Country for All Tastes

Turkey has so much to offer her visitors; breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. Therefore, it is not surprising that this country has recently become one of the world's most popular tourism destinations. Due to Turkey's diverse geography, one can experience four different climates in any one day. The rectangular shaped country is surrounded on three sides by three different seas. Its shores are laced with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands and peninsulas. 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 for winter and summer tourism and sports of all kinds.


 
Fethiye

Skiing fans, mountain climbers, trekkers, hikers and hunters can enjoy new and unforgettable experiences in Turkey. Turkey is, above anything else, a huge open-air museum, a repository of all the 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. Recently, a new field of tourism has opened up: health tourism. The country is in fact rich with hot springs, healing waters and healing muds, which come highly recommended by the medical authorities as a remedy for many diseases.

 

 
Konya / Mevlana

For centuries, Turkey has also been a crossroads of religions, not only of Islam and Christianity, but also of many others now forgotten by history. Many religious devotees can find a site, a shrine, a monument, a tomb or a ruin connected with their faith or belief.


It is not possible in this page to represent all the touristic attractions of Turkey. Therefore, we suggest you to spare more time browsing our portal further. If you are not quite familiar with what Turkey offers her visitors you may start with the menu contents on the left or if you are looking for more specific subjects you may use the top menu items:



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 Where you can obtain information on more than 50 destinations.

Tourist Guide: A collection of the most popular attractions in Turkey, List of Turkish Tourism Offices of the Ministry around the globe, Useful Information and Frequently Asked Questions.

History & Culture: A collection of most popular historic and cultural attractions of Turkey. 

 

COUNTRY PROFILE & FACTS

Official Name
Republic of Turkey 
Date of Foundation
29 October 1923
Capital                                                 
Ankara 
Largest Cities 
Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya 
Area                              
814.578 km2
Geographical Coordinates
Eastern Meridians 26° and 45° and Northern Parallels 36° and 42° 
Coastal Borders
Mediterranean Sea in the south, Aegean Sea in the west and Black Sea in the north
Language                   
The official language is Turkish. English is widely spoken in major cities. 
Currency                   
TL (Turkish Lira) 1 Euro approximately equals to 2,30 Turkish Liras. 
Time Zone
GMT+2; CET +1; and EST (US -East) +7
Business Hours   
The workweek in Turkey runs from Monday to Friday. Banks, government offices and majority of corporate offices open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM.
Public Holidays
There are two types of public holidays in Turkey: Those that fall on the same day each year; and the religious festivals, which change according to the lunar calendar and, therefore, fall on different dates each year.
1 January, 23 April, 1 May, 19 May, 30 August, 28 & 29 October 
Eid (Ramadan): 30 August – 1st September 2011 
Greater Eid: 7-9 November 2011 
Visas
Visas are easily obtained upon arrival at the air­port and are required for citizens of most countries.
Electricity
220V. European standard round two-pin sockets. 
Health Services
Cities and major touristic towns have a selection of private inter­national and public hospitals with good standards.
Food
As with many Mediterranean nations Turkish food is very healthy, fresh and enjoyable.
Water
Tap water is chlorinated and, therefore, safe to drink. However, it is recommended that you consume bottled water, which is readily and cheaply available.
Communications
Turkey has three GSM operators, all of them offering 3G services and almost 95% coverage over the country. Internet service is available all around the country. 
International Dial Code
+90

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