Turkey is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world, Founded in 1923 out of the remnants of the great Ottoman Empire, modernTurkey is a young country but a very historic land. Turkey is truly where East meets West and it is precisely this mixture that makes travel in Turkey so interesting.
Turkey is officially known as the Republic of Turkey. A fast developing Eurasian country,Turkey is home to a plethora of grand mosques and castles. Turkey Tourist Destinations are many, most of which are internationally famous.
Due toTurkey's diverse geography, one can experience four different climates in any one day. Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) are the best times to visit, since the climate will be perfect for sightseeing in İstanbul and on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, and it will be cool in central Anatolia, but not unpleasantly so.
Turkish history is such a hugely rich patchwork of overlapping eras and empires that it boasts figures, events and phenomena familiar even to the layperson.
Turkey provides different holidays destinations to suit all requirements and budgets. Family holidays, adventure holidays, cruises and water sports are a few of different holiday packages. Antalya, Alanya, Marmaris, Bodrum, Kusadasi,Ankara, Nemrut Dagi,Cappadocia, Erzincan are a few exotic destinations to visit.
Main Destinations & Attractions
St. Sophia Museum
The church of Holy wisdom once and a marvel of the ancient Roman architecture now attracting 12 thousand people every day on average. Consecrated in 537 CE as an Eastern Orthodox church, it was the largest building in the world for nearly a thousand years. Then, in 1453, it was converted into a mosque when Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople. Fortunately, they plastered over the Christian mosaics and iconography, which preserved these valuable works of art for centuries. In 1931 the Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum and remains one of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world
Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmet Camii
Located in Istanbul, Turkey, the Blue Mosque is a true architectural wonder. Commissioned to be built in 1609 by Sultan Ahmet I, Until the construction of the Blue Mosque, no other Muslim worship center had six minarets. The legend behind this odd number of minarets - since mosques usually have one, two or four - is that Sultan Ahmet I asked for gold minarets using the word altin. The architect thought the Sultan had ordered alti (six) minarets instead. When the error was revealed, Mehmet Aga feared for his life, but the Sultan was so enamored with the design that the architect was spared.
Pamukkale is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is a unique geological formation formed over 14.000 years. The spring water at Pamukkale has therapeutic qualities and since antiquity has been said to cure rheumatism, kidney and heart diseases.
One of the country’s oldest standing cities and a part of the ancient world. The Ephesus dates back to 12 C BC. The seven world wonder, the Temple of Artemis was once based in Ephesus. Some highlights from the city are the Blue Marble Street, Great Theatre, Odeon and Commercial Agora.
The most famous thing of Cappadocia is its stunning geological formations, particularly its fairy chimneys. Cappadocia is A UNESCO World Heritage site. These geological formations were the result of erosions that created magnificent natural pillars and columns that look like minarets.
The ruins of ancient Pergamum, a city once famous for its medical facilities and for having given parchment to the world, lie at opposite ends of the modern city of Bergama, north of İzmir.
Aspendos is one of the best preserved ancient Roman theatres in Turkey. The theatre has diameter of nearly 100 metres and seats for 7000 spectators. Apart from the ancient theathre, you can visit the ruins of the agora, the aqueduct, basilica and stadium from the same period.
Patara is one of the longest stretches of sandy beach found anywhere in the Mediterranean. The beach is backed only by ancient Lycian and Roman ruins and swooping dunes with no buildings visible except of a small café.
Once known as Halicarnassus, this popular Aegean resort and yachting port reminds many visitors of the French Riviera hot-spot of St Tropez. Bodrum boasts the ruins of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as the lofty Castle of St. Peter, a Crusader fortress which now serves as the world's foremost Museum of Underwater Archeology
Mount Nemrut, also known as Nemrut Dagi is a 2134 metre high mountain in the south east of Turkey. The mountain is notable for its vast range of statues at a 1st century tomb on its summit. These mysterious statues have become a symbol of Turkey, and when combined with the stunning scenery, make for a mystical visit.
Famous as one of the most photographed beaches of the Mediterranean, it's no wonder Oludeniz is considered one of Turkey's best beach destinations.
Marmaris with Beautiful coastline, Located on the southwest Mediterranean coast of Turkey, in an area known by many as the ‘Turquoise Coast’ due to the incredibly beautiful waters that appear turquoise in colour. If you‘re in search of a place that has baking hot summers and surprisingly warm winters then Marmaris could be just the place you‘re looking for!
Population: 71 Million
Language: Turkish, Ural-Altay origin, the closest European Languages are Finnish and Hungarian
Currency: Turkish Lira (TL)
Religion: Officially 98% of Turks are Sunni Muslim, and 2% are Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant Christians and Jews.
Climate: Three climate zones; Mediterranean, Continental and Black sea (Hot Dry summers with mild, wet winters, harsher in interior)