Turkey Travel Guide

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Turkey is one of the most amazing and diverse countries that you can visit this summer and any time of the year, actually, having some charming landscapes to admire, deep history to explore and a surprising cultural diversity. Not to be missed if you’re in love with our magnificent Mother Nature, as it has been extremely generous when embellishing Turkey with some astounding sightings that should be seen at least for once in a lifetime.

Turkey is a parliamentary republic which occupies a vast portion of Western Asia, but also extends through Southeastern Europe by a tiny portion of 3% of the country’s whole territory. Speaking of which, Turkey has a total area of 783,562 square km and a population of 77,695,904. Its neighboring countries are Georgia to the northeast, Bulgaria to the northwest, Armenia and Iran to the east, Greece to the west and Syria and Iraq to the south. The country is split between Europe and Asia by the Turkish Straits, which are the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, linking the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea. Although the country’s official capital is at Ankara, the largest and most magical city is, of course, the flamboyant Istanbul, which was called Constantinople and used to be the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. One of the many things from which it draws its uniqueness is the fact that it is the only major city in the world that is split between two continents.

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What to see, what to do

Once you’re in Turkey, seeing the old and beautiful Istanbul should be your priority if you want to please your eyes with its charming gardens, churches, palaces, museums and much more. Besides enjoying its architecture, you’ll also have the chance of feeling the vibrant locals’ hospitality and diversity. The bazaars, coffee houses, tea gardens and kebap restaurants are only a few of the beautiful places that decorate the luxuriant city. Istanbul’s Galata Bridge holds some cheerful cafes where you can smoke a nargile or drink tea.

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If you’re an art admirer, the country’s capital Ankara will please your passion for culture with its museums, such as the Ethnographic Museum or the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The vibrant street life here is also something you must experience.
Cappadocia is another destination that should be on your list, as its charming ravines, pinnacles, valleys and complex architecture will surely impress your eyes and make some great memories.
For enjoying a calm and relaxing vacation, Antalya’s beach resorts will warmly accommodate you, and while you’re here, you should also admire the old city of Kaleiçi and its harbor, which is home for a variety of historic sights.

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“The Cotton Castle” of Pamukkale should also be seen for its warm thermal waters (which are therapeutic) and its amazing natural white terraces. You can also visit the ruins of Hierapolis.
The Princess’ Islands will offer you a lovely holiday, filled by peace and relaxation, and you should know that the transport here is relied only on bikes and horse-drawn carriages, which is quite charming, if you ask me.
Bodrum is yet another coastal resort famous for offering an exquisite experience if you want to take some time for shopping, clubbing or just relaxing.

Food and drink
The Turkish cuisine consists in a variety of delicious specialties that have Mediterranean, Caucasian, Central Asian and Arabic influences. Meat is a major ingredient in Turkish dishes and the most common one is lamb, and as for veggies, the most common ones are onion, tomato, garlic, cucumber or eggplant. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll be well taken care of, as most respectable restaurants serve proper dishes for you. The only place that isn’t quite vegetarian-friendly is the Southeastern area, where meat is included in every meal and you’ll have to buy your food from supermarkets.
Some traditional Turkish delights which everyone should try are the famous kebap (which comes in a variety of recipes that include lamb/chicken/fish meat along with bread, vegetables and yogurt), Köfte – spicy balls of lamb, Pide – also known as Turkish Pizza, a flat bread with various toppings, Dolma – stuffed vegetables or vine leaves, Döner – sandwich with lamb/chicken/beef meat, vegetables and yogurt, Künefe – a delicious dessert made from pastry dough, cheese and pistachio on the top, Baklava – a pastry treat with nuts, syrup and sometimes pistachio, Kayısı Tatlısı – another delicious dessert with apricot, cream and nuts, Mozaik Pasta – chocolate cake with biscuits.

Some popular Turkish drinks are the Turkish coffee, which is served black, Ayran – a delicious drink made from water and yogurt, Sahlep – a hot drink based on milk, sugar and orchid root, Red poppy syrup and others.

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Visa Requirements

Visas are required along with a valid passport by all nationals except the following:

  1. Nationals of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, who can enter Turkey without a visa for 90 days within a 180-day period.
  2. Nationals of Lativa, who may visit visa-free for 30 days.
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