, and one lonely column remains, but the enormous footprint gives a sense of just how awesome this building once was.
Thirty years ago, Ephesus was a forgotten Roman ruin among tiny Turkish villages. Now it draws 2 million visitors a year. The library and other buildings have been restored to give a sense of how daily life was lived in this large city 2,000 years ago; concerts are still held in the 25,000-seat theater.
First realized by Sister Anna Catherine Emmerich in a fever dream, the notion that Mary lived out her days with Saint John in this modest stone house was verified by Pope Leo XIII in 1896. Now it serves as a church—with an altar in the kitchen—and is an important stop on the pilgrimage trail of many Catholics.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.