For a truly authentic taste of Southern Marmara, why not take a road trip and visit the cities, towns and villages in the area of Altinoluk. If you're keen to explore more of the region, you'll find Sarimsakli, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the north, and Assos 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the east.
For a glimpse into the spiritual life of Altinoluk, be sure to visit the region's mosques.
Dig out your snow gear and enjoy skiing or cross-country skiing. These winter pastimes are great options for locals and visitors. Visitors with special interests are sure to enjoy the area's city walking tours.
You'll be sure to endear yourself with the people you meet in Southern Marmara, by have a go at speaking Turkish. "Benimle dans eder misiniz?" is a good one to try. In English, it means "Would you like to dance with me?" You'll find that using "Nerelisin?", which means "Where are you from?", can get you a long way.
Republic Day falls on the 29th of October, so be sure to put aside your sightseeing and join in the local festivities with proud locals.
When the time comes to pack up your backpack and say "Hoşçakal", you'll have many happy memories.