The majestic Sumela Monastery in Turkey's Black Sea province of Trabzon will open to visitors on May 25 after the restoration works ended. A part of the monastery was expected to be opened on May 18, but it was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions, Ali Ayvazoğlu, the provincial head of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, told reporters on Friday.
Turkey marked the arrival of spring with a traditional festival called Hidrellez on Monday. As part of celebrations of the seasonal festival, people threw their wish papers, pebble stones and olive branches to the sea in the Mediterranean province of Antalya and wished health, job, money, and love.
Istanbul's Üsküdar district represents an excellent opportunity to get away from the historic peninsula while still settling firmly in the heart of the city's history as well as getting a feel for how locals pass their everyday lives.