Getting there: regular flights from major cities to Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul
What to see: Istanbul, Antalya, Troy, Ephesus, Tarsus, Konya, Samsun, Mount Ararat Currency: Turkish lira
Official language(s): Turkish
A blend of
Middle Eastern and European, modern and ancient, Turkey borders
Bulgaria and Greece
to the west, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the northeast,
Syria, Iraq and Iran to the southeast.
of beautiful coastline, Turkey is a summer paradise of dazzling Turkish beaches,
the most famous of them at Antalya on the Mediterranean, a particular
favorite of European tourists.
Also be sure to make your way to the 15th century Grand Bazaar for some traditional haggling over souvenirs, or by night head out to the glimmering hubbub of Istanbul's discos, clubs & restaurants.
Byzantine beauty: Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Other places of interest clearly show off the breadth and depth of the country's tourist industry including fascinating tours of the ancient cities of Troy, Ephesus, Tarsus, Konya, Samsun, Erzurum, and Trabzon.
The historic Aegean ports of Izmir and Bodrum are additional must-sees and,
for an attraction of Biblical proportions, be sure not to miss Mt. Ararat, widely believed to be the landing place of Noah's Ark.
DID YOU KNOW? Turkey Travel Fun Facts
Like a whirling dervish.
• Whirling dervishes originated in Turkey, and refers to dancers who spin rapidly during religious ceremonies symbolizing their spiritual ascent.
• The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya holds the world record for having the highest number of “Blue Flag” certified beaches in the world, awarded for water quality and cleanliness.
• İmam bayıldı is a savory eggplant dish that translates to the “imam swooned” with the legend that the dish was so delicious that the imam, or prayer leader at the mosque, swooned at the taste of it!
• Instead of "hello" it is the custom for Turks to answer the phone with "efendim" meaning "my master". In common usage it is a very polite way of saying "I am listening."
More about Turkey travel & tourism around the Web:
Welcome to Turkey - Check out the official travel guide packed with information
on top regional attractions including downloadable travel brochures
covering the Aegean & the Black Sea, Istanbul & The Marmara
and more, plus a hotel guide, practical travel tips, related links.
- Get expert tips on what to see and do from Lonely Planet with information on travel to Mt. Ararat,
Gallipoli Peninsula, the capital at Antalya, plus maps
& photos, practical travel tips, related resources
Travel Planner - Author of the Lonely Planet and Frommer's
travel guides shows you further around with insider tips on what
to see and do, 'been there' advice on hotels & restaurants,
itinerary planner, maps & photo gallery.
Ten Turkey - Like it says, with information on top attractions,
cities, museums, and things to do, with essential Turkish phrases,
suggested hotels, maps, photos, related news updates & travel resources