Turkey is a large nation with a diverse history. There are seven major regions defined by the national census in this nation that bridges Europe and Asia. One of the most interesting to explore in depth is the area bordering the Aegean Sea. Vacation rentals in Turkey located in the Aegean region offer tourists a chance to examine the architecture of both the Ottoman and Seljuk Turks and learn about the intricate process of weaving traditional Arab carpets.
The Sultan Mosque located in Manisa was constructed in the early 16th century. The best time to visit is in April when the Mesir Macunu festival takes place on the grounds of the mosque. This festival is held in honor of an elixir of the same name that was believed to sure the sultan's mother of a serious illness. September is another excellent time to visit. This is the time when the annual harvest takes place and grapes from vineyards across the region are produced in droves.
Manisa attractions that draw tourists year round include the Sipil Dagi National Park located slightly south of the city. Here, tourists can see the "crying rock" of Niobe, which eerily resembles the image of a weeping woman. Another attraction near Manisa is the town of Gordes, located to the northeast. It is known across Turkey for the quality of its fine woven carpets.
Another important carpet weaving city is Usak, once the home of Kemal Ataturk, the father of the modern nation of Turkey. In Usak, tourists can enjoy the Archaeology Museum, and learn about ancient Turkey.