There are a lot of reason for visiting in Turkey ;
Check your Midnight Express stereotypes at the door – this is a rapidly modernizing country with one foot in Europe and one in the Middle East. It’s not all oriental splendor, mystery, intrigue and whirling dervishes but it is a spicy maelstrom of history knocking up against a pace present.
Turkey has so much to offer her visitors; breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and tourist infrastructure, a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices.
The summers are long, lasting as long as eight months in some areas. Turkey is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes perfect action and sportive activities seekers. Skiing fans, mountain climbers, trekkers, hikers all enjoy new and unforgettable experiences in Turkey.
But Turkey is, above anything else, a huge open-air museum, a repository of all civilizations nurtured by the soils of Anatolia.
The huge amount of historical and archaeological wealth in Turkey seems more appropriate for an entire continent than a single country. For centuries, Turkey has been a crossroads of religions, not only of Islam and Christianity, but of many others now forgotten by history. Many religions devotees can find a site, a shrine, a monument, a tomb or a ruin connected with their faith or belief. Turkey is a country that’s neither Asian nor European.
It may be a clich, but Turkey connects the East and the West both literally and figuratively… What words can describe Turkey. You would search in vain for a country where the history and culture is as impressive as Turkey. The civilizations of the world have left their own distinct marks on these lands. Turkey is full of intact remains from the Hittites, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. They have all had their capitals on this soil. Turkey is simply beautiful.
When you start an expedition to the countryside, or just leave cities for a couple of hours, you will notice a handsome difference in scenery. Turkey has 7 geographical regions and every region has its own beauty. While Black Sea dazzles your eyes with thousands of different green tones, you find yourself in a Steinbeck novel on the Eastern Turkey.
Turkey’s land mass is 814,578 sq km. The European and Asian sides are divided by the Istanbul Bogazi (Bosphorus), the Sea of Marmara, and the Canakkale Bogazi (Dardanelles). Anatolia is a high plateau region rising progressively towards the east, broken up by the valleys of about 15 rivers, including the Dicle (Tigris) and the Firat (Euphrates).
There are numerous lakes and some, such as Like Van, are as large as inland seas. In the north, the eastern Black Sea Mountain chain runs parallel to the Black Sea; in the south, the Taurus Mountains sweep clown almost to the narrow, fertile coastal plain along the coast. Turkey enjoys a variety of climates, ranging from the temperate climate of the Black Sea region, to the continental climate of the interior, then, to the Mediterranean climate of the Aegean and Mediterranean coastal regions. The coastline of Turkey’s four seas is more than 8,333 km long.
Eat, drink and be merry! This epicurean motto never fit a country more perfectly than Turkey that has one of the three biggest cuisines in the world. The large variety of different dishes and delicacies for gourmet palates will surprise every guest paying a visit to Turkey. Turkish people are very friendly and hospitable. This is one of the virtues we are really proud of. When you visit Turkey you will get this warm feeling in every step you make.
Today Turkey is abuzz with life, energy and enterprise. It is a modern, secular country with a booming economy. It embraces the future as a bridge between the east and West. Its cities teem with vibrant cosmopolitan life.
Wherever you travel in Turkey, the country and its people will amaze and impress the surge of its market forces and the modernization of the infrastructure of the whole country is impressive. Turkish hospitality and genuine warmth is a tradition.
Turks have a certain “Joie de vivre” for life and enjoy nothing more than sharing their optimism and enthusiasm with travellers over a hot sweep cup of tea served in the traditional tulip shaped glass. Turkey is a country located at a very strategic point where the three continents of the old world (Asia, Africa, and Europe) are closest to each other and where Asia and Europe meet.
Because of geographical location, Turkey has always been important throughout history and is the birth place of many great civilizations. A spectacular country surrounded by sea on three sides, with more than 300 natural and 130 artificial lakes, and almost %35 of its lands covered by forests and mountains, several rivers cutting the beaches to reach the seas makes the country even more attractive Turkey has been called “the cradle of civilization” and by travelling through this historic land, tourists will discover exactly what is meant by this phrase.
The first city ever settled in the world with comparatively modern organizational systems such as agriculture, animal husbandry, and trading, was a Neolithic city Catalhoyuk, in central Turkey, dating back to 6,500 BC. From the days of Catalhyk up to the present, Turkey boasts a rich culture that through the centuries has made a lasting impression on modern civilization.
The legacy of all those admirable cultures make Turkey a paradise of information and cultural wealth. Hattis, Hittites, Carians, Lelegians Phrygians, Urartians, Lycians, Lydians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and Ottomans have all made important contributions to Anatolian history, and ancient sites and ruins scattered throughout the country give proof of each civilization’s unique distinction. When you travel by car, within half an hour you can meet to an ancient city, remaining from those civilizations. Even in the ancient times, this fascinating country was respected by those ancient people, therefore it has been called as ANATOLIA, which means in ancient Greek, ”The lands, where the sun rises from ” as many vital initial ideas came into existence from her fertile lap.
No doubt, people always have been proud of breathing on this amazing peninsula, combining different cultures, customs and traditions, and she, once again started to offer her hospitality to new cultures & people, by introducing a new law permitting foreigners to buy houses, who deserve to meet her affectionate and fertile lands. Turkey also has a very fascinating recent history.
Upon the decline of the Ottoman Empire, a young man named Mustafa Kemal, who was a soldier by occupation but in character, a great visionary, took the defeat of World War I and turned it into a shining victory by liberating Turkey from all foreign invaders. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923. He led his country into peace and stability, with tremendous economic growth and complete, modernization.
Through decades of change and growth, Turkey still boasts this success, living by its adopted motto of “Peace at Home, Peace in the World.” The money used in Turkish Republic is the Lira. As of January 2005, the Turkish government has taken the decision to drop 6 zeros from the Lira, the Turkish lira is called ‘TL’. The coins is called the ‘kurus’. Euros, British Pounds and US Dollars are very strong currencies towards Turkish Lira, offering foreign citizens a luxurious living at a low cost. Please see our FAQ’s for further information on cost of living. Euros and US dollars are very commonly used currencies while shopping, you may also exchange at the banks or at the exchange offices. In addition to Turkish Private banks, there are many international banks such as HSBC, Citibank, ABN Amro in major cities, with sub-branches or correspondent banks in the districts.
The Turkish language belongs to the Ural-Altaic ,group and has an affinity with the Finno-Hungarian languages. Turkish is written with the Latin alphabet and is spoken by some 300 million people around the world.