After a light breakfast of watermelon, we set off early for Troy, arriving before the sun got too hot and the crowds descended. We teamed up with a young, adventurous French couple who were staying at Terra Zoe and were desperate to see Troy before they caught a bus back to Istanbul that evening. The ancient city of Troy is about an hour away from Terra Zoe; the route is easy and the drive is very scenic.
Although not a huge amount of structure remains, it’s still well worth a visit.
As you walk around the site, you can really get a sense of the vast amount of history which it has been privy to – both in reality and in legend. In one of the areas, it is still possible to see the original foundation stones of the fortification wall, built in 2500 BC.
The views from Troy are also fantastic, and it’s interesting to see such a change in the landscape considering it’s relatively close to Terra Zoe.
After our light breakfast we were rather peckish so we decided to stop for brunch on our way back to the hotel. We stopped off at a large roadside restaurant which didn’t look like much from the outside, but it served great, simple food which was just what we were after. One of the many brilliant things about Turkey is how easy it is to get delicious, fresh food. Once we got back to the hotel, we walked down to the sandy beach and spent the afternoon playing cards in the sun and swimming in the beautifully clear water.