Traveling Turkey: Ekotepe

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  • By Senior Airman Daniel Phelps
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing series of spots of interest in the area.

Being stationed in Turkey provides many amazing opportunities. One of the best of those is traveling to places that few will ever have the chance to visit in their lifetime.

Many options for easy traveling are provided by offices on base such as Outdoor Recreation, Information, Tickets and Travel and the Community Center.

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with the Community Center to a nearby gem.

About 30 minutes outside of Incirlik Air Base, nestled in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, lies a quaint little farm called Ekotepe that offers a traditional Turkish style breakfast of eggs, milk, tea, fruit, cheese, bread and juice - all grown and produced on location.

The scenery in the area offers breathtaking views of the rolling hills and not-too-far away soaring mountains. Narrow hiking paths are scattered around the grounds where guests can walk along after their meal, or interact with the animals in the area.

There are chickens, sheep, goats, horses, peacocks, puppies and even a monkey that can be seen.

One can even find themselves wandering through groves of olive and pomegranate trees, seeing the actual branches where their meal came from.

Near the kitchen line, there is a fireplace and a seating area where visitors can watch Turkish women in traditional clothes make and toss the dough for the bread that is soon to be put out.

The place is truly like a dream, and makes one feel as if they have stepped into another world.

At times it can be easy to feel as if you are isolated and not really in another country while on Incirlik AB, but once you step outside the gate and head a couple miles down the road a whole new world will open up to you.

This was an amazing opportunity to see and experience what is beyond the front gate. The culture is unique and the country is beautiful.

I highly recommend a trip to Ekotepe for brunch. The food was amazing and the experience like none other.